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Mitchell Gordon

Associate Professor
Degree
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
M.A., Public Policy, University of Minnesota
B.A., Tufts University
Office
MSL 312
Phone
(651) 962-4978
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4978
Mail
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Mitchell Gordon joined the School of Law in 2003 after serving as an adjunct instructor of Legal Writing & Research at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Gordon was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, and attended the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, where he served as student body president. He earned a B.A. magna cum laude in political science and English from Tufts University and an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. His master's thesis examined the creation of the "Brandeis brief" method of legal argument. He was later named a Humphrey Institute Research Fellow and worked as an assistant to former Minnesota Gov. Orville Freeman.

Gordon graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was a director of the National Moot Court program and a member of Minnesota's competition team, which advanced to the national finals. He also clerked at the Minneapolis law firm of Mansfield & Tanick, P.A., and in the Special Litigation Division of the Hennepin County Attorney's office. After law school he joined the Minneapolis law firm of Lindquist & Vennum, P.L.L.P.

From 1999 to 2003, Gordon served in the office of Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch as an Assistant Attorney General. In that office Gordon represented the state in cases involving fraudulent charities and telemarketers, and participated in the Attorney General's groundbreaking investigation of HMOs and other health care nonprofits. He also advised numerous state agencies, primarily the schools of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, and worked on behalf of the Attorney General's legislative agenda.

Gordon is a member of Temple of Aaron Congregation and many religious, social justice, and community organizations. In 1999 he was a candidate for the St. Paul City Council, and won the endorsements of both the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party and the Independence Party.

Gordon is married to his high school sweetheart, Karen. This achievement is the most significant example of his skills in negotiation and persuasion.

 

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 620 - 03 Lawyering Skills I - T - R - - - 0900 - 1025 MSL 448
CRN: 43292 Instructor: Mitchell Gordon This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of legal problem solving through legal analysis, legal research and legal writing methods. Students will learn methods of legal analysis, including fact analysis and rule-based reasoning, using common law and statutory sources. Students will learn legal research in primary and secondary sources, in both traditional and electronic formats, emphasizing efficient research strategies. Finally, students will learn to structure, write and edit a formal memorandum of law. Instruction in lawyering skills will be integrated to focus on the problem-solving process and to help students begin to develop independent professional judgment.

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LAWS 620 - 07 Lawyering Skills I - T - R - - - 1030 - 1155 MSL 448
CRN: 43296 Instructor: Mitchell Gordon This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of legal problem solving through legal analysis, legal research and legal writing methods. Students will learn methods of legal analysis, including fact analysis and rule-based reasoning, using common law and statutory sources. Students will learn legal research in primary and secondary sources, in both traditional and electronic formats, emphasizing efficient research strategies. Finally, students will learn to structure, write and edit a formal memorandum of law. Instruction in lawyering skills will be integrated to focus on the problem-solving process and to help students begin to develop independent professional judgment.

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LAWS 950 - 07 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43223 Instructor: Mitchell Gordon 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.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

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Spring 2018 Courses

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