Assistant Professor of Law
BA, 1987, St. John’s University; MA, 1991, University of Wisconsin – Madison; JD, 2000, University of Minnesota School of Law
Professor Mader primarily teaches legal writing courses; his secondary areas are statutory and constitutional interpretation. He strives to help students develop clarity in both thought and communication — and then to develop engaging style and rhetorical punch. He is firmly of the opinion that one does not truly understand a concept until one can clearly and completely express that idea in writing.
Professor Mader majored in mathematics and physics as an undergraduate student at St. John’s University in Minnesota, then attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he received an M.A. in mathematics. He was a full-time undergraduate mathematics professor at Rock Valley College, in Rockford, Ill., for six years before attending law school.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Law, Professor Mader clerked for Justices Alan Page and Joan Ericksen on the Minnesota Supreme Court, then clerked for the Honorable Myron Bright of the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. He has previously taught legal writing, legislation, statutory interpretation, and constitutional history at the University of Minnesota, the University of Illinois College of Law, and the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas.
Professor Mader currently is writing in the areas of constitutional and statutory interpretation, focusing on questions that bring wording and structure of text together with history and deep logic. Accordingly, he is particularly interested in the theory and limits of constitutional amendment and legislative entrenchment.
Professor Mader grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota and still insists on referring to that state as “God’s country.” He is a runner, sometime baseball player and lifetime baseball fan.