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Who I Am

At a Glance: David M. Bateson, Attorney at Law

David M. Bateson

Attorney – Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. (2013-2015)
Handle civil litigation files from inception to closing, including client intake, discovery, depositions, trial and appeal; practice areas include: workers compensation, commercial litigation, insurance defense.


Founding Board Member, Vice-President, Member – National Legal Mentoring Consortium (2010-present)
Founding Board Member of the National Legal Mentoring Consortium a non-profit consortium dedicated to supporting mentoring in law schools, law firms, bar associations and legal employers; Vice-President 2011-2012; Host and Chair of the planning committee for the 2012 National Symposium in Minneapolis. 


Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, University of St. Thomas School of Law (2011-2013)
In my role as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs I oversaw all of our student services including our Office of Career and Professional Development, Academic Achievement, and the law school Registrar’s Office. I also oversaw Student Government, Student Organizations at the law school, our Public Service Board and met with students individually to assist them on their journey to the legal profession. 


Director of Mentor Externship & Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law (2005-2011)
The Mentor Externship provides students with a hands-on opportunity to develop key professional skills with a focus on professionalism and ethics. Each year of law study, students are paired with respected lawyers and judges in the Twin Cities community. Mentors introduce students to a wide range of lawyering tasks and judicial activities and share with them the traditions, ideals and skills necessary for a successful legal career. As Director of the Mentor Externship I recruited over 500 mentors each year, supervised and assessed all aspects of the program, and prepared curriculum, taught in and supervised the credit-earning Mentor Externship Seminar. Because the Mentor Externship is an important part of the St. Thomas curriculum, I interacted closely with the law school administration and faculty.


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Litigation Attorney, Rider Bennett LLP (2000-2005)
Handling civil litigation files from inception to closing, including client intake, discovery, depositions, trial and appeal; successfully developed my own workers compensation practice while marketing the firm to potential clients.


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  • Masters of Business Communications – Certificate Program, University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, 2013 (expected). Focus: Public Relations; Brand Management; Corporate Communications. 
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Minnesota Law School, 2000. Honors: cum laude; International Moot Court, 1999 Best Oralist Award, International Moot Court Director.
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of St. Thomas, 1997 (political science and philosophy). Honors: summa cum laude; Aquinas Honors Scholar; Dean’s List; Delta Epsilon Sigma (Catholic college academic honor society) –  president; Phi Sigma Tau (philosophy honor society) – vice-president.