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Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Helps Ethiopian Professor Secure Asylum

A university professor who fled imprisonment and torture in his native Ethiopia was recently granted asylum in the United States. The Law School's Immigration and Human Rights Law Clinic represented and guided him through the asylum process.

Ben Krause (’13) Testifies Before Democratic Platform Drafting Committee

Ben Krause (’13) Testifies Before Democratic Platform Drafting Committee

Benjamin Krause (’13) was among those who spoke to the Platform Drafting Committee of the Democratic National Committee on July 28, 2012, at a national hearing held in Minneapolis. Krause testified on behalf of Veterans for Common Sense, an advocacy organization at which he is assistant director for policy advocacy.

Negotiation Team Takes Second Place in International Competition

Negotiation Team Takes Second Place in International Competition

From July 1-8, 2012, the ABA Regional and National Champion Negotiation Team of Bobby Mir (’12) and Ben Tozer (’12) traveled to Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland with coach Mary Alton to compete for the United States in the 2012 International Negotiation Competition. Alums Mir (left in the photo) and Tozer (right), wrapping up their third year on the Negotiation Team, made a magnificent showing in this competition, placing second and scoring better than teams from 14 other countries.

Student Events

"Taking Care of Business" Speaker Series

The first lecture in the 2012-13 "Taking Care of Business" Speaker Series will be held on Thursday, September 20, at 12:15 p.m. in Lockhart Hall. Dan Solomon (’85), a successful business entrepreneur, will present his talk entitled "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Bar: From Contracts to the C-Suite."

WLSA Hosts Blood Drive and Film Screening and Q&A

The Women's Law Student Association (WLSA) will be hosting a blood drive in Auerbach Commons on Tuesday, October 2, from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Email WLSA for more information at umn.wlsa@gmail.com.

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, the organization will sponsor a screening of "Crime After Crime," a documentary regarding the difficulties with prosecuting cases of domestic violence. Following the film, a Q&A session will be held with the director, Yoav Potash. The event will be held in Lockhart Hall from 7:00-9:30 p.m and is co-sponsored by African American and African Studies, Jewish Studies, Department of History, Department of Anthropology, Department of Psychology, School of Journalism, The Aurora Center, and Religious Studies.

Federalist Society Events

The Federalist Society will host "Citizens United and the Montana Supreme Court's Resistance," featuring Judge Diane Sykes of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, in Lockhart Hall at 12:15 p.m.

On Tuesday, October 23, the student organization will bring in Attorney General Mark Shurtleff (R-UT), State Rep. Stecey Abrams (D-GA), and Dr. James Carafano, Heritage Foundation's Director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, for a panel discussion entitled "After Arizona: The Next Phase of the Immigration Fight Begins." The event will be held in Lockhart Hall at 12:15 p.m.

For more information on these events, contact Michael Vargas at varga036@umn.edu.

TORT Save the Date

The 2013 Theatre of the Relatively Talentless (TORT) production, "Back to the Future Interest," will be presented on February 22-23 at the Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. TORT is written, directed, produced and performed entirely by law students, with reckless disregard for talent. As always, you can expect singing, dancing, jokes, and some great cameo appearances. Keep an eye out for more information on the show as the school year progresses. For more information, email tort@umn.edu.