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Zoe Niesel

Director of Law Success  | Assistant Professor of Law  | Co-director of the Legal Research and Writing Program

Education

  • J.D., Wake Forest University, 2012
  • B.A., Southern Methodist University, 2008

License to Practice

  • Texas

Specialties and Courses

  • Legal Education
  • Civil Procedure

Biography

Niesel joined St. Mary’s University School of Law in May 2016 and serves as the Director of St. Mary’s innovative Law Success program. In that capacity, she focuses her time on preparing St. Mary’s students for the rigors and academic challenges of law school and the bar exam. In addition to serving as Director of Law Success, Niesel teaches a number of courses in the Law Success curriculum and writes legal scholarship in the areas of legal education and civil procedure.

Niesel began her teaching career as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Wake Forest University, where she taught classes in Civil Procedure, Complex Commercial Litigation and Transnational Litigation. In addition to her experience in academia, Niesel previously clerked for the Hon. Thomas D. Schroder, U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina, and spent time in private practice as an associate attorney in the area of complex commercial litigation.

Niesel received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Southern Methodist University, and her law degree, summa cum laude, from Wake Forest University School of Law. She and her husband Tom reside in San Antonio.

Publications

  • The Knottiest Problem: Unraveling Arising Under Jurisdiction in Copyright Cases, 23 George Mason Law Review (forthcoming March 2016) (with Bethany Corbin).
  • Daimler and the Jurisdictional Triskelion, 82 Tennessee Law Review.
  • Collateral Damage: Protecting Cultural Heritage in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, Wake Forest Law Review Online (2014).
  • King Tut and Tahrir Square: The Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and the Advantage of Viewing Cultural Heritage Destruction through a Right to Culture Lens, 20 Southwestern Journal of International Law 283 (2014).
  • Comment, Better Late Than Never? The Effect of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act’s 2010 Regulations, 46 Wake Forest Law Review 837 (2011).

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