Jean Sanderson

Jean Sanderson

  • Clinical Professor of Law
190R Mondale Hall


  • Macalester College, B.A.
  • Duke University, J.D.


  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Family Law
  • Juvenile Justice & Law

Clinical Professor Jean M. Sanderson teaches in the Family Law and Child Advocacy & Juvenile Justice clinics. Professor Sanderson was awarded the first Stanley V. Kinyon Clinical Teaching Award in 1997, an award she also received in 2005, 2013, and 2020. On October 7, 2021, she received The Children's Law Center Rosalie E. Wahl Justice for Children Award.

Professor Sanderson received her B.A. degree from Macalester College and her J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law. She practiced law in Minnesota as an assistant county attorney for St. Louis, Hennepin, and Washington counties. She was Executive Director for the Minnesota County Attorneys Association. She has also worked in private practice and as a public defender.

Professor Sanderson joined the University of Minnesota Law School clinical faculty in 1991. She is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and currently serves as an executive board member of the Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education. She is also a board member of the Conflict Resolution Center. She has participated on various public policy boards and taught in numerous trial advocacy programs.

Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic

Family Law Clinic

Family Law Clinic Student Directors

Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic Student Directors

Journal Articles

Spousal Support in Minnesota: Where Are You Going?, 6 Minnesota Family Law Journal 29 (1993)
Carelle Muellner Stein

Book Chapters

Child Custody Determinations in a Multicultural Society: The Use of Tribal Affiliation and Religion in Private Child Custody Disputes in the United States, in Uppsala-Minnesota Colloquium: Law, Culture and Values 173 (Mattias Dahlberg, ed., Iustus, 2009)
Theresa Nagy

CLE Materials

Drainage Law in Minnesota (Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 1985)
David W. Larson