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    BLI Introduces New Certificate and Concentrations

    Curriculum has been approved for the BLI to offer a new certificate and new concentrations which will be available for enrollment beginning with the fall 2014 term.  The new certificates are:
    • Business Law Certificate with an IP Concentration
    • Business Law Certificate and International Business Negotiation Certificate (dual certificate with DRI)
    • Certificate in Bank Compliance
    We are optimistic that these certificates will be a valuable credential for Hamline JD graduates. 

    Compliance Careers - Alternative Jobs for JDs 

    As we begin the roll-out of the Certificate in Bank Compliance, here is link to a video that addresses careers in compliance.

     An inside look at Hamline's Business Law Institute 

    The role of the business lawyer has evolved beyond the formation of business entities and the litigation of commercial disputes. An effective business lawyer adds value to a transaction by understanding and achieving the client’s business goals. Today, the rapidly shifting business and economic landscape demands support from professionals with finely tuned legal acumen as well as a practical understanding of the business world. And that’s where Hamline’s Business Law Institute (BLI) comes in.

    BLI draws from the exceptional core business law curriculum that has long been a fixture within Hamline Law and better equips our students with the skills they need as they guide transactions and navigate solutions to disputes. The institute balances experiential learning and ethical problem-solving with key subjects relevant to business. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with the local business community as well as students at Hamline’s School of Business. The result is well-connected lawyers who are prepared for the realities of business law practice.

    BLI was founded by Founding Director Ann Graham, who is a nationally recognized expert in banking law and author of Banking Law Prof Blog.

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    This presentation was led by faculty of Hamline University School of Law.  Panelists from General Mills, Medtronic, Cargill and Ecolab provided perspective on how their respective companies work collaboratively to achieve desired results.

    BLI Hot Topics in Business Law 2013

    The BLI hosted Hot Topics in Business Law on Friday, September 27, 2013.  Panels of local practitioners presented hot topics of the day in the areas of Corporate Governance, Employment, Financial Services, Intellectual Property and Tax law.  The keynote speaker at lunchtime was Susan Hackett of Legal Executive Leadership. The Minnesota State Bar Association Corporate Council Section sponsored the lunch.  Check out the schedule for the day. Click here for panelist and moderator biographies.  MN CLE Event Code:  183288.

    BLI's secondary mortgage market reform symposium a success

    Hamline's Business Law Institute hosted "Reforming the Secondary Mortgage Market," a symposium that drew national experts to Hamline to consider cutting-edge research and reform proposals from divergent perspectives on Oct. 3, 2011. The keynote speaker was Gary H. Stern, former President of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank and current member of the FDIC Systemic Risk Advisory Committee.

    Other presenters and panelists included representatives from the trade association for the nation’s 100 largest U.S. financial services companies, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, a former staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, and law professors from George Washington University, Catholic University, Brooklyn Law School, University of Colorado, University of Illinois, Loyola University Chicago, University of Tennessee, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Albany Law School, and St. John’s University.

    Read more: BLI Symposium "Reforming the Secondary Mortgage Market"

  • BLI Headlines
    • Professor Sharon K. Sandeen recently put the finishing touches on two books.
    • Donald Lewis, who has led Hamline University School of Law as its dean since July 2008, will resign his position at the end of the year to return to full-time law practice with Nilan Johnson Lewis PA, the firm he co-founded in 1996.
    • Three Hamline Law faculty members received promotions this spring.
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  • Bulletins

    April 3, 4:30 to 6:00 pm - IP Reception at Gray Plant Mooty80 S 8th St #500, Minneapolis

    April 16, 5 to 7 pm - SIPLA is hosting a CLE at Summit Brewery, 910 Montreal Circle.  You must register in order to be admitted.

    April 22, 11:30-12:30: Careers in Compliance and Regulation - Discussion with professionals from Financial Institutions and Regulatory agencies. Panel will present in the Moot Court Room followed by lunch and networking in the Atrium.

     April 24, EVENT POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE!  CLE Co-hosted by DRI and BLI with the MSBA Corporate Counsel Section, "Use of ADR in Business Practice for In-House Counsel."  Register online through the MSBA.

    May 5-6, Minnesota CLE:  Business Law Institute


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    This presentation was led and moderated by Hamline University School of Law adjunct faculty Phil Goldman and Andrew Pulkrabek.  Panelists from General Mills, Medtronic, Cargill and Ecolab provided perspective on how their respective companies work collaboratively to achieve desired results.  MN CLE Event:  185938 approved for 1 standard credit.


  • Contact

    Jill Barclift
    BLI Director
    Professor of Law
    Phone: 651-523-2357

    Donna Rauch
    BLI Program Manager
    Phone: 651-523-2535
    235 East Hall

    Office Hours 
    Mondays: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
    Tuesdays: 11 to 12 p.m.
    Wednesdays:  10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Thursdays: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    or by appointment in the Dean's Suite, Room 106


  • Banking Law Prof Blog


    BLI Founding Director Ann Graham is a nationally recognized expert in banking law and the author of Banking Law Prof Blog.