Director, Law library
Professor of Law
1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
Office Location: MSL 220
M.A., University of Minnesota
B.A., College of St. Catherine
Bateson served as director of the law library at William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul since 1989. Bateson co-authored one of the leading textbooks on legal research, The Process of Legal Research (now in its sixth edition). She has led the transformation of the Ugandan legal system by helping to compile, revise and publish the Laws of the Republic of Uganda (a 28-volume undertaking).
Bateson has held leadership and service roles with the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, the American Association of Law Libraries and the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries.
During her career, Bateson has built an outstanding library collection and staff.
|625||Lawyering Skills II||2|
|Description of course 625 :||This course will refine students' legal problem-solving skills using legal analysis, legal research, and legal writing strategies and will introduce students to additional lawyering skills. Students will advance from objective to persuasive legal writing projects set in an advocacy context and will draft typical litigation documents, such as plead- ings, pre-trial motions, and trial briefs. Students will consider various dynamics of the lawyer/client relationship, conduct a client interview, and prepare a client opinion letter. Finally, the course will explore alternative methods of dispute resolution.|
|950||Supervised Resrch & Writing||.5|
|Description of course 950 :||Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.|
The most important work I’ve done in the last 10 years is to complete the codification of the laws of Uganda. Working with a Ugandan colleague, I identified and found copies of existing Ugandan laws and created the first up-to-date set of Ugandan statutes and statutory instruments since 1964. I’ve also completed two revisions of my co-authored textbook, The Process of Legal Research, one of the standard legal research textbooks since it first was published in 1986.
Upcoming: I’m working on a new edition of my co-authored textbook this summer to address legal research literacy in the second decade of the 21st century. I’ll also be writing a piece on focused, cost-effective law library collection development strategies.
Christina L. Kunz, Deborah A. Schmedemann, Ann L. Bateson, Mehmet Konar-Steenberg, Anthony S. Winer & Sarah Deer, The Process of Legal Research (8th ed. Aspen Publishers 2012) (with Teacher’s Manual).
Christina L. Kunz, Deborah A. Schmedemann, Ann L. Bateson, Matthew P. Downs & Mehmet Konar-Steenberg, The Process of Legal Research (7th ed. Aspen Publishers 2008) (with Teacher’s Manual).