Dale Thompson

Associate Professor, Ethics and Business Law

dbthompson@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-5195

2115 Summit Ave
McNeely Hall 311
St. Paul, MN 55105

B.A. (Hons), Economics, Williams College
J.D., Economics, Stanford University - Law School
M.A., Economics, Stanford University
Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University

See publications in UST Research Online

Dale Thompson provides an integrative approach between business and law. With a Ph.D. in economics and a J.D. (both from Stanford), he understands both the competitive pressures facing business and industry, and the constraints and opportunities presented by the legal environment of business. In his courses, students learn to conduct step-by-step analysis of legal disputes encountered by actual businesses, and develop an understanding and appreciation of the connections between legal principles and management of their businesses.

In his research, Thompson examines the use of governmental regulations and economic incentives to achieve policy objectives. This research includes an investigation of the appropriate scale of regulation, under the principles of federalism. He has applied his approach to such diverse subjects as environmental policies, health care, financial markets, telecommunications and immigration. His research has been published in top legal journals, including the San Diego Law Review, Akron Law Review, Buffalo Law Review, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Environmental Law and the William & Mary Policy Review.

In addition to his teaching and research, Thompson plays an active role in serving the University of St. Thomas community, his local community (through both his church and as a volunteer soccer and baseball coach) and the broader academy (as an officer in the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business).

Summer 2018 Courses
Summer 2018 Courses
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BUSN 202 - 01 MS Excel Business Applications - - - - - - - -
Description of course MS Excel Business Applications : CRN: 30512 0 Credit Hours
The course will introduce students to the use of Microsoft Excel for business applications. Students will develop skills in using Microsoft Excel to solve business problems. This course will be online, with students using the MyEducator Excel Educator software platform. Students will submit Excel exercises to demonstrate their learning. Students enrolled in this course will pay a technology fee, and will then be granted lifetime access to the Excel Educator site. Students who feel they have mastered the content of this course may apply for a waiver of this course through an examination. Students can attempt a waiver through examination for this course only once, and there is a fee for the examination. This course is graded pass/fail. Students must achieve at least a passing percentage on each exercise, and an overall passing percentage to complete this course.
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Fall 2018 Courses
Fall 2018 Courses
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BLAW 301 - A01 Legal Environment/Business - - - - - - - -
Description of course Legal Environment/Business : CRN: 43272 4 Credit Hours
An examination of the business law rules and principles of particular relevance to entrepreneurship, finance, management, and marketing. Subjects include contracts, negligence, products liability and warranty, sales of goods, intellectual property, employment law, as well as general notions of legal reasoning and legal process and alternative dispute resolution. Prerequisite: Junior standing
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BUSN 200 - A02 Busn Learning Through Service - - - - - - - -
Description of course Busn Learning Through Service : CRN: 43439 0 Credit Hours
This experiential, student-designed course is required of all undergraduate students in the Opus College of Business - both majors and minors. The course embodies the Statement of Purpose of the university to “develop morally responsible individuals who combine career competency...while fostering in the student a tradition of service to the public welfare.” The learning objectives include: 1) providing students the opportunity to experience the necessary partnerships between and among healthy, vital communities and healthy, vital businesses; 2) stretching beyond their current comfort zones, especially in terms of being involved with people different from themselves; 3) providing direct service to a nonprofit while meeting individually established personal learning objectives; and 4) exploring the business dynamics of non-profit organizations. Students are encouraged to complete BUSN 200 either during the second semester of their sophomore year or the first semester of their junior year. Students register for BUSN 200 as they would any other academic course at the university. Students should note that their formal BUSN 200 class meets only four times during the semester and that 100% attendance of those four classes is mandatory to complete BUSN 200 successfully. In addition to the 40 hours of service and four class meetings, students will maintain an online journal of their reflections and learnings, and present a final-reflection creative learning project to their classmates. All BUSN 200 requirements - including the 40 hours of service - are completed within the traditional one-semester structure. Service hours or other assignments from one semester cannot be “rolled over” to the next semester. Thus, students should consider carefully the timing of their decision to participate in BUSN 200 for any given semester. This course is graded S/R. Students can complete BUSN 200 while studying abroad or while away from campus during J-term or summer. Note: London Business students complete their BUSN 200 course while studying in London; students considering participation in this program should wait to complete BUSN 200 until that semester.
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J-Term 2019 Courses
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Faculty Director of Undergraduate Program, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul / Minneapolis (2015 - present)
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St Paul /Minneapolis (2012 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Mpls (2006 - 2010)
  • Assistant Professor, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud (2005 - 2006)
  • Visiting Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul (2004 - 2005)
  • Primary Lead of the Water Rights and Regulatory Authorities Subcommittee, Water Resources Board of Rhode Island, Providence (2002 - 2004)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol (2002 - 2004)
  • Visiting Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg (1998 - 2002)
  • Summer Associate, Sutherland, Asbill, & Brennan, Atlanta (2000 - 2000)
  • Economic Analyst, Department of Planning & Budget, Richmond (1999 - 1999)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Washington University - Olin Business School, St. Louis (1997 - 1998)
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (1997 - 1997)
  • Adjunct Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg (1995 - 1996)
  • Teaching Assistant, Stanford University, Stanford (1993 - 1995)

