Dean E. Thomas Sullivan: Building a Stronger Foundation

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Edward S. Adams

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law

Date Written: 2003-2004


On July 1, 1995, Dean E. Thomas Sullivan joined the University of Minnesota Law School as the eighth Dean and second William S. Pattee Professor of Law. Dean Sullivan brought with him a strong and distinguished background in administration, teaching, and private practice. Upon graduating magna cum laude from Indiana University Law School in 1973, where he served as Articles Editor of the Indiana Law Review, Dean Sullivan served as a law clerk to a federal district judge in Miami, Florida. He then went on to work as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. (Attorney General's Honors Program), where he specialized in corporate and securities fraud prosecution. Dean Sullivan subsequently practiced in Washington, D.C., as a senior associate with Donovan, Leisure, Newton, and Irvine, specializing in antitrust and trade regulation matters.

Dean Sullivan began his teaching career in 1979 at the University of Missouri–Columbia. He went on to serve as Associate Dean at Washington University Law School in St. Louis, where he coached the Mock Trial Team, winning five Midwest regional competitions and one national trial championship. Dean Sullivan then served for six years as the Dean of the University of Arizona College of Law, where he successfully increased the percentage of minority students, added women and members of minority groups to the faculty, and increased charitable gifts. On two occasions he has been a visiting faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He also has been a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University in England. Dean Sullivan's teaching areas include anti- trust, civil procedure, regulation of business, and trial practice.

Keywords: Tribute, Dean E. Thomas Sullivan

Suggested Citation

Adams, Edward S., Dean E. Thomas Sullivan: Building a Stronger Foundation (2003-2004). Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 88, pp.1-29, 2003-2004. Available at SSRN:

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