Mitchell Hamline School of Law Announces the 2017 CLEO Pre-Law Summer Institute
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Announces the 2017 CLEO Pre-Law Summer Institute
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Who We Are 2017-05-20T11:07:18+00:00

The 2012 Mitchell Hamline Class of CLEO Students

WE HAVE SHAPED MINNESOTA’S LEGAL LANDSCAPE FOR OVER 155 YEARS, AND WE BELIEVE THAT DIVERSITY IS IMPORTANT IN THE CLASSROOM, COLLEGE AND LEGAL PROFESSION

Mitchell Hamline School of Law is built on a long, rich history of providing innovative, forward-thinking, and accessible legal education. The school as it is now structured, was created in 2015 by combining William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law.

 

This extraordinary union brought together two law schools that have shaped Minnesota’s legal landscape for over 155 years. Thus, creating the top law school in the Midwest for students seeking a rigorous, practical, and problem-solving approach to legal education.

 

Mitchell Hamline’s welcoming campus is located in St. Paul’s scenic Summit Avenue neighborhood, home to the nation’s longest stretch of Victorian mansions.

In 2014, preLaw Magazine ranked it as one of the top facilities among the nation’s law schools, calling it “comfortable and striking.”

Our classrooms are equipped with the latest technology, and students practice real world skills in several mock courtrooms. Students are able to relax and socialize in cozy spots scattered around campus. Plus, students study and conduct research in our state-of-the-art law library, named after Warren E. Burger, a Mitchell Hamline graduate and the 15th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

All are welcome at our law school because we believe that diversity is important in the classroom, the college, and the legal profession. We’re devoted to increasing the diversity of the legal community by providing support, encouragement, advice, and learning opportunities to students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds.

Mitchell Hamline is a welcoming and respectful community where individuals can explore differences in a safe and positive environment, and where students not only learn from their professors but also from the diverse life experiences of their classmates.

What We Do   

THE CLEO MITCHELL HAMLINE PRE-LAW SUMMER INSTITUTE IS COMMITMENTED IS TO INCREASiNG THE NUMBER OF LAWYERS FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS THAT ARE ACTIVELY CONTRIBUTING TO THE LEGAL PROFESSION

For almost 50 years, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (“CLEO”) has worked to make the law a more diverse profession by expanding opportunities for underrepresented persons to pursue a legal career.

CLEO was formed, in part, based on inspiration arising from a similar program launched at Harvard Law School. In 1964, Louis Toepfer Vice Dean of Harvard Law School, brought together a group of his colleagues to discuss the possibility of encouraging African-American students to enter the study of law. In 1965, that idea became a reality when Harvard Law School brought together a group of 40 students, most of whom were juniors from historically black colleges and provided them with an opportunity to have a pre-law school experience.

In 1968, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity was established as the first national organization to coordinate and recruit students to participate in these types of programs. With that, a pipeline to the legal profession was created for students of all minority and socioeconomic backgrounds.

In addition to the Pre-Law Summer Institute, CLEO also produces the Road to Law School, a seminar that provides freshman with an overview of the law school application process; Sophomore Super Saturdays, a program to help sophomores and juniors develop logical reasoning, reading comprehension, and writing skills; Juniors Jumpstart the LSAT; CLICKS, a program that serves underserved high school students through structured mentorship and exposure to legal, sports and health professions; and several other programs designed to empower those underrepresented in the traditional professions.

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2017 CLEO MITCHELL HAMLINE PRE-LAW SUMMER INSTITUTE

GLOBAL TEAM. WORLD-CLASS RESULTS.

MARK GORDON

PRESIDENT AND DEAN

President and Dean Gordon has served Mitchell Hamline School of Law since 2015.  He was also the William Mitchell College of Law president and dean in 2015. Dean Gordon served as the Presideint of Defiance College from 2009-2015. Prior to that, he was at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law serving as the dean and a professor of law from 2002-2009. Dean Gordon has also served at Columbia University School of International Affairs as an associate professor from 1996-2002 and the director of the Urban Habitat Project from 1997-2002.

Dean Gordon has also served at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Kennedy School of Government and Harvard College and the Governor of New York’s office.

EMILY DUNSWORTH

DEAN OF ADMISSIONS

Dean Dunsworth graduated from the New England School of Law, Boston, MA with her Juris Doctor in May 2008. There she was a member of the Dean’s List – fall 2006, spring 2008; Student Bar Association, 2006 – 2007; Massachusetts Attorney General externship; study abroad at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland – Galway.  Dean Dunsworth also attended William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN as a third-year visiting student; Rule 114 Certified Neutral Mediator, and she participated in the Misdemeanor Clinic.  She attended the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN where she earned a Master of Arts in Art History, May 2005.  There she also served as a Professor’s Assistant for art history courses; elected Graduate Program Representative, 2004; managed visual resource library; taught PowerPoint and Photoshop classes; hosted career exploration events; gallery events coordinator; extensive Blackboard usage. Dean Dunsworth obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Art History in May 2001 from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN.