Professional Memberships
  • Bar Membership (CA - admitted 2004)
  • Bar Membership (MN - admitted 2005)

Professional Service
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business,
  • American Business Law Journal, Reviewer
  • Journal of Law, Business & Ethics, Reviewer
  • Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Officer
  • Telecommunications Policy, Reviewer

Public Service
  • Macalester Plymouth United Church, Officer, Treasurer
  • St. Paul Midway Baseball, Other

Publications
  • Thompson, D. B. (2017). Teaching the business law & ethics of arbitration after concepcion. Journal of Legal Studies Education, (34)(1), pp. 63-88
  • Thompson, D. B. (2016). Beyond dodd-frank: Pinning down the octozilla of too-big-to-fail with multiple market instruments. Banking & Financial Services Policy Report, (35)(6), pp. 1-10
  • Thompson, D. B. (2015). The Dodd-Frank Act and too-big-to-fail: What's missing? A survey of the current literature. University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy, (10), pp. 52-63
  • Thompson, D. B. (2014). Unmistakably clear coercion: Finding a balance between judicial review of the spending power and optimal federalism. San Diego Law Review, (50), pp. 589-620
  • Marsnik, S. J., & Thompson, D. B. (2013). Using contract negotiation exercises to develop higher order thinking and strategic business skills. Journal of Legal Studies Education, (30)(2), pp. 201-248
  • Thompson, D. B. (2011). Immigration policy through the lens of optimal federalism. William and Mary Policy Review, (2), pp. 236-264
  • Thompson, D. B. (2011). The next stage of health care reform: Controlling costs by paying health plans based on health outcomes. Akron Law Review, (44)(3), pp. 727-768
  • Thompson, D. B. (2010). Why we need a superfund for hedge funds. Mississippi Law Journal, (79)(4), pp. 995-1041
  • Thompson, D. B. (2009). Optimal federalism across institutions: Theory and applications from health care and environmental policies. (40)(3), pp. 437-482
  • Thompson, D. B. (2006). Of rainbows and rivers: Lessons for telecommunications spectrum policy from transitions in property rights and commons in water law. Buffalo Law Review, (54), pp. 157-209
  • Thompson, D. B. (2002). Valuing the environment: courts' struggles with natural resource damages. Environmental Law, (32), pp. 57-90
  • Thompson, D. B. (2000). Political obstacles to the implementation of emissions markets: Lessons from RECLAIM. Natural Resources Journal, (40), pp. 645-697
  • Thompson, D. B. (1999). Beyond benefit-cost analysis: Institutional transaction costs and the regulation of water quality.. Natural Resources Journal, (39), pp. 517-541

Books and Chapters
  • Thompson, D. B. (2007). Water Law and Country Perspectives. In A. Usha (Ed.), Of rainbows and rivers: Lessons for telecommunications spectrum policy from transitions in property rights and commons in water law. ICFAI Amicus Law Books

