Professor Butler holds two law degrees, one from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, and the other from the University of Bordeaux in France. During her first year of law school in France, she was first in class of 1,700 students, and while at Washington University, she was an articles editor for the Washington University Law Review. She received the Breckinridge Award during her third year of law school, awarded to the students with the first and second highest GPA for that academic year, and she graduated Order of the Coif.
After graduation, Professor Butler practiced as a corporate attorney with Perkins Coie LLP. She later managed law firm recruiting at national recognized law firms, including Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Morrison Foerster LLP, and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. Finally she served as the assistant dean for career development at Pepperdine University School of Law before transitioning into her current role as associate professor of law.
Professor Butler teaches Legal Research and Writing to first-year law school students and LLM International students. She is regularly invited to speak at conferences on a variety of Legal Research and Writing topics (including the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools and the Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference). Finally, as a former assistant dean for career development, she also regularly counsels students and alumni regarding their career and job search strategies.
- J.D., Washington University, 1996, Order of the Coif
- J.D., University of Bordeaux, 1992, Highest Honors
- Certificate of English Law, University of Warwick, 1991, with Distinction
- Legal Research and Writing