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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.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 725 - 01 Professional Responsibility - T - R - - - 1330 - 1455 MSL 235
CRN: 43145 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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 865 - 01 Ethical Leadership in Orgs. - - W - - - - 1800 - 2100 MSL 458
CRN: 43165 Instructor: Dennis L. Monroe, Neil W. Hamilton, Norman C. Linnell 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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 930 - 07 Mentor Externship See Details * *
CRN: 43198 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Neil W. Hamilton 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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MSL 3001230-132530 Aug '17
MSL 3001230-132504 Oct '17
MSL 3001230-132508 Nov '17
LAWS 950 - 09 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43225 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 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 732 - 01 Exec. Persp. in Eth. & Compl. - T - - - - - 1800 - 2055 MSL 458
CRN: 22674 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Neil W. Hamilton, Ronald James This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn about compliance from the perspective of executives and leaders in the industry. Practicing compliance executives will discuss goals, strategies, activities and challenges associated with their business. Students will have an opportunity to relate the philosophies and techniques developed in the MSL/LLM Compliance program to those presented. Through candid and in-depth conversations with participating executives, students will learn about compliance from a leadership perspective relevant to today's complex business environment. Prerequisite: LAWS730/BETH650 Prerequisite for MSL: LAWS699 Prerequisite OR concurrent registration: BETH651

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 930 - 07 Mentor Externship See Details * *
CRN: 22618 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Neil W. Hamilton 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.

Schedule Details

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MSL 3001230-132514 Feb '18
MSL 3001230-132521 Mar '18
LAWS 950 - 08 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22732 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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