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Exploring Careers in Business Law and Law Student Reception
The MSBA Business Law Section Seminar, "Exploring Careers in Business Law and Law Student Reception," co-hosted by the University of Minnesota Law School Corporate Institute, Hamline University Law School Business Law Institute, University of St. Thomas School of Law, and William Mitchell College of Law Center for Law and Business, will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, from 4:00-6:30 p.m., at the Law School in Room 20. A reception will follow in Auerbach Commons. Click here to register.

Challenges of Corporate Counsel, from Social Media, to Employment, International Business, Ethics, and Beyond.
The MSBA Corporate Counsel Institute, co-hosted by the Corporate Institute and the MSBA Corporate Counsel Section will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., at the Law School in Room 25. The theme will be "Challenges of Corporate Counsel, from Social Media, to Employment, International Business, Ethics, and Beyond." A reception will follow from 4–6 p.m. in Auerbach Commons. Watch video of this event.

Kevin Warren of the Minnesota Vikings to Share Sports Law Expertise with Students
Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 12:15-1:10 p.m., Room 25
Kevin Warren serves as Executive VP - Legal Affairs & Chief Administrative Officer for the Minnesota Vikings, with responsibility for various business, operational and administrative issues, legal affairs, strategic planning, HR, special projects, while also serving as a member of the Vikings' internal stadium development deal team. He served as the Chief Legal Officer and Senior VP of Business Operations/ General Counsel at the Detroit Lions Inc. from 2001-2003. Previously, he founded Kevin F. Warren & Associates Inc., a Kansas City-based firm specializing in sports and entertainment counseling. Prior to his private venture, Warren worked at Linde, Thompson, L. P. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Grand Canyon University and, in March 2012, was inducted into the Grand Canyon University Athletics Hall of Fame. He holds his master's degree in business administration from Arizona State University, and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law. Click here to watch the video of this presentation.

Lawrence A. Cunningham Visits the Law School on Oct. 29
The Corporate Institute, the Institute on Law and Economics and the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship will host an evening with Lawrence Cunningham, best-selling author of books about Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway at 4:30 p.m. on October 29, 2014, in Room 25, to discuss his new book, Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values. Introducing the author will be John Mooty, partner at Gray Plant Mooty, and Chairman of the Board at International Dairy Queen, Inc. when Berkshire Hathaway acquired it in January 1998. A question and answer session and reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Event #197528 approved for one CLE credit. Click here to RSVP.

International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization Regional Workshop
The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) Regional Workshop will take place in the Twin Cities on September 11, 2014, at Best Buy Headquarters. Newly confirmed Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye will address the group. In addition, key CPSC staff will present on market surveillance, reporting, investigations and corrective action plans, and regulatory enforcement. Register at http://icphso.org/conference/73/index.php.

The Nancy C. Dreher Lecture on Bankruptcy Law and Practice
The American College of Bankruptcy, the MSBA Bankruptcy Section, the Turnaround Management Association, and the Corporate Institute invite you to the Nancy C. Dreher Lecture on Bankruptcy Law and Practice. This year's lecture, entitled "Recent Developments in Fraudulent Transfers (Er, Voidable Transactions)," will be held at the Law School on September 18, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. with a reception immediately following. Event #195626 has been approved for 1.5 CLE credits. The lecture is free, however RSVP is required by Thursday, September 11, to corpinst@umn.edu. Click here for more information.

Prof. Hickman to Deliver Harlan Albert Rogers Professorship in Law Appointment Lecture
Professor Kristin Hickman will give a lecture entitled "Administering the Tax System We Have" on Tuesday, April 29, at 4:00 p.m. at the Law School. Event #189458 has been approved for one CLE credit. RSVP to lawevent@umn.edu.

Law Students Excel in Inaugural Business Law Case Competition
On Friday, April 11, law students participated in the inaugural Corporate Institute Business Law Case Competition at Fredrikson & Byron. Working in teams of four, students spent two weeks analyzing the legal options for a fictitious client who had encountered problems with a stock purchase agreement. On Friday, each team presented its recommendations to the client's "board of directors," comprised of attorneys from Fredrikson & Byron and Larkin Hoffman, Daly & Lindgren. The teams were judged on the soundness of their legal analysis and professionalism of their presentations. The winning team members were Samuel Brylski (’14), Laura Gordon (’15), Joseph Serge (’15), and Jesse Stark (’14). The victorious team took home a $1,000 prize.

Business Law Association to Host Spring Student Events
On Monday, April 14, the Business Law Association (BLA) will give students the opportunity to listen and pose questions to associates working in mergers and acquisitions practice groups. The event will be held in room 65 from 12:15-1:10 p.m. On Thursday, April 17, BLA and the Women's Law Student Association will co-host "Women in the Business of Law," a panel in room 50 from 12:15-1:20 p.m.

