Elyse Pepper

B.F.A., New York University
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School

Before joining the law faculty in 2002, Professor Pepper was a senior associate at the law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, concentrating in complex civil litigation. While in law school, she was an Associate Editor of the Journal of International Business Law.  Professor Pepper is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.  She co-authored and updates the “Joinder, Consolidation and Severance” chapter of Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (2d ed. West) and co-authors the annual updates to the Arbitration chapter of the New York Lawyer’s Deskbook and Formbook.  Professor Pepper created two CLE programs, “Stop Thinking Like a Lawyer, Start Thinking Like a Judge: Improving Briefs Through Structural and Narrative Techniques,” and “Where Do I Begin? Reasoning and Writing in the Early Years of Practice,” which she presents to law firms and bar associations. In addition to teaching Legal Research and Writing and Pretrial Advocacy, Professor Pepper created and teaches two seminars, Law Through Film, and Fact-Writing and Persuasion in Legal Documents.  She is the co-faculty advisor to the St. John’s Moot Court Honor Society, for which she developed the “Moot Court Boot Camp,” an intensive advocacy practicum. Her scholarly publications include The Case for “Thinking Like a Filmmaker”: Using Lars von Trier's Dogville as a Model for Writing a Statement of Facts, Journal of the Legal Writing Institute (Vol. 14 2008).