Professor Constance Wagner’s primary academic appointment is in the Saint Louis University School of Law. She is an expert in the law of business associations and financial institutions, and also has a background in the law of international trade and international business transactions. She teaches and publishes in these areas and also speaks frequently on these topics at national academic conferences, bar association meetings, and university events. Her current research agenda focuses on mechanisms for enhancing corporate social responsibility and developments in financial regulation.
Drawing on her fourteen years of experience in New York City as a corporate lawyer in private practice and as Vice President and Senior Associate Counsel of a multinational financial institution, Professor Wagner brings a wealth of real world experience to the law school classroom. She likes to introduce aspects of her practice experience into her teaching, especially in the area of business transactional law.
Professor Wagner has a strong background in international and comparative law. Prior to entering law teaching, she often represented clients in cross-border transactions and regulatory matters while a practicing lawyer. She earned an LL.M. from the University of Konstanz, Germany, and completed a certificate in foreign and comparative law while earning her J.D. at Columbia Law School. She also holds a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Northwestern University College of Arts & Sciences. She developed her foreign language proficiency through university studies and work experience in Germany, France, Spain, and Switzerland. As affiliated faculty with the Center for International and Comparative Law at Saint Louis University School of Law, she has worked closely with visiting researchers and students and has directed graduate programs for foreign lawyers.
Professor Wagner holds a secondary academic appointment in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies of Saint Louis University. She has been active in developing graduate programs and serves on a faculty advisory committee in that department. She has devoted part of her scholarly agenda to exploring the gender dimensions of international trade treaties and gender mainstreaming in international economic institutions. She has published articles and spoken on these topics at national and international law conferences.
In addition, Professor Wagner has worked in recent years to advance the status of women faculty at Saint Louis University as co-chair of the Faculty Senate Gender Equity Task Force. In that role, she was instrumental in producing several university-wide empirical research studies on the status of full-time women faculty and a comprehensive set of recommendations for promoting gender equity for full-time faculty. She has been recognized for spearheading this initiative, the first of its kind at Saint Louis University. She has also received several service awards for her leadership.
Professor Wagner has served in leadership roles in national professional associations of legal academics (American Association of Law Schools, American Society of International Law, American Branch of the International Law Association) and in bar associations (Missouri Bar and American Bar Association).
She is a member in good standing of the New York and Missouri bars.