Business Law Case Competition
The Corporate Institute's Business Law Case Competition will be held March 28 - April 11, 2014. Six teams of four students dissect a business law problem, develop a solution, and present the solution to practicing local attorneys with a prize for the winning team. The competition is sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron and Larkin Hoffman.

Accelerating Business Innovation and Entrepreneurism - An Intersection of Law, Business and Public Policy
The Corporate Institute will hold a forum entitled "Accelerating Business Innovation and Entrepreneurism" on Saturday, April 26, from 2:30-5:00 p.m., as part of Spring Alumni Weekend. Join some of Minnesota's top thought leaders in government, business, labor, academia and law to explore an acceleration of business innovation and entrepreneurism. Attendees will have the opportunity to offer feedback on policy papers to guide steps to future growth and prosperity. 2.5 CLE credits have been requested. Click here for more information.
Forum Materials:
Crowdfunding: Ethics of Small Donor Solicitation
Megatrends: Are you ready?
Public Benefit Corporation Act Tool for Change
Public Policy and Early Stage Companies
The New Normal: Challenges and Opportunities

Business Law Association to Host Corporate Counsel Q&A
The Business Law Association will host a Corporate Counsel Q&A on Monday, February 24, over the lunch hour with three panelists: Professor John Sullivan; Lori Marco (’97), Vice President of External Affairs and General Counsel for Hormel Foods; and Tim Dordell (’87), Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Toro.

Corporate Institute to Co-Sponsor 'The Shareholder Value Myth' Program and Reception at University of St. Thomas
On Monday, February 24, 2014, "The Shareholder Value Myth" program and networking reception will be held from 4-6:45 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas. Cornell University Law Professor Lynn Stout will be the featured speaker. The Corporate Institute is co-sponsoring the event along with the University of St. Thomas Center for Ethical Business Cultures. The program is free and open to the public. CLE credits have been requested. Advance registration required is at http://stthomasbusiness.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2luYd4IcU6n2Snr.

Corporate Institute Announces 2013-14 ABA Negotiation Competition Team
The Law School's 2013-14 ABA Student Division Negotiation Competition Team has been selected. The team consists of Student Team Director Christy Sullivan (’15), Matthew Lawlyes (’14), Dan Hegg (’16), and Dillon White (’16). The team is led by Coach and Adjunct Associate Professor Helen Winder and is sponsored by the Corporate Institute.

Corporate Institute Presents Upcoming November Events
The "Hedge Fund Event" on Tuesday, November 5, will feature Professor Richard Painter, Wulf Kaal, and Tim O'Neil. The event will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Lockhart Hall (Room 25) with a reception to follow. The Nancy C. Dreher Lecture on Bankruptcy Law and Practice will be held on Friday, November 8, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Lockhart Hall (Room 25). The lecture, entitled "Ethics in Action: The ABI National Ethics Task Force Report and Its Next Steps," will feature Professor Nancy A. Rapaport, Ted Gavin, and Michael A. Stewart. A reception will follow the event. Update: watch the video from this lecture here.

Corporate Institute Forum on Taxation and Regulation Announces New Presentation series, 'Perspectives on Taxation'
The Corporate Institute Forum on Taxation and Regulation is pleased to announce a new presentation series entitled "Perspectives on Taxation." The inaugural lecture will be given by Professor Chris Evans of the Australian School of Taxation (Atax). His lecture, entitled "International Tax Compliance Pressures and Costs of Large Corporations," will be moderated by Ken Levinson of Faegre Baker Daniels. The event will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, from 12:00–1:15 p.m., at the Law School. A buffet lunch will be served beginning at 12:00 p.m. One hour of CLE and CPE credit have been requested. Please RSVP to Bria Goldman at 612-626-5048 or goldm075@umn.edu.

Corporate Institute to Host Andrew Borene (’07), Director of Corporate Development at ReconRobotics, Inc.
The Corporate Institute's "Career Pathways" Speaker Series will host Andrew Borene (’07), Chairman of Advisory Board at Robotics Alley and Director of Corporate Development at ReconRobotics, Inc., on Monday, September 23, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in room 45. Borene will speak on business development for ReconRobotics and will share his expertise in leading the development and growth of profitable new robotics business opportunities. Minnesota Business magazine recently named Borene one of Minnesota's 50 leading business figures.

Target Corporation Provides Funding for Diverse Law Student Scholarship
Target Corporation, through its Diversity in Law Scholarship Program, will provide a scholarship and practical legal experience for a diverse University of Minnesota Law student, the company has announced.

