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EXCLUSIVE: Law School's First Salsa and Casino 'Night in Havana'

More than 100 alumni and guests attended the Law School's inaugural salsa and casino night, "A Night in Havana," on Friday, February 25, 2011. The evening included lively and spirited dancing with music by Salsa del Soul, delicious Latin-influenced foods, casino games, and a poker tournament.

EXCLUSIVE: Trial Lawyer Robert Christensen is Dean-Elect of ACTLM

Robert P. Christensen ('74) has been named 2011 dean-elect of the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota. He will serve on the executive board overseeing daily operations and on the Judicial Endorsement Committee assessing candidates for judicial election, and will lead long-range planning and membership recruitment.

Joan Humes (’90) Becomes a Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Medtronic

Joan Humes (’90) was promoted to oversee the Litigation and Investigations Function at Medtronic Inc., with the title of Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Investigations.

Tim Marx ('83) Appointed CEO of Twin Cities Catholic Charities

Archbishop John C. Nienstedt appointed Tim Marx ('83) CEO of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Jan. 19, 2011. In preparation for assuming his new role in April, Marx left his position as executive director of New York City Common Ground at the end of January to work with Catholic Charities staff and board members.

Paige Donnelly (’59) Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Minn. Assoc. for Justice

Paige J. Donnelly ('59), a personal injury attorney in St. Paul for 50 years, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minnesota Association for Justice for his passion to help injured people rebuild their lives after a tragedy. The prestigious award is bestowed on individuals who exemplify the pursuit of justice over a lifetime of legal work.

Michael Rothman ('88) Appointed Minn. Commerce Commissioner

Michael Rothman ('88) assumed his new responsibilities as Minnesota's Commissioner of Commerce on Jan. 12, 2011. Before the appointment by Gov. Mark Dayton, Rothman was a shareholder at Winthrop & Weinstine and co-chair of its Insurance & Financial Services practice group.

EXCLUSIVE: Law School Pays Tribute to Political and Business Leader Douglas Head

Douglas M. Head ('56) died Feb. 2, 2011, at his home in Minneapolis at age 80. A Representative in the Minnesota House in 1961-64 and Minnesota Attorney General in 1967-71, Head was also a businessman and part of the team that developed Calhoun Square.

EXCLUSIVE: Law School Bids Farewell to J. Stewart McClendon

J. Stewart McClendon ('40), a longtime international corporate attorney with Standard Oