Eileen A. Scallen

Professor of Law

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eileen.scallen @wmitchell.edu

Phone: 651-290-6323
Fax: 651-290-6406
Office: Rm 306

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“I want students to think hard and think broadly about their careers as legal professionals.  The way to help your clients is not only to be open-minded and willing to learn, but also to have a grounding in your own beliefs and to be true to those.  I want students to develop the attitude that they have choices.  They can decide how to live their lives and what kind of lawyers they will be.”


B.A., 1981, St. Olaf College
M.A., 1983, J.D., 1986, University of Minnesota


William Mitchell College of Law: professor of law, 2000-.

University of California, Hastings College of the Law: professor of law, 1995-2000; associate academic dean, 1996-98; associate professor of law, 1992-95; assistant professor of law, 1989-92.

Associate, Latham & Watkins, Los Angeles, 1987-89.

Clerk, Hon. A. Wallace Tashima, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1986-87.

Teaching associate, University of Minnesota, 1981-83.

Admitted: California, 1986; Minnesota, 1988.

Professional Focus

Professor Scallen’s research interests include evidence, civil and criminal procedure, communication in legal organizations, and argumentation and persuasion theory (also known as “legal rhetoric”). She is an award-winning teacher, has published a number of works on her areas of expertise, and is in high demand nationally as a speaker to audiences of lawyers and judges, as well as law professors and other academics.


Current service:

Numerous law school committees; Member, National Advisory Board of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; pro bono counsel to GLBT Pride/Twin Cities (the organizer of the annual GLBT Pride Celebration); Member, American Bar Association, Communication Skills Committee (2008-2010).

Past service:

Association of American Law Schools Section on Evidence: Member, Advisory Board, 1994-97; Member, Executive Committee, 1998-99; Secretary, 1999-2000; Chair-Elect, Executive Committee, 2000-01. Chair, Communication and the Law Commission of the Speech Communication Association, 1994-95; Vice-Chair, 1993-94. Member, Board of Directors of OutFront, Minnesota (the leading advocacy group for GLBT Minnesotans and their allies)2002-2008; Chair, Public Policy Committee, OutFront Minnesota, 2002-2008; Charter Member, OutFront MN Action (the political action committee of OutFront Minnesota) 2004-2008.