Corporate Institute Co-Sponsors 'Dewey & LeBeouf: Lessons Learned to Date' Event
On Monday, February 25, 2013, "Dewey & LeBeouf: Lessons Learned to Date," an education program and reception will be held in Lockhart Hall (Room 25) of the Law School from 2:00-5:00 p.m. The speakers are Albert Togut of Togut, Segal & Segal, LLP; Professor Edward S. Adams of the University of Minnesota Law School; and James L. Baillie of Fredrikson & Byron. There is no charge to attend the program; however, you must RSVP by Monday, February 18 via email to events@gpmlaw.com, or by phone to 612-632-3398. The event is co-sponsored by the Corporate Institute, the American College of Bankruptcy, the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the Upper Midwest Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association.

Law School Launches Mentoring Program
The Law School's Corporate Institute has launched its Mentoring Program, by inviting all Law School alumni to participate as mentors. This program gives law students opportunities to learn about business and business law careers. Students will be able to search a database of University of Minnesota Law School alumni who have agreed to offer them mentoring opportunities. For more information, go to www.law.umn.edu/corporateinstitute/mentoring-program.html.

"Executive Superstars, Peer Groups and Over-Compensation - Cause, Effect and Solution"
On October 3, 2012, Charles M. Elson and Craig K. Ferrere of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware presented their paper on executive compensation, arguing that the present manner in which compensation is set is flawed. They proposed an alternative—that compensation committees develop internally created standards of pay, relying less on peer group benchmarking. The event was co-sponsored by Faegre Baker Daniels, the Corporate Institute, the Institute for Law and Economics, and the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Corporate Institute Names Board of Advisors
The University of Minnesota Law School's Corporate Institute has named its inaugural Board of Advisors to provide guidance toward the Institute's future vision and goals. The Board will suggest initiatives and strategies, offer feedback, and help develop resources to advance the Institute's projects.

Business Law Clinic Offers BizVet, a Pilot Program for Returning Veterans
The University of Minnesota Law School's Business Law Clinic, a program component of its Corporate Institute, is beginning a pilot program for veterans in September 2012. Called BizVet, the program is geared to returning veterans who are starting businesses or resuming work at existing businesses.

Negotiation Team Takes Second Place in International Competition
From July 1-8, 2012, the ABA Regional and National Champion Negotiation Team of Bobby Mir (’12) and Ben Tozer (’12) traveled to Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland with coach Mary Alton to compete for the United States in the 2012 International Negotiation Competition. Alums Mir and Tozer, wrapping up their third year on the Negotiation Team, made a magnificent showing in this competition, placing second and scoring better than teams from 14 other countries.

David F. Fisher Named Executive Director of Corporate Institute
David F. Fisher has been appointed Executive Director of the University of Minnesota Law School's recently created Corporate Institute, announces Law School Dean David Wippman.

Mary Alton Named Minn. Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
The U.S. Small Business Administration has named Professor Mary Alton the Minnesota Minority Small Business Champion of the Year. A champion is selected in each state annually for outstanding advocacy efforts on behalf of minority-owned small businesses.

Corporate Institute Co-Sponsors "Exploring Careers in Business Law" Program
On March 28, 2012, the Corporate Institute, in conjunction with the Minnesota State Bar Association Business Law Section and the Business Law Association, presented "Exploring Careers in Business Law." A panel discussion and reception gave students a chance to hear from a diverse group of business lawyers, in-house counsel, and business executives about the array of opportunities available to those with a law degree and an interest in business. Students learned what they do, why they love what they do, and what they could do to prepare themselves for a successful career in law and business.

3Ls Ben Tozer and Bobby Mir Win ABA National Negotiation Competition
The ABA National Negotiation Competition is the culmination of many local and ten regional tournaments. On Feb. 2, 2012, the Law School's competitors and alternates for the competition traveled to the ABA mid-winter meeting in New Orleans to vie with 228 teams representing 116 law schools. Ben Tozer (’12) and Bobby Mir (’12) emerged as the 2011-12 ABA Negotiation champions.

Law School Negotiation Team: On to the Nationals
The University of Minnesota Law School negotiation teams, sponsored by the Corporate Institute, made a great showing at the ABA Region 5 Negotiation Competition this fall at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law. This year's topic was real property. The teams represented virtual clients who brought new issues to each of three rounds of negotiations.

Corporate Institute Co-Sponsors NYC Conference on Extraterritorial Securities Litigation, Oct. 24
The Corporate Institute co-sponsored, with Dorsey & Whitney, a conference in New York City on extraterritorial securities litigation after Morrison v. National Australia Bank, a 2011 case in which the Supreme Court limited the reach of federal securities laws to transactions inside the United States.

The University of Minnesota Law School Launches New Corporate Institute
The University of Minnesota Law School is expanding its business law program with the establishment of the Corporate Institute. Building upon the strength of its internationally recognized business law faculty, the Corporate Institute combines current business-oriented activities with new programs to provide more business-related legal opportunities for students, faculty and alumni. The Institute has been established through generous support from alumni and local business leaders.