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John Morrissey (’14)

Donald Marshall Scholarship Recipient


Law School Adds New Intellectual Property and Technology Law Concentration

A concentration in intellectual property (IP) and technology law became available to Law School students this fall, bringing the number of offerings in this interdisciplinary program to eight. Concentrations build on the standard curriculum through partnerships with other University programs. Students who complete concentration requirements are well-prepared to practice in a wide range of areas in their field of study and receive a special notation on their transcripts after graduation.

Dean Erin Keyes (’00) Honored for Student Support by JTBF

Dean Erin Keyes (’00) Honored for Student Support by JTBF

Law School Assistant Dean of Students Erin Keyes (’00) was recently named a recipient of the 20 Under 40 Award from the Just the Beginning Foundation (JTBF). New in 2012, the award recognizes young lawyers for their encouragement and support of students in pursuing their dreams.

Orientation for the Class of 2015

The four-day orientation program for the University of Minnesota Law School Class of 2015 got under way August 28, 2012, with welcoming remarks from Assistant Dean of Students Erin Keyes (’00) and Dean David Wippman. Law Council President Alexis Reller (’13) and Director of Admissions Nick Wallace (’05) also offered their greetings.

Business Law Clinic Offers BizVet, a Pilot Program for Returning Veterans

Business Law Clinic Offers BizVet, a Pilot Program for Returning Veterans

The University of Minnesota Law School's Business Law Clinic, a program component of its Corporate Institute, is beginning a pilot program for veterans in September 2012. Called BizVet, the program is geared to returning veterans who are starting businesses or resuming work at existing businesses.

Institute on Race and Poverty Takes New Name and Expands Research Areas

Institute on Race and Poverty Takes New Name and Expands Research Areas

The University of Minnesota Law School's Institute on Race and Poverty, founded in 1993, has been renamed the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity to reflect its broadening research, announced Professor Myron Orfield, Institute Director since 2003.

Study Finds Racially Diverse Suburban Communities Growing Faster than White Suburbs but Resegregation Threatens Prosperity and Stability

Racially diverse suburbs are growing faster than white suburbs, but resegregation threatens their prosperity and stability, according to a study entitled "America's Racially Diverse Suburbs: Opportunities and Challenges," released July 20 by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota Law School.

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Executive Superstars, Peer Groups and Over-Compensation—Cause, Effect and Solution

The Corporate Institute, the Institute for Law and Economics, the National Association of Corporate Directors-Minnesota Chapter, and Faegre Baker Daniels are pleased to announce a lecture by Charles M. Elson and Craig K. Ferrere from the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware entitled "Executive Superstars, Peer Groups and Over-Compensation—Cause, Effect and Solution" at 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, in Lockhart Hall. The lecture is open to the public, and one CLE credit has been requested. The event is free but registration is required. To register, please contact Jean Johanson at jean.johanson@FaegreBD.com or 612-766-6831.

Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice Symposium

Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice will host a symposium on Thursday, October 4, 2012, in Lockhart Hall, entitled "'Children are Different': Culpability and Mandatory Sentencing of Juveniles Under Miller v. Alabama & Jackson v. Hobbs." Columbia Law School Professor Elizabeth Scott will give the keynote address. Four general CLE credits and one elimination of bias credit have been requested.

Professional Association Resource Information and Networking Event

On Thursday, October 4, 2012, the Career Center welcomes all 3Ls and 2012 graduates to hear from a panel of leaders from the Minnesota State Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association, Ramsey County Bar Association, and Minnesota Women Lawyers on how to get involved, obtain leadership skills, find jobs, and network with the legal market. Attendees will have the opportunity to mix and mingle after a short panel presentation. The event will be held in Auerbach Commons from 4:30-5:30 p.m., and guests may RSVP via Symplicity Events.

