Notice: New Title IX Regulations Released - April 19, 2024

The Final Rule will be effective on August 1, 2024. Learn more here.

meet our team

Ann Davis Shields

independent decision-maker & informal resolution facilitator


Ann Davis Shields is the Professor of Practice and Director of Pretrial Practice and Settlement at Washington University School of Law and teaches Legal Practice and Negotiation. Professor Shields also directs the law school’s Pretrial Practice and Settlement courses. She performs investigations for school boards throughout Missouri to assess the viability of student, staff or faculty allegations of district policy violations. Professor Shields has mediated employment and ADA disputes in Missouri and Kansas. She is an active member of the St. Louis Mediation Project, which provides free mediation services in the courts and the community. Since 2005, Professor Shields has served as the law school’s Ombudsperson. She has received several teaching awards, including the David M. Becker Professor of the Year in 2018 and the Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s Women’s Justice Award for Legal Scholars in 2012. Prior to joining Washington University Law School’s faculty, Professor Shields practiced in the area of Labor and Employment at the Bryan Cave law firm in St. Louis.


  • Mediation Skills Training Program with the Northwestern University of Professional Studies, 2015
  • Sexual Violence and LGBTQ Communities Training, RAINN
  • Title IX & Beyond, Title IX Solutions, LLC
  • Trauma-Informed Interview Techniques, Thomas Tremblay


  • J.D., Washington University, 1993
  • B.A., Washington University, 1981

Professional Associations

  • Missouri State Bar Association, Member since 1993
  • Louis Mediation Project, Member
  • S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Panel of Neutral