Professor of Law
B.A., Valparaiso University
J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law
LL.M., Yale University Law School
Areas of expertise: Constitutional Law, Law and Religion, Gender and Law.
Recent courses taught: Constitutional Law I and II, Criminal Law, Seminar in Law and Religion, Equal Justice Applied Research, Family Law, Property Law.
Professor Marie Failinger served as interim dean of Hamline University School of Law prior to its combination with William Mitchell to become Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Before joining Hamline Law, Professor Failinger was a staff attorney and managing attorney at Legal Services Organization of Indiana and a clinical fellow at Valparaiso University School of Law. She earned her J.D. from Valparaiso and her LL.M. from Yale Law School and is admitted to the Minnesota bar. Failinger was the editor-in-chief of the internationally recognized Journal of Law and Religion for 25 years. She has continued her work on behalf of the disadvantaged and equal rights for all as a founding member of the Infinity Project, MiCAEL, the National Equal Justice Library, the AALS Poverty Law Section, Law Teachers for Legal Services, and the American Indian Policy Center. She is also a long-time board member of Central Minnesota Legal Services, and has served on committees on legal services to the poor, adoption, fair housing, medical ethics, children and the law, the civil rights of Muslims, and other human rights issues. She has served church-related organizations such as Church Innovations Institute, the Journal of Lutheran Ethics, and Lutheran Innovations. She has also been professionally active in Minnesota Women Lawyers and the American Association of Law Schools.
Marie was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by Valparaiso University in 2014. She is the recipient of the Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award, Minnesota Women Lawyer Myra Bradwell Award and Service to MWL awards, the Journal of Law and Religion Achievement Award, and the Minnesota Justice Foundation Law School Professor award.