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EXCLUSIVE: An Honor to be Asked, Says Kathleen Blatz (’84) of Special Master Post

EXCLUSIVE: An Honor to be Asked, Says Kathleen Blatz (’84) of Special Master Post

After nearly three weeks of hearing petitions for continued funding during Minnesota’s government shutdown, Kathleen Blatz (’84) completed her role as special master in Temporary Funding of Core Functions of the Executive Branch of the State of Minnesota when the shutdown ended on July 20, 2011.

B. Todd Jones ('83) Appointed Acting Director of ATF

B. Todd Jones ('83) Appointed Acting Director of ATF

The U.S. Department of Justice has named B. Todd Jones (’83), U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), effective August 31, 2011.

Judge Harriet Lansing ('70) Appointed ULC Executive Committee Chair

Judge Harriet Lansing ('70) Appointed ULC Executive Committee Chair

Judge Harriet M. Lansing ('70) was appointed to a two-year term as chair of the Executive Committee of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) at its annual meeting in Vail, Colo., in July. She recently completed a two-year term as chair of the Scope and Program Committee, the group that recommends projects to the ULC.

Lyonel Norris ('83) Appointed to Fourth Judicial District Court

Lyonel Norris ('83) Appointed to Fourth Judicial District Court

On August 8, 2011, Lyonel Norris ('83) was sworn in at a private ceremony for a position on Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District Court, which covers Hennepin County. Gov. Mark Dayton selected Norris, a former assistant federal defender representing low-income defendants charged with federal crimes.

Gail Kulick (’85) Appointed Commissioner of Corporate Affairs for Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Gail Kulick (’85) Appointed Commissioner of Corporate Affairs for Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Gail Kulick (’85) was sworn in as the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s Commissioner of Corporate Affairs on June 10, 2011. As commissioner, she serves as the Chief Executive Officer and chair of the Board of Directors for the Mille Lacs Band’s Corporate Commission, which analyzes new business opportunities and oversees the Band’s existing businesses, including Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Grand Casino Hinckley, and numerous small businesses.

William Stock (’93) Elected Secretary of American Immigration Lawyers Association

William Stock (’93) Elected Secretary of American Immigration Lawyers Association

William Stock (’93) was elected 2011-12 Secretary of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) by the organization’s membership at the 55th annual conference in San Diego in June 2011.

Phil Duran (’00) Elected Treasurer of Minnesota State Bar Association

Phil Duran (’00) Elected Treasurer of Minnesota State Bar Association

On July 1, 2011, the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) elected three new officers for the 2011-12 bar year. Among them was Phil Duran (’00), who was chosen as treasurer of MSBA.

Connect with Your Law School Virtually!

Connect with Your Law School Virtually!

Staying connected to your Law School is easier than ever. If you haven’t already checked out our online presence, we encourage you to do so! Last fall, the Law School launched e>Community, an online alumni community and directory that is a valuable resource to alumni in keeping connected to their classmates and building their professional networks. The directory is searchable by name, class year, geographic area, and practice area – perfect for business connections and making referrals. If you are a first-time user, email lawalum@umn.edu to get your unique alumni ID.

The Law School also has an active and growing group on LinkedIN.com that is open to current students, alumni, and faculty. To find the group, search for "University of Minnesota Law School," or click here.

"Like" us on Facebook! The Law School Alumni page on Facebook is a great source for news from the Law School and updates about alumni events and volunteer opportunities. Like us today and make sure we’re on your newsfeed. Once logged in to Facebook, you can search for "University of Minnesota Law School Alumni" or click here.

Alumni Events

Homecoming's Thank U

Join Gopher lawyers for a day of service to the community at the University of Minnesota Homecoming's Thank U event. On Sunday, October 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., participants will perform various service projects designed by members of the community to best serve their needs. Examples of these service projects from past years include: making cards and scarfs for those in need with the Open Arms organization, gardening in the Como area, assisting seniors in chores at their homes near the St. Paul campus, food sorting for the Emergency Food Shelf Network, and cleaning our streets by picking up trash. To join the Law School team, go to http://thanku.eventngin.com.prod.ngin.com/ and click "Join a Team" to search for "Law School Alumni & Students."

Chicago Alumni and Friends Reception

Generously hosted by Jessica Boelter (’02), Jonathan Wagner (’02) and Sidley Austin LLP
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: The offices of Sidley Austin LLP

Dean David Wippman and the Office of Advancement warmly invite you to socialize with other Chicago-area alumni and hear a brief update about your alma mater and the launch of GENERATIONS: The Campaign for the University of Minnesota Law School. You are welcome to bring a guest or prospective student.

JD/MBA Bowling and Bocce Night at Pinstripes

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Pinstripes in Edina
Cost: $7 per person

The Law School and the Carlson School of Management invite you to come out for a fun night of bowling, bocce, appetizers, and a great opportunity to network with fellow West Bank alumni.

San Francisco Alumni and Friends Reception

Generously hosted by Rachel Brass (’01) and Gibson Dunn
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: The offices of Gibson Dunn

Dean David Wippman, Bay-area Alumni Ambassadors Liza G. Ring (’85) and Brian L. Johnsrud (’96), and the Office of Advancement warmly invite you to socialize with other Bay-area alumni and hear a brief update about your alma mater and the launch of GENERATIONS: The Campaign for the University of Minnesota Law School. You are welcome to bring a guest or prospective student.

Welcome to the Bar Breakfast - Class of 2011

Date: Friday, October 28, 2011
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Location: St. Paul RiverCentre

Dean David Wippman, the Law School Alumni Board of Advisors, and the Office of Advancement invite members of the Class of 2011 for breakfast before the Bar Admissions Ceremony at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Family and friends are welcome; one guest is complimentary, additional guests are $15. We look forward to the chance to welcome you officially to the alumni community and to celebrate your admission to the Bar.

Career Options Night - Volunteers Needed

The Career Center invites you to the 17th Annual Career Options Night on Thursday, November 3, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., in the Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi Concourse. Come meet our students and share information about your career, practice, bar activities, and employer. Appetizers, beverages, and parking will be provided by the Career Center. Organizations and individuals will be assigned a table where they can interact with students. Please note, neither job openings nor expected job openings are required to participate. Students are encouraged to inquire about career paths, organization missions, and practice area expectations and discouraged from asking about specific job opportunities. Please RSVP by October 27 with your organization’s name, name of person(s) attending, and practice areas to lawcareers@umn.edu.

Spring Alumni Weekend - Save the Dates & Call for Reunion Volunteers!

Spring Alumni Weekend - Save the Dates & Call for Reunion Volunteers!

Mark your calendars! Spring Alumni Weekend has been scheduled for April 20-21, 2012. The annual weekend of festivities includes several events open to the entire alumni community, as well as special reunion events for the classes of pre-1962, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007. If you are a member of one of these classes, we need your help. To make sure your reunion is the best it can be, we are looking for volunteers to help the alumni office plan your reunion event and to get the word out to your classmates. Serving on your reunion committee is an easy and fun way to reconnect with old friends and the Law School. Time commitment is minimal, but the impact on your class's collective efforts can be huge. Volunteers are also needed to lead your class's fundraising efforts to help broaden the Law School's community of supporters and to honor your reunion milestone. For more information, contact Dinah Zebot, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, at (612) 626-8671 or dczebot@umn.edu.

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