Dale Thompson

Associate Professor, Ethics and Business Law

dbthompson@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-5195

2115 Summit Ave
McNeely Hall 311
St. Paul, MN 55105

Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University
J.D., Economics, Stanford University - Law School
M.A., Economics, Stanford University
B.A. (Hons), Economics, Williams College

See publications in UST Research Online

Dale Thompson provides an integrative approach between business and law. With a Ph.D. in economics and a J.D. (both from Stanford), he understands both the competitive pressures facing business and industry, and the constraints and opportunities presented by the legal environment of business. In his courses, students learn to conduct step-by-step analysis of legal disputes encountered by actual businesses, and develop an understanding and appreciation of the connections between legal principles and management of their businesses.

In his research, Thompson examines the use of governmental regulations and economic incentives to achieve policy objectives. This research includes an investigation of the appropriate scale of regulation, under the principles of federalism. He has applied his approach to such diverse subjects as environmental policies, health care, financial markets, telecommunications and immigration. His research has been published in top legal journals, including the San Diego Law Review, Akron Law Review, Buffalo Law Review, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Environmental Law and the William & Mary Policy Review.

In addition to his teaching and research, Thompson plays an active role in serving the University of St. Thomas community, his local community (through both his church and as a volunteer soccer and baseball coach) and the broader academy (as an officer in the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business).

Fall 2014 Courses
Fall 2014 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
BLAW 301 - 02 Legal Environment/Business M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 MCH 111
Description of course Legal Environment/Business : CRN: 42681

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BLAW 302 - 01 Business Law for Accounting M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MCH 232
Description of course Business Law for Accounting : CRN: 42686

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BLAW 302 - 02 Business Law for Accounting M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 MCH 232
Description of course Business Law for Accounting : CRN: 42687
An examination of the business rules and principles of particular relevance to the accounting profession. Subjects include the law of contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code, the law of debtor-creditor relations, the legal structure governing the formation and operation of business organizations (agency, partnership, and corporations), securities regulations, as well as general notions of legal reasoning and legal process. Prerequisites: Junior standing and ACCT 210

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
J-Term 2015 Courses
J-Term 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
Spring 2015 Courses
Spring 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
BLAW 745 - 421 Health Law Biomedical Ethics See Details * *
Description of course Health Law Biomedical Ethics : CRN: 21948
Study decision making and planning processes, liability, contracts, torts, medical records, malpractice, consent and tax-related issues This class is part of the Health Care UST MBA program. Please contact Alice Nulsen 651-962-4128 for more info.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
TMH 3010730-170014 May '15
TMH 3010730-170015 May '15
BLAW 745 - 802 Health Law Biomedical Ethics - - - - - S - 0730 - 1700 TMH 460
Description of course Health Law Biomedical Ethics : CRN: 21949
Study decision making and planning processes, liability, contracts, torts, medical records, malpractice, consent and tax-related issues This class is part of the Health Care UST MBA program. Please contact Alice Nulsen 651-962-4128 for more info.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
Academic and Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St Paul /Minneapolis (2010 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Mpls (2006 - 2010)
  • Assistant Professor, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud (2005 - 2006)
  • Visiting Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul (2004 - 2005)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol (2002 - 2004)
  • Primary Lead of the Water Rights and Regulatory Authorities Subcommittee, Water Resources Board of Rhode Island, Providence (2002 - 2004)
  • Visiting Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg (1998 - 2002)
  • Summer Associate, Sutherland, Asbill, & Brennan, Atlanta (2000 - 2000)
  • Economic Analyst, Department of Planning & Budget, Richmond (1999 - 1999)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Washington University - Olin Business School, St. Louis (1997 - 1998)
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (1997 - 1997)
  • Adjunct Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg (1995 - 1996)
  • Teaching Assistant, Stanford University, Stanford (1993 - 1995)

Professional Memberships
  • Bar Membership (CA - admitted 2004)
  • Bar Membership (MN - admitted 2005)

Professional Service
  • Journal of Law, Business & Ethics, Reviewer
  • Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Officer
  • Telecommunications Policy, Reviewer
  • American Business Law Journal, Reviewer
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business,

Publications
  • Thompson, D. B. (forthcoming). The Dodd-Frank Act and too-big-to-fail: What's missing? A survey of the current literature. University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy,
  • Thompson, D. B. (2014). Unmistakably clear coercion: Finding a balance between judicial review of the spending power and optimal federalism. San Diego Law Review, pp. 589-620
  • Marsnik, S. J., & Thompson, D. B. (2013). Using contract negotiation exercises to develop higher order thinking and strategic business skills. Journal of Legal Studies Education, (30)(2), pp. 201-248
  • Thompson, D. B. (2011). Immigration policy through the lens of optimal federalism. William and Mary Policy Review, (2), pp. 236-264
  • Thompson, D. B. (2011). The next stage of health care reform: Controlling costs by paying health plans based on health outcomes. Akron Law Review, (44)(3), pp. 727-768
  • Thompson, D. B. (2010). Why we need a superfund for hedge funds. Mississippi Law Journal, (79)(4), pp. 995-1041
  • Thompson, D. B. (2009). Optimal federalism across institutions: Theory and applications from health care and environmental policies. Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, (40)(3), pp. 437-482
  • Thompson, D. B. (2006). Of rainbows and rivers: Lessons for telecommunications spectrum policy from transitions in property rights and commons in water law. Buffalo Law Review,
  • Thompson, D. B. (2002). Valuing the environment: courts' struggles with natural resource damages. Environmental Law,

Books and Chapters
  • Thompson, D. B. (forthcoming). Water Law and Country Perspectives. In A. Usha (Ed.), Of rainbows and rivers: Lessons for telecommunications spectrum policy from transitions in property rights and commons in water law. ICFAI Amicus Law Books

Research Interests
  • Business Law
  • Health Care
  • Environmental Policy and Regulation

Awards and Honors
  • Ethics and Business Law Department 'Above and Beyond' Award, 2014
  • Hoeber Research Excellence Award, Journal of Legal Studies Education, 2013

Presentations