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Dean's Message

Dean's Message

Welcome to the Law School's inaugural edition of e-Perspectives. With so many exciting things happening in the Law School community, we wanted to find a new, accessible, and timely way to share news with faculty, students, staff, and alumni.

And there is much to share. Whether it's a visiting Supreme Court Justice, a new faculty member, a new student-mentoring program, or a major new gift from a law firm, company, or alumnus, e-Perspectives will hit the highlights.

Of course, we will share the bad with the good. Even as I write this message, the University is gearing up for anticipated additional budget cuts. On March 25, the faculty senate votes on President Bruininks' plan for a temporary 1.15% salary cut. No doubt the next few years will pose additional challenges.

But the Law School has faced many difficult periods in its over 120-year history, and always found ways to grow and prosper. The next few years will be no different. We are already far along in a strategic planning process that lays the groundwork for reaching new heights over the next five to ten years.

e-Perspectives will chronicle that transition, and the many extraordinary things our faculty, students, and alumni are doing. We hope you will help us make e-Perspectives interesting, relevant, and fun by providing us feedback by completing a short survey. Please tell us what you would like to see included and what is of less interest to you, and we will do our best to make it happen.

We are working on other ways to connect with alumni and the Law School community. In the near future, we'll be sending you more information about how to join an exciting new networking site for alumni and the Law School community.

David Wippman, Dean