Blanchard, Lindsey

Lindsey Blanchard

Visiting Professor

(651) 962-4864
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4864

1000 LaSalle Ave.
Minneapolis, MN

Office Location: MSL 341

J.D., University of Minnesota Law School

B.B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Lindsey Blanchard received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she graduatedmagna cum laude and was elected to Order of the Coif.  During law school, she was a student instructor for two years for the first-year Legal Research and Writing course and a research/managing editor for the Minnesota Law Review.  Blanchard’s Law Review Note, entitled Determining a Corporation’s Principal Place of Business: A Uniform Approach to Diversity Jurisdiction, won the Leonard, Street and Deinard Board Writing Award in 2006.

Upon graduation, Blanchard practiced law at Briggs and Morgan, P.A. in Minneapolis.  She spent three years there as an associate in the Trade Regulation section.  Blanchard dealt with a range of litigation and counseling matters, including franchise, manufacturer/dealer, intellectual property, employment, and general business disputes.  She also handled several immigration cases pro bono.

Blanchard always enjoyed legal research and writing – both in law school and in practice – and from her experience as an instructor in law school she learned that teaching was her passion.  “When the opportunity arose to combine my love of research and writing with teaching, I knew it was the right choice for me.  The University of St. Thomas School of Law has a unique mission and collegial environment, and the faculty is very focused on serving the students.  I wanted to be a part of that.  Now that I am, I hope to make a positive contribution to my students' professional development – whatever their aspirations may be.”

Blanchard lives in downtown Minneapolis and in her free time enjoys reading, traveling, watching Wisconsin Badger sports, and spending time at her family’s cabin in northern Wisconsin.  She also volunteers weekly at Store To Door, assisting in grocery delivery for the homebound elderly.

Courses Taught

Number Title Credits
620 Lawyering Skills I 3
625 Lawyering Skills II 2
796 Topics 0
950 Supervised Resrch & Writing .5

Areas of Academic Expertise:

Legal Writing

From the article "Grand Ideas: Faculty members describe the best ideas from their scholarship" St. Thomas Lawyer Magazine Fall 2011

To date, the emphasis in my scholarly writing has been on civil procedure issues. In particular, I have written about the need for a uniform test governing access to the federal courts through diversity jurisdiction (an issue that went before the U.S. Supreme Court last year) and the need for strict enforcement of the discovery sanctions available in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Upcoming: My scholarly interests also include unfair competition issues, and my next article will examine the use of non-competition agreements in nonprofit and charitable organizations.

You Tube: Professor Lindsey Blanchard

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Lindsey Blanchard, Goodyear and Hertz: Reconciling Two Recent Supreme Court Decisions, 44 McGeorge L. Rev. (forthcoming 2013).

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Lindsey Blanchard, Rule 37(a)’s Loser-Pays “Mandate”: More Bark Than Bite, 42 U. Mem. L. Rev. 109 (2011).

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Lindsey Saunders, Note,  Determining a Corporation’s Principal Place of Business: A Uniform Approach to Diversity Jurisdiction, 90 Minn. L. Rev. 1475 (2006).