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Perspectives is the University of Minnesota Law School's publication for alumni, faculty, students, staff, and supporters and is published twice a year.

Spring 2014 Perspectives: Have J.D., Will Travel

International lawyer. It has a certain ring to it—a globetrotting, adventuresome air. But what's the reality? For the five Law School alumni profiled by writer Cathy Madison in our spring 2014 cover story, practicing law abroad is a complex mix of pleasures and pitfalls. The challenges include learning new languages, relocating entire families, and adapting to foreign office environments and legal practice norms. The rewards can be life-changing: new friends, new cultures, new ways of looking at the world.

Professor David Weissbrodt came to the Law School in 1975 to teach torts. But he also had a keen interest in human rights law, and he soon become one of the first people to teach that subject at a U.S. law school. In the years since, Weissbrodt has become a chief architect of human rights advocacy, teaching, and scholarship in Minnesota and far beyond. In "Theory at Work," writer Karen K. Hansen reports on Weissbrodt's work with the Law School's own Human Rights Center (which he founded), the United Nations, and Amnesty International, among others, creating a fascinating portrait of this "human rights innovator, networker, problem-solver, and doer."

Minnesota is home to nearly 400,000 foreign-born residents, many of them refugees and asylees in dire need of expert legal assistance. The Center for New Americans, recently established with the generous support of the Robina Foundation, is a pioneering collaboration between the Law School, leading area law firms, and nonprofit organizations that is intended to address the often overwhelming legal issues faced by noncitizens. Writer Kathy Graves reports on this first-of-its-kind enterprise, which will also provide unique real-world learning experiences for law students.

Additional stories include a report on the Law School's new Master of Science in Patent Law Program, as well as a new master's degree in international and European tax law available through Sweden's Uppsala University; a profile of Professor Kristin Hickman, an administrative and tax law expert with a keen sense of history; new studies from the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity that question longstanding housing assumptions and mortgage practices; announcements of new scholarship programs made possible by recent Gifts to GENERATIONS donors; a celebration of the Humphrey Fellowship Program's 35th year; and a tribute to the late Joan Adams Mondale, artist, arts advocate, and great supporter of the Law Library.

Also in this issue: summaries of news, awards, and activities across the Law School; profiles of students, alumni, and new and visiting faculty; staff hires and promotions; guest and faculty lectures; photos and notes from this year's TORT show, Clue: A Murder Mystery in Mondale; class notes; and much more.

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