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Assistant Professor of the Practice
JD and International Law Certificate from Saint Louis University School of Law, magna cum laude, December 2006
BA summa cum laude from Concordia University, May 2000
John Campbell earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Concordia University at Austin. He earned his J.D. from Saint Louis University College of Law, graduating magna cum laude. Professor Campbell worked, and continues to work, as a trial and appellate lawyer. He is one of the few professors in the country to be ranked as a Super Lawyer and one of America’s Best Lawyers. Professor Campbell obtained the largest settlement in Missouri in 2015 ($262 million) for a class of over 100,000 people, and was twice recognized as one of the “Most Influential Appellate Advocates” in Missouri. He is licensed to practice in Missouri, Illinois, and New York, as well as the United States Supreme Court, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and various district courts throughout the country.
Professor Campbell focuses his pro bono work primarily on issues impacting the financially disadvantaged. For example, along with Missouri Attorney General, he represented over one-hundred thousand citizens who, through ballot initiative, sought to cap the rates on payday loans. Similarly, working pro bono, he argued an impact litigation case at the Missouri Supreme Court that aimed to give homeowners more rights to resists foreclosure and eviction.
Professor Campbell is the co-director and co-founder of the Denver Empirical Justice Institute (DEJI). DEJI is dedicated to promoting the idea that being a trial and appellate lawyer is a noble calling, and that empirical studies can inform and improve trial practice and the rules that impact it. Professor Campbell is also a Hughes-Ruud Research Professor for 2014-2016.
Professor Campbell’s scholarship focuses on empirical jury studies, measuring written persuasion, and mortgage fraud. His work has appeared, or will appear, in a variety of respected journals, including the Iowa Law Review, the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Brooklyn Law Review and Catholic Law Review. Professor Campbell is recognized as a national expert on mortgage issues. He regularly serves as an expert in civil cases around the country.
Professor Campbell teaches a variety of courses at the law school, including lawyering process, torts, and a live client appellate class. Professor Campbell created the live client appellate course. Students worked on Chevron v. Donziger, a case covered extensively in the national press. Students worked with Deepak Gupta, a nationally known appellate attorney, and attended argument, where Ted Olson (former Solicitor General) represented Chevron. Professor Campbell also actively promotes inclusiveness in his classroom and within the law school. He was instrumental in creating the first Fellowship for Inclusive Excellence in the Lawyering Process Program.
John is Of-Counsel at Campbell Law LLC.
- Countering the Plaintiff’s Anchor: Jury Simulations to Evaluate Damages Arguments, co-authored with Bernard Chao, Christopher Robertson and David Yokum, 101 Iowa Law Review 543 (2016).
- Where Kafka Reigns: A Call for Metamorphosis in Unlawful Detainer Law, ___U. Mich. J.L. Reform __ (forthcoming 2016).
- Employment Law Update: Dukes, Comcast, and Italian Colors: Three Decisions Dramatically Impacting Employment Class Actions, Henry Perritt, Chapter _ (forthcoming 2016).
- Can We Trust Trustees?: Proposals for Reducing Wrongful Foreclosures, 63 Cath U. L. Rev. 103 (2014).
- Mis-Concepcion: Why Cognitive Science Proves the Emperors Have No Robes, 79 Brook. L. Rev. 107 (2013).