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About the Authors

Deborah A. Schmedemann

E-mail address: deborah.schmedemann@wmitchell.edu

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

Experience
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.

 

Ann L. Bateson

E-mail address: ann.bateson@stthomas.edu

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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

E-mail address: mehmet.konar-steenberg@wmitchell.edu

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

Experience
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.