Holloran Center Director and Professor
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Office Location: MSL 302
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
M.A., Economics (Industrial Organizations), University of Michigan
B.A., Colorado College
Neil W. Hamilton graduated in economics cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from Colorado College in 1967. He returned home to attend the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating magna cum laude and as a member of Order of the Coif in 1970. At Minnesota, he served as research editor of the Minnesota Law Review. Hamilton received his M.A. in economics (industrial organizations) from the University of Michigan in 1979.
Hamilton practiced with the firms of Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty and Bennett in Minneapolis and Krieg, Devault, Alexander and Capehart in Indianapolis before going into teaching. In 1972, Hamilton was selected as an International Legal Center/Asia Foundation Fellow and served as a visiting professor on the Airlangga University Faculty of Law in Surabaya, Indonesia, from 1972-74. He taught at Case Western Reserve University School of Law from 1977-80, joining the William Mitchell College of Law faculty in 1980. Hamilton was named Trustees Professor of Regulatory Policy at William Mitchell in 1982, and was selected as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Singapore in 1987. He joined the University of St. Thomas as a founding faculty member in 2001, and served as associate dean for academic affairs in the spring of 2002 and 2003-05. In August, 2006 he became the founding director of the Thomas Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions (http://www.stthomas.edu/ethicalleadership/)
He has taught both the required course in Professional Responsibility and an ethics seminar for 25 years and Administrative Law for 33 years. He also created the first Ethical Leadership course at a law school that he co-teaches with Professor Tom Holloran. He has also taught Business Ethics, Antitrust, Regulated Industries, Banking, Business Organizations, Contracts, and Civil Procedure. Rated by students as an outstanding teacher, Hamilton believes that respect for students is the key to foster learning and professionalism. Within a few short years, students become peers at the bar. He believes that students, alumni and professors at St. Thomas can help shape cultures of high professional ideals that reflect the first ethical principles and faith of each lawyer.
Hamilton is the author of three books, over fifty longer articles, and one hundred shorter articles. His scholarly focus is on the process of formation of an ethical professional identity for students and practicing professionals. He is a bi-monthly columnist on professionalism and ethics for the Minnesota Lawyer. He is nationally known for his work on academic freedom and academic ethics. The American Council on Education published his most recent book, "Academic Ethics: Problems and Materials on Professional Conduct and Shared Governance."
In 2012 received a Mission Award for Outstanding Scholarship. The same year Minnesota Lawyer named him a recipient of the Outstanding Service to the Profession award. In honor of his repeat as a Lawyer of the Year Hamilton earned the Order of Merit. In 2002, Minnesota Lawyer had selected Hamilton as one of the recipients of its Lawyer of the Year awards. In 2003, he received both the University of St. Thomas School of Law Excellence in Professional Preparation Award, and the Hennepin County Professionalism Award, given to that lawyer who most exemplifies the ideals of the profession. He is the first law professor to receive the Minnesota Lawyer and Hennepin County Professionalism awards.
In 2004, the Minnesota State Bar Association presented Professor Hamilton with its highest award, the Professional Excellence Award, given to recognize and encourage professionalism among lawyers. He is one of three law professors ever to receive this recognition from the profession. In 2009, the University of St. Thomas honored Professor Hamilton with the John Ireland Presidential Award for Excellence as a Teacher/Scholar. He received a Dean's Award for excellence in teaching in 2011.
