Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
B.B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
"I hope to make a positive contribution to my students’ professional development — whatever their aspirations may be." — Professor Lindsey Blanchard
Professor Lindsey Blanchard teaches in McGeorge’s Global Lawyering Skills program, to which she contributes her experience as a litigator and legal counselor, legal writing professor, and federal law clerk. She began her career at a large law firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she spent several years working on a wide range of litigation and counseling matters, including franchise, manufacturer/dealer, intellectual property, employment, and general business disputes. She also handled several immigration cases pro bono. From 2010 to 2013, Professor Blanchard was a full-time visiting assistant professor of law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where she taught first-year lawyering skills courses and received the law school’s Excellence in Professional Preparation Award and the Women Law Student Association’s Woman Faculty Member of the Year Award. Most recently, Professor Blanchard completed a three-year judicial clerkship with U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson in the District of Minnesota and taught appellate advocacy as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.
Professor Blanchard has always enjoyed legal research and writing — both in practice and in law school. She received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Order of the Coif. She also served as a research/managing editor for the Minnesota Law Review and received the Board Writing Award for her Law Review Note. But, it was her experience during law school as a student instructor in the first-year Legal Research and Writing Program that was the most meaningful for her because that was when she learned that teaching — and teaching lawyering skills, in particular — is her passion.
Professor Blanchard’s career since then has confirmed that knowledge and reinforced the importance of having strong legal analysis, writing, research, and counseling skills as an attorney practicing in any area of the law. Therefore, her goal as a teacher is to make a positive contribution to her students’ professional development by equipping them with those skills, whatever their aspirations may be. She does this by drawing on her experiences in practice to create lessons and exercises that are based on real-world situations.
Professor Blanchard’s practice-oriented approach is reflected not only in the classroom, but also in her scholarship. To date, her research and scholarly articles have focused on issues faced by practicing attorneys — whether deciphering Supreme Court precedent in Goodyear and Hertz: Reconciling Two Recent Supreme Court Decisions, 44 McGeorge L. Rev. 865 (2013), or proposing a way to gain stricter adherence to discovery rules in Rule 37(a)’s Loser-Pays “Mandate”: More Bark Than Bite, 42 U. Mem. L. Rev. 109 (2011). Her most recent publication is Charitable Nonprofits’ Use of Noncompetition Agreements: Having the Best of Both Worlds, 44 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 277 (2014).