Richard Kunkel

Associate Professor, Ethics and Business Law

rgkunkel@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-5132

2110 Summit Ave
McNeely Hall 340
St. Paul, MN 55105

J.D., , University of Minnesota Law School
B.A. (Hons), Speech Communications, University of St. Thomas

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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.

Fall 2014 Courses
Fall 2014 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
BLAW 301 - 03 Legal Environment/Business - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MCH 234
Description of course Legal Environment/Business : CRN: 42682
An examination of the business law rules and principles of particular relevance to entrepreneurship, finance, management, and marketing. Subjects include contracts, negligence, products liability and warranty, sales of goods, intellectual property, employment law, as well as general notions of legal reasoning and legal process and alternative dispute resolution. Prerequisite: Junior standing

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BLAW 301 - 04 Legal Environment/Business - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 MCH 234
Description of course Legal Environment/Business : CRN: 42683
An examination of the business law rules and principles of particular relevance to entrepreneurship, finance, management, and marketing. Subjects include contracts, negligence, products liability and warranty, sales of goods, intellectual property, employment law, as well as general notions of legal reasoning and legal process and alternative dispute resolution. Prerequisite: Junior standing

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J-Term 2015 Courses
J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses
Spring 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
BLAW 301 - 01 Legal Environment/Business M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MCH 232
Description of course Legal Environment/Business : CRN: 21931
An examination of the business law rules and principles of particular relevance to entrepreneurship, finance, management, and marketing. Subjects include contracts, negligence, products liability and warranty, sales of goods, intellectual property, employment law, as well as general notions of legal reasoning and legal process and alternative dispute resolution. Prerequisite: Junior standing

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Location Time Day(s)
BLAW 401 - 01 Legal Rsch/Advoc/Disp Resol - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MCH 229
Description of course Legal Rsch/Advoc/Disp Resol : CRN: 21942
An examination of the nature of legal process and of the means the legal system adopts to resolve business disputes. The course will follow a problem-solving approach emphasizing critical thinking and oral and written legal advocacy skills. Topics include an overview of jurisprudence, the sources of law, business and the Constitution, the regulatory process, judicial and alternative dispute resolution, and the basics of legal research and written and oral advocacy. Prerequisite: BLAW 301, 302, or 303 or consent of instructor; BETH 301

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BLAW 401 - 02 Legal Rsch/Advoc/Disp Resol - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 MCH 229
Description of course Legal Rsch/Advoc/Disp Resol : CRN: 21943
An examination of the nature of legal process and of the means the legal system adopts to resolve business disputes. The course will follow a problem-solving approach emphasizing critical thinking and oral and written legal advocacy skills. Topics include an overview of jurisprudence, the sources of law, business and the Constitution, the regulatory process, judicial and alternative dispute resolution, and the basics of legal research and written and oral advocacy. Prerequisite: BLAW 301, 302, or 303 or consent of instructor; BETH 301

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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, St Paul / Minneapolis (1997 - present)
  • Visiting Fellow - School of Business Law and Graduate School of Business, Curtin University of Technology, Perth (2000 - 2001)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1990 - 1997)
  • Visiting Teaching Fellow - Curtin Business School and Computing Centre., Curtin University of Technology, Perth (1993 - 1993)
  • Program Attorney, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, St. Paul (1988 - 1990)
  • Adjunct Professor, Mankato State University, Mankato (1988 - 1990)
  • Associate, Jensen, Weyland & McCloskey, P.A., Brooklyn Park (1986 - 1988)
  • Associate, Moore, Costello & Hart, P.L.L.P., St. Paul (1984 - 1986)

Professional Memberships
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business

Professional Service
  • Journal of Legal Studies Education, Reviewer
  • Midwest Law Review, Reviewer

Public Service
  • Cretin-Derham Hall High School, Other

Major Works
  • Kunkel, R. G. (2010). Protecting consumers from spyware: A proposed consumer digital trespass act. John Marshall Journal of Computer and Information Law, (28)(2), pp. 185-215
  • Kunkel, R. G. (2010). Strengthening credit freeze legislation in the states: Empowering consumers to prevent economic loss from identity theft. Midwest Law Review, (23),
  • Kunkel, R. G. (2002). Recent developments in shrinkwrap, clickwrap, and browsewrap licenses. E-Law: Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law, (9)(3),

Research Interests
  • Business Law
  • E-Commerce
  • Information Technology
  • Intellectual Property

Awards and Honors
  • Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2007
  • Bush Grant, 2002

Presentations
  • "Emerging issues in copyright law (Reform)" University of Sydney Business School, Sydney, Australia, April 08, 2014
  • "Testing: It's not just for assessment anymore" Monash University Faculty of Business and Economics, Caulfield East, Australia, April 04, 2014
  • "Copyright law reform in an international context" Victoria University Law School, Melbourne, Australia, April 02, 2014
  • "Internet service provider secondary liability for copyright infringement constrained: The Australian High Court Decision in Roadshow Films Limited" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Kansas City, Missouri, August 01, 2012
  • "Secondary liability for copyright infringement of internet service providers" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, New Orleans, Louisana, August 01, 2011
  • "Internet service provider secondary liability for copyright infringement contrained: The Australia High Court Decision in Roadshow Films Pty Ltd v iiNet Limited" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Richmond, VA, August 01, 2010
  • "E-commerce law in Australia and the United States" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Long Beach, California, August 01, 2008
  • "Defining real legal protections for property in a virtual world" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Indianapolis, Indiana, January 01, 2008
  • "Defining real legal protections for property in a virtual world" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Indianapolis, Indiana, January 01, 2007
  • "Protecting consumers from spyware: A proposed consumer digital trespass act" Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Monterey, California, January 01, 2007
  • "Credit freeze legislation in the states: A new tool to limit the risks of identity theft" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, San Francisco, California, August 01, 2005
  • "Recent developments in information security law" Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Vancouver, Canada, April 01, 2005
  • "Inquiry Based Learning and Business Law" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Nashville, Tennessee, August 01, 2003
  • "Using Technology and Constructivism in Business Law: First Year Lessons" World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Denver, Colorado, June 01, 2002
  • "Constructivism, Technology and Business Law: A Match Made in Heaven?" Classrooms of the Future, St. Paul, Minnesota, May 01, 2002
  • "Building the Legal Infrastructure for Global Electronic Commerce: Privacy, Electronic Signatures, and Consumer Protection" the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 01, 2001