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Journal of Law and Inequality Alumni Mentors Needed

The Journal of Law and Inequality (JLI) seeks JLI alumni practicing in the Twin Cities area to serve as mentors to JLI student staff members. If you are interested in volunteering and want to learn more, please contact JLI Editor-in-Chief Meredith Leake for further details at leake007@umn.edu by October 8, 2013.

Peter J. Carlton (’96) Named Chief Counsel to New NLRB Member

Peter J. Carlton (’96) Named Chief Counsel to New NLRB Member

Recently confirmed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Philip A. Miscimarra announced that he has selected Peter J. Carlton (’96) as his chief counsel. Having served most recently as chief counsel to Terence Flynn, one of three NLRB members given recess appointments in January 2012 by President Obama, Carlton has worked as an NLRB attorney since 2001. He has served in various capacities for eight board members, including chief counsel, assistant chief counsel, and senior counsel.

U.S. Senate Confirms B. Todd Jones (’83) as Permanent Director of ATF

U.S. Senate Confirms B. Todd Jones (’83) as Permanent Director of ATF

On Wednesday, July 31, the U.S. Senate confirmed Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones (’83) to be the next director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Jones will be the agency's first permanent head since 2006. He has been Acting Director of the ATF since 2011.

Judge Harriet Lansing (’70) Elected Uniform Law Commission President

Judge Harriet Lansing (’70) Elected Uniform Law Commission President

Judge Harriet M. Lansing (’70) was elected to a two-year term as president of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) at its annual meeting in Boston in July. She recently completed a two-year term as chair of the Executive Committee, the ULC's governing body, which implements policies adopted at its meetings. Before that she served a two-year term as chair of the Scope and Program Committee, the group that recommends projects to the ULC.

Phil Duran (’00) Elected Minnesota State Bar Association President

Phil Duran (’00) Elected Minnesota State Bar Association President

Phil Duran (’00) took office on July 1, 2013, as the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) president for the 2013-14 bar year. In welcoming Duran as president, MSBA Executive Director Tim Groshens said, "Phil Duran has been a very active member of the Association for over a decade. As an advocate for various issues during that time, I have seen him engage numerous bar committees and leaders, giving him a breadth of understanding of the organization that has made him a very effective officer."

Alumni Events

Multicultural Student Welcome Reception

On Wednesday, September 25, the annual Multicultural Student Welcome Reception will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Auerbach Commons with a brief program at 5:30 p.m. Law School students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as leaders from Minnesota's legal diversity organizations will join for conversation and connections. Please RSVP at http://z.umn.edu/mswrrsvp.

Ski-U-Mania Homecoming Celebration

Law School alumni and students are invited to attend Ski-U-Mania, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association's Homecoming pregame pepfest and lunch for all University alumni, students, and friends on Saturday, September 28, from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the McNamara Alumni Center. The event includes face painting, lawn games, food and drink for purchase, a program culminating in the coronation of homecoming royalty, and more. The general event is free, but tickets including a buffet lunch and homecoming goody bag are available for purchase. Stop by the Law School's table for a complimentary drink ticket. Click here for ticket information and other details. Contact: Joelle Larson, Office of Advancement, at 612-626-5363 or lawalum@umn.edu.

125th Anniversary Events

125th Anniversary Events

This fall marks the 125th anniversary of the University of Minnesota Law School. The Law School will kick off the celebration with the Lockhart Lecture on Monday, September 30. On Friday, October 4, Dean Wippman and former Law School deans will participate in a forum moderated by Professor Joan Howland, followed by a gala celebration at McNamara Alumni Center. Click here to return to the News & Events page for more information on these events.

Recent Graduates and Current Students Happy Hour

The Office of Advancement, Brad Hammer (’12) and Lariss Jude (’12) welcome alumni from the classes of 2004-2013 and current law students to a happy hour networking reception on Wednesday, October 9, from 5:30–8:00 p.m. at Kieran's Irish Pub in downtown Minneapolis. The event is free and includes complimentary appetizers and one drink ticket, with cash bar to follow. Click here for online registration.

New York City Area Alumni Reception

New York City alumni ambassadors Lindsay Moilanen (’09) and Sitso Bediako (’08) have organized a happy hour event at Mason Jar (43 E. 30th Street, NYC) on Tuesday, October 15 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Please RSVP to lawalum@umn.edu.

Class of 2013: Welcome to the Bar Breakfast

Members of the Class of 2013 are invited to the annual Welcome to the Bar Breakfast on Friday, October 25, to be formally welcomed to the alumni community prior to the Minnesota Bar Admittance Ceremony. The breakfast will be held at the St. Paul River-Centre and will feature remarks by Jeannine Lee (’81), Chair of the Law School's Board of Advisors and a shareholder at Leonard, Street and Deinard. More information is coming soon. Contact: Joelle Larson, Office of Advancement, at 612-626-5363 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 25-26, 2014. 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-1964, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009. 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. Contact: Dinah Zebot, Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, at (612) 626-8671 or dczebot@umn.edu.

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