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Ann M. Burkhart

Curtis Bradbury Kellar Professor of Law

Ann Burkhart

426 Mondale Hall
229–19th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55455



Purdue University, B.S., M.S.
University of Illinois, J.D.

Professor Ann M. Burkhart is a nationally recognized expert in the area of real estate law. She teaches property law, real estate finance and development, land use planning, and comparative property law. She has received the Stanley V. Kinyon Teaching and Counseling Award four times.

Professor Burkhart received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Purdue University. She graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she was Lead Note and Comments Editor of the University of Illinois Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. After graduating from law school, Professor Burkhart clerked for the Honorable James C. Hill of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She then practiced law with Sidley & Austin in Chicago and with Alston & Bird in Atlanta.

Professor Burkhart joined the University of Minnesota Law School faculty in 1982. She is the Curtis Bradbury Kellar Professor of Law and was the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law for 2002-2003. Professor Burkhart is a member of the American Law Institute and was an Adviser for the Restatement (Third) of Property-Security (Mortgages). She also is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and serves as its representative to the Uniform Law Commission Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Real Property Acts. Professor Burkhart is a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and of the American Bar Foundation. She has been a visiting professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA School of Law, Uppsala University College of Law in Sweden, and Christian-Albrechts University in Germany.





  • Fundamentals of Property Law (LexisNexis, 4th ed., 2015) (with teacher's manual) (with Barlow Burke, Thomas Gallanis & R.H. Helmholz)

  • Real Estate Finance Law (West Academic, 6th ed., 2015) (with Grant S. Nelson, Dale A. Whitman & R. Freyermuth)

  • Real Estate Transfer, Finance, and Development: Cases and Materials (West, 8th ed., 2009; West Academic, 9th ed., 2015)) (with Grant Nelson, Dale Whitman & Wilson Freyermuth)

  • Property (West, 3d ed., 1997; 4th ed., 2003; 5th ed., 2006; 6th ed., 2012) (Black Letter Outlines series) (with Roger Bernhardt)

  • Fundamentals of Property Law (LexisNexis, 1st ed., 1999; 2d ed., 2004; 3d ed., 2010) (with teacher's manual) (with Barlow Burke & R.H. Helmholz)

  • Real Property in a Nutshell (West, 4th ed., 2000; 5th ed., 2005; 6th ed., 2010) (translated into Chinese) (with Roger Bernhardt)

  • Law School Success in a Nutshell: A Guide to Studying Law and Taking Law School Exams (Thomson/West, 1st ed., 1996; 2d ed., 2008) (translated into Chinese) (with Robert Stein)

Journal Articles

  • Taxing Manufactured Homes, 67 Tax Lawyer 909 (2014)

  • Bringing Manufactured Housing into the Real Estate Finance System, 37 Pepperdine Law Review 427 (2010)

  • Takings and Trespass: Trespass Liability for Precondemnation Entries, 56 Drake Law Review 341 (2008)

  • Real Estate Practice in the Twenty-First Century, 72 Missouri Law Review 1031 (2007)

  • The Constitutional Underpinnings of Homelessness, 40 Houston Law Review 211 (2003)

  • Lenders and Land, 64 Missouri Law Review 249 (1999)

  • Third-Party Defenses to Mortgages, 1998 BYU Law Review 1003 (1998)

  • Lender/Owners and CERCLA: Title and Liability, 25 Harvard Journal on Legislation 317 (1988)

  • Freeing Mortgages of Merger, 40 Vanderbilt Law Review 283 (1987)

Book Reviews

  • Book Review, 9 Constitutional Commentary 381 (1992) (reviewing Stephen R. Munzer, A Theory of Property (Cambridge University Press, 1990))

Entries in Reference Works

  • Mortgages, in The Oxford Companion to American Law 571 (Kermit Hall, ed., Oxford University Press, 2001)