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J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
B.B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
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.
|620||Lawyering Skills I||3|
|Description of course 620 :||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.|
|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.|
|Description of course 796 :||The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule|
|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.|
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.
Lindsey Blanchard, Goodyear and Hertz: Reconciling Two Recent Supreme Court Decisions, 44 McGeorge L. Rev. (forthcoming 2013).
Lindsey Blanchard, Rule 37(a)’s Loser-Pays “Mandate”: More Bark Than Bite, 42 U. Mem. L. Rev. 109 (2011).
Lindsey Saunders, Note, Determining a Corporation’s Principal Place of Business: A Uniform Approach to Diversity Jurisdiction, 90 Minn. L. Rev. 1475 (2006).