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Judge David Doty

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Judge James Rosenbaum


Judges David Doty (’61) and James Rosenbaum (’60) share more than a University of Minnesota Law School education. They also possess a commitment to giving back, a love for their profession and a profound sense of gratitude for the opportunities they have been given in life.

They also honored the University of Minnesota Law School recently with scholarship funds established in their names.

The Judge David S. Doty Scholarship Fund

Judge Doty is troubled by the debt today's graduates carry and remembers when a law school education was more affordable. He has an affinity for mature students—who pursue a career in law after a prior vocation—a sensibility derived from his own experience.

In 1952, during the Korean War, Judge Doty was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. There he developed his interest in law, serving as a legal officer and as a court martial board member. He was discharged on a Sunday and started Law School on Monday.

After graduating with honors, Judge Doty established a private practice. In 1987 he was nominated to be a Federal District Court Judge for the District of Minnesota. He took senior status in 1998, but continues to carry a full load of cases.

Judge Doty previously demonstrated his gratitude to the school with a gift used to create The Honorable David S. Doty Reading Room (Law School Library). Recently, in celebration of his eightieth birthday, Judge Doty gratefully established a scholarship endowment in his name. The first award will be made in Fall 2010.

The Judge James M. Rosenbaum Scholarship Fund

When Judge Rosenbaum and his wife were told that an endowed scholarship originated by former clerks Mavis Van Sambeek, Joan Humes, Karin Ciano, and Kelly Laudon was being established in his name, they were stunned into silence. As stated by Laudon: "This is a tremendous way to honor him and thank him for his years of service and mentorship to each of us."

Judge Rosenbaum: "It was the sweetest, kindest, nicest gift I could have imagined. And I never could have imagined it. Which is what makes it so wonderful. The next morning, we were like a pair of fish, walking around with our mouths flapping open and shut. It was so unbelievable. The great thing is that I needed nothing. But this was something that was needed."

After graduating in 1969, the Judge entered VISTA service in Chicago and engaged in private practice from 1969 to 1981. He was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, serving until his appointment to the federal bench. Judge Rosenbaum became Chief Judge of the District of Minnesota in 2001.

He cares deeply about the Law School's future, especially in light of increased tuition costs and falling state aid: "I have become aware recently of the tremendous amount of support the school needs in order to fulfill its mission."

"When you go to Law School, you not only acquire a career, you attain a role in life and a chance to make a difference in people's lives. It's a blessing. I'm hopeful that this fund will offer an opportunity to people who wouldn't have the opportunities I have had."

To make a contribution to either of these funds, contact Kelsey Dilts McGregor at kdilts@umn.edu or (612) 625-5387.