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Neil Hamilton

Holloran Professor of Law and Director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions
Degree
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
M.A., Economics (Industrial Organizations), University of Michigan
B.A., Colorado College
Office
MSL 302
Phone
(651) 962-4866
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4866
Mail
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Neil W. Hamilton is Holloran Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He served as Interim Dean in 2012 and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs twice at St. Thomas. From 1980-2001, he served as Trustees Professor of Regulatory Policy at William Mitchell College of Law.  He has taught Professional Responsibility and an ethics seminar to law students and professionals for over 30 years. He is the author of four books, over seventy law journal articles, and over 100 shorter articles as a bi-monthly columnist on professionalism and ethics for the Minnesota Lawyer from 1999-2012. Most recently, he published Roadmap: The Law Student’s Guide to Preparing and Implementing a Successful Plan for Meaningful Employment (ABA Books 2015), which received the American Bar Association’s Gambrell Award for excellence in professionalism.

Among other awards from the practicing bar, the Minnesota State Bar Association gave him its highest honor, the Professional Excellence Award, in 2004. He received the University of St. Thomas Presidential Award for Excellence as a Teacher and Scholar in 2009. And in 2012, Minnesota Lawyer honored him again for outstanding service to the profession and placed him in its Circle of Merit for those who have been honored more than once.

The Holloran Center, which Professor Hamilton directs, focuses on interdisciplinary research, curriculum development, and programs to help the next generation form professional identities with a moral core of responsibility for self and responsibility and service to others. Hamilton’s research and scholarship likewise focuses on the professional formation of new entrants into the ethics of the professions, particularly the legal profession. 

Click here to read Hamilton's scholarship on SSRN.

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
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Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 725 - 01 Professional Responsibility - T - R - - - 1330 - 1455 MSL 235

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- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1455

Location:

MSL 235

Course Registration Number:

43157 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Neil W. Hamilton

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.

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LAWS 865 - 01 Ethical Leadership in Orgs. - - W - - - - 1800 - 2100 MSL 458

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- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

MSL 458

Course Registration Number:

43170 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Dennis L. Monroe, Neil W. Hamilton, Ronald James

This course will help students explore their role as counselors and servant leaders in an organizational 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.

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LAWS 930 - 07 Mentor Externship See Details * *

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Course Registration Number:

43220 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Neil W. Hamilton

Mentor Externship is a year-long seminar course taken in fall and spring semester of the 2L year. The seminar integrates the student’s mentor fieldwork with small group coursework that reinforces the development of a trusted mentor relationship, core competencies and expectations of the profession, and other key relationships lawyers must manage. The course also incorporates individualized guidance to assist each student in his or her self-directed professional development journey.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MSL 4581230-132528 Aug '18
MSL 4581230-132502 Oct '18
MSL 4581230-132506 Nov '18
LAWS 950 - 08 08 - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

43338 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Neil W. Hamilton

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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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
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