Emeritus Professor of Law
Professor Oliphant’s primary focus of study involves the use of technology and computers in teaching and learning law. This finds him experimenting with cutting-edge technology, the Internet, and a variety of teaching learning programs. All of his courses now utilize some aspect of technology and the Internet.
“I am committed to developing methods of improving law student education. That was my goal as a tenured professor at the University of Minnesota, where the foundation for that school’s modern clinics was laid. It remained my goal during the 17 years that I helped create the nationally recognized NITA trial skills programs. Today, I seek to discover methods of integrating cutting-edge technology into a law student’s pedagogic experience.”
B.A., 1963; J.D., 1966, University of Minnesota
Mitchell Hamline School of Law: emeritus professor of law, 2015-.
William Mitchell College of Law: emeritus professor of law, 2006-2015; professor of law, 1979-2006; associate dean, 1980-84.
Private practice, Oliphant & Associates, Minneapolis, 1978-79.
University of Minnesota Law School: professor of law, 1972-78; associate professor of law, 1969-72.
Appellate attorney, State Appellate Public Defender’s Office, Minneapolis, 1967-69.
Clerk, Hon. Gerald W. Heaney, Duluth, Minn., 1966-67.
Admitted: Minnesota, 1966.
Leadership & Service
Member, Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Committee; Member, American Bar Association Family Law Section; Member, Board of Directors, Center for Government Reform, Washington, D.C. (1993-present); Vice Chair, Center for Government Reform, Washington, D.C. (1996-present); Member, International Society of Family Law (1994-present); Member, American Association of Law Schools (1979-present); Member of ABA Re-accreditation Team, Loyola of Chicago Law School (November 1999); President and Founder, National Alzheimer’s Foundation (2001); Former Member, Board of Directors, Soccoro Society, San Francisco, California (1985-1993); Former Member, Board of Directors, Minnesota Association of Scholars (1992-1997); Former Editor, Minnesota Association of Scholars Newsletter (1992-1997)