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Teresa Stanton Collett

Professor
Degree
J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law
B.A., University of Oklahoma
Office
MSL 463
Phone
(651) 962-4973
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4973
Mail
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Teresa Collett, J.D., is professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where she serves as director of the school's Prolife Center. Collett received her doctorate at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. As a well-known advocate for the protection of human life and the family, Collett specializes in the subjects of marriage, religion and bioethics in her research.

Collett has published numerous legal articles and is the co-author of a law casebook on professional responsibility and co-editor of a collection of essays exploring “catholic” and “Catholic” perspectives on American law. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as well as before legislative committees in several states.

In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Collett to a five-year term on the Pontifical Council for the Family. Her appointment was renewed by His Holiness Pope Francis until 2016 when the responsibilities of the Council were assumed by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. In 2013, she served as a delegate to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) for the Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations.

She represented Congressman Ron Paul and various medical groups in the defense of the U.S. federal ban of partial-birth abortion, and the governors of Minnesota and North Dakota defending the N.H. requirement of state parental involvement prior to performance of an abortion on a minor before the U.S. Supreme Court. Collett is often asked to represent the interests of government officials before federal appellate courts. She has served as special attorney general for the states of Oklahoma and Kansas, as well as assisting other state attorneys general in defending laws protecting human life and marriage. Prior to joining St. Thomas in 2003, Collett taught at the South Texas College of Law, where she established the nation's first annual symposium on legal ethics.

J-term 2023 Courses

J-term 2023 Courses
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Spring 2023 Courses

Spring 2023 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 630 - 02 Property M - W - F - - 1030 - 1145 MSL 321

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M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1030 - 1145

Location:

MSL 321

Course Registration Number:

22789 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Teresa S. Collett

This course will cover fundamental issues associated with the law of property. Students will examine the rights arising from various interests in property, the concept of possession and how possession is acquired and protected and the ways in which possession is transferred, shared and divided. Additionally, students will explore the right to use or restrict the use of property. In the context of property law, students will explore various aspects of law- yering such as interviewing and counseling, fact invest- igation, dispute resolution, problem-solving and profess- ional responsibility.

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LAWS 796 - 01 Topics:State Con Law M - - - - - - 1330 - 1525 MSL 334

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M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1525

Location:

MSL 334

Course Registration Number:

22864 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Teresa S. Collett

As Judge Jeffery Sutton notes, “Torts, property, and contracts—core staples for first-year law students—focus almost exclusively on state law. The one traditional first-year class that does not consider state law, as it turns out, is Constitutional Law. Yet the first year course teaches just half of the story as it addresses just one constitution—the federal constitution—and ignores [the fifty state constitutions]. As a lawyer responsible to advance a client’s objective, a competent lawyer should consider whether a client’s objectives can be most easily achieved through federal or state grounds. Sometimes the best result can be reached under state constitutional law. The course covers rights and structure, and in both settings, it compares the federal model to the various state models. Of particular emphasis is the role of the state courts in protecting liberty and property rights under their own constitutions, and most notably whether they should construe these guarantees to offer protections that the federal courts have not provided in construing the federal constitution. This gives us the occasion to take up the most active debate in state constitutional law over the last several decades: the responsibilities of state courts when interpreting state constitutional provisions that live in the shadow of their counterparts in the federal constitution, especially the weight to be given to the U.S. Supreme Court's interpretations of the federal provisions. Particular attention will be given to a variety of current issues in state constitutional law, including litigation involving school funding, marriage, property takings, criminal procedure, the free exercise of religion, among others.

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LAWS 932 - 01 LLM Mentor Externship M - - - - - - 1535 - 1630 MSL 242

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M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1535 - 1630

Location:

MSL 242

Course Registration Number:

22790 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Teresa S. Collett

The LLM Mentor Externship incorporates two of UST Law’s curricular innovations -- the Mentor Externship Program and the Foundations of Justice course -- to provide LLM students a unique inside view of the American system of justice. Each LLM student is matched with a “mentor” who is active in the legal profession. This relationship is supplemented and supported by the MEFJP course, in which students explore the practical aspects of crafting a professional identity as a lawyer, and reflect together on the fundamental theoretical and moral principles that shape the identity of lawyers across different legal and social cultures. The MEFJP is tailored to help LLM students address the particular challenges of bridging the difference between the legal and social culture of the United States, and the different legal and social cultures in which the LLM students received their primary legal degrees.

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LAWS 950 - 05 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22907 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Teresa S. Collett

Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

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Summer 2023 Courses

Summer 2023 Courses
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