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Jean M. Sanderson

Professor of Clinical Instruction

Jean M. Sanderson

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



Macalester College, B.A.
Duke University, J.D.

Clinical Professor Jean M. Sanderson is recognized for her work in the areas of child advocacy law and criminal law. She teaches in the civil practice and family law clinics. Professor Sanderson was awarded the first Stanley V. Kinyon Clinical Teaching Award in 1997.

Professor Sanderson received her B.A. degree from Macalester College and her J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law. She practiced law in Minnesota as an assistant county attorney for St. Louis County, Washington County, and Hennepin County. From 1983 to 1989, she served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association. She also has served as a public defender.

Professor Sanderson joined the University of Minnesota Law School clinical faculty in 1991. She has served on the Minnesota Family Support and Recovery Council, Minnesotans for Improved Juvenile Justice, the Minnesota State Child Abuse Training Team, and the Minnesota State Child Support Commission. She also is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Hennepin County Bar Association. Professor Sanderson has taught and participated in numerous trial advocacy programs.


Book Chapters

Child Custody Determinations in a Multicultural Society: The Use of Tribal Affiliation and Religion in Private Child Custody Disputes in the United States, in Uppsala-Minnesota Colloquium: Law, Culture and Values 173 (Mattias Dahlberg, ed., Iustus, 2009) (with Theresa Nagy)

Journal Articles

Spousal Support in Minnesota: Where Are You Going?, 6 Minnesota Family Law Journal 29 (1993) (with Carelle Muellner Stein)

CLE Materials

Drainage Law in Minnesota (Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 1985) (with David W. Larson)


ICWA Clinic
Civil Practice Clinic
Child Welfare Clinic
Family Law