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Teresa Stanton Collett

Professor
Degree
J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law
B.A., University of Oklahoma
Office
MSL 463
Phone
(651) 962-4973
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4973
Mail
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

A passionate advocate for the protection of human life and the family, Professor Teresa Stanton Collett is a nationally sought-after scholar and speaker on the topics of marriage, religion and bioethics. She has published numerous legal articles and is the co-author of a law casebook on professional responsibility and co-editor of a collection of essays exploring "catholic" and "Catholic" perspectives on American law .

Professor Collett is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and has testified before committees of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, as well as before legislative committees in several states.  In 2009, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI appointed Collett to a five year term on the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Recently she represented Congressman Ron Paul and various medical groups in the defense of the federal ban of partial-birth abortion, and the Governors of Minnesota and North Dakota defending the N.H. requirement of state parental involvement prior to performance of an abortion on a minor before the United States Supreme Court. She is often asked to represent the interests of government officials before federal appellate courts. She has served as special Attorney General for the States of Oklahoma and Kansas , as well as assisting other state Attorneys General in defending laws protecting human life and marriage. Prior to joining St. Thomas in 2003, Professor Collett taught at the South Texas College of Law where she established the nation's first annual symposium on legal ethics.

 

Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 754 - 01 Constitutional Lit. Practicum - T - R - - - 1330 - 1525 MSL 448
CRN: 43277 Instructor: Teresa S. Collett This course is a semester-long limited enrollment course that affords those interested in constitutional litigation an opportunity to increase and refine their trial tactics and skills. This course provides students an opportunity to enhance their effectiveness as a litigator in many areas such as trial strategy, direct examination, including use of documentary evidence, expert testimony, exclusion of evidence through motions and objections, and dispositive motions. The course will begin with a review of basic constitutional concepts such as jurisdiction, standing, ripeness, 10th Amendment limits on federal jurisdiction, and distinctions between state and federal constitutional challenges. Students will select two cases. Working in teams of two, students will take on the task of challenging one law, and defending the second. This will require students to research and brief issues of constitutional due process, free speech, and equal protection.

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LAWS 950 - 05 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43308 Instructor: Teresa S. Collett 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 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 630 - 01 Property M - W - F - - 1030 - 1145 MSL 235
CRN: 22557 Instructor: Jerome M. Organ, Teresa S. Collett This course will cover fundamental issues associated with the law of property. Students will examine the rights arising from various interests in property, the concept of possession and how possession is acquired and protected and the ways in which possession is transferred, shared and divided. Additionally, students will explore the right to use or restrict the use of property. In the context of property law, students will explore various aspects of law- yering such as interviewing and counseling, fact invest- igation, dispute resolution, problem-solving and profess- ional responsibility.

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LAWS 630 - 02 Property M - W - F - - 0900 - 1015 MSL 321
CRN: 22558 Instructor: Jerome M. Organ, Teresa S. Collett This course will cover fundamental issues associated with the law of property. Students will examine the rights arising from various interests in property, the concept of possession and how possession is acquired and protected and the ways in which possession is transferred, shared and divided. Additionally, students will explore the right to use or restrict the use of property. In the context of property law, students will explore various aspects of law- yering such as interviewing and counseling, fact invest- igation, dispute resolution, problem-solving and profess- ional responsibility.

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LAWS 771 - 01 Clinic: Cath Soc Th & UN - T - - - - - 0830 - 1015
CRN: 22610 Instructor: Teresa S. Collett This course integrates international law, Catholic Social Teaching, and international relations culminating in a one-week lobbying experience at the United Nations. The class provides service-learning opportunities to students interested in advancing Catholic Social Teaching through international law. Through class readings and other instructional materials, students are introduced to the international legal framework governing relations among states, with a special emphasis on the actions of the United Nations and the relationship of those actions to the domestic law of states. The course addresses particular issues of Church teaching and international agreements or statements in preparation for student participation in lobbying activities at meetings of United Nations bodies. After the conclusion of a one-week lobbying experience, students submit reflective papers as well as short topical research papers. Enrollment is limited and registration is by instructor only.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 950 - 05 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22632 Instructor: Teresa S. Collett 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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