Professor Karen Tokarz currently teaches at the Washington University Law Faculty, where she is the Director of the Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Program and the Civil Rights, Community Justice and Mediation Clinic.
She is the Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Public Service at the Law Faculty and is also an affiliated faculty member of the African & African American Studies Program, Urban Studies Program, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program. In addition she is internationally recognised as an expert in dispute resolution and clinical legal education. She is a civil rights mediator and has been recognised by Best Lawyers in America for Mediation in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Professor Tokarz is also an active contributor to the Global Alliance for Justice Education.
Professor Tokarz studied on full scholarship at the Jacob Hiatt Institute at Brandeis University and completed a Bachelors Degree in Social and Behavioural Science at Webster University. She completed her J.D cum laude at St. Louis University School of Law, also on full scholarship. Professor Tokarz was the Walter Perry Johnson Graduate Fellow at Berkeley School of Law, where she completed her LL.M.
Professor Tokarz has published widely in many areas, including journal articles, book chapters and a two volume book, Elder Law: Advocacy for the Aging (with Joan Krauskopf, Robert Brown and Alan Bogutz, Thomson West 1993). Her publications cover wide subject matter, including clinical legal education, dispute resolution and social justice.