SHARON VAN LEER

DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Sharon is a native Minnesotan who grew up in the Rondo Community and moved to White Bear Lake because of the gentrification of the Rondo Community. Sharon worked for The Higher Education Assistant Foundation from 1984 – 1991 as the Minnesota Regional Coordinator for Federal Guaranteed Student Loans. She provided technical support for the guaranteed student loan program, and assisted in the recovery of defaulted student loans for Minnesota, Iowa, Chicago, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota

Sharon came to Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 1991 as a faculty administrative assistant, contributing to the overall effectiveness and professional administrative support to full-time faculty, visiting scholars and distinguished judges. Sharon currently works in the Office of Multicultural and International Inclusion as program manager.

Sharon earned a Masters in Public Administration from Bethel University and a BA in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University.

THE HONORABLE EDWARD TOUSSAINT

CIVIL PROCEDURE

Judge Edward Toussaint is an American lawyer and judge from Minnesota. For 16 years, from 1995 until July 2011, he served as a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Judge Toussaint was appointed Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals in 1995 by Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson. He held the position until October 2010, when he stepped down as Chief Judge to take a seat on the court as a sitting judge. He remained on the court until July 15, 2011, when he retired due to the state’s mandatory retirement age.

Judge Toussaint now serves as an adjunct professor of law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law where he teaches evidence.

Before serving on the Court of Appeals, Toussaint served as a district judge in Hennepin County.

PROFESSOR MORGAN HOLCOMB

CONTRACTS

Professor Morgan Holcomb teaches Individual Income Tax, Tax Policy, State and Local Taxation, and Taxation of Business Entities. She was also the faculty advisor to the Hamline Law Review, as well as Hamline’s award winning Tax Challenge team. Holcomb’s academic research focuses on gender and taxation, and state and local tax issues. She is a contributing editor to Bench & Bar of Minnesota and has published in numerous law reviews, as well as State Tax Notes. Holcomb serves on the Board of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association and is secretary to the Minnesota Law Review Alumni Advisory Board. She previously was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to entering academia, Holcomb worked as an associate at the Minneapolis law firm of Maslon, Edelman, Borman & Brand.

PROFESSOR EDWIN BUTTERFOSS

AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM

Professor Ed Butterfoss joined the Hamline University School of Law faculty from the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper, Hamilton and Scheetz, where he practiced in the areas of product liability, employment discrimination, and commercial law. He also handled pro bono cases involving prisoners’ rights and was a volunteer attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocacy.

As a faculty member at Mitchell Hamline, Professor Butterfoss teaches contracts, criminal law, and criminal procedure. He is known for providing a challenging classroom environment where students learn to make solid, persuasive arguments, and to see a case from a judge’s viewpoint.

Butterfoss previously served as associate dean for academic affairs at Hamline Law from 1995 to 1998 and again from July 2010 through December 2012; he was dean of the law school from 1998 to 2003.

PROFESSOR COLETTE ROUTEL

AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM

Professor Routel has served as an Assistant Professor from 2009-2012, Associate Professor from 2012-2014, and a Professor of Law 2014 – present.  She is also the Co-Director of the Center for Indian Law.  Professor Routel teaches a variety of courses, including Federal Indian Law, Natural Resources Law, Property Law, and Indian Law Impact Litigation Clinic

She was selected professor of the Year 2010-11, 2015-16

Professor Routel also coached National NALSA Moot Court teams who won the national competitions in 2014 and 2015 and made it all the way to the semi-finals in 2013.

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR RICK PETRY

TORTS AND COMPENSATION

Professor Petry has served as an associate attorney at the Twin Cities law firm Fredrikson & Byron in their commercial litigation and white collar defense groups and operated his own law practice serving clients in both State and federal courts in personal injury, real estate, commercial litigation and criminal defense cases.  He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Magistrate Judge John “Jack” Mason in the United State District Court for the District of Minnesota and the Honorable Jim Randle in the Minnesota Court of Appeals.  Professor Petry is a 1998 graduate of Hamline University School of Law. He is also a certified life coach and business growth consultant.

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR MARY TREVOR

LEGAL WRITING

Mary Benjamin Trevor received her J.D., at the Yale Law School in 1983 and her A.B., Summa cum laude, Bryn Mawr College in 1980.