Research Interests
  • Business Law
  • Health Care
  • Environmental Policy and Regulation

Awards and Honors
  • Ethics and Business Law Department 'Above and Beyond' Award, 2014
  • Hoeber Research Excellence Award, Journal of Legal Studies Education, 2013
  • Master Teacher Award, Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2015

Presentations
  • "How regulation is good for business: Big data in healthcare" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, April 01, 2017
  • "Regulation of big data in health care" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 01, 2016
  • "European banking supervision and interbank loans" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, April 01, 2016
  • "Teaching the business law and ethics of arbitration after Concepcion and Italian colors" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 2015
  • "Beyond Dodd-Frank: Addressing too-big-to fail without making other banks too-small-to succeed" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Seattle, Washington, August 01, 2014
  • "Saving the Eurozone" OCB Faculty Research Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2014
  • "Banking supervision in Europe under optimal federalism" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 2014
  • "Perspectives on the intersection of law and ethics" Midwest Academy for Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 2014
  • "The Dodd-Frank Act and too-big-to-fail: What's missing?" University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy Symposium: Regulating the Free Market, Saint Paul, Minnesota, January 01, 2014
  • "Examining European banking supervision with optimal federalism" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Boston, MA, August 01, 2013
  • "Unmistakably clear coercion: Finding a balance between judicial review of the spending power and optimal federalism" OCB Faculty Research Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2013
  • "Unmistakably clear coercion: Finding a balance between judicial review of the spending power and optimal federalism" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, February 01, 2013
  • "A federalism perspective on European Bank supervision, and an investigation of automobile safety innovations" ICN Business School- Institute Commercial de Nancy, Nancy, France, September 01, 2012
  • "Contract negotiation exercises: Lessons for strategic business decision making" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Kansas City, MO, August 11, 2012
  • "Using contract negotiation exercises to develop higher order thinking skills" Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, August 01, 2012
  • "Contract negotiation exercises: Lessons for strategic business decision making" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, IL, April 01, 2012
  • "Contract negotiation exercises: Lessons for strategic business decision making" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, IL, April 01, 2012
  • "Contract negotiation exercises: Lessons for strategic business decision making" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, IL, March 29, 2012
  • "Contract negotiation exercises: Lessons for strategic business decision making" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, IL, March 29, 2012
  • "Immigration policy through the lens of optimal federalism" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, New Orleans, LA, August 01, 2011
  • "Immigration policy through the lens of optimal federalism" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, IL, March 25, 2011
  • "Immigration policy through the lens of optimal federalism" Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Palm Springs, CA, February 19, 2011
  • "The next stage of health care reform: Controlling costs by paying health plans based on health outcomes" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Richmond, Virginia, August 01, 2010
  • "Reforming medicare payment systems" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 2010
  • "Why we need a superfund for hedge funds" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Denver, Colorado, August 01, 2009
  • "Why we need a superfund for hedge funds" Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, Palm Springs, California, February 01, 2009
  • "Optimal federalism across many dimensions" Midwestern Law & Economics Association, Minneapolis, MN, October 01, 2008
  • "Optimal federalism across institutions: Theory and applications from environmental policies and health care" Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Monterey, California, April 01, 2008
  • "Optimal federalism across many dimensions: Theory and applications from environmental policies, welfare, and health care" Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Palm Springs, California, January 01, 2007
  • "Of rainbows and rivers: Lessons for telecommunications spectrum policy from transitions in property rights and commons in water law" Midwestern Law & Economics Association, Chicago, Illinois, January 01, 2005
  • "Transitions in Property Law: Lessons from Water Law Applied to Commons and Property Rights in Telecommunications Spectrum" Canadian Law & Economics Association, Toronto, Canada, January 01, 2004
  • "Valuing the Environment: Courts Struggles with Natural Resource Damages" University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York, January 01, 2003
  • "A Neo-Institutional View of Environmental Federalism" Canadian Law & Economics Association, Toronto, Canada, January 01, 2002