John has been actively teaching law for over 25 years at the University of St. Thomas, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, and Hamline University School of Law.
He teaches in the Ethics and Business Law Department and has served as MBA Director for Sports and Entertainment Management and as the MBA Director for Environmental Management.
He serves on the Panel of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association, the AAA LPGA Special Arbitration Panel, the Special AAA Panel for United States Olympic Committee Disputes, the LPGA Special Arbitration Panel and has been appointed to the International Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. He also served on the American Bar Association and Minnesota State Bar Association Boards and Committees on Legal Education. He has also been inducted into the University of Minnesota Aquatics Hall of Fame.
He is incredibly, happily married to the beautiful Linda Dehrer-Wendt and they are fortunate they have been adopted by two children — wonderful Alaskan Malamutes — Tundra, Oopik’s Frosty Friday (on the left) and Yukon, Black Ice’s Ukiuq Kallu (on the right).
They have also been fortunate to have had two other Mals in their lives, Dakota, Black Ice’s Diamond in the Ruff, and Chinook, Black Ice’s ‘Nchanted Wirlwind (below with Linda) who are now playing and resting on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge……
Dogs in Our Lives — By Paul Fersen
We aren’t house-proud. If we were, we wouldn’t abide
the scratches on the door frame, the holes in the screen,
the darkened shine of worn spots on the chair. We would
wince at the mottled carpet and fret at the hair clinging
to our clothes.
We don’t. If anything, we lovers of dogs are a tolerant lot,
finding greater value in the unabashed affection to our
friends than in immaculate sofas. Shoes can be replaced,
but heroic retrievers are timeless.
Without dogs, our houses are cold receptacles for things. Dogs
make a fire warmer with their curled presence. They wake us,
greet us, protect us, and ultimately carve a place in our hearts
and our history. On reflection, our lives are often referenced in
parts defined by the all-to-short lives of our dogs.