UMN Homecoming: Minnesota Gophers vs. Northwestern Wildcats

Since 1914, the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus has celebrated Homecoming, a week dedicated to honoring the spirit of the maroon and gold. The 2012 Homecoming week will begin October 8 and end October 13 with the game between the Minnesota football Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats at TCF Stadium.

Real Interrogation: What Actually Happens When Cops Question Kids?

Real Interrogation: What Actually Happens When Cops Question Kids?

Professor Barry Feld will deliver his Centennial Professorship in Law reappointment lecture on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. His lecture, "Real Interrogation: What Actually Happens When Cops Question Kids?" will be presented in Lockhart Hall (Room 25) at 4:00 p.m. Event #170409 has been approved for one CLE credit.

"A Night in Bilbao": An Evening of Art, Food, and Music

The Law School invites alumni, faculty, students and staff to get together for "A Night in Bilbao" on Thursday, October 18, 2012, from 5:30–9:30 p.m. This Law School community event will be held at the newly renovated Weisman Art Museum, designed by Frank Gehry, whose titanium-covered, world famous architectural works also include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Guests may explore the art gallery, enjoy a delicious dinner of Biscay-themed tapas, and taste Spanish white wine and other Spanish-inspired beverages. Salsa del Soul, a Twin Cities-based Latin American music group, will provide live entertainment and Latin dance music. Tickets are $50 per person for alumni, faculty and staff, and $20 per person for students. Click here for more information and online registration details. For questions, contact Evan Johnson at the Office of Advancement at 612-625-6584 or lawalum@umn.edu.

MN Justice Forum: "Collateral Consequences of Criminal Records"

The 2012 Minnesota Justice Forum will be held on Friday, October 19, in Lockhart Hall from 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. This year's forum, entitled "Collateral Consequences of Criminal Records," is co-sponsored by the Council on Crime and Justice and the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. The event is open to the public, and 1.25 elimination of bias credits and 5.25 standard CLE credits have been requested.

Marriage in the Courts

Marriage in the Courts

The 2012-13 Ronald A. and Kristine S. Erickson Legal History Lecture will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. in Lockhart Hall. The lecture, entitled "Marriage in the Courts," will be delivered by Nancy Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University, and Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Event #171529 has been approved for one CLE credit.

Minnesota Law Review Symposium

The Minnesota Law Review's 2012 symposium, "A More Perfect Union? Democracy in the Age of Ballot Initiatives," will focus on direct democracy and the Minnesota marriage amendment. The symposium will be held on Friday, October 26, 2012, in Lockhart Hall from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 5.5 CLE credits have been approved.

Great Cases Class on Watergate

On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, John Wesley Dean III, former White House counsel, Walter F. Mondale (’56), former U.S. vice president, and Jill Wine-Banks, senior Watergate prosecutor, will speak to Professor Robert Stein's (’61) Great Cases course on Watergate in Lockhart Hall from 2:30-5:00 p.m. This special lecture examining the broad historical, political, and legal context of Watergate is open to University students, faculty, and staff, with members of the greater community seated as space allows.

McGee Moot Court Call for Volunteer Judges

Last year more than 140 judges and attorneys volunteered to judge the briefs and oral arguments at the William E. McGee Civil Rights Moot Court Competition. Again, the legal community’s participation is needed to make the 28th annual competition, taking place at the Law School Feb. 21-23, 2013, a success.

The Law School sponsors the national competition to promote interest in civil rights law and develop the oral advocacy and writing skills essential for successful appellate practitioners. Each year between 36 and 40 teams from U.S. law schools enter the competition, named for William E. McGee (’80), a dedicated advocate for the poor and underprivileged and the first African American appointed chief public defender in Minnesota.

In appreciation for their service, participating judges are offered a free continuing legal and judicial education program, which deals with the moot court problem, in advance of the competition.

To learn more about volunteering as a judge, contact event organizers at mc-mcgee@umn.edu or 612-625-8581. For more information about the McGee competition, visit www.law.umn.edu/mootcourt/index.html.

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