2016 Faculty

Exceptional Learning in Exceptional Times

Experienced Faculty

The London Summer School faculty bring real-life, international experience to the classroom. The professors teach at William Mitchell College of Law and BPP University Law School, London.

International Business Transactions: Doing Deals Across the World


Professor Jim Hilbert

Jim Hilbert

Professor Jim Hilbert

Professor Professor Jim Hilbert is the executive director of the Center for Negotiation and Justice at William Mitchell College of Law and vice president of professional services for Alignor, an international negotiation firm with offices in the United States and India. He is an experienced attorney, negotiator, public speaker, and instructor as well as an expert in business and legal negotiations. He has personally negotiated the resolution of numerous lawsuits, disputes, and complex, high stakes business deals.  Professor Hilbert has led and developed negotiation and conflict resolution workshops for business executives, lawyers, and government officials around the world. He graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

William Mitchell College of Law

Professor Louis Ainsworth

Louis Ainsworth

Louis Ainsworth, Distinguished Professor in Residence

Louis Ainsworth is a Distinguished Professor in Residence  and Visiting Professor at William Mitchell College of Law, teaching in the areas of law and business. A former director of, and founding member of the Advisory Board for the Center for Law and Business, Mr. Ainsworth has been extensively involved in the evolution of the law and business curriculum at William Mitchell. Mr. Ainsworth practiced corporate and business law for approximately 40 years, 13 spent at Pentair, a $4–5  billion multi-national public company, serving as its first General Counsel. Mr. Ainsworth specialized in Mergers & Acquisitions throughout his practice and is an expert in the planning, structuring and negotiation of business transactions of all kinds, as well as highly experienced in the management of a broad range of business programs from corporate compliance and litigation management to capital transactions of all kinds. Mr. Ainsworth graduated with a B.A., summa cum laude, from Seattle University and has a J.D., cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law.  He has previously taught in the London program.




Comparative Criminal Constitutional and Statutory Law and Practice: From Start to Finish in the United States, Britain and Around the World


Professor and London Summer School Director John Sonsteng

John O. Sonsteng

Professor John Sonsteng

Professor Sonsteng holds the Martin R. Lueck and Mallory K. Mullins Professorship in Advocacy at William Mitchell College of Law and he is the director of the Mitchell in London program. Prior to teaching, he was an elected prosecuting attorney and served as president of the Minnesota County Attorneys’ Association and on the national board of the National District Attorneys’ Association. He has written numerous books and articles on effective advocacy, criminal law and procedure, and legal education reform. Professor Sonsteng was a Fulbright scholar, and he has lectured and taught throughout the United States and world. He received both his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

William Mitchell College of Law

Professor Brad Colbert

Brad Colbert, Resident Adjunct Professor

Brad Colbert, Resident Adjunct Professor

Bradford Colbert is a resident adjunct professor, teaching William Mitchell’s Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP) Clinic and is also practicing as a part-time public defender for the Minnesota Public Defenders Office.  William Mitchell is the only law school to offer the LAMP  program, which provides civil legal services to indigent inmates in Minnesota prison. In 2005, Mr. Colbert received the William E. McGee Public Defender Award of Excellence, which is given to a public defender at the federal, state, or local level in recognition of the person’s commitment and dedication to the job of public defender.

British Faculty

University of Law

Experienced British faculty from BPP University Law School will join faculty from the U.S. to provide international perspectives in each course.