Patrick Brophy, a Law School international exchange student from Ireland, currently plays for the University of Minnesota Men's Rugby Club Team. Brophy provides a brief summary of his rugby experiences on and off the field.
The University of Minnesota Human Rights Center has worked with teachers and community volunteers for years to promote human rights and non-discrimination in classrooms and the community. The most recent initiative, the Partners in Closing the Gap Project, aims to address the achievement gap and disparities in education based on race, class, and place. One aspect of addressing the gap is encouraging an inclusive classroom atmosphere, where students welcome, respect, and learn about diverse individuals and nations.
On April 11, 2011, the Law School’s International Moot Court (IMC) program conducted the championship round of its Intramural International Moot Court Competition, presided over by Law School Professor and former U.S. counsel before the International Court of Justice, Fred Morrison. The championship, in which Anne Fuchs (’12) was selected best oralist, culminated a process that began a year earlier.
In early April, the International Law Society, in collaboration with the Minnesota Justice Foundation, Native American Law Students Association, and Women’s Law Student Association, hosted “Global Challenge, Local Focus: A Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking in Minnesota.” The event was open to current students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community.
On March 10, 2011, Cato Institute scholar Walter Olson defended his new book, Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America, as part of a panel discussion hosted by the Federalist Society chapter at the Law School. On March 22, the Federalist Society chapter hosted a panel debate by Prof. Eugene Kontorovich of Northwestern University School of Law, Law School Adjunct Professor Duane Krohnke, and the Law School’s Dean, David Wippman, to consider diverse perspectives on the merits of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The United States Embassy in Luxembourg is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Dean Acheson Legal Stage (traineeship/internship) Program in Luxembourg at the Court of Justice of the European Communities for 2011-2012. These stage opportunities for periods of not more than three months are offered to a limited number of students or recent graduates from select U.S. law schools. Applications must be received by the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg by May 2, 2011.
An amicus curiae brief drafted by the Law School's Human Rights Litigation and International Legal Advocacy Clinic was cited by two circuit judges in a recent oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia. Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin signed the brief, which was drafted by Professor Jennifer Green as Counsel of Record and by student attorneys Astrid Brouillard ('12), Anne Fuchs ('12), James C. Horvath ('12), Melissa Muro Lamere ('12), Nathaniel Nesbitt ('11), Feras Sleiman ('12), and Leo Twiggs ('11).
Liwei Wang (LL.M. Class of 2011) was profiled in the Law School's magazine, Perspectives, in the Fall 2010 issue. Find out about Wang's past in China, her experiences here at the Law School, as well as her future plans after graduation.
Mohamed Elian (LL.M. Class of 2011) will be profiled in the Law School's magazine, Perspectives, in the upcoming Spring 2011 issue. Elian, from Cairo, will discuss his thoughts and experiences during the height of Egypt’s antigovernment protests.
On Sunday, April 17, 2011, the 2010-11 Humphrey Law Fellows celebrated their upcoming graduation. Dean Wippman and the 12 fellows attended the graduation celebration in Auerbach Commons.
The 2011 Law School Commencement will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Mariucci Arena, 1901 4th Street SE, Minneapolis, on the East Bank campus. Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale will present the commencement address, Carla Wessolek of Germany will give the LL.M. student address, and Kate Baxter-Kauf will deliver the J.D. student address.
The LL.M. graduation party will be held immediately after the graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2011, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. An elegant lunch at the University of Minnesota’s Campus Club will be given, and LL.M. students are encouraged to invite their family and friends to celebrate a productive year and bid each other farewell. The Campus Club is located on the fourth floor of Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Avenue SE. For information on parking, and for driving directions, visit http://www1.umn.edu/cclub/parking.html.