Faculty & Research

Richard G. Kunkel

Associate Professor : Ethics and Business Law Department

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Rick Kunkel is a St. Thomas alumnus from the class of 1980. He received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1984. He has been on the full-time business law faculty since 1990.

After receiving his law degree, he practiced law in private practice with two firms in the Twin Cities, focusing on real estate law. Before joining St. Thomas, he worked as a program attorney for Minnesota Continuing Legal Education.

Kunkel is committed to courses that challenge his students to do their best work. He challenges himself to keep improving his courses with appropriate use of new technologies and methods. He is also a strong advocate for international education and has been a faculty director of the London Business Semester in 2004 and 2010, and directed three J-Term programs in Australia. He was awarded the university's Distinguished Educator Award in 2007 and is active in faculty governance, serving as the first chair of the Faculty Senate. Kunkel’s research focuses on technology law, privacy, e-commerce and particularly the liabilities of Internet intermediaries.


Academic Background

B.A., speech and theater, University of St. Thomas
J.D., University of Minnesota

Research Specialties

  • E-Commerce law
  • Educational technology
  • Problem-based learning
  • Real estate law

Current Research

  • Credit freeze legislation
  • E-Commerce legal developments
  • Identity theft
  • Shrinkwrap licenses

Major Works

Significant Scholarly Honors

  • Distinguished Educator Award, University of St. Thomas, 1997