|Description of course 725 :||This course will examine issues of legal ethics and the professional responsibility of lawyers. Students will study the law governing the conduct of lawyers in areas like formation of the lawyer/client relationship, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, client communications and the lawyer's role within the adversarial process. Additionally, students will move beyond the legal rules and regulations to explore expanded and aspirational ideas of what a lawyer's role can and should be in the lawyer/client relationship, in the profession and in society.|
|Description of course 793 :||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|
|Description of course 794 :||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|
|865||Ethical Leadership in Corp||3|
|Description of course 865 :||This course will help students explore their role as counselors and servant leaders in a corporate practice setting. Using a case study methodology common in business schools, students will discuss cases and real-world problems with a focus on counseling and problem solving. After reflecting on their own values, students will examine the concept of leadership within the profession and will hear from numerous guest lecturers who are leaders in Minnesota's legal and corporate communities.|
|Description of course 930 :||Each year of law study, students are paired with respected lawyers and judges in the community. Mentors introduce students to a wide range of lawyering tasks and judicial activities and share with them the traditions, ideals and skills necessary for a successful career. Second and third year students participate in an academic credit pro- gram that combines fieldwork with a contemporaneous seminar component. The seminar fosters the habit and skill of reflective lawyering and draws upon student/ mentor experiences to examine the law school's mission in a practical setting. Class topics are designed to bridge the gap between student learning and life as a lawyer. Each student is given the opportunity to individualize learning goals specific to his or her unique path of professional development.|
|933||Mentor Externship II||0|
|Description of course 933 :||Each year of law study, students are paired with respected lawyers and judges in the community. Mentors introduce students to a wide range of lawyering tasks and judicial activities and share with them the traditions, ideals and skills necessary for a successful career. Second and third year students participate in an academic credit pro- gram that combines fieldwork with a contemporaneous seminar component. The seminar fosters the habit and skill of reflective lawyering and draws upon student/ mentor experiences to examine the law school's mission in a practical setting. Class topics are designed to bridge the gap between student learning and life as a lawyer. Each student is given the opportunity to individualize learning goals specific to his or her unique path of professional development.|
|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.|
I have focused my scholarship to promote a paradigm shift in higher education for the professions, including business, but particularly legal education, toward the formation of each student’s ethical professional identity. The “big” ideas in a series of articles, including substantial empirical research, are that: (1) ethical professional formation occurs over a lifespan, and is significantly slower in development than other skills; (2) the elements of an ethical professional identity can be clearly defined as learning objectives for the educational program; (3) the internalized moral compass of each student is the foundation; (4) students are at different stages of development in terms of ethical professional formation so educators must engage each student at the student’s current stage; and (5) we can identify educational engagements that are effective in fostering the growth of a student’s ethical professional identity.
Upcoming: Working with research fellow Verna Monson, I am putting together a book proposal to synthesize all of our empirical research and articles on professional formation.
Neil W. Hamilton, Academic Ethics: Problems and Materials on Professional Conduct and Shared Governance (Praeger Publishers 2002).
Neil W. Hamilton, Verna Monson & Jerome M. Organ, Encouraging Each Student’s Personal Responsibility for Core Competencies Including Professionalism, 21 Prof. Law. (forthcoming 2012).
Neil W. Hamilton & Verna Monson, Legal Education’s Ethical Challenge: Empirical Research on How Most Effectively to Foster Each Student’s Professional Formation (Professionalism), U. St. Thomas L.J. (forthcoming 2012).
Neil W. Hamilton, Effectiveness Requires Listening: How to Assess and Improve Listening Skills, 13 Fla. Coastal L. Rev. (forthcoming 2012).
Neil W. Hamilton & Verna Monson, Ethical Professional (Trans)formation: Themes from Interviews about Professionalism with Exemplary Lawyers, 52 Santa Clara L. Rev. 921 (2012).
Neil W. Hamilton, Fostering Professional Formation: Lessons from the Carnegie Foundation’s Five Studies on Educating Professionals, 45 Creighton L. Rev. 763 (2012).
Neil W. Hamilton & Verna Monson, Ethical Professional (Trans)Formation: Early Career Lawyers Make Sense of Professionalism, 8 U. St. Thomas L.J. 129 (2011).
Neil W. Hamilton & Verna E. Monson, Entering Law Students' Conceptions of an Ethical Professional Identity and the Role of the Lawyer in Society, 35 J. Legal Prof. 385 (2011).
Neil Hamilton & Verna Monson, The Positive Empirical Relationship of Professionalism to Effectiveness in the Practice of Law, 24 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 137 (2011).
Neil W. Hamilton, Ethical Leadership in Professional Life, 6 U. St. Thomas. L.J. 358 (2009).
Neil W. Hamilton & Jerry G. Gaff, The Future of the Professoriate: Academic Freedom, Peer Review, and Shared Governance (Association of American Colleges and Universities 2009).
Lyman Johnson & Neil W. Hamilton, Our National Challenge: A Blueprint for Restoring the Public Trust, 6 U. St. Thomas L.J. 397 (2009).
Neil Hamilton, The Formation of an Ethical Professional Identity in the Peer-Review Professions, 5 U. St. Thomas L.J. 361 (2008).
