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Michael Wolff


Michael A. Wolff is a professor of law at Saint Louis University School of Law and co-director of its Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Law.  He was a judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri from August 1998 to August 2011, and served a two-year term as Chief Justice from July 2005 to June 2007.  
In addition to his judicial duties, Judge Wolff was a member of the Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission and served as its chair from 2004 to 2011.

Prior to his judicial service, Judge Wolff was on the faculty of  Saint Louis University School of Law for 23 years, was active in trial practice and was co-author of Federal Jury Practice and Instructions, (4th edition) and numerous other legal publications. As a law school teacher, he has taught a variety of courses.  He is a member of the American Law Institute.

Judge Wolff is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he was editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper, and the University of Minnesota Law School. During law school he was a reporter for The Minneapolis Star.

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