Appell named associate dean for clinical affairs

Annette Appell, J.D., professor of law, is the inaugural associate dean for clinical affairs at the School of Law.

In her new position, she will oversee the school’s clinical programs, externships and related programs and courses. Appell also will work to create additional live client clinics at the law school and to integrate, to the greatest extent possible, the school’s existing strong and diverse clinical programs.

Appell will help to mentor junior faculty, to build community within and among the clinic faculty and staff, and to integrate clinical affairs into the administrative and academic life of the law school. Along with other members of the clinic program, she will work to maintain and build ties with legal and social services communities outside the law school.

Katie Herr will serve as clinical affairs operations manager and assist Appell with the administrative oversight of the clinical programs.

Appell served as the associate dean for clinical studies from 2003-07 and the William S. Boyd Professor of Law from 2004-08 at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

She has taught interdisciplinary child welfare clinics at Boyd Law, the University of South Carolina Law Center, and Northwestern Law School. She also has taught constitutional law, civil procedure/alternative dispute resolution and lawyering process courses.

Appell has published more than two dozen articles, essays and book chapters regarding adoption, family relations and children’s rights and advocacy.

She has served on the editorial boards of the Juvenile and Family Court Journal and the Adoption Quarterly, where she was the founding editor of the Legal Intersections column.

She is engaged in child and family policy advocacy in legislative, social and litigation arenas.