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Robert E. Oliphant

E-mail address: BOliphant@WMitchell.edu

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Education 


B.A., 1963 J.D., 1966, University of Minnesota 



Experience

EMPLOYMENT AFTER LAW SCHOOL 

Law Clerk, Honorable Gerald W. Heaney, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals 1966-1967

Appellate Attorney, Minnesota Appellate Defender’s Office 1967-1969

Associate Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School 1969-1972

Director:  University of Minnesota Legal Aid Clinic 1972-1977

Consultant:  Council on Legal Education and Professional Responsibility  1973-1976

Tenured Professor, University of Minnesota Law School 1973-1977

Professor of Law

Private Practice 1978-79

Professor of Law William Mitchell College of Law 1979-2006

Associate Dean, William Mitchell College of Law 1980-1984

Administrative Director, National Institute for Trial Advocacy 1973 - 1994)

Retired:  2006

PRESENT LEADERSHIP & SERVICE

Member: Yavapai College President’s Selection Committee (2011).

President: Greater Verde Valley Chapter, Yavapai College Foundation (2007 – 2009).

Author:  “Principles of Land Use/Development, Verde Campus”  (2008) – adopted by VVC, Yavapai College Governing Board and City of Clarkdale.

Special “Initiative Award” -- Yavapai College Foundation – June, 2009. 

Member:  Greater Verde Valley Chapter YC Foundation Board of Directors (2006-2012) 

Member: Yavapai College Foundation Board of Directors. 

Member:  Fundraising Committee, Yavapai College Foundation.

Member: Resource and Development Committee, Yavapai College Foundation. 

Member/Chair: Cottonwood Judicial Review and Appointments Advisory Committee (2008-2011)

MEMBERSHIPS OR FORMER LEGALLY RELATED MEMBERSHIPS  

Minnesota State Bar Association; Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Committee;  American Bar Association Family Law Section;  International Society of Family Law;  American Association of Law Schools; ABA Re-accreditation Team member, various law schools;  Board of Directors, Soccoro Society, San Francisco, California (1985-1993).

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

In my retirement, I continue to explore and write extensively about the law. As a part of that exploration, I remain  committed to finding and developing new methods of improving legal education. That was my goal as a tenured professor at the University of Minnesota, where the foundation for that school's modern law clinics was laid. It remained my goal during the almost two decades of work with the nationally recognized NITA trial skills programs. It was also an important facet of my work at William Mitchell College of Law. Today, I continue to explore ways in which information can be provided in a precise, understandable manner to the law school world – sometimes through the use of cutting-edge technology; sometimes through innovatively designed textbooks. I have authored or co-authored dozens of books, articles and CLE materials in the areas of family law, criminal law, evidence, and trial advocacy.  


 

Nancy Ver Steegh

E-mail address: nversteegh@wmitchell.edu

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Education
BASW, 1975, University of Minnesota
MSW, 1979, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis
J.D., 1979, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis

Experience
William Mitchell College of Law: professor of law, 2002- present; associate dean 2008 – present
Mediator, Erickson Mediation Institute, Minneapolis, 2000-02
Consultant, Northeast Metro Coalition for Affordable Housing, St. Paul 1995-99
Consultant in domestic violence litigation and law reform, 1989-93
Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, 1988
Attorney, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, East St. Louis, Ill., 1981-88
Attorney, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, St. Louis, 1979-81
Admitted: Minnesota
Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota Rules of Practice (family & civil)
Licensed Independent Social Worker, Minnesota Board of Social Work

Professional Focus
Professor Ver Steegh’s publications include law review articles exploring intimate partner violence in the context of child custody decision making and implications for processes such as mediation, collaborative law, and divorce education.

Leadership and Service
President-Elect, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
Editorial Board, Family Court Review, 2003- present
Editorial Board, Family Law Quarterly, 2004- present
Law Faculty Advisory Committee and Website Editor, Family Law Education Reform Project, 2004- present
National Work Group Member, Office of Violence Against Women Custody & Domestic Violence Project, 2009- present
Advisory Committee Member, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, Honoring Families Initiative, 2012- present
Commissioner, ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, 2009-2012
Minnesota ADR Ethics Board, 2009-2011