Neil Hamilton, Assessing Professionalism: Measuring Progress in the Formation of an Ethical Professional Identity, 5 U. St. Thomas L.J. 470 (2008).
Neil Hamilton, Professionalism Clearly Defined, 18 Prof. Law. 4 (2008).
Neil Hamilton & Lisa Montpetit Brabbit, Fostering Professionalism Through Mentoring, 57 J. Legal Educ. 102 (2007).
Neil Hamilton, Faculty Professionalism: Failures of Socialization and the Road to Loss of Professional Autonomy, 92 Liberal Educ. 14 (2006).
Neil Hamilton, Faculty Professionalism: An Opportunity for Catholic Higher Education to Vitalize the Academic Profession’s Social Contract, 25 Current Issues in Catholic Higher Educ. 177 (2006).
Neil Hamilton, Understanding the Intersection of Business and Legal Ethics, 1 U. St. Thomas L.J. 781 (2004).
Neil W. Hamilton, Counseling the Post-Enron Corporation Using the Lawyer’s Independent Professional Judgment, 14 Prof. Law. 24 (2003).
Neil W. Hamilton, The Six Ethical Systems that a Lawyer Must Navigate, 14 Prof. Law. 18 (2002).
Neil W. Hamilton, The Ethics of Peer Review in the Academic and Legal Professions, 42 S. Tex. L. Rev. 227 (2001).
Neil W. Hamilton, Academic Tradition and the Principles of Professional Conduct, 27 J.C. & U.L. 609 (2001).
Neil W. Hamilton, The Future of Callings—An Interdisciplinary Summit on the Public Obligations of Professionals into the Next Millennium: Report on the Conference Held April 24-25, 1998, 25 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 45 (1999).
Neil W. Hamilton, The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board: An Unconstitutional and Confused Delegation of Executive Power to Leglislators, 25 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev.1203 (1999).
Neil W. Hamilton & Kevin R. Coan, Are We a Profession or Merely a Business?: The Erosion of the Conflicts Rules Through the Increased Use of Ethical Walls, 27 Hofstra L. Rev. 57 (1998).
Neil W. Hamilton, Foreword: Symposium on Zealatory and Academic Freedom, 22 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 333 (1996).
Neil W. Hamilton, Contrasts and Comparisons Among McCarthyism, 1960s Student Activism and 1990s Faculty Fundamentalism, 22 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 369 (1996).
Neil W. Hamilton, Buttressing the Neglected Traditions of Academic Freedom, 22 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 549 (1996).
Neil W. Hamilton, Are We a Profession or Merely a Business? The Erosion of Rule 5.6 and the Bar Against Restrictions on the Right to Practice, 22 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 1409 (1996).
Neil Hamilton & Virginia B. Cone, Mitigation of Antitrust Damages, 66 Or. L. Rev. 339 (1987).
Neil W. Hamilton & Anne M. Caulfield, The Defense of Natural Monopoly in Sherman Act Monopolization Cases, 33 DePaul L. Rev. 465 (1984).
Neil Hamilton et al., A Comparison of Governance of Publicly-Owned Mass Transit, 6 Can.-U.S. L.J. 1 (1983).
Neil W. Hamilton & Verna E. Monson, Answering the Skeptics on Fostering Ethical Professional Formation (Professionalism), 20 Prof. Law. 3 (2011).
Neil Hamilton & Verna Monson, The Link Between Effectiveness and Ethical Professional Identity, 3 St. Thomas Law. 22 (2010).
Neil Hamilton, The Financial Sector’s Catastrophic Failures of Prudence, 2 St. Thomas Law. 12 (2009).
Neil W. Hamilton, A Crisis of Ethic Proportion, Inside Higher Ed, June 12, 2009.
Neil Hamilton, The Financial Crisis and Catholic Higher Education, Update Newsletter (Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities 2008), at 11.
Neil Hamilton, Faculty Autonomy and Obligation, 93 Academe 36 (2007).
Neil Hamilton, Tribute to Dean James Hogg, 21 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 658 (1996).
Neil Hamilton, Academic Freedom’s Duties: A Review of Stanley Fish’s Save the World on Your Own Time, 36 J.C. & U.L. 295 (2009).
Neil Hamilton, The Profession and Professionalism are Dead?: A Review of Thomas Morgan, The Vanishing American Lawyer, 20 Prof. Law. 14 (2010).