Dale Thompson

Associate Professor, Ethics and Business Law

dbthompson@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-5195

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

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

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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).

Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses
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BLAW 302 - 01 Business Law for Accounting M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 MCH 236
Description of course Business Law for Accounting : CRN: 42902
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
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BLAW 302 - 02 Business Law for Accounting M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 MCH 236
Description of course Business Law for Accounting : CRN: 42903
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
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Faculty Director of Undergraduate Program, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul / Minneapolis (2015 - present)
  • 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)
  • Primary Lead of the Water Rights and Regulatory Authorities Subcommittee, Water Resources Board of Rhode Island, Providence (2002 - 2004)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol (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
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business,
  • American Business Law Journal, Reviewer
  • Journal of Law, Business & Ethics, Reviewer
  • Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Officer
  • Telecommunications Policy, Reviewer

Publications
  • Thompson, D. B. (2014). 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). 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. (2011). Immigration policy through the lens of optimal federalism. William and Mary Policy Review, (2), pp. 236-264
  • 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,
  • Thompson, D. B. (2000). Political obstacles to the implementation of emissions markets: Lessons from RECLAIM. Natural Resources Journal,
  • Thompson, D. B. (1999). Beyond benefit-cost analysis: Institutional transaction costs and the regulation of water quality.. Natural Resources Journal,

Books and Chapters
  • Thompson, D. B. (2007). 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
  • Master Teacher Award, Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2015

Presentations
  • "Teaching the business law and ethics of arbitration after Concepcion and Italian colors" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 2015
  • "Beyond Dodd-Frank: Addressing too-big-to fail without making other banks too-small-to succeed" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Seattle, Washington, August 01, 2014
  • "Saving the Eurozone" OCB Faculty Research Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2014
  • "Banking supervision in Europe under optimal federalism" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 2014
  • "Perspectives on the intersection of law and ethics" Midwest Academy for Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 2014
  • "The Dodd-Frank Act and too-big-to-fail: What's missing?" University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy Symposium: Regulating the Free Market, Saint Paul, Minnesota, January 01, 2014
  • "Examining European banking supervision with optimal federalism" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Boston, MA, August 01, 2013
  • "Unmistakably clear coercion: Finding a balance between judicial review of the spending power and optimal federalism" OCB Faculty Research Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2013
  • "Unmistakably clear coercion: Finding a balance between judicial review of the spending power and optimal federalism" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, February 01, 2013
  • "A federalism perspective on European Bank supervision, and an investigation of automobile safety innovations" ICN Business School- Institute Commercial de Nancy, Nancy, France, September 01, 2012
  • "Contract negotiation exercises: Lessons for strategic business decision making" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Kansas City, MO, August 11, 2012
  • "Using contract negotiation exercises to develop higher order thinking skills" Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, August 01, 2012
  • "Contract negotiation exercises: Lessons for strategic business decision making" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, IL, April 01, 2012
  • "Contract negotiation exercises: Lessons for strategic business decision making" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, IL, April 01, 2012
  • "Contract negotiation exercises: Lessons for strategic business decision making" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, IL, March 29, 2012
  • "Contract negotiation exercises: Lessons for strategic business decision making" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, IL, March 29, 2012
  • "Immigration policy through the lens of optimal federalism" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, New Orleans, LA, August 01, 2011
  • "Immigration policy through the lens of optimal federalism" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, IL, March 25, 2011
  • "Immigration policy through the lens of optimal federalism" Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Palm Springs, CA, February 19, 2011
  • "The next stage of health care reform: Controlling costs by paying health plans based on health outcomes" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Richmond, Virginia, August 01, 2010
  • "Reforming medicare payment systems" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 2010
  • "Why we need a superfund for hedge funds" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Denver, Colorado, August 01, 2009
  • "Why we need a superfund for hedge funds" Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, Palm Springs, California, February 01, 2009
  • "Optimal federalism across many dimensions" Midwestern Law & Economics Association, Minneapolis, MN, October 01, 2008
  • "Optimal federalism across institutions: Theory and applications from environmental policies and health care" Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Monterey, California, April 01, 2008
  • "Optimal federalism across many dimensions: Theory and applications from environmental policies, welfare, and health care" Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Palm Springs, California, January 01, 2007
  • "Of rainbows and rivers: Lessons for telecommunications spectrum policy from transitions in property rights and commons in water law" Midwestern Law & Economics Association, Chicago, Illinois, January 01, 2005
  • "Transitions in Property Law: Lessons from Water Law Applied to Commons and Property Rights in Telecommunications Spectrum" Canadian Law & Economics Association, Toronto, Canada, January 01, 2004
  • "Valuing the Environment: Courts Struggles with Natural Resource Damages" University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York, January 01, 2003
  • "A Neo-Institutional View of Environmental Federalism" Canadian Law & Economics Association, Toronto, Canada, January 01, 2002