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Donald H. Gjerdingen

Professor of Law
Contact Information
DonGjerd[at] indiana[dot]edu
(812) 855-6455
Baier Hall 342
B.A. at Carleton College, 1971
J.D. at William Mitchell College of Law, 1976
LL.M. at Yale Law School, 1978
Introduction to Law (B504)
Torts (B531)
Wills and Trusts (B645)
American Constitutional Law for Foreign Lawyers (B570)
In the News


  • Editor in Chief of William Mitchell Law Review
  • Executive Board, AALS Section on Post-JD Education (2005-2007)
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Indiana Council on Legal Opportunity (2000-2003, 2007- present)
  • Recipient, Indiana State Bar Association's Committee for Racial Diversity Rabb Emison Award for efforts to increase racial diversity in the legal profession (2001)

Professor Gjerdingen researches in the area of legal theory, focusing on the special intellectual structure of American legal thought. His publications include articles on such topics as law and economics, legal education, takings law, and modern legal thought.

On Indiana Law faculty since 1988, Professor Gjerdingen teaches American Constitutional Law for Foreign Lawyers, a class required for international graduate students. Gjerdingen currently teaches Torts, Introduction to American Law, Wills and Trusts, and American Constitutional Law for Foreign Lawyers. He also has extensive teaching experience in constitutional law, environmental law, administrative law, legal theory, jurisprudence, and law and economics.

For his dedication to his many graduate and J.D. students over the years, Professor Gjerdingen has earned the School's Leon Wallace Teaching Award as well as the IU Trustees Teaching Award.

Donald H. Gjerdingen
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