Legal Practice Center Faculty

Commitment to practical legal education means investment in full-time, tenured clinical faculty and cultivation of a deep and talented roster of adjunct faculty, WRAP instructors, and coaches.

Directors

Ann Juergens
Professor of Law and Director of Clinic Program

A.B., Harvard University; J.D., University of Minnesota. As co-director of the clinic program, Prof. Juergens oversees the administration of scores of cases and legal matters each year. She has worked in private practice, as an associate city attorney for Berkeley, California, and for the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County in California.

Peter B. Knapp
Professor of Law and Director of Clinic Program

A.B., J.D., Harvard University. As co-director of the clinic program, Prof. Knapp oversees several supervising adjunct professors, 20 field supervisors, and about 100 students each year. Before joining William Mitchell’s faculty in 1989, he was an associate with Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly in Minneapolis.

Legal Practice Center Faculty

Bradford W. Colbert ’85 Resident Adjunct Professor of Law

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison; J.D., William Mitchell College of Law. Prof. Colbert supervises William Mitchell’s Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP) Clinic. He is also a part-time public defender for the Minnesota Public Defender’s Office.

A. Kimberley Dayton Professor of Law

B.A., University of Kansas; J.D., University of Michigan.  Prof. Dayton is an expert on elder law. She is published widely on the topic, and she created the National Elder Law Network Web site. She directs William Mitchell’s Center for Elder Justice and Policy.

Diane M. Dube ’82 Resident Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Edgecliff College; J.D., William Mitchell College of Law; M.P.A., University of Minnesota. Prof. Dube has worked as a real estate and family law attorney and with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services’ Housing Equality Law Project.

Jay Erstling Professor of Law

B.S., J.D. Cornell University.Prof. Erstling, formerly the director of the Patent Cooperation Treaty, is an international expert on intellectual property.

Carolyn Grose Associate Professor of Law

B.A. Miplebury College;J.D. Brooklyn Law School. Prof. Grose has substantial clinical teaching experience. She is also a well-published family law specialist.

Roger S. Haydock Professor of Law

A.B., 1967, St. Mary’s CollegeJ.D., 1969, De Paul University College of Law

Eric S. Janus President and Dean

B.A., Carleton College; J.D., Harvard University.Dean Janus’ research centers on the tensions between civil liberty and public safety. He created William Mitchell’s Law and Psychiatry Clinic.

Mehmet Konar-Steenberg Professor of Law and Co-Coordinator, Writing & Representation: Advice & Persuasion

B.A., 1992, University of MinnesotaJ.D., 1995, Georgetown University Law Center

Denise D. J. Roy Professor of Law

B.A., University of Minnesota; J.D., Yale Law School. Prof. Roy’s focus is tax law and policy. She was majority staff tax counsel for the U.S. Finance Committee, briefing and advising the chairman and members on issues relating to budget and tax policy.

Deborah A. Schmedemann Professor of Law and

Co-Coordinator, Writing & Representation: Advice & Persuasion

B.A., 1977, Stanford UniversityJ.D., 1980, Harvard Law SchoolM.A. (industrial relations), 1993, University of Minnesota

John O. Sonsteng Professor of Law

B.A., 1964; J.D., 1967, University of Minnesota

Nancy Ver Steegh Professor of Law

B.A., University of Minnesota; M.SW., J.D., Washington University in St. Louis.  Prof. Ver Steegh teaches and publishes in the areas of family law, domestic violence, and alternative dispute resolution.

Joanna Woolman Adjunct Professor of Law

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison; J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law. Prof.  Woolman is a public defender in Anoka County and directs the Reentry Clinic. Previously, she worked in civil rights litigation.