Oseid, Julie

Julie Oseid


Oseid, Julie
(651) 962-4948
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4948

1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Office Location: MSL 313

J.D., University of Minnesota Law School

B.A., University of Minnesota, Duluth

Professor Julie Oseid teaches Lawyering Skills I, Lawyering Skills II, and (In)Famous Trials. She has been teaching at the University of St. Thomas since 2004. She is also a faculty member at The National Judicial College. She is currently writing a book based on her series of articles about eloquent American Presidents: Abraham Lincoln (brevity), Thomas Jefferson (metaphor), James Madison (rigor), Ulysses Grant (clarity), and Teddy Roosevelt (zeal). She received the 2007 Warren E. Burger Prize awarded by the American Inns of Court Foundation for her essay entitled “When Big Brother is Watching [Out for] You: Mentoring Lawyers, Choosing a Mentor, and Sharing Ten Virtues from My Mentor.” She received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2009 and the Mission Award for Excellence in Professional Preparation in 2010. Oseid was named the Faculty Woman of the Year by the Women’s Law Student Association in 2007, 2010, and 2012.

Oseid received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, in 1986. Oseid clerked for Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, CA. In law school, she clerked for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Minneapolis, in the Criminal Division. She was an associate in the Business Litigation department of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly for five years. Between 1991 and 2004 Oseid was at home raising her three children. Her husband Jeff is a pediatrician.

Professor Oseid is on sabbatical until fall 2015. 

Courses Taught

Number Title Credits
620 Lawyering Skills I 3
625 Lawyering Skills II 2
699 Intro to Legal Reasoning 4
841 Infamous Trials 2
950 Supervised Resrch & Writing .5

From the article "Grand Ideas: Faculty members describe the best ideas from their scholarship" St. Thomas Lawyer Magazine Fall 2011

I’m breaking the rules because I am most attached to one article, but my best idea was something completely different. My favorite article is the one I wrote about the importance of mentoring and the 10 lessons I learned from my mentor. Steve Easton, dean at the University of Wyoming Law School, is my mentor and my fabulous brother. This article was a tribute to him. It gave me a chance to tell him how much he has meant to me and share his good advice. My best idea was to write a series of articles about eloquent American presidents who can continue to inspire persuasive writers because they used one writing quality effectively. I have completed three articles: Abraham Lincoln (brevity), Thomas Jefferson (metaphor), and James Madison (co-authored with Tom Berg and student Joey Orrino) (rigor).

Upcoming: I will write about Ulysses Grant and Theodore Roosevelt to complete my series on eloquent American presidents. 

Contributions and mentions in the media

Illusion Theater - "Naked Darrow" post-show discussion

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The National Judicial College - "Advanced Skills for Appellate Judges"

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Business Wire - "Professor Julie A. Oseid to Receive American Inns of Court’s Warren E. Burger Prize"

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Julie A. Oseid, The Power of Clarity: Ulysses S. Grant Writing “So That There Could Be No Mistaking It,” 9 Legal Comm. & Rhetoric: JALWD ___ (forthcoming 2012).

Thomas Berg, Julie A. Oseid, & Joseph A. Orrino, The Power of Rigor: James Madison as a Persuasive Writer, 8 J. Legal Comm. & Rhetoric: JALWD 37 (2011).

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Julie A. Oseid, The Power of Metaphor: Thomas Jefferson’s "Wall of Separation between Church & State", J. Ass'n Legal Writing Dir. 123 (2010).

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Julie A. Oseid & Stephen D. Easton, The Trump Card: A Lawyer’s Personal Conscience or Professional Duty?, 10 Wyo. L. Rev. 415 (2010).

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Julie A. Oseid, The Power of Brevity: Adopt Abraham Lincoln's Habits, 6 J. Ass'n Legal Writing Dir. 28 (2009). 

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Julie A. Oseid, When Big Brother is Watching [Out for] You: Mentoring Lawyers, Choosing a Mentor, and Sharing Ten Virtues from My Mentor, 59 S.C. L. Rev. 393 (2008).

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Justice Paul H. Anderson & Julie A. Oseid, A Decision Tree Takes Root in the Land of 10,000 Lakes: Minnesota’s Approach to Protecting Individual Rights Under Both the United States and Minnesota Constitutions, 70 Alb. L. Rev. 865 (2007).

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Julie A. Oseid & Leah Christensen, Navigating the Law Review Article Selection Process: An Empirical Study of Those With All the Power – Student Editors, 59 S.C. L. Rev. 175 (2007).

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Julie A. Oseid, Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Using the Seventh-Inning Stretch to Teach Law Students, 82 N.D. L. Rev. 465 (2006).

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Julie A. Oseid, It Happened to Me: Sharing Personal Value Dilemmas to Teach Professionalism and Ethics, 12 Leg. Writing: J. Legal Writing Inst. 105 (2006).

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Julie A. Oseid, Comment, Defendants’ Rights in Child Witness Competency Hearings: Establishing Constitutional Procedures for Sexual Abuse Cases, 69 Minn. L. Rev. 1377 (1985).

Julie A. Oseid (with Stephen D. Easton), “And Bad Mistakes? I’ve Made a Few”:  Sharing Mistakes to Mentor New Lawyers, Albany Law Review (forthcoming 2014)

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Short Pieces

Julie A. Oseid, The Power of Brevity: Adopt Abraham Lincoln’s Habits, 2 St. Thomas Lawyer 22 (2009).

Julie A. Oseid, Feed Forward: Prior Students Serve as Ghost Mentors to Current Students, 22.1 The Second Draft 7 (2007).

Julie Oseid, My Best Class: All Rise, 20.1 The Second Draft 19 (2005).