Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 2000
B.A., summa cum laude, University of St. Thomas, 1997
Dave Bateson is Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Dave oversees our student services including our Office of Career and Professional Development, Academic Achievement, and the law school Registrar’s Office. Dave also works closely with Student Government and Student Organizations at the law school and meets with students individually to assist them on their journey to the legal profession.
Prior to becoming Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Dave was Director of the award-winning Mentor Externship Program at the School of Law. He is a frequent national speaker on mentor relationships, and mentoring in the legal profession. As Director of the Mentor Externship Program, Dave recruited practicing attorneys to serve as mentors for each law school student and spent time in the classroom as a teacher in the Mentor Program. He is a 2009 University of St. Thomas School of Law Mission Award recipient for Excellence in Professional Preparation.
Before joining the University of St. Thomas, Dave worked at Rider Bennett in the Litigation Department. While at Rider Bennett, Dave handled civil litigation files from inception to closing, including client intake, discovery, depositions, trial and appeal; he successfully developed his own workers compensation practice and successfully marketed the firm to potential clients.