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Teresa Stanton Collett

Professor
Degree
J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law
B.A., University of Oklahoma
Office
MSL 463
Phone
(651) 962-4973
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4973
Mail
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Teresa Collett, J.D., is professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where she serves as director of the school's Prolife Center. Collett received her doctorate at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. As a well-known advocate for the protection of human life and the family, Collett specializes in the subjects of marriage, religion and bioethics in her research.

Collett has published numerous legal articles and is the co-author of a law casebook on professional responsibility and co-editor of a collection of essays exploring “catholic” and “Catholic” perspectives on American law. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as well as before legislative committees in several states.

In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Collett to a five-year term on the Pontifical Council for the Family. Her appointment was renewed by His Holiness Pope Francis until 2016 when the responsibilities of the Council were assumed by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. In 2013, she served as a delegate to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) for the Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations.

She represented Congressman Ron Paul and various medical groups in the defense of the U.S. federal ban of partial-birth abortion, and the governors of Minnesota and North Dakota defending the N.H. requirement of state parental involvement prior to performance of an abortion on a minor before the U.S. Supreme Court. Collett is often asked to represent the interests of government officials before federal appellate courts. She has served as special attorney general for the states of Oklahoma and Kansas, as well as assisting other state attorneys general in defending laws protecting human life and marriage. Prior to joining St. Thomas in 2003, Collett taught at the South Texas College of Law, where she established the nation's first annual symposium on legal ethics.

Spring 2022 Courses

Spring 2022 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 630 - 02 Property - T - R F - - 1030 - 1155 MSL 321

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- T - R F - -

Time of Day:

1030 - 1155

Location:

MSL 321

Course Registration Number:

29560 (View in ClassFinder)

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Instructor:

Teresa S. Collett

This course will cover fundamental issues associated with the law of property. Students will examine the rights arising from various interests in property, the concept of possession and how possession is acquired and protected and the ways in which possession is transferred, shared and divided. Additionally, students will explore the right to use or restrict the use of property. In the context of property law, students will explore various aspects of law- yering such as interviewing and counseling, fact invest- igation, dispute resolution, problem-solving and profess- ional responsibility.

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LAWS 771 - 01 Clinic: Cath Soc Th & UN - T - R - - - 1330 - 1455 MSL 448

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- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1455

Location:

MSL 448

Course Registration Number:

29655 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Teresa S. Collett

This course integrates international law, Catholic Social Teaching, and international relations culminating in a one-week lobbying experience at the United Nations. The class provides service-learning opportunities to students interested in advancing Catholic Social Teaching through international law. Through class readings and other instructional materials, students are introduced to the international legal framework governing relations among states, with a special emphasis on the actions of the United Nations and the relationship of those actions to the domestic law of states. The course addresses particular issues of Church teaching and international agreements or statements in preparation for student participation in lobbying activities at meetings of United Nations bodies. After the conclusion of a one-week lobbying experience, students submit reflective papers as well as short topical research papers. Enrollment is limited and registration is by instructor only.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 950 - 04 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

29663 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Teresa S. Collett

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.

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Summer 2022 Courses

Summer 2022 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 950 - 02 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

31447 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Teresa S. Collett

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.

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Fall 2022 Courses

Fall 2022 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 754 - 01 Constitutional Lit. Practicum - T - R - - - 1505 - 1705 MSL 324

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1505 - 1705

Location:

MSL 324

Course Registration Number:

43664 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Teresa S. Collett

This course is a semester-long limited enrollment course that affords those interested in constitutional litigation an opportunity to increase and refine their trial tactics and skills. This course provides students an opportunity to enhance their effectiveness as a litigator in many areas such as trial strategy, direct examination, including use of documentary evidence, expert testimony, exclusion of evidence through motions and objections, and dispositive motions. The course will begin with a review of basic constitutional concepts such as jurisdiction, standing, ripeness, 10th Amendment limits on federal jurisdiction, and distinctions between state and federal constitutional challenges. Students will select two cases. Working in teams of two, students will take on the task of challenging one law, and defending the second. This will require students to research and brief issues of constitutional due process, free speech, and equal protection.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 932 - 01 LLM Mentor Externship - T - - - - - 0915 - 1015 MSL 242

Days of Week:

- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

0915 - 1015

Location:

MSL 242

Course Registration Number:

43629 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Teresa S. Collett

The LLM Mentor Externship incorporates two of UST Law’s curricular innovations -- the Mentor Externship Program and the Foundations of Justice course -- to provide LLM students a unique inside view of the American system of justice. Each LLM student is matched with a “mentor” who is active in the legal profession. This relationship is supplemented and supported by the MEFJP course, in which students explore the practical aspects of crafting a professional identity as a lawyer, and reflect together on the fundamental theoretical and moral principles that shape the identity of lawyers across different legal and social cultures. The MEFJP is tailored to help LLM students address the particular challenges of bridging the difference between the legal and social culture of the United States, and the different legal and social cultures in which the LLM students received their primary legal degrees.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 950 - 03 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43685 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Teresa S. Collett

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.

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