"I've found the cultural and ethnic diversity at the University of Minnesota Law School, plus the interaction with and support of professors, especially inspiring and helpful."
Beginning next fall, the Law School will offer a one-year Master of Science in Patent Law Program specifically for scientists and engineers. Developed by Associate Dean Sharon Reich Paulsen and Professors Tom Cotter, William McGeveran and Ruth Okediji, the unique program will prepare students for a variety of careers, including patent prosecution, portfolio management, technology licensing and innovation. Chris Frank, who holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, has been hired as director. His previous experience includes patent prosecution and portfolio management for clients ranging from individual inventors to Fortune 500 corporations. The program is open to U.S. and international students who meet the admissions criteria.
The Law School's International Programs Office has announced that University of Minnesota law students now have the opportunity to earn a master's degree in international and European tax law at Sweden's Uppsala University. The program requires one semester of coursework (in English) at Uppsala, through the existing Uppsala-Minnesota exchange program, plus the completion of a final paper under the supervision of Uppsala faculty. The master's in tax law will be awarded by Uppsala University, not by the Law School. Courses successfully completed through the program will count toward the student's Law School J.D. requirements.
In this issue's cover story, writer Cathy Madison speaks with six Law School alumni whose practices demonstrate that environmental law is a complex, nuanced, ever-evolving field that offers fascinating challenges and a sense of contributing to the common good for attorneys on all sides of the issues. The issue also contains much more, including a special foldout celebrating the Law School's 125-year history, coverage of the anniversary events, faculty activities, student symposiums and news, alumni news and class notes.
On Dec. 10, 2013, International Human Rights Day, the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center commemorated its 25th anniversary with a special performing arts event in honor of the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The celebration featured human rights-themed music, dance, and spoken word performances from local and international artists and students, as well as appetizers from a variety of Twin Cities restaurants and grocery stores.
On Nov. 20, 2013, the Law School hosted an appearance by Luis CdeBaca, ambassador-at-large for and director of the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Appointed to the post by President Obama in 2009, Ambassador CdeBaca coordinates all federal government activities in the global fight against what both he and the president label "modern-day slavery."
During the weekend of April 25-27, 2014, the Law School and Humphrey School of Public Affairs will commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program with a series of public and private events. The kickoff event for the 35th anniversary weekend, which is free and open to the public, will be a special panel discussion event entitled "Living the Legacy of Hubert H. Humphrey." The panels, which will take place from 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at the Law School, on Friday, April 25, will feature Humphrey Fellowship Program alumni who attended the University of Minnesota, Humphrey family members and former colleagues of Hubert Humphrey, as well as a prerecorded video message from former President Jimmy Carter, who made the official announcement of the creation of the Humphrey Fellowship program shortly after Humphrey's death in 1978. This event will be live-streamed at http://www.livestream.com/umntv.
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 June 18, 2014, these candidates will come to Mondale Hall to take the oath and become U.S. citizens.