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John O. Sonsteng

John O. Sonsteng

William Mitchell College of Law
Professor of Law
Saint Paul, MN, USA


EDUCATION

J.D. UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, 1967
B.A. UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, 1964

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2011-Present    Co-Director, Expert Witness Training Academy, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation

2008-Present    National Institute for Trial Advocacy Public Programs Advisory Committee

1979-Present    Tenured Professor, William Mitchell College of Law Minnesota State Bar Association (Member)
First District Bar Association (Member)
Admitted to practice before United States Supreme Court and United States District Court

1989-Present     Regional Director NITA (National Institute for Trial Advocacy), North Central Regional Program

1989-Present     Member, Founder, Warren E. Burger American Inn of Court (1989-1996 Secretary/Treasurer) (1996-97 President Elect), (1997-98 President)

1991-Present     Lifetime member, Fulbright Association

HONORS

2010    John J. McAulay Legal Educator Award – Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International

2008    Hon. Prentice H. Marshall Faculty Award – National Institute for Trial Advocacy

1993    Appointed as the first “City Solicitor’s Education Trust Visiting Professor in Litigation and Advocacy,” Nottingham Law School, Nottingham, England

1992    Minnesota State Bar, 1st recipient of the “Advocate” for outstanding achievement and contribution to the Bar

1988    Fulbright Lecturer, Aberdeen Scotland

1983    National College of Trial Lawyers Emil Gumpert Award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy

TEACHING

Criminal Law Criminal Procedure
Effective Advocate Training Program – on-line distance learning The Legal Practicum: General Practice
The Legal Practicum: Business Practice Trial Advocacy
Advanced Advocacy Juvenile Law and Procedure Law and Psychiatry Clinic

SELECTED INTERNATIONAL PRESENTER/LECTURER/TEACHING

2014    Presenter/Lecturer for the Department of Ministry, Qatar, Police Training, Expert Witness Academy

2013    Presenter – Legal Education Summit, Hong Kong
Lecturer – Criminal and Constitutional Law, Prague, Czech Republic

2012    Presenter/Lecturer – Reforms in Legal Education, USAID, Colombia

2011    Presenter/Lecturer – Legal Education Training, Training Turkish and Iranian law teachers, Istanbul, Turkey

2010    Presenter/Lecturer – Inner Temple, Advocacy Training Weekend, Surrey, England

2009    Presenter/Lecturer – Criminal and Procedure, Advocacy, Terrorism trials – University of Bahceshir, Istanbul, Turkey

2004    Presenter/Lecturer – Criminal and Procedure and Advocacy – University of Bahceshir, Istanbul,Turkey

2004    Presenter/Co-Director for Institute for the Global Understanding of Law (IGUL) at Bahceshir University, Turkey

2004    Lecturer, Criminal Law and Procedure and advocacy training for Bar Associations in Istanbul, Ankora, and Antalya, Turkey

2003    Lecturer, Instanbul police academy, Bar Association of Antalya, Turkey

2003    Foundation development for Rule of Law for the University of Bahceshir, Turkey

2003    Two three-day seminars and training for advocacy; Istanbul, Ankora, and Antalya, Turkey

2001    Advocacy Teacher Training, College of Law of England and Wales, London, England

2000    Lectures at College of Law of England and Wales “Advocacy a View From Across The Pond,” London, Guildford, York

1999-Present     Course Director and Faculty Member, Edinburgh/London Summer School, London, England (William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul; New England Law School, Boston; California Western College of Law, San Diego; South Texas College of Law, Houston; with the College of Law of England and Wales) (1999-2002, London/York) (2003- Present, Edinburgh/London)

1985-1999    Approximately 20 lectures in England, Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

1998    Lectures to two law firms “Litigation a Comparative Study,” Singapore

1997    First Annual International Conference on Advocacy Training, Gray’s Inn, London, England, Presenter/panelist

1996    Ontario Center for Advocacy Training, Toronto, teacher training

1994    Third Annual Litigation School, Nottingham Law School, London, England

1994-June 98    Faculty Member, LLM Advanced Litigation, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham, England

1993-June 98    Visiting Professor and Lecturer, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham, England

1993-June 98    Advisory Board, Center of Advanced Litigation, Nottingham, England

1992-1993    Advocacy Advisory Board, Legal Practice, College of Law, London

1988    Queens University, Belfast, Negotiation University of Aberdeen, Scotland, Trial Advocacy, Comparative Law

1986-1988    Irish Law Society, Dublin, Trial Advocacy and Negotiation

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS 2000 - 2014

TEXTS

Juvenile Law and Practice, Minnesota Practice, Volumes 12 and 13, Pocket Parts (West Publishing 1986 – 1996, 1998 – 2001, 2004 – 2014), with R. Scott

Trialbook, 3rd edition with R. Haydock, NITA/ LexisNexis, 2010

Practicum Advocacy Exercises: Trial (court and jury), arbitration, deposition and oral argument, NITA/ LexisNexis, 2010

A Legal Education Renaissance: A Practical Approach for the Twenty-First Century, Vandeplas Publishing, June 2008

Trial (Theories, Tactics Techniques), 4th edition, (Thomson West 2004) with R. Haydock

SELECTED LAW REVIEW ARTICLES

The Unfulfilled Promise of Law Schools to Prepare Students for the Practice of Law: An Empirical Study Demonstrating the Effectiveness of General Law School Curriculum in Preparing Lawyers for the Practice of Law©, to be published summer 2014

A Legal Education Renaissance: A Practical Approach for the Twenty-First Century, William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 34, 1, (2007) with Donna Ward, Colleen Bruce, Michael Petersen

Minnesota Lawyers Evaluate Law Schools, Training and Job Satisfaction, William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 26, 2, (2000) with David Camarotto

Learning By Doing: Preparing Law Students for the Practice of Law The Legal Practicum, William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 21, 1 (1995) with assistance from R. Haydock, J. Cicero, and R. Gilats

CASES AND MATERIALS 1983 - 2014

Legal Practicum Exercises used by law firms and law schools, 1983-2009 (revisions): NITA /LexisNexis, 2009-2010:

Advanced Exercise: Intellectual Property – Theft of Trade Secrets, NANO Search, Inc. v. St. Helens Worldwide Technology, General/Trial File

Advanced Exercise: Intellectual Property – Theft of Trade Secrets, NANO Search, Inc. v. St. Helens Worldwide Technology, Deposition File

Criminal Law – Felony Burglary and Theft Offense, State v. Kartal, General Trial File Employment Law – Conflict Management/Arbitration, Midstate University and Pat Rogers and State Professional Employee Union (SPEU), General/Trial File

Employment Law – Conflict Management/Arbitration, Midstate University and Pat Rogers and State Professional Employee Union (SPEU), Deposition File

Employment/Labor Law – Conflict Management/Arbitration, Picket Up Delivery Services and International Association of Transport Workers and Karol Brezenski, General/Trial File Employment/Labor Law – Conflict Management/Arbitration, Picket Up Delivery Services and International Association of Transport Workers and Karol Brezenski, Deposition File Employment/Labor Law – Conflict Management/Arbitration, Picket Up Delivery Services and International Association of Transport Workers and Karol Brezenski, Arbitration File

Employment Law – Non-Compete—Injunction Motion, Superior Speech and Hearing Center v. Baines, Oral Argument File

Professional Responsibility – Disciplinary Hearing, In the Matter of the Petition for Disciplinary Action against Timothy B. Halbrock, Attorney at Law, Appellate Oral Argument File

Tort – Personal Injury, Chris Reagan v. Jody Jacobson, General/Trial File

Tort – Personal Injury, Chris Reagan v. Jody Jacobson, Deposition File

Tort – Personal Injury, Helen Darngood v. Mel Landers and Picket Up Delivery Services, General/Trial File

Tort – Personal Injury, Helen Darngood v. Mel Landers and Picket Up Delivery Services, Deposition File

John O. Sonsteng is associated with the following items:
Interactive Learning Center  Interactive Learning Center PLI's Trial Advocacy Training Program, Friday, April 10, 2015, New York, NY
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