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Christina L. Kunz

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B.S., 1975, University of Wisconsin, Madison
J.D., 1978, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis

William Mitchell College of Law: professor of law, 1984-; associate professor of law, 1982-84; assistant professor of law, 1981-82; legal writing co-coordinator, 1980-99.

Lecturer and co-director, Legal Writing, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, 1978-80.
Admitted: Indiana, 1979.

Professional Focus
Professor Kunz has helped to develop electronic commercial law since 1990. She actively participates in the ABA Cyberspace Law Committee, is a frequent speaker on the topic nationwide, and has co-authored two groundbreaking articles on electronic contract formation. This expertise supplements a longstanding interest in Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) sales law and contract law. She has co-authored an innovative textbook on sales of goods under the Uniform Commercial Code, has been vice chair of the ABA Committee on the UCC and a co-chair of the ABA Working Group on Electronic Contracting Practices, and is currently a co-chair of the ABA Subcommittee on Electronic Commerce. She was elected to ALI in 2002 and is on the Members Consultative group on the Principles of the Law of Software Contracts. Kunz is also known nationally in the field of legal research and writing, is co-author of many editions of two major textbooks on the topic, and has participated in the Legal Writing Institute and related ABA and AALS organizations.

Leadership & Service
American Bar Assn.: Section of Business Law, Cyberspace Committee: co-chair, Working Group on Electronic Contracting Practices, 1999-2002, 2005- 2006; co-chair, Subcommittee on Electronic Commerce, 1998-99, 2005-.  American Bar Assn.: Section of Business Law, UCC Committee: vice chair, 2003-05; member, UCC Article 2 Subcommittee, 1990-; American Bar Assn.: Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar: member, Communication Skills Committee, 1996-98; ABA observer, NCCUSL Drafting Committee on UCC Article 2, 1994-2002; American Law Institute, Members Consultative Group, Principles of the Law of Software Contracts, 2005-.


Deborah A. Schmedemann

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B.A., 1977, Stanford University
J.D., 1980, Harvard Law School
M.A. (industrial relations), 1993, University of Minnesota

William Mitchell College of Law: professor of law, 1987-; associate dean for skills and clinics, 2000-05; associate professor of law, 1985-87; assistant professor of law, 1982-85.

Volunteer staff attorney and professor-in-residence, Appalachian Research and Defense Fund, Prestonburg, Ky., 1997-98.

Associate, Oppenheimer, Wolff, Foster, Shepard & Donnelly, St. Paul, Minn., 1980-82.

Admitted: Minnesota, 1980.

Professional Focus
During her twenty years as a law school professor, Professor Schmedemann has pursued three main interests: the teaching of key law practice skills, empirical analysis of contracting behaviors, and the ever-changing law of employment relations.

Leadership & Service
Editor, Minnesota Labor and Employment Law Section News; Executive Council, Labor and Employment Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Assn., 1989-97; Diversity Issues Committee, Minn. State Bar Assn., 1995-96; Co-coordinator, Minnesota Labor and Employment Law Section website.

Research & Scholarship
Professor Schmedemann is conducting empirical research regarding public service by lawyers, including pro bono representation of people who can not afford to hire lawyers.   Her sample includes 1,200 law students and lawyers.  She has presented on this topic at the Equal Justice Conference (a national conference for lawyers who provide free legal services to the poor) and the annual meeting of  the American Association of Law Schools, as well as consulted with legal services agencies that have pro bono programs.  The research has identified the importance of the lawyer’s views regarding social issues, approach to moral dilemmas, values, and connection to his or her community.

Professor Schmedemann is a frequent speaker on employment law topics at CLE programs and on teaching issues at law school conferences.


Matthew P. Downs

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Photo - Matthew P. Downs Matthew P. Downs is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, director of the law library, and professor of law at Florida International University College of Law. He has over 25 years of experience as a law librarian, professor and academic administrator. He comes to FIU from the William Mitchell College of Law, where he was Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, overseeing the law library and all other academic and student services programs. While at William Mitchell, he previously also served as Director of the Law Library and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Before joining the faculty at William Mitchell, he was a reference librarian and then director of the law library and assistant professor of law at the Valparaiso University School of Law. Professor Downs is co-author of one of the most widely adopted first-year law student texts, The Process of Legal Research 6th ed. (Aspen Publishers 2004). He has lectured widely on international, human rights and trade law topics, including programs in Croatia, Hungary, Thailand, China and the United Kingdom. He received his B.A. cum laude from Houghton College; his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law; his M.S.L.S. (Library Science) with highest honors from California State University at Fullerton; and an LL.M. magna cum laude from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. In addition to directing the FIU College of Law Library, Professor Downs will be teaching Property Law.


Ann L. Bateson

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Ann Bateson is director of the Schoenecker Law Library, associate dean and professor of law at the University of St. Thomas.  Professor Bateson was previously director of the law library at William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul , a position she held since 1989. Bateson earned a B.A. from the College of St. Catherine, an M.A. in library science from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota , where she graduated cum laude.

During her career, Bateson has built an outstanding library collection and staff. She has taught courses in lawyering skills, federal tax research, criminal law and legislation.

Bateson also co-authored one of the leading textbooks on legal research, The Process of Legal Research (now in its sixth edition). She has led the transformation of the Ugandan legal system by helping to compile, revise and publish the Laws of the Republic of Uganda (a 28-volume undertaking).

Bateson has held leadership and service roles with the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, the American Association of Law Libraries and the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries.


Mehmet Konar-Steenberg

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

William Mitchell College of Law: associate professor of law, 2007-; visiting professor of law, 2006-2007; adjunct professor, 2000-2005.

Staff attorney and team manager, Office of the Monitor, Pigford v. Glickman, 185 F.R.D. 82 (D.D.C. 1999), St. Paul, 2001-2006.

Associate attorney, Greene Espel, Minneapolis, 1999-2001.

Assistant attorney general, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, 1995-99.

Leadership & Service
Pro bono asylum attorney, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, 1997-2005. Board member and co-founder, Great River School, 2002-05. Member, editorial board, Hennepin Lawyer, 2002-04. Reading/writing mentor, Humboldt Junior High School, St. Paul, 1996-2000.