Diane Dube

Adjunct Professor

“The law is a tool to promote and achieve social justice; access to legal services for all income groups is essential in a democracy.”


B.A., 1972, Edgecliff College (now part of Xavier University)
J.D., cum laude, 1982, William Mitchell College of Law
M.P.A., 2005, Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota (concentration in housing and community development)


William Mitchell College of Law: resident adjunct professor of law, 2003-; field supervisor for Civil Advocacy Clinic, 2001-03.

Project Manager, Rural Poverty Project, the Humphrey Institute, summer 2005.

Staff attorney, Housing Equality Law Project of Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, 1998-2003.

Partner, Gibas, Richey & Dube, 1983-94.

Private practice, representing individuals and small businesses particularly in the areas of real estate and family law, 1982-83, 1994-98.

Admitted: Minnesota, U.S. District Court, U.S. Supreme Court.

Research & Scholarship

In May 2012, Ms. Dube was named co-coordinator for the Legal Educators Committee of the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing & Community Development.

Ms. Dube has served on the Advisory Board of the Minnesota Women’s Press and on the boards of directors for the Central Neighborhood Improvement Assn., Southside Neighborhood Housing Services and the Uptown Business & Professional Assn. She has served a judge for negotiations and moot court competitions.

Ms. Dube is a frequent speaker on fair housing and family law topics.  Her legal education presentations include “Fair Housing: The Next Frontier for Civil Rights Litigation in Minnesota – Developing Substantive Areas for the Disabled,” “What Every Family Law Attorney Should Know about Housing Law: What Every Housing Law Attorney Should Know about Family Law,” “Creative Dispute Resolution,” “Visitation” and “The Conflicting Characteristics of Real Property in the Dissolution of Marriage Case.”

Her community education presentations have included “Tenants’ Rights: Prescription Puppies & Companion Cats,” “Riding the Rental Cycle Without Falling Off,” “Reasonable Accommodations after Cornwell & Taylor and Other Issues under the Fair Housing Amendments Act,” “Helping People with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness Obtain and Keep Housing in the Community” and “Discriminatory Housing Practices.”

Ms. Dube represented tenant in Cornwell & Taylor LLP v. Moore, a Minnesota Court of Appeals decision under the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act which affirmed that a landlord has the duty to reasonably accommodate a tenant’s handicap and could not evict a handicapped tenant for causing a disturbance unless no reasonable accommodation would eliminate or acceptably minimize any risk the tenant posed to other residents.