Julie  St. John

Assistant Professor of Comparative Legal Writing and Research

St. John, Julie
Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: Dowling Hall
Room: 101
Phone: (313) 596-0263
St. John, Julie
Areas of Expertise:
Canadian/American Law School
Canadian Law


  • LL.M. Wayne State University '06
  • LL.B. University of Windsor '97
  • B.A. University of Windsor '94


  • Curriculum Vitae

After graduating from law school, Professor St. John articled at McTague Law firm in Windsor, Canada. After being admitted to the Ontario Bar, she started her own practice in Windsor where she practiced primarily civil litigation, family law, real estate, and wills & estates.

Professor St. John then joined the law firm, Donaldson, Donaldson, Greenaway, where she continued litigation and real estate practice together with insurance defence litigation.

Next, Professor St. John joined the Legal Department at SBC Ameritech. The legal department at SBC was responsible for all the litigation and labor issues in its five Mid-West states (Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin).

Professor St. John joined the full-time faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in June 2004 in the Dual J.D. program.


“A View from the Trenches – What Students Think about Formative Assessment,” University of Detroit Mercy Law Review Symposium, Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2017

“Biggest Bang for your Buck: Using Real-life Problems to Enhance Learning,” poster presentation, Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, Portland, Oregon, July 2016

“Canadian Law in the United States: Rethinking Legal Education in North America” Association of Canadian Studies in the United States 23rd Biennial Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 16, 2015

“A Tale of Two Countries: Warrantless Searches – Using Cognitive Psychology to Reconcile Inconsistent Decisions” Psychology of Persuasion Conference, University of Wyoming College of Law, Laramie, Wyoming, September 19, 2015

“A Tale of Two Countries: Warrantless Searches – Nothing to Wurie About and Much to Fearon” Global Legal Skills Conference, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 2015

“The Missing Link: Teaching Students to ‘Connect the Dots’ from Rule to Facts to Conclusion” Carolinas Research & Writing Colloquium, Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina, May 15, 2015

“What Can You Do with a Dual JD?” Webinar, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan, September 24, 2014.

“Fact is Stranger (and More Interesting) Than Fiction: Using Real-Life Problems to Enhance Student Engagement and Learning” Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, California, September 19, 2014.

“Harnessing Neuroscience to Maximize Performance” New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers Conference, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont, September 12, 2014.

“The ‘Sport’ of Lawyering: Using Visualization to Improve Performance” Psychology and Lawyering Conference, University of Nevada Las Vegas Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 21, 2014.

Courses Taught:

Comparative Legal Writing and Research (1070)