Christine D. Ver Ploeg

Emerita Professor of Law

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Phone: 651-290-6317
Fax: 651-290-6406
Office: Rm 300

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“The exceptional diversity of our students and faculty is what makes William Mitchell most special for me. It is a joy to lead classes in which students contribute so much from their rich work and life experiences.”


B.A., 1971, University of Massachusetts
J.D., 1974, Drake University Law School
LL.M., 1977, Georgetown Law


William Mitchell College of Law: emerita professor of law, 2014-; professor of law, 1982-2013; associate professor of law, 1980-82; assistant professor of law, 1977-80.

Special assistant U.S. attorney (criminal), Washington, D.C., 1976.

Trial attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Washington, D.C., 1974-77.

Admitted: Iowa, 1974; Minnesota, 1982.

Professional Focus

Professor Ver Ploeg has long been interested in ways to resolve legal disputes outside of the court system. This interest has provided her with opportunities to serve as an arbitrator and mediator, and those experiences have in turn given her an additional perspective that she incorporates in all of her courses.

Leadership & Service

Commissioner: St. Paul Human Rights Commission, 1978-81; Neutral Representative: Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services Advisory Board, 1993-98; Past Member: National Academy of Arbitrators Research , International, and Legal Affairs Committees; Board Member, National Academy of Arbitrators Research and Education Foundation; Member, National Academy of Arbitrators’ Amicus Brief Advisory Committee; Board Member, Mano A Mano (volunteer org. providing medical supplies to Bolivia); Commissioner, Permanent Judicial Commission on the Presbytery.

Research & Scholarship

The over 900,000 K-12 students who are enrolled in Minnesota’s 2,214 public schools are taught by 68,000 teachers, all of whom enjoy substantial employment protection under Minnesota’s Teacher Tenure Act. I am currently analyzing how the Act’s discharge for cause provisions have actually been implemented. In addition, I am developing materials for a course on the cross cultural aspects of dispute resolution.

I have been a frequent faculty member for a host of ADR CLE programs, including programs certified by the Minnesota Supreme Court to train persons as qualified neutrals for placement on court rosters pursuant to Rule 114, as well a frequent lecturer at national conferences sponsored by the Labor Arbitration Institute.

In the summer of 2002, I taught cross-cultural dispute resolution at National University of Ireland, Galway, in a program offered by the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education.

I have received two Faculty Fellowships to Pepperdine Law Center’s Straus Center for Dispute Resolution, one in January 1999 and another in January 2002.  I was a Visiting Professor to the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands in spring 1993, presenting speeches and workshops on alternative dispute resolution to large and diverse groups of persons representing law, labor and management, education, government, social services, and business. This visit was sponsored by the Saipan Chamber of Commerce