Dunnewold, Mary

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Mary Dunnewold

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Email: mdunnewold@hamline.edu
Phone: 651-523-3082


B.A., St. Olaf College
M.A., University of Minnesota
J.D., University of Minnesota 


“Legal research and writing skills are fundamental to the successful practice of law. At Hamline, Legal Writing is taught in a supportive, professional environment that maximizes students’ opportunity to practice and develop their skills. My goal is to ensure that my students leave every class session with a new idea about how to improve their legal communication skills.”

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Mary Dunnewold became Hamline Law's associate dean for academic affairs in January 2013. In her teaching, Instructor Dunnewold draws on her own experience as a professional legal writer and strives to instill in her students the desire to achieve professional excellence. Dunnewold writes a professionalism column for the ABA Student Lawyer magazine, publishes regularly on legal writing and teaching topics, and has written a book with her colleagues about judicial clerkships.

Dunnewold has taught legal research and writing at Hamline since 1993. Before coming to Hamline, she served as a judicial clerk to Judges Harriet Lansing and Jack Davies at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She has also worked as an editor for West Publishing and as a research attorney for the Legal Research Center. She is a member of the Legal Writing Institute and Scribes: The American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects.



Judicial Clerkships: A Bibliography, 8 LEGAL COMMUNICATION & RHETORIC: JALWD 239 (2011). (with Beth Honetschlager and Brenda Tofte).

Law School: Why am I Here? Six-Word Stories about the First Month of Law School, 59 J. LEGAL. EDUC. 653 (2010).

Professionalism 101: Obtaining Letters of Recommendation Professionalism , 39 STUDENT LAW. 8 (2010).
Judicial Clerkships: A Practical Guide (Carolina Academic Press 2010). (with Beth Honetschlager and Brenda Tofte).

Alternative Dispute Resolution: What Every Law Student Should Know, 38 STUDENT LAW. 14 (2009).
Using the Idea of Mathematical Proof to Teach Argument Structure, 15 PERSP.: TEACHING LEGAL RES. & WRITING 50 (2006).

12 Ways to Sharpen Your Research and Writing, 34 STUDENT LAW. 27 (2006).