She has served as a Freelance Editor from January 2016-Present. Her projects include legal textbook editing for West Academic Press, law review article editing and citation checking for the International Review of Law (Qatar University College of Law), and editing of books about humane legal education, Nobel Prize winners who have been lawyers, and the marketing of shopping malls

Professor Trevor is also an Adjunct Professor and Emerita Professor of Law at Mitchell|Hamline School of Law (Jan. 2016-Present), Associate Professor of Law and Director of the LRW Program, Hamline University School of Law (2008-09 to 2014-15 academic years; Interim Director in 2007-08 academic year) and a LRW Instructor, Hamline University School of Law (1992-93; 1998-99 to 2007-08 academic years).

PROFESSOR BETH HONETSCHLAGER

LEGAL WRITING

Adjunct Professor Honetschlager has served as an Adjunct Professor and Academic Excellence Tutor from 2015 to present.  She also served as a Professor of Legal Writing from 2013 to 2015, Legal Research and Writing Instructor from 1999 to 2013, Academic Success Tutor 2013 to 2015, Technical Editor, Hamline University School of Law Journal of Law and Religion from 2012 to 2013 and Legal Writing Coach from 2005 to 2010.

PROFESSOR COURTNEY CARTER

LEGAL WRITING

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

EXPERIENCE

NOLAN, THOMPSON & LEIGHTON, P.L.C.

Attorney, August 2015-Present, St. Paul, MN

Research issues and assess risks for clients on a variety of civil litigation matters, including administrative law, environmental law, and Indian law. Draft memoranda and litigation documents.

MITCHELL HAMLINE SCHOOL OF LAW

Adjunct Professor, August 2015-Present

Teach legal writing course to first-year law students; assess written work; advise and counsel students on skills.

 

KATHY CONNOLLY

STRESS AND TIME MANAGEMENT

Kathy is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Coordinator of Mitchell Hamline Counseling Services. She has been with Counseling Services since 2000 and has developed an expertise working with law students, lawyers and the culture of law.  She has her Master’s in Social Work and has been in practice 30 years working in the clinical areas of criminal justice, mental health, college environments, and employee assistance work.  She currently has a private practice in Minneapolis. Special areas of interest include work/life balance, maintaining significant relationships while in law school, stress management and anxiety issues, self-compassion and self-acceptance.

SONYA HUESMAN

LIBRARY TECHNIQUES

Sonya Huesman is a research & instructional librarian at Mitchell Hamline’s Warren E. Burger Library. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Concordia College, Moorhead, and her M.A. in Library & Information Science and Juris Doctor with Distinction from the University of Iowa. While in law school she was a writing tutor and reference librarian, and following graduation she worked at the University of Iowa Law Library. She has been at Mitchell Hamline since 2000.

PROFESSOR VAL JENSEN

DIVERSITY IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

Val Jensen is an expert in leading cultural change and talent development across and within organizations. Val has been asked to speak, write and advise on leadership, diversity-related issues, and healthcare disparities.   She has spent her career bringing together individuals from very different backgrounds to problem solve and leverage their contributions and energies to help their organizations get the best results.

JOSE GALLARDO

TEACHING ASSISTANT

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota – Juris Doctor expected June 2019

  • Honors: Merit Scholarship
  • Activities: Latino Legal Student Association (First Year Representative)
  • Minnesota Justice Foundation: Street Law Teacher

The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois

  • Summer College to Assess Legal Skills Program, 2016

University of Minnesota Twin-Cities, College of Liberal Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Bachelor of Arts, December 2011

LEONA AJAVON

TEACHING ASSISTANT

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, MN
Juris Doctor expected, May 2019
Honors: Merit Scholarship
Activities: Black Law Student Association, Member; Mitchell Hamline Mentors Program, Mentee; Mitchell Hamline Student Ambassador Program, Student Ambassador

Mitchell Hamline Mentors Program, Mentee

Mitchell Hamline Student Ambassador Program, Student Ambassador

Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York
Bachelor of Arts in English, Literature & Rhetoric, May 2009

NICOLE HARRIS

TEACHING ASSISTANT

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, MN

Juris Doctor expected May 2019

Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science
Honors: Dean’s List, First Generation Walmart Scholar

AMANDA OLIVER

TEACHING ASSISTANT

Amanda Oliver will join CLEO this summer as a Teaching Assistant.  She is currently the lead singer in a bluegrass band and pursuing a J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Amanda holds a B.S. in Communication Arts (film, T.V., and radio) and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

WE’RE RECRUITING

“Continue to seek mentors throughout your journey because there are so many people out there who are willing to help you, but you have to want it for yourself.”

LEADING MINDS. LATEST PUBLICATIONS.

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