Amy B. Meyers

Professor of Legal Writing, Director of Bar Preparation

Professor Amy Meyers joined Willamette University College of Law in 2016 as a member of the Legal Research and Writing faculty. She teaches Legal Research and Writing and Legal Analysis for the Bar. She is available for individual consultations with any student seeking assistance with his or her writing for the bar or other academic performance.

Professor Meyers graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, where she was a Scholar in Law and was awarded Order of the Barristers and graduated in the top third of her class. She represented the Law School in multiple ABA inter-school and Regional Competitions, as well as competing in the Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Competition. In addition, Meyers completed internship, clinical, and independent practicum experiences in the Trial, Appellate, and Capital Litigation Divisions of the Missouri State Public Defender System. She was appointed as Student Defense Counsel for a trial before the school's Honor Council. She also earned her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis where she focused her studies on molecular microbiology and plant genetics. Prior to attending law school, 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.

Prior to entering academia, Meyers served as a trial attorney for the Missouri Public Defender System in the City of St. Louis Office, as well as Special Appointed Counsel for several appeals. She was successful in the appeals of State v. Byron Carter, 78 S.W.3d 786 (Mo. App. E.D. 2002) and State v. Amos Ingram, 341 S.W.3d 800 (Mo. App. E.D. 2011). Meyers also assisted in the briefing of State v. Mohammed Sultan, 14 S.W.3d 96 (Mo. App. E.D. 2000).

Meyers worked for two well-known civil litigation firms in St. Louis, specializing in the defense of medical malpractice claims and litigation against doctors, nurses, hospitals, and medical schools. Additionally, she was involved in defending medical drug and device litigation. Meyers also defended practitioners before the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts and in a trial prosecuted by the United States Air Force. In addition, she was appointed for a Section 1983 Prisoner Civil Rights claim by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, which she successfully resolved.

Meyers switched to academia at the start of the 2008 academic year, teaching Legal Research and Writing and Client Counseling at the Saint Louis University School of Law. She also served as an advisor to journal students and worked with international LLM students. After moving to Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family in the summer of 2011, Meyers began teaching at the Charlotte School of Law as an associate professor in the Lawyering Process department. In addition to Legal Writing I and II, Meyers taught courses in Medical Malpractice; Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiations; Advanced Negotiations; Introduction to the Study of Law; Problems in Practice - Civil Wrongdoing (I and II); Problems in Practice - Commercial Transactions; Advanced Writing Requirement courses; Exam Writing Workshops; and Law School Orientation. In the Fall of 2014, Meyers coached her student negotiation team to first place at the William and Mary Negotiation Tournament and sixth place at the ABA Regional Competition. She also coached a student team for the National Moot Court Competition in the Fall of 2013 at the New York City Bar Association/American College of Trial Lawyers Competition. Meyers assisted with grading bar practice essays for recent graduates, was the faculty advisor to the Health Law Society, assisted with Parents Attending Law School and "Street Law" Outreach.

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. The case is currently pending appeal. She also assisted in another $2.5 Million verdict based on national origin/religious discrimination and retaliation in employment.

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, Meyers was certified as a Guardian ad Litem in Missouri.

Education

  • JD, Washington University in St. Louis, Order of the Barristers
  • BA, Washington University in St. Louis

Professional Associations and Scholarship

Meyers is an active member of the Legal Writers Institute, Scribes, and the American Bar Association. Previously, she belonged to the Defense Research Institute, where she was on the Young Lawyers Steering Committee, Chaired the Women's Mentoring Subcommittee, and served as a Young Lawyers Liaison to the Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee. She has done community outreach for victims of domestic violence, children with special needs, foster children, homeless persons, and at-risk LGBTQ youth.

Meyers has given several professional presentations:

  • 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.

Additionally, Meyers has been cited in several publications, including:

Kunkel et al., (1997) A system for the isolation of host-inducible genes in the plant pathogen Pseudomonas syringae. 8th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research, The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) Publication: 501708225; Ferris et al., (1997) Mating Type in Chlamydomonas is Specified by mid, the Minus-Dominance Gene. Genetics July 1, 1997 vol. 146 no. 3859-869; Ferris et al., (1997) Rapid evolution of sex-related genes in Chlamydomonas. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 94: 8634-8639; Kunkel et al., (2002) Identification of Pseudomonas syringae pv. Tomato genes induced during infection of Arabidopsis thaliana. Molecular Microbiology 44(1), 73–88.); Short, T. (2011) “The incorrectly decided preliminary injunction prohibiting federal funding for embryonic stem cell research: Sherley v. Sebelius,” Int. J. Public Law and Policy, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 23–48), and Clarke, Brian S., “A Better Route Through The Swamp: Causal Coherence In Disparate Treatment Doctrine,” 65 Rutgers L. Rev. 723 (2013).