Amy B. Meyers

Professor of Legal Writing, Director of Bar Preparation

Professor Amy Meyers is a member of the Legal Research and Writing faculty and the Director of Bar Preparation. Prof. Meyers designed and facilitates the “BEAST” (Bar Exam Accountability and Support Teams) supplemental bar preparation program for examinees. She also serves as the faculty advisor to the Parents Attending Law School student organization.

Education

  • JD, Washington University in St. Louis, Order of the Barristers, 2000
  • BA, Washington University in St. Louis (Biology), 1996

Areas of Expertise

Prof. Meyers has taught Legal Research and Writing I and II, Legal Analysis for the Bar Examination, Applied Legal Analysis I and II, and Introduction to the Study of Law at Willamette University College of Law.

She has also taught courses in Medical Malpractice; Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiations; Advanced Negotiations; Problems in Practice (Civil and Commercial); and supervised students working to complete their Advanced Writing Requirement. Prof. Meyers coached student teams in various negotiation competitions and in the National Moot Court Competition for the New York City Bar Association/American College of Trial Lawyers.

Professional Experience

Prior to entering academia in 2008, Prof. Meyers was a trial attorney for the Missouri State Public Defender System in the City of St. Louis Office. Prof. Meyers continued to work as MSPDS Special Appointed Counsel for appeals and post-conviction relief petitions until 2012. She was appointed counsel for a Section 1983 Prisoner Civil Rights claim in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Meyers also worked for two civil litigation firms in St. Louis where she specialized in the defense of medical malpractice claims against doctors, nurses, hospitals, medical schools, and drug and device manufacturers. She practiced before state and federal courts in Missouri, the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts, and in a trial prosecuted by the United States Air Force.

Prof. Meyers took a break from teaching during the 2015-16 academic year to work with her husband to earn a $5.2 Million judgment for a teacher-plaintiff in an employment discrimination and retaliation trial in St. Louis that was upheld on appeal. She also assisted in a case involving another $2.5 Million verdict based on national origin/religious discrimination and retaliation in employment.

Prior to attending law school, Prof. Meyers worked as a research assistant and laboratory manager for two cell and molecular microbiology laboratories at the University, primarily experimenting with DNA, RNA, and protein manipulation in bacteria, yeast, and plants.

Professional Associations and Presentations

Prof. Meyers is an active member of the Missouri Bar. She has retired or inactivated her licenses in Illinois and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Additionally, Prof. Meyers was a certified Guardian ad Litem in Missouri.

Prof. Meyers is an active member of the Legal Writers Institute, the Association of Academic Support Educators, Scribes, and the American Bar Association.

Prof. Meyers has given several professional presentations, including:

  • Fundamental Persuasive Legal Writing Concepts – Skill-Building Examples and Exercises. September 12, 2014, New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers Conference at the Vermont Law School.
  • Ready, Aim, Practice! (Part 2) – Incorporating Practitioner Skills in the LRW Curriculum. December 13, 2013, LWI Workshop, University of Baltimore School of Law.
  • Reality Doesn’t Follow a David E. Kelley Script: How to Produce Effective, Efficient Researchers and Writers Prepared for “The Practice.” December 8, 2012, LWI Workshop at the Willamette University College of Law.
  • Panelist, December 3, 2010, LWI Training Workshop at Suffolk Law School.