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Ann L. Iijima

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Ann L. Iijima is the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Programs at William Mitchell College of Law. 

B.A.,1977, Carleton College
J.D., 1985, University of Minnesota Law School

William Mitchell College of Law: vice dean, 2006- ; professor of law, 1995- ; associate professor of law, 1993-95; assistant professor of law, 1990-93.

Associate, Lindquist & Vennum, Minneapolis, 1986-90.

Clerk, Hon. Gerald W. Heaney, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, Duluth, Minn., 1985-86. 

Admitted: Minnesota, 1986.

Professional Focus
Although Professor Iijima continues teaching traditional doctrinal courses, her research and writing currently focus on issues of legal education, particularly alternatives to traditional law school teaching methods. With the college’s Director of Counseling Services, she developed the Collaborative Legal Studies Program, a program designed to encourage law students to work together on common issues of concern. She developed model curriculum for the ABA’s Council on Legal Education Opportunity. She currently is developing and directing the college’s Compass programs, courses designed to help students improve their academic performance.

Leadership & Service
Member, Advisory Committee on the Rules of the Board on Judicial Standards, Minnesota Supreme Court; Trustee, National Outdoor Leadership School; Member, Carleton College Alumni Council; Chair, Labor & Empl. Section, Minnesota State Bar Assn., 1995-96.