Cramer named assistant dean of graduate programs in law

Executive LLM Program co-taught by WUSTL and Korea University law faculty begins this summer

Peter K. Cramer, PhD, has been named new assistant dean of graduate programs in the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis.

Cramer’s duties include coordinating recruitment, admissions and placement of the law school’s graduate programs and for the day-to-day operations of those programs.

In addition, he will administer the law school’s Master of Laws (LLM) programs in Intellectual Property & Technology Law and in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers. He also is responsible for administering the law school’s JSD program.

This summer, the law school is launching a new executive LLM program co-taught by WUSTL and Korea University law faculty. The program will offer courses in a range of topics, including contracts, corporations, legal research and methods, securities regulation, antitrust, commercial law and intellectual property law.

The program’s curriculum is designed to offer foreign practitioners a thorough grounding in U.S. business law and business-oriented topics.

Cramer is working with Michael Peil, JD, lecturer in law and associate dean for international programs, on identifying synergies between the law school’s international and overseas offerings and the law school’s graduate programs. Supporting Deans Peil and Cramer in this mission are two recent hires: Judy Rohwedder, program manager for international programs and administrative coordinator for the law school’s Center on Law, Innovation and Economic Growth; and Rachael Johnson, administrative assistant for international and graduate programs.

Before joining the law school, Cramer served as adjunct professor and associate director of Georgetown University Law School’s Center for Global Legal English. He also was a faculty instructor at Indiana University Bloomington’s Center for English Language Training.

Previously, Cramer was an instructor and adjunct professor at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolos, where he taught “Integrated Legal Analysis & Contracts” through IU’s program in Cairo, Egypt. Additionally, he has taught “Intensive Communication in Business” at Harvard University’s Institute for English Language Programs.

Cramer also has served as an English language instructor in Germany and has presented widely on international business and legal topics. Currently, he is co-authoring a textbook on drafting contracts for international lawyers with Cynthia Adams, JD, from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The textbook will be published by Aspen in 2012.

Cramer studied law in Germany and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1989 from Ludwig Maximilian’s University in Munich. He then pursued advanced degrees at Indiana University Bloomington, where he earned a master’s degree in applied linguistics in 1992; a doctorate in language education in 1997, and an LLM in 2006. He also studied Japanese philology in 1993 at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

Rohwedder joins the international and graduate programs team after four years with the law school’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic. Johnson previously spent one year working with Washington University’s main Office for International Students and Scholars.