Mary Jo Hunter

Clinical Professor
Phone: 651-523-2077


BA, University of Wisconsin
JD, UCLA School of Law


Director of Clinics

"To think justly we must understand the perspective of others. Working with Hamline's clinical law program gives students the opportunity to experience real life legal issues, learn how to recognize disparate treatment, and see issues from various personal backgrounds and experiences."

With a reputation for advocating for children and families in distress, Professor Mary Jo Hunter demonstrates compassion and legal insight in her clinical instruction and practice. She also teaches Native American law.

Hunter was elected the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Ho-Chunk Nation, formerly the Wisconsin Winnebago Nation. She currently serves as a tribal appellate judge for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and has served as an appellate judge for the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe. She has also conducted workshops on the Indian Child Welfare Act and cultural issues of American Indians.

Hunter is a full-time supervising attorney in the Child Advocacy Clinic. In addition to serving on the board of directors for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, she is a volunteer guardian ad litem for Ramsey and Hennepin counties. Hunter is also a leader in the area of the rights of children in the legal system and on creating a voice for children in the courts.

Active in the community, Hunter has worked for the Neighborhood Justice Center and Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services in Saint Paul. She taught Indian Law and directed the Native American Law Project clinical program at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Hunter is a frequent speaker in the areas of cultural diversity, culture, and the Indian Child Welfare Act.



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