Deborah A. Schmedemann

Emerita Professor of Law

“During my 1997-98 sabbatical, I volunteered at the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund in eastern Kentucky. One day I read about a community activist who learned about community service from his father; the activist spoke of his father as a ‘red rose in a wheat field’ — a man who stood out from the rest for his good works. It is our mission at William Mitchell — and I think we often succeed in this — to enable our students to become ‘red roses in a wheat field.’”


B.A., 1977, Stanford University
J.D., 1980, Harvard Law School
M.A. (industrial relations), 1993, University of Minnesota


William Mitchell College of Law: professor of law, 1987-; associate dean for skills and clinics, 2000-05; associate professor of law, 1985-87; assistant professor of law, 1982-85.

Volunteer staff attorney and professor-in-residence, Appalachian Research and Defense Fund, Prestonburg, Ky., 1997-98.

Associate, Oppenheimer, Wolff, Foster, Shepard & Donnelly, St. Paul, Minn., 1980-82.

Admitted: Minnesota, 1980.

Professional Focus

During her twenty years as a law school professor, Professor Schmedemann has pursued three main interests: the teaching of key law practice skills, empirical analysis of contracting behaviors, and the ever-changing law of employment relations.

Leadership & Service

Editor, Minnesota Labor and Employment Law Section News; Executive Council, Labor and Employment Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Assn., 1989-97; Diversity Issues Committee, Minn. State Bar Assn., 1995-96; Co-coordinator, Minnesota Labor and Employment Law Section website.

Research & Scholarship

Professor Schmedemann is a frequent speaker on employment law topics at CLE programs and on teaching issues at law school conferences