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.


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. Before coming to Mitchell, she worked as an associate city attorney for Berkeley, for the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, and as the owner of a small private practice 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.

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 Professor of Law

B.A., Middlebury College; J.D., Brooklyn Law School. Prof. Grose, externship director, has substantial teaching experience including Family Law Survey, Estates and Trusts Survey, Advocacy, Evidence and Clinic. She is also well-published in the area of adult pedagogy, family and gender issues and narrative theory.

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

B.A., 1992, University of Minnesota; J.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: Advocacy & Problem Solving

B.A., 1977, Stanford University; J.D., 1980, Harvard Law School; M.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.S.W., 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 Resident 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.