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James Westbrook

Earl F. Nelson and James S. Rollins Professor Emeritus of Law
School of Law

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Westbrook, James

Professor Westbrook first joined the law faculty in 1965. He rejoined the faculty in 1980, after serving from 1976-80 as dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He served as interim dean at MU from 1981-82. He has been a visiting professor at Duke University and the University of Richmond.

He has taught summer school at Washington University in St. Louis. While in law school he served as Associate Editor of the Duke Law Journal. He was a member of Order of the Coif and received his J.D. degree with distinction. From 1959-62, he practiced law in Little Rock, Arkansas and in 1963 was appointed assistant counsel of the U.S. Senate Patents Sub-Committee.

Professor Westbrook served from 1963-65 as legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator in Washington, D.C. Professor Westbrook has published in the fields of local government law, conflict of laws, labor law, and alternative dispute resolution. He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators.

He has served as chair of the Roundtable Council on Local Government Law of the Association of American Law Schools, president of the Central States Law School Association, chair of the Labor Law Committee of the Missouri Bar, member of the Federal Practice Committee of the U.S. District Court for the Western District Of Missouri, and member of the Task Force on Gender and Justice authorized by the Missouri Judicial Conference. Since retiring, he has taught Conflict of Laws, Dispute Resolution, and Lawyering Seminar.

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