Legal Studies Faculty
Mary Carol Parker, J.D.
Assistant Professor of Legal Studies
College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Parker received her Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from Parks College in 1986 and her Juris Doctor from St. Louis University School of Law in 1991. Her practice focused on civil defense trial work and representing clients
throughout Missouri and Illinois. She is a member of the Missouri and Illinois bars. She is also admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Missouri, the United States District Court of the Central District of Illinois and the United States District Court of Southern District of Illinois. Dr. Parker is a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and Louisiana State University Paul Hebert School of Law Trial Advocacy Program. She teaches advocacy throughout the United States and Canada. She is currently President Elect of the American Association for Paralegal Education. In addition to administering Maryville’s Legal Studies Program, which is approved by the American Bar Association, Dr. Parker teaches Introduction to Law, Law and Technology, Legal Research and Writing I and II, Civil Litigation, Advanced Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Legal Ethics and Interviewing, Senior Seminar, Internship, Law in St. Louis and Special Topics in Law.
Richard B. Blanke, J.D.
RIchard B. Blanke is a partner in the St. Louis downtown firm of Uthoff Graeber Bobinette & Blanke. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and listed in Who’s Who in American Law. His civil practice concentrates in the areas of business, domestic and personal injury litigation and appeals. He obtained a B.A. in History/Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania in 1977 and a J.D. from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1980. He has written several articles for the Journal of the MIssouri Bar and Missouri Lawyers Weekly. He teaches Torts and Civil Litigation as an adjunct instructor for Maryville and has periodically given continuing legal education seminars for attorneys in the areas of premises liability and wrongful death. He is a member in good standing of the Missouri Bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri.
Larry Gibbons, J.D.
Larry Gibbons is a native of St. Louis who graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and St. Mary's University School of Law. His background includes work as a trial attorney focusing on commercial, construction, and employment law. He is licensed in Missouri and is admitted to practice in federal court. Mr. Gibbons is also a court certified mediator. He teaches Business Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, Criminal Law, Bankruptcy Law, Medical Law and Ethics, Litigation Support, and Legal Research & Legal Writing. Mr. Gibbons is involved in many civic and professional organizations including: St. Mary's University School of Law Center for Social Justice; Battered Women's Shelter, Bexar County, Texas; Volunteer bilingual education tutor; Lecturer, Holocaust Education Program; and Executive Board, Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation. Mr. Gibbons also maintains Missouri State Teacher Certification for grades 9-12 in the area of Social Studies.
Zoë Lemcovitz, J.D.
Zoë Lemcovitz received a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with a minor in Philosophy from Maryville University and a Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law. Ms. Lemcovitz practiced for over ten years in the area commercial real estate, specializing in retail leases. She is admitted to both the Missouri and Illinois bars. Her volunteer activities include membership in the Saint Louis Symphony Volunteer Association, the Maryville University Arts and Sciences Leadership Council Board and the Maryville University Legal Studies Advisory Committee. Ms. Lemcovitz teaches Real Estate, Contracts, Senior Seminar, and Internship.
Nathan Perz, J.D.
Nathan Perz graduated from Truman State University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion (1994) and from Illinois State University with a M.A. in History (1997). He completed his J.D. at the Saint Louis University School of Law (2002) and has been a practicing attorney in St. Louis up to the present. Formerly with the Office of Missouri State Public Defender, Mr. Perz specialized in Juvenile Law, representing delinquent youth in the Juvenile Courts of St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Following this, Mr. Perz was a solo practitioner before forming the firm of Kreis, Blevins & Perz, of which he was the managing partner. Mr. Perz is currently with the Family Court of the 21st Judicial Circuit as an attorney for the Juvenile Officer of St. Louis County. Mr. Perz's areas of interest include Juvenile, Criminal, and Constitutional Law; History; and foreign affairs. He lives in Manchester with his wife and two children.
Katrina Shannon, J.D.
Katrina Shannon is the Manager of Regulatory Compliance & Patient Safety for Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. She attended Saint Louis University School of Business in from 1993-1997 and Saint Louis University School of Law from 1997-2000. She has been a licensed attorney in the state of Missouri since 2000. Throughout her legal career, she has worked for BJC Healthcare and Lashly & Baer, P.C. Ms. Shannon has been an adjuct faculty member with Maryville University since 2002 and Webster University since 2007. Ms. Shannon has taught Environmental Law & Policy, Legal Ethics & Interviewing, Senior Seminar, Sports and Entertainment Law, and Malpractice Law for Paralegals.
Margaret Smith, J.D.
Margaret (Peggy) Smith is a graduate of Maryville University and St. Louis University School of Law. She currently is a solo practitioner in the area of Family Law. Her work includes divorces, paternity actions, modifications, and orders of protection. She also practices in the area of Juvenile Law, Wills and Trusts and Civil Litigation. She is certified as a Guardian ad Litem by the Missouri Bar. Throughout her legal career she has worked as a volunteer attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, Turning Point Women’s Shelter and as a Legal Advocate for Abused Women. Ms. Smith has taught Domestic Law, Juvenile Law, Wills, Trusts and Estates, and Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals.