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Kathleen Sanberg (’82) Appointed to U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Kathleen Sanberg (’82) Appointed to U.S. Bankruptcy Court

On August 24, 2012, Kathleen Sanberg (’82) was sworn in as the new full-time member of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota. She was appointed to the 14-year term by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, replacing Judge Robert J. Kressel who retired after serving as a bankruptcy judge since 1982.

Michael Ponto (’89) Chosen for Diversity in Business Award

Michael Ponto (’89) Chosen for Diversity in Business Award

Faegre Baker Daniels partner Michael A. Ponto (’89) was among the honorees when the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal presented its Diversity in Business Award to top corporate leaders at a ceremony at the Westin Galleria, Edina, Minn., on July 12, 2012. The award celebrates the breadth of the Twin Cities business community and promotes diversity of race, sexual orientation, disability, and military service. Recipients are selected for contributions to their company, industry, and community.

Judge Myron Bright (’47) Receives American Inns of Court Professionalism Award

Judge Myron Bright (’47) Receives American Inns of Court Professionalism Award

On August 9, 2012, Myron H. Bright (’47), a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for nearly 45 years, received the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award at the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Kansas City, Mo. The award honors individuals in participating federal circuits whose life and practice exemplify the highest character, integrity, and dedication to the principles of the legal profession and the rule of law. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge William Jay Riley presented the award.

Scott DeLisi (’80) Begins Assignment as Ambassador to Uganda

Scott DeLisi (’80) Begins Assignment as Ambassador to Uganda

"It has been an honor to serve as the American Ambassador here," said Scott H. DeLisi (’80) in a June 21, 2012, farewell Facebook posting to Nepal, "and I hope we have made progress together in building the ties between our nations." A few days later, DeLisi left Nepal to undertake his new assignment as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda.

Phil Duran (’00), Michael Unger (’81) Begin New MSBA Roles

Phil Duran (’00), Michael Unger (’81) Begin New MSBA Roles

On July 1, 2012, the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) began its 2012-13 bar year, with Phil Duran (’00) taking office as president-elect and Michael W. Unger (’81) taking office as secretary. Duran will be the MSBA president for the 2013-14 bar year and Unger is on track to become president for the 2015-16 bar year.

Judge Michael Kirk (’75) Appointed to Minn. Court of Appeals

Judge Michael Kirk (’75) Appointed to Minn. Court of Appeals

Seventh Judicial District Court Judge Michael L. Kirk (’75) has been appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals to fill a vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Judge Roger M. Klaphake (’66). In his June 27, 2012, announcement, Gov. Mark Dayton said that Kirk's "passion for justice and his years of experience will make him an excellent appellate judge in the Seventh Congressional District."

Law School and Legal Community Mourn Loss of Robert Henson (’50)

Law School and Legal Community Mourn Loss of Robert Henson (’50)

Robert F. Henson (’50), a founding partner of Henson & Efron and its president for nearly 40 years, passed away June 23, 2012, in Minneapolis at age 87. In its online notice, the firm called him the epitome of "what every lawyer should aspire to be."

James Chosy (’89) Named for U. Minn. Alumni Service Award

James Chosy (’89) Named for U. Minn. Alumni Service Award

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents, with recommendation of the University Alumni Association, the all-University Honors Committee, and University President Eric Kaler, has selected James L. Chosy (’89) to receive the 2012 Alumni Service Award. The award recognizes individuals whose volunteer activities have imparted major benefits to a University or alumni group.

Alumni Events

Milwaukee Alumni Happy Hour Reception

Law School alumni in the Milwaukee area are invited to attend an informal happy hour reception hosted by the Office of Advancement on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, from 5:30–7:00 p.m. at Iron Horse Hotel. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and one drink ticket will be provided.

Madison Alumni Happy Hour Reception

Law School alumni in the Madison area are invited to attend an informal happy hour reception hosted by the Office of Advancement on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, from 5:30–7:00 p.m. at Tornado Steakhouse. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres & one drink ticket will be provided.

Denver Alumni Happy Hour Reception

Law School alumni in the Denver area are invited to attend an informal happy hour reception hosted by the Office of Advancement on Thursday, September 27, 2012, from 5:30–7:00 p.m. at Wine Loft LoDo. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and one drink ticket will be provided.

UMN Homecoming: Pre-game Pepfest and Brunch

Law School alumni are invited to show their Gopher spirit during Homecoming 2012 by attending Ski-U-Mania, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association's pre-game pepfest and brunch for all University alumni and friends on October 13, 2012. The event will run from 8:00-11:00 a.m. at the McNamara Alumni Center. For more information, contact Dinah Zebot at 612-626-8671 or lawalum@umn.edu. Discounted homecoming football game tickets are available for Law School alumni to purchase for $40 online here. Cheer the Gophers on as they take on Northwestern. Game time is 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 13.

Class of 2012: Welcome to the Bar Breakfast

Members of the Law School Class of 2012 are invited to the annual Welcome to the Bar Breakfast on Friday, October 26, 2012, preceding the Minnesota Bar Admittance Ceremony at the St. Paul RiverCentre. The event will feature remarks by James L. Chosy (’89), Chair of the Law School's Board of Advisors and General Counsel of Piper Jaffray. For more information, contact Evan Johnson in the Office of Advancement at 612-625-6584 or lawalum@umn.edu.

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

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

Spring Alumni Weekend will be held April 19-20, 2013. 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-1963, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008. 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, Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, at (612) 626-8671 or dczebot@umn.edu.

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