“The University of Minnesota Law School should be at the absolute top of public law schools. We shouldn’t settle for even a close second. We should unapologetically, even shamelessly, pursue our goal to be preeminent. Our contributions will make the difference between good and great.”
The University of Minnesota Law School announced a $70 million fund-raising campaign at its Spring Alumni Weekend reception on Friday, April 15. The campaign is projected to run for a five-year period.
The campaign theme, GENERATIONS. The Campaign for the University of Minnesota Law School, recognizes the school’s tradition of educating leaders for a changing world. For more than 120 years, the Law School has graduated students who have gone on to represent the school and the profession with distinction, serving in public office at all levels, contributing to the world of private enterprise, and reaching out to the community in numerous areas of public service.
The University of Minnesota Law School is gifted—in terms of scholarship, leadership, and the monetary and volunteer support of our alumni and friends. The Annual Report linked above lists the many generous donors who supported the Law School in fiscal year 2009-10. Thank you to all of our generous alumni and friends for the impact you make each year on the Law School and on the lives of our gifted students. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly and save costs, the 2009-10 Annual Report was not printed and mailed to our international alumni.
Howard J. Bergman (’81), a 25-year member of 3M’s Office of General Counsel, joined the Law School as Counsel in Residence on April 1, 2011. “Howard’s wide-ranging experience will be an invaluable asset as the Law School expands its strong business law programs and its connections with the larger business community,” says David Wippman, Dean of the Law School. Bergman is excited to expand the practical offerings available for LL.M. students to gain real-world business skills that can be applied in an international, corporate setting.
Khary Hornsby (’05), Director of International and Graduate Programs at the Law School, was voted chair-elect of the Section on Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Lawyers at the 2011 annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in San Francisco in January. He previously served as treasurer of the Section.
Applications are now being accepted for the Law School's Summer Study Abroad Program at Renmin University of China, Beijing. The program will run from June 17, 2011, to July 22, 2011.
A lecture entitled “Verdad, Justicia y Reparación" ("Truth, Justice and Reparation”) will be delivered by Investigating Judge Baltasar Garzón on April 25, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in Lockhart Hall. He will give the lecture, organized by the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Political Science, in Spanish. English translation will be provided.
The Law School will host a private reception for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate President Oscar Arias Sanchez of Costa Rica on May 1, 2011, in Auerbach Commons. Directly preceding the reception, Sanchez will deliver a public talk at Willey Hall in Room 125/175 at 4:00 p.m. Dean Wippman will give opening remarks at the talk, which is sponsored by the Upper Midwest Affiliate of the Peace Jam Foundation.
Each year, the Law School hosts two Naturalization Ceremonies, in which applicants who have applied for U.S. citizenship come to receive the oath of naturalization. On May 20, 2011, approximately 200 people will come to Lockhart Hall to take the oath and become U.S. citizens. U.S.District Court Judge Richard H. Kyle (’62) will administer the oath for the 11:00 a.m. ceremony, and U.S.District Court Judge Ann D. Montgomery (’74) will administer the oath for the 2:00 p.m. ceremony. A reception for the new citizens will follow the ceremonies.
On April 15-16, 2011, the Law School hosted a symposium entitled “Human Dignity and the Criminal Law,” a follow-up to a workshop on human rights and the criminal law held in Copenhagen in 2010. The international, interdisciplinary symposium addressed the increasingly frequent appeals for human dignity in discussions of public policy, including penal policy, and the growing importance of discourse among academics as well as policy makers on human rights in national and international criminal law, the criminal process, and criminal punishment. Speakers and participants represented a range of disciplinary backgrounds (e.g., criminology, law, philosophy, political science), countries (i.e., Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Israel, Germany), and traditions of thought.
Former President of Ireland and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson joined Law School Dean David Wippman for a University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education Great Conversations event on April 7, 2011, at Coffman Memorial Union. Robinson and Wippman were also interviewed on MPR's Midmorning on April 8, 2011. Later that day, Robinson gave The Horatio Ellsworth Kellar Distinguished Visitor Lecture in Lockhart Hall at the Law School.
On April 4, 2011, the Human Rights Center and the Muslim Law Students Association held a lunchtime presentation entitled, "Human Rights and Democracy in the Islamic World," at the Law School. The featured speakers and the titles of their talks were: Professor Robert Stein (’61), on "Rule of Law Challenges in the Middle East in Light of the Recent Developments"; Abdulwahid Qalinle, on "Face to Face: Shariah Law and Democracy in the New Middle East; Judge LaJune Lange, on "Contemporary Challenges to Judicial Independence in the Middle East"; and Suaad Allami, on "Struggles for Women’s Rights in Democratic Iraq."
Sandra Schulberg, producer of the restored version of "Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today" (the Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration), came to the Law School on Feb. 4 to present the film, which was originally made by her father, Stuart Schulberg, for the U.S. Department of War in 1948. This historic film about the first Nuremberg trial was widely shown in Germany but was suppressed in the United States. It is now being shown in American theaters for the first time. Schulberg's post-screening talk touched on German audience polls at the time, the political reasons for the U.S. ban, and the continuing impact of the Nuremberg principles on the field of international criminal justice today.