McFarland, Douglas

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Douglas McFarland

Emeritus Professor
Phone: 651-523-2085


BA, Macalester College
JD, New York University School of Law
PhD, University of Minnesota  


"The study of law is more than learning rules. It is better described as learning about rules, and working in the law as a medium and process for accomplishing the ends sought."

View Professor McFarland's research: SSRN Author Page -- Douglas McFarland

Professor Douglas McFarland was named emeritus professor in May 2013 after retiring from teaching at Hamline Law during the 2012-13 academic year. He taught, and continues to write, in the areas of civil procedure, torts, federal courts, and evidence. His publications include Minnesota Civil Practice (4th edition 2008), Computer-Aided Exercises on Civil Procedure (5th edition 2004), and numerous articles in journals, including Harvard Law Review.

Prior to joining Hamline, Dr. McFarland was an attorney at the Minneapolis-based law firm of Dorsey & Whitney practicing in the areas of corporate law and litigation. He served as administrative assistant to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, Supreme Court of the United States, and a Tom C. Clark Judicial Fellow at the Court from 1984-1986. He was a candidate for the United States Senate from Minnesota in the 1994 election.

Dr. McFarland was a visiting professor at Phoenix School of Law in 2007-08 and at UNLV in spring 2010.

He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Federalist Society. Dr. McFarland served as associate dean for teaching and scholarship from 2002-05, and has been admissions chair, curriculum chair, development task force chair, faculty appointments chair, and promotion and tenure chair.



Supplemental Jurisdiction over Permissive Counterclaims and Set Offs: A Misconception, 64 MERCER L. REV. 437 (2013).

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: The Transaction or Occurrence and the Claim Interlock Civil Procedure, 12 FLA. COASTAL L. REV. 247 (2011).

In Search of the Transaction or Occurrence: Counterclaims, 40 CREIGHTON L. REV. 699 (2007).

A Personal Tribute to Chief Justice Rehnquist, 29 HAMLINE L. REV. 1 (2006).

The True Compass: No Federal Question in a State Law Claim, 55 U. KAN. L. REV. 1 (2006).

Dictum Run Wild: How Long-Arm Statutes Extended to the Limits of Due Process, 84 B.U. L. REV. 491 (2004).

Drop the Shoe: A Law of Personal Jurisdiction, 68 MO. L. REV. 753 (2003).

Present Sense Impressions Cannot Live in the Past, 28 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 907 (2001).

The Enduring Faculty, 23 HAMLINE L. REV. XXV (2000).
The Future of Legal Education, in FOR THE RECORD: 150 YEARS OF LAW & LAWYERS IN MINNESOTA (1999).
Profiles of all 26 Minnesota Chief Justices and Chief Judges, in FOR THE RECORD: 150 YEARS OF LAW & LAWYERS IN MINNESOTA (1999).
Chief Justice Warren E. Burger: A Personal Tribute, 19 HAMLINE L. REV. 1 (1995).

The Unconstitutional Stub of Section 1441(c), 54 OHIO ST. L.J. 1059 (1993).

COMPUTER ASSISTED EXERCISES ON CIVIL PROCEDURE (5th ed. 2004; 4th ed. 1995; 3d ed. 1991). (with Roger C. Park).
The Need for a New National Court, 100 HARV. L. REV. 1400 (1987). (with Thomas E. Baker).

Students and Practicing Lawyers Identify the Ideal Law Professor, 36 J. LEGAL EDUC. 93 (1986).

Self-Images of Law Professors: Rethinking the Schism in Legal Education, 35 J. LEGAL EDUC. 232 (1985).

Dead Men Tell Tales: Thirty Times Three Years of the Judicial Process After Hillmon, 30 VILL. L. REV. 1 (1985).

Rhetorical Visions of Committed Voters in the 1980 Presidential Campaign, 1 J. CRITICAL STUD. MASS COMMUNICATION 287 (1984). (with Ernest Bormann, Becky Kroll & Kathy Watters).