William Mitchell College of Law is proud to announce Louis L. Ainsworth ‘77 as the college’s new director for the Center for Law and Business. Ainsworth, who will also serve as a visiting professor of law, succeeds Jann Olsten ’74, who played a critical role in founding the center.
From 1997 to 2010 Ainsworth was senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Pentair, where he was responsible for all legal services provided to the company and its worldwide affiliates. As counsel for Faegre Baker Daniels since 2010, he focuses on corporate governance, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and antitrust counseling. He has taught business-related courses at Mitchell as an adjunct professor for two years and will continue to teach business and business law courses at the school.
Now beginning its third full year, the Center for Law and Business is a one-of-a-kind program that gives Mitchell students even more essential tools as they prepare for a career in law, business, or both. The center offers courses with a non-law business curriculum, along with traditional business law courses.
Through the center, students can now earn a Certificate in Law and Business, which is unique to Mitchell. The certificate program supplements the law school’s practical, skills-based legal education and focuses on the fundamentals of accounting and finance, business strategies and planning, taxation, risk management, branding and marketing, and intellectual property.