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Jean M. Sanderson

Professor of Clinical Instruction

Jean Sanderson

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



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

Clinical Professor Jean M. Sanderson has served as the Clinic Director since 2007. In addition to her administrative responsibilities she teaches in the Civil Practice, Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice, and Indian Child Welfare Act clinics. Professor Sanderson was awarded the first Stanley V. Kinyon Clinical Teaching Award in 1997, an award she also received in 2005 and 2013.

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, Hennepin, and Washington counties. She was Executive Director for the Minnesota County Attorneys Association. She has also worked in private practice and as a public defender.

Professor Sanderson joined the University of Minnesota Law School clinical faculty in 1991. She is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and currently serves as a board member on the Board of Minnesota Continuing Legal Education. She has participated on various public policy boards and taught 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)