Current LLM Students


FT and PT indicate full-time and part-time students, respectively.

Rev. Philip Bené (FT) is from St. Louis, Missouri. He is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and holds a doctorate in canon law (JCD) from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.  He presently serves as adjutant judicial vicar of the metropolitan tribunal of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and assists at Immacolata Parish in St. Louis. Prior to his present appointment he served at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican and before that at the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York.  He looks forward to furthering his studies of civil law and in particular in the area of dispute resolution.

Ms. Lynn Carruth-Rasmussen (PT) is employed full-time at the University of Missouri (MU) serving as the director of Academic Advising and Certification Services for the College of Education as well as its certification officer. She earned her BA from MU in psychology with honors, as well as her MA in counseling psychology with a focus on career counseling. She has taught undergraduate-level psychology and career-based courses at both MU and Moberly Area Community College. Prior to MU she spent 16 years with Bridge Information Systems, a stock market research firm out of St. Louis, Missouri. Her initial mediation training came through participation in the Chancellor’s Emerging Leaders Program at MU, followed by completion of the Mediation Training for Civil Cases program, and subsequently she joined the Campus Mediation Service. Her interest in mediation and ADR is focused on organizational dynamics and interpersonal communication. Lynn is married and enjoys trying new things, traveling, quilting, bicycling, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Rui Chen (FT) was born in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province, China, in 1986. He received his PhD degree from the Law School at Tsinghua University in 2013. And during his doctoral courses at Tsinghua University, he was invited by the Law School at Tohoku University in Japan, to do further research as a member of GCOE (Gender Equality and Multicultural Conviviality in the Age of Globalization). His major is jurisprudence, mainly on the study of Jerome Frank, a leader of American Legal Realism in the early 20th century. Based on his study, he has published a series of papers, such as On Jerome Frank and His Constructive Skepticism, Legislation and Judicial Interpretation and On the Modern Mind of Jerome Frank, on different international academic journals. Furthermore, his abstract to the 2013 IVR, XXVI World Congress of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy has drawn much attention. After 4 years’ studies on jurisprudence, he believes that the adversarial system of adjudication might be a positive supplement to the judicial system, hence, as the motto he believes in goes, “Actions speak louder than words,” he has chosen to pursue a practical study of dispute resolution at the University of Missouri.

Ms. Siru (Lucy) Chen (FT) received dual degrees in June 2013 - a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Fort Hays State University, and a bachelor of laws degree from Shenyang Normal University in China. She is a member of the political science honor society Pi Sigma Alpha. Lucy was an intern with China Written Works Copyright Society in 2010, where she observed the increasing awareness and development of legal principles regarding intellectual property rights and copyright protection in China. She worked at a civil tribunal in Changsha Intermediate People’s Court in Hunan Province in 2011. While there she developed an appreciation for the advantages of mediation over litigation in terms of time and other resources, and decided to study international commercial arbitration, to become proficient in western common law and principles and the legal system in China; and to promote the use of more fair and impartial methods to decide society’s disputes, especially under the economic progress that China has experienced. Lucy is a national secondary swimming athlete and served as a team swimmer in Hunan Province.

Mr. Junzhe Chi (FT) was born in Longjing, China. As an ethnic-Korean in China, both Korean and Chinese are his native languages. He learned Japanese during school time as his third language, and English is the fourth. He received his bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from Dalian Nationalities University and obtained his juris master degree from Peking University School of Law. He served as a legal counsel at China Headquarters of Samsung for four years. Now he is an attorney with the Genland Law Firm in China. He would like to gain further insights into the American legal system and improve his skills in various dispute resolution processes.

Mr. Jose Ignacio LLeo Gomez (FT) was born in Castellon, a city on the east coast of Spain. He always knew that he wanted to study law, so he moved to Madrid, the capital of Spain, to study law at King Juan Carlos University. During his last year in college, he served as an intern in the National Attorneys Department, which is in charge of defending Spain in any jurisdiction, domestic or international, and which also offers legal counsel to the government. After graduating, he promptly moved to his native city, and got a certificate in legal practice. He joined a corporate law firm whose clients were mostly international corporations dedicated to tile production and distribution. In his activity as a corporate lawyer, he had to deal with a huge variety of problems, which needed fast solutions. He became more interested in ADR, when he noticed that using alternatives to the filing in court, such as negotiation or mediation, his clients could maintain commercial relations with the other part, saving unnecessary fees and the long time that a process in court always involves. For this reason, he is a strong supporter of ADR and wants to specialize in this area of law, offering his knowledge of problem solving to corporations and institutions around the globe. He also aims to develop ADR methods in Spain, which have been recently regulated and strongly promoted by the European Union.

Dr. John (Jack) Healy (PT) is the dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.  He earned his B.A. degree in English from Creighton University (Omaha, Nebraska) in 1985, his M.A. degree in English (1988) and his Ph.D. in English (1997) from the University of Kansas.  He wrote his dissertation on the early poetry of Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, a native of Northern Ireland.  Jack has published articles and presented papers in the U.S. and Ireland on Heaney's poetry and Irish novelist Colum McCann.  He has a particular research interest in the impact of sectarian and social violence throughout the 20th century in Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Jack has taught English at the University of Kansas, Baker University, and Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri.  At CMU he also served as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for three years before joining the University of the Incarnate Word.  He was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar at the University of Notre Dame in 2003, focusing on images of Ireland and the Irish from the Irish and British perspectives throughout Irish history and literature.  In Spring 2006, he taught in the Missouri London Program at Imperial College, London, where he taught Travel Literature and Post-colonial British Literature.  Jack hopes to use his knowledge and experience in the LL.M. Program to develop helpful skills in higher education administration.  Jack and his wife, Kathy, live in San Antonio with their sassy tabby cat, Kerry.

Ms. Anna Lanshakova (FT) was born in Armenia, and lived most of her time in the Siberian city of Omsk, Russia. She obtained her first degree in law at Omsk State University in 2011. She has been working for the Eight Commercial Appellate Court (Omsk, Russia) in the capacity of the assistant of the judge for two years. Her work includes the drafting of judicial decisions and writing judicial practice reviews. She also actively participated in extra-curricular activities, such as the Jessup Law Moot Court Competition and scientific conferences. At the same time she is working on her PhD thesis in alternative dispute resolution in postgraduate school at Omsk State University. Her future goals are promotion and improvement of ADR techniques in Russia in commercial cases by using the positive experience of the USA in this sphere.

Ms. Huangshang Li (FT) comes from Xiangyang, Hubei, China. She finished her four years of law study in Huazhong University of Science and Technology. She aims at becoming professional in both maritime law and dispute resolution. She plans to become a leading non-litigation attorney in China. She is interested in photography and cares a lot about nature.

Ms. Simone Haberstock McCartney (PT) received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa with honors and, thereafter, passed the Certified Public Accountants Examination in 1986. She received her JD degree from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1991 and began practice in a law firm in St. Louis, Missouri. As a young lawyer, she became involved in several bar projects and community service programs through the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and has received two Young Lawyer Division Awards of Merit and two President’s Outstanding Service Awards. She has been in private practice for over ten years and served for several years as a part-time adjunct professor in civil practice and the Law Clinic Program at Saint Louis University School of Law. As a family law practitioner, she is rated as an “AV” attorney by Martindale-Hubbell; has published the Retirement Chapter for the Missouri Bar Elder Law Handbook; and has frequently spoken at CLE programs on family law, mediation, and collaborative law. She served as 2007-2008 President of the Collaborative Family Law Association in St. Louis and is active in the Family Law Section of the Missouri Bar. She maintains her office in Kirkwood, Missouri. She is interested in alternate dispute resolution and mediation, not only as it applies in family law, but also in its potential as a process integrated into the judicial system and in its application in interdisciplinary problem solving.

Ms. Olufunke Oluyemi (FT) was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in law from Ogun State University in Nigeria and was called as a barrister and solicitor to the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1991. She was in active private practice for 12 years as a legal practitioner before joining the Lagos State Ministry of Justice as a State Counsel, where she was assigned to the Centre for Mediation Services under the Directorate for Citizens Rights. She was also a member of the Human Rights Protection Committee and Prison Watch. She has a passion for mediation as an alternative to litigation because of the resultant effect on parties. She has attended several courses including Peaceworkers Training in the UK, Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, and Humanitarian Law in University of Pretoria, South Africa. She also has a master’s in maritime law from the Lagos State University, Nigeria. She plans to sit for the Missouri Bar and further engage in mediation services after the LLM program.

Mr. Kyuchan Park (FT) is from the Republic of Korea (South Korea), where he graduated from the Korea University Law College with an LLB degree and also graduated from the Korea University graduate school with a master of law degree. He passed the 17th Higher Civil Service Examination for Service in the National Assembly, and was recruited as a legislative expert. Since joining the National Assembly, he has been working there as a professional parliamentary assistant for various political areas such as education, legislation, judiciary, environment, etc.

Ms. Monique Prinsloo (FT) was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and completed her LLB degree at the University of the Western Cape. She is currently pursuing a master’s in labor law at the University of the Western Cape. She has a great passion for community outreach and development, and plans to use her LLM in dispute resolution to help resolve community disputes. She plans to become an accredited mediator to make a positive contribution to the growth and development of South Africa and particularly her community. She worked as a graduate lecturing assistant from January till June 2013, where she prepared and conducted tutorials for final year corporate law students. During her free time she enjoys watching movies or live shows and spending time outdoors, especially hiking.