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

License to Practice

  • Texas

Specialties and Courses

  • Legal Education
  • Civil Procedure


Professor Niesel joined St. Mary’s University School of Law in May 2016 and serves as the Executive 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 the Executive Director of Law Success, Professor Niesel teaches Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, Bar Prep for Credit, and a writing seminar on stolen art.

Professor Niesel’s legal scholarship focuses on civil procedure and jurisdiction. In her scholarship, she examines difficult issues of jurisdiction and how procedural concepts are challenged by advanced technology.

Professor 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.

Professor 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.


  • Using Simulation-Based Models to Educate New Lawyers for Social Change, NYU Annual Survey of American Law (forthcoming 2020).
  • Terrible Touhy: Navigating Judicial Review of an Agency’s Response to Third-Party Subpoenas, 41 Cardozo Law Review (forthcoming April 2020).
  • Legal Research Guide: Patterns and Practice (Carolina Academic Press 2019) (with Linda Schlueter).
  • #PersonalJurisdiction: A New Age of Internet Contacts, 94 Ind. L.J. 103, 116-38 (2019).
  • 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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