Professor Ira Herenda Trako serves as the Assistant Director for the Center for International and Comparative Law and the Program Director for the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers program. She teaches Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court. Her areas of focus include criminal law, international and comparative criminal law, international law and immigration law.
Prior to joining SLU LAW, Prof. Trako worked as a criminal defense attorney at a law firm in St. Louis. She focused her practice on municipal and state criminal cases, appeals, and immigration law as it applies to criminal convictions.
Prof. Trako graduated with a B.A. and a B.S.B.A. from Saint Louis University and obtained her J.D. from SLU LAW. While at SLU LAW, she received a concentration in international and comparative law and held an externship with the Honorable William D. Stiehl at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois.
Prof. Trako is a licensed member of the Missouri Bar Association (MoBar). She is also an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the ABA’s Section of International Law, where she currently serves as Vice-Chair (Diversity) of the Section’s International Legal Education Committee and a steering group member of the International Criminal Law Committee.