Associate Professor, Chair of Legal Studies Dept, and Paralegal Program Director
Professor Hobday has been teaching at Hamline University since 2006 in
the areas of legal research and writing, constitutional law, and
employment law. She chairs the Legal Studies Department and she serves as the Paralegal Program Director. Her research focus, broadly described, considers how law shapes public policy with a particular interest in how our laws must address the needs of underrepresented populations. She has used different lenses-- criminal justice and feminist theory, accessibility, educational policy, and tort reform-- to evaluate our laws, but all with a similar underlying inquiry. Professor Hobday's recent work has focused primarily on domestic violence, with particular emphasis on what employers and universities can or should do to address the violence their employees or students may be experiencing.
Before coming to Hamline, Professor Hobday clerked for
Honorable Gerald W. Heaney on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and
practiced law for several years in a mid-sized Minneapolis law firm,
representing individuals and businesses in commercial litigation,
including employment-law matters, shareholder disputes, and trademark
infringement. She holds a BA in Program of Liberal Studies (Classical
Literature) and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from
the University of Minnesota.
Students who take any class from Professor Hobday will be challenged to
read texts closely, confidently discuss their ideas and observations,
and write clearly and concisely about these ideas. They will also learn
enough about laws and our legal system to be able to work in most
"I want students to take an active role in their learning and come to
class with their own curiosities and ideas. I need them to understand
that, as with most kinds of study, law does not provide easy answers to
real-life problems and may, in fact, further complicate matters. We need
to embrace ambiguity and advocate for positive change, when possible."