John Wendt

Full Professor, Ethics and Business Law

jtwendt@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-4250

Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave
Terrence Murphy Hall 343Q
Minneapolis, MN 55403

J.D., , William Mitchell College of Law
M.A., American Constitutional Law and History, Sports Law and History, University of Minnesota
B.A., Humanities, University of Minnesota

See my articles and publications

John Wendt has been actively teaching law for more than 25 years at the University of St. Thomas, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System and Hamline University School of Law.

A member of the Ethics and Business Law Department, Wendt serves on the panel of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association, the AAA LPGA Special Anti-Doping arbitration panel, the Special AAA Panel for United States Olympic Committee Disputes, and has been appointed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. He also served on the American Bar Association and Minnesota State Bar Association boards and committees on Legal Education. He has also been inducted into the University of Minnesota Aquatics Hall of Fame.

Fall 2014 Courses
Fall 2014 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
BLAW 301 - 06 Legal Environment/Business - - - R - - - 1730 - 2115 MCH 114
Description of course Legal Environment/Business : CRN: 42685
STUDY ABROAD: London-England; PROGRAM: UST: London Business Semester

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BLAW 600 - 201 Legal Environment of Business - - W - - - - 1730 - 2030 SCH 127
Description of course Legal Environment of Business : CRN: 42691
This course is intended to familiarize you with the wide variety of legal forces that shape and affect the conduct of business transactions in the United States. This course is not intended to train you as lawyers or to import any particular expertise in the application of the law, rather it is designed to give you an understanding of the basic legal vocabulary and various legal concepts that will be encountered on a daily basis as a business manager. With this background, you should understand and anticipate legal issues and know when legal counsel should be sought. Topics include contracts, warranties and product liability; agency and employment relationships; business organizations; real estate transactions; and debtor/creditor relationships. -- Prerequisite: None.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BLAW 600 - 203 Legal Environment of Business See Details * *
Description of course Legal Environment of Business : CRN: 42693
This course is intended to familiarize you with the wide variety of legal forces that shape and affect the conduct of business transactions in the United States. This course is not intended to train you as lawyers or to import any particular expertise in the application of the law, rather it is designed to give you an understanding of the basic legal vocabulary and various legal concepts that will be encountered on a daily basis as a business manager. With this background, you should understand and anticipate legal issues and know when legal counsel should be sought. Topics include contracts, warranties and product liability; agency and employment relationships; business organizations; real estate transactions; and debtor/creditor relationships. -- Prerequisite: None.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
SCH 1271730-213015 Sep '14
SCH 1271730-213006 Oct '14
SCH 1271730-213027 Oct '14
SCH 1271730-213017 Nov '14
SCH 1271730-213008 Dec '14
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 600 - 202 Legal Environment of Business - - W - - - - 1730 - 2030
Description of course Legal Environment of Business : CRN: 21945
This course is intended to familiarize you with the wide variety of legal forces that shape and affect the conduct of business transactions in the United States. This course is not intended to train you as lawyers or to import any particular expertise in the application of the law, rather it is designed to give you an understanding of the basic legal vocabulary and various legal concepts that will be encountered on a daily basis as a business manager. With this background, you should understand and anticipate legal issues and know when legal counsel should be sought. Topics include contracts, warranties and product liability; agency and employment relationships; business organizations; real estate transactions; and debtor/creditor relationships. -- Prerequisite: None.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BLAW 600 - 203 Legal Environment of Business - - - - - S - 0800 - 1200 MCH 114
Description of course Legal Environment of Business : CRN: 21946
This course is intended to familiarize you with the wide variety of legal forces that shape and affect the conduct of business transactions in the United States. This course is not intended to train you as lawyers or to import any particular expertise in the application of the law, rather it is designed to give you an understanding of the basic legal vocabulary and various legal concepts that will be encountered on a daily basis as a business manager. With this background, you should understand and anticipate legal issues and know when legal counsel should be sought. Topics include contracts, warranties and product liability; agency and employment relationships; business organizations; real estate transactions; and debtor/creditor relationships. -- Prerequisite: None.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
Academic and Professional Positions
  • Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, Saint Paul / Minnesota (2014 - present)
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Mpls (2009 - 2014)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Mpls (2003 - 2008)
  • Ethics and Business Law Adjunct Faculty Coordinator, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Mpls (2003 - 2005)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1984 - 2003)
  • Adjunct Professor, Hamline University - School of Law, St. Paul (1993 - 2002)
  • Adjunct Coordinator Legal Studies in Business Courses, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Mpls (1991 - 2002)
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Mpls (1983 - 2002)
  • Adjunct Professor, Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights (1984 - 1990)
  • Adjunct Professor, Century (Lakewood) College, White Bear Lake (1983 - 1984)
  • Director of Publications, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, St. Paul (1982 - 1983)
  • Lecturer, GraduatUniversity of Wisconsin - School of Business, Madison (1981 - 1982)
  • Faculty Member/Coach, De La Salle High School, Minneapolis (1970 - 1979)

Professional Memberships
  • Sports and Recreation Law Association
  • Court of Arbitration for Sport (Lausanne)
  • Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Special Anti-Doping Panel
  • American Arbitration Association/North American Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Olympic Studies International Directory of the Centre d'Estudis Olímpics (Center for Olympic Studies) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business

Professional Service
  • Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission,
  • Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, UK, Reviewer
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Reviewer
  • The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law, Reviewer
  • Century College,
  • Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, Reviewer
  • Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA),
  • Midwest Law Journal, Reviewer
  • Sport and Recreation Law Association, Reviewer

Public Service
  • M Club Hall of Fame Research and Selection Committees, Committee Member

Major Works
  • Garrison, M. J., & Wendt, J. T. (forthcoming). Non-compete agreements made after an at-will employee has commenced employment: Toward a good faith standard for the 'afterthought' agreement. University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public PolicyThe University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy,
  • Miller, J. J., Wendt, J. T., & Seidler, T. (forthcoming). Tackling steroid abuse in interscholastic athletics: Perceptions of athletic directors. International Journal of Sport Management,
  • Wendt, J. T., & Evers, S. G. (forthcoming). Incorporating adult learning theory into business law classrooms Using a local high profile case to engage students. Business Journal for Entrepreneurs,
  • Miller, J., Pauline, G., & Wendt, J. T. (2013). An investigation of risk management protocols at triathlon events. Journal of Venue and Event ManagementJournal of Venue and Event Management, (4)(2), pp. 17-34
  • Miller, J., & Wendt, J. T. (2012). The lack of risk communication at an elite sports event: A case study of the FINA 10K marathon swimming world cup. International Journal of Sport Communication, (5)(2), pp. 265-278
  • Wendt, J. T. (2012). The road to the London 2012 olympic games: The selection games. Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, (30)(3), p.17
  • Wendt, J. T. (2012). Toward harmonization: British Olympic Association v. World Anti-Doping Agency. Marquette Sports Law Review, (23)(1), pp. 155-169
  • Wendt, J. T. (2012). Drug testing through the lens of a member of the international court of arbitration for sport. Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, (21)(2), pp. 179-185
  • Wendt, J. T., & Miller, J. (2012). Heat related illness in interscholastic football: What coaches and athletic administrators need to understand. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, (6)(2), pp. 113-131
  • Wendt, J. T., & Miller, J. (2012). Tragedy at Fujairah: Risk management and legal issues on the death of Fran Crippen. Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, (12), pp. 71-101
  • Miller, J., Wendt, J. T., & Potter, N. (2011). Implications for concussion assessments and return-to-play standards in intercollegiate football: How are the risks managed??. Journal of Sport Administration and Supervision, (3)(1), pp. 91-103
  • Wendt, J. T. (2011). The FEI and the continuing fight against doping in equestrian sport. International Sports Law Journal, (3-4),
  • Wendt, J. T., & Young, P. C. (2011). Reputational risk and social media. Mississippi Law Journal, (1)(1), pp. 97-126
  • Miller, J., & Wendt, J. T. (2010). A Practical Guide to Sport Management Internsips. Paid versus unpaid sport management internship issues. Carolina Academy Press
  • Miller, J., & Wendt, J. T. (2010). A Practical Guide to Sport Management Internships. Safety and negligence issues in sport management internships. Carolina Academy Press
  • Miller, J., Wendt, J. T., & Young, P. C. (2010). Fourth amendment considerations and application of risk management principles for pat- down searches at professional football games. Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, (20)(2),
  • Wendt, J. T. (2010). The Road to Vancouver: Issues at the XXI olympic winter games. Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, (28)(1), pp. 3-10
  • Wendt, J. T. (2010). The need for WADA to address confidentiality leaks in drug testing in olympic sports - The Ian Thorpe situation. International Sports Law Journal, (3)(4), pp. 47-54
  • Wendt, J. T., & Miller, J. (2010). A Practical Guide to Sport Management Intership. Managing sport management internship risks: Insurance issues. Carolina Academy Press
  • Wendt, J. T. (2009). Reflection on Beijing: A transition in the war on doping. Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, (26)(4),
  • Wendt, J. T. (2009). The crisis of doping in equestrian sport. Entertainment and Sports Lawyer,
  • Combs, K. L., Gibson, S., Hays, J. M., Saly, P., & Wendt, J. T. (2008). Enhancing curriculum and delivery: Linking assessment to learning objectives. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, (33)(1), pp. 87-102
  • Garrison, M. J., & Wendt, J. T. (2008). The evolving law of employee non-competes: Recent trends and an alternative policy approach. American Business Law Journal, (45)(1), pp. 107-186
  • Wendt, J. T. (2008). Herpes gladiatorum in interscholastic athletics: Legal considerations for coaches and administrators. Franklin Business & Law Review Quarterly Journal,
  • Wendt, J. T. (2008). The year of the strike, troubles on Broadway and in Hollywood.. Ethics & Critical Thinking Quarterly Journal,
  • Wendt, J. T., & Miller, J. J. (2008). Wrestling with infectious disease: A legal analysis. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, (3)(1),
  • Wendt, J. T., Miller, J. J., & Kern, S. (2008). Steroid use in interscholastic athletics: Is there reasonable suspicion?. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, (3)(2),
  • Wendt, J. T., & Miller, J. J. (2007). Interscholastic athletic directors perceptions of steroid use: A state study. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, (2)(3), pp. 1-14
  • Wendt, J. T. (2006). The 2006 winter olympic games: Adventures in Turino. Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, (22)(4),
  • Wendt, J. T. (2005). Year of the steroid: Are new testing regimes enough??. Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, (22)(4),
  • Wendt, J. T., & Tippins, S. C. (2005). Risk management and sports marketing. Business Journal for Entrepreneurs, (4),
  • Wendt, J. T. (2004). WADA, doping and THG. Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, (4)(21),
  • Wendt, J. T. (2004). The new world anti-doping agency and world anti-doping code. Midwest Law Review, (19),

Research Interests
  • Sports and Entertainment Law
  • Risk Management in Sport
  • Performance Enhancing Drugs
  • Employee Non-compete Agreements and Trade Secrets

Presentations
  • "Non-compete agreements made after an at-will employee has commenced employment: A good faith standard for the "afterthought" agreement" University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy presents its spring symposium, "Regulating the Free Market: Dodd-Frank, Non-Compete 'Afterthoughts', Religion and Welfare, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 01, 2014
  • "Doping and the competitive athlete" Fairview 2013 Current Concepts in Sports Medicine: "Overhead Athletic Injuries: Safe to Pitch or Throwing Caution to the Wind?, Edina, Minnesota, May 01, 2013
  • "Drug testing and athletic medicine: A case based on discussion, where ethics and law and safety and reality collide" University of Minnesota Medical School - Athletic Department, Minneapolis, MN, April 01, 2013
  • "I can do this! Where is the bottom?: An analysis of risk management plans for swimmers in triathlons" Sport, Physical Activity, Recreation and Law Conference, Denver, Colorado, March 01, 2013
  • "Risk communication management of concussions in high school football, who knew?" Sport, Physical Activity, Recreation and Law Conference, Denver, Colorado, March 01, 2013
  • "Legal aspects of drugs and the IOC" Fairview 2012 Current Concepts in Sports Medicine: The World of Sports Medicine: The Olympic Athlete, Minneapolis, MN, April 14, 2012
  • "Reputational risk and social media" University of Mississippi School of Law Sports Law Symposium, Oxford, Mississippi, April 01, 2012
  • "Paid versus unpaid: Issues in sport management internships" AAHPERD - American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Boston, MA, March 15, 2012
  • "Tragedy at Fujairah: Risk management issues at open-water swimming events" Sport Entertainment & Venues Tomorrow, University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, March 02, 2012
  • "Tragedy at Fujairah: Risk management and the assumption of risk in open-water swimming events" Sport and Recreation Law Association ~ Sport, Physical Activity, Recreation and Law Conference, Greensboro, NC, February 29, 2012
  • "Implications for concussion assessments and return-to-play policy standards in intercollegiate football" Conference on Sport, Physical Activity, Recreation and Law, Savannah, Georgia, March 03, 2011
  • "Issues with drugs and sports" University of Minnesota Medical School, Continuing Medical Education, and Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care, Minneapolis, MN, October 01, 2010
  • "Performance enhancing substance use in sports - update" Twin Cities Marathon Sports Medicine Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 01, 2008
  • "Non-compete promises made after an at-will employee has commenced employment: Should good faith be required for the 'afterthought' agreement?" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Long Beach, California, January 01, 2008
  • "Consideration and employee non-compete agreements: The continuing policy debate over the afterthought agreement" Pacific Northwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Vancouver, Canada, January 01, 2008
  • "Managing risks for sports management internships" National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Fort Worth, Texas, January 01, 2008
  • "The rise and fall of the inevitable disclosure doctrine" Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Palm Springs, California, March 01, 2007
  • "Update on legal issues in sports" Minnesota Sports Medicine Spring Conference,, Blaine, Minnesota, January 01, 2007
  • "Medico-legal issues in sports medicine" Twin Cities Marathon Sports Medicine Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 01, 2006
  • "Premises liability and risk management: Strategies for sport and recreation facilities" Athletic Business Conference and Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 01, 2006
  • "Legal issues regarding current IOC and WADA policies on drugs in sports" Twin Cities Marathon Sports Medicine Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 01, 2005
  • "Enhancing Curriculum and Delivery: Linking Assessment to Learning Objectives" Western Economic Association International 79th Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, June 01, 2004
  • "The Continuing Impact of and Challenges to the New World Anti-Doping Agency and World Anti-Doping Code" Association for Sport Management, Atlanta, Georgia, January 01, 2004
  • "Development and Use of an Assessment Tool Based on Course Learning Objectives" European Applied Business Conference, Venice, Italy, June 01, 2003
  • "Development And Use Of An Assessment Tool Based On Course Learning Objectives" European Applied Business Research Conference, Venice, Italy, June 01, 2003
  • "The Impact of the New World Anti-Doping Agency and World Anti-Doping Code" Onward to the Olympics; Historical Perspective on the Olympic Games, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, January 01, 2003
  • "The New World Anti-Doping Agency and World Anti-Doping Code" International Conference on the Olympic Games; The Olympic Dream: Past, Present and Future of the Olympic Games, University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri, January 01, 2003