John Cound

  • Professor of Law Emeritus
  • George Washington University, B.A
  • Harvard University, LL.B.

Office: 433
Mondale Hall, 229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Emeritus Professor John J. Cound is a recognized expert in civil procedure. He teaches admiralty, civil procedure, complex litigation, conflict of laws, evidence, federal courts, and professional responsibility.

Professor Cound received his B.A. degree from George Washington University. He earned an LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School, where he graduated, magna cum laude, and was Note Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Upon completion of his LL.B. degree, Professor Cound clerked for Judge Learned Hand on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He then served as an attorney for the Appellate Section of the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice.

Professor Cound joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School in 1956. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles Law School and has taught at the University of North Carolina School of Law, University of Texas School of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law, Washington University School of Law, Hamline University School of Law, and the Christian Albrechts Universitat in Kiel, Germany. He also has served on the faculty of the Association of American Law Schools Orientation Program in American Law. Professor Cound is a coauthor of a leading casebook on civil procedure and served as a Reporter for the Minnesota Criminal Jury Institution Guides from 1971 to 1977.



  • Civil Procedure: Cases and Materials (West Publishing Company, 4th ed., 1985; 5th ed., 1989; 6th ed., 1993; 7th ed., 1997; West Group, 8th ed., 2001) (Supps. 4th ed., 1987, 1989; 5th ed., 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993; 6th ed., 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997; 7th ed., 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001; 8th ed., 2002, 2003, 2004) Jack H. Friedenthal, Arthur R. Miller & John E. Sexton
  • Civil Procedure: Cases and Materials (West Publishing Company, 1st ed., 1968; 2d ed., 1974; 3d ed., 1980) (Supps. 1st ed., 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974; 2d ed., 1976, 1978, 1980; 3d ed., 1982, 1984, 1985) Jack H. Friedenthal & Arthur R. Miller
  • Pleading, Joinder, and Discovery: Cases and Materials (West Publishing Company, 1968) Jack H. Friedenthal & Arthur R. Miller

Book Reviews

  • Book Review, 36 New York University Law Review 253 (1961) (reviewing Leonard W. Levy, Legacy of Suppression: Freedom of Speech and Press in Early American History (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1960))
  • Book Review, 42 Minnesota Law Review 1216 (1958) (reviewing Bernard Schwartz, The Supreme Court: Constitutional Revolution in Retrospect (Ronald Press, 1957))
  • Book Review, 42 Minnesota Law Review 329 (1957) (reviewing Arthur E. Sutherland, The Law and One Man Among Many (University of Wisconsin Press, 1956))

Other Publications

  • A Very New Lawyer’s First Case: Brown v. Board of Education, 15 Constitutional Commentary 57 (1998)
  • Minnesota District Judges Association. Committee on Criminal Jury Instruction Guides. Minnesota Jury Instruction Guides, Criminal (CRIMJIG) (West Publishing Company, 1977) (reporter)
  • Learned Hand, 46 Minnesota Law Review 217 (1961-1962) (tribute)

Contact Information

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P: 612-625-5000

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