Peter N. Thompson

Phone: 651-523-2983


BA, DePauw University
JD, University of Michigan School of Law


Areas of legal expertise: Trial evidence & procedure, criminal law, ADR

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Professor Peter Thompson has been a consultant and special master to the U.S. District Court in numerous cases, including the Reserve Mining environmental law case and the Consolidated Dalkon Shield and Searle Copper Seven IUD cases. His expertise in the areas of evidence and criminal law is reflected in his published works and research. Thompson has written a major treatise, Minnesota Practice: Evidence. He also has coauthored books on class action suits and courtroom practice, and has done extensive research and publication relating to mediation within the context of a litigated dispute.

Thompson has served as dean at Hamline University School of Law and as University Ombudsperson. He was selected as one of the “150 Lives that Make a Difference” (in Hamline’s 150 year history), Hamline University Exemplary Teacher (2001) and Student Bar Association Professor of the Year (1998 and 2000). Prior to joining the faculty, Thompson was the reporter for the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Uniform Rules of Evidence. He was a law clerk for two federal district court judges and a faculty member at William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul.

He served as chair of the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence and was chair of the Minnesota Supreme Court Committee for Professional Responsibility in Continuing Education programs. He is a frequent lecturer at CLE programs and is a member of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters.

Thompson teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, Civil Procedure, and Seminars on the American Jury and on ADR policy.



Good Faith Mediation in the Federal Courts, 26 OHIO ST. J. ON DISP. RESOL. 363 (2011).
MEDIATION: LAW, POLICY & PRACTICE 3rd ed., (Thomson West 2011). (with James R. Coben, Sarah Cole, Nancy Rogers & Craig McEwen).
Foreword, 35 WM. MITCHELL L. REV. 1358 (2009).
MINNESOTA TRIAL OBJECTIONS (2008). (with David Herr).
Mediation Case Law Review, Part II, 2 WORLD ARB. & MEDIATION REV. 415 (2007). (with James R. Coben).
Mediation Litigation Trends 1997-2007, 2 WORLD ARB. & MEDIATION REV. 395 (2007). (co-author with James R. Coben.

MEDIATION LAW POLICY & PRACTICE (2007). (with James R. Coben & Sara Cole).
Disputing Irony: A Systematic Look at Litigation About Mediation, 11 HARV. NEGOT. LAW REC. 43 (2006). (with James Coben).

Confidentiality in Chambers: Is Private Judicial Action the Public's Business?, BENCH & B. MINN., February 2005, at 14.
Enforcing Rights Generated in Court-Connected Mediation - Tension Between the Aspirations of a Private Facilitative Process and the Reality of Public Adversarial Justice, 19 OHIO ST. J. ON DISP. RESOL. 509 (2004).

Weighing Spreigl Evidence: In Search of A Standard Review of the Record Reveals That Two Contradictory Standards Are Being Applied to Determine When Evidence of A Defendant's Prior Bad Acts Should Be Excluded or Admitted, BENCH & B. MINN., November 2003, at 23.
Judicial Toleration of Racial Bias in the Minnesota Justice System, 25 HAMLINE L. REV. 235 (2002). (with William Martin).

EVIDENCE (Minnesota Practice series) (3d ed., 2001; 2d ed. 1992; 1st ed. 1979; and annual supplements).
The Haghighi Trilogy and the Minnesota Civil Mediation Act: Exposing a Phantom Menace Casting a Pall Over the Development of ADR in Minnesota, 20 HAMLINE J. PUB. L. & POL’Y 299 (1999), co-author with James R. Coben.

Confidentiality, Competency and Confusion: The Uncertain Promise of the Mediation Privilege in Minnesota, 18 HAMLINE J. PUB. L. & POL’Y 329 (1997).

COURTROOM HANDBOOK OF MINNESOTA EVIDENCE (1996, annual). (ed., with David F. Herr).
Fair and Impartial Jury - Catch as Catch Can, 31 ST. LOUIS U. L.J. 191 (1987).
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Challenge to the Decisionmaking Process-Federal Rule of Evidence 606(b) and the Constitutional Right to A Fair Trial, 38 SW. L.J. 1187 (1985).

Effect of Legal Education upon Perceptions of Crime Seriousness: A Response to Rummel v. Estelle, 28 WAYNE L. REV. 1247 (1982). (with Joshua Dressler & Stanley Wasserman).
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