Robert E. Oliphant

Emeritus Professor of Law

“I am committed to developing methods of improving law student education. That was my goal as a tenured professor at the University of Minnesota, where the foundation for that school’s modern clinics was laid. It remained my goal during the 17 years that I helped create the nationally recognized NITA trial skills programs. Today, I seek to discover methods of integrating cutting-edge technology into a law student’s pedagogic experience.”


B.A., 1963; J.D., 1966, University of Minnesota


William Mitchell College of Law: emeritus professor of law, 2006- ;professor of law, 1979-2006; associate dean, 1980-84.

Private practice, Oliphant & Associates, Minneapolis, 1978-79.

University of Minnesota Law School: professor of law, 1972-78; associate professor of law, 1969-72.

Appellate attorney, State Appellate Public Defender’s Office, Minneapolis, 1967-69.

Clerk, Hon. Gerald W. Heaney, Duluth, Minn., 1966-67.

Admitted: Minnesota, 1966.

Professional Focus

Professor Oliphant’s primary focus of study involves the use of technology and computers in teaching and learning law. This finds him experimenting with cutting-edge technology, the Internet, and a variety of teaching learning programs. All of his courses now utilize some aspect of technology and the Internet.

Leadership & Service

Member, Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Committee; Member, American Bar Association Family Law Section; Member, Board of Directors, Center for Government Reform, Washington, D.C. (1993-present); Vice Chair, Center for Government Reform, Washington, D.C. (1996-present); Member, International Society of Family Law (1994-present); Member, American Association of Law Schools (1979-present); Member of ABA Re-accreditation Team, Loyola of Chicago Law School (November 1999); President and Founder, National Alzheimer’s Foundation (2001); Former Member, Board of Directors, Soccoro Society, San Francisco, California (1985-1993); Former Member, Board of Directors, Minnesota Association of Scholars (1992-1997); Former Editor, Minnesota Association of Scholars Newsletter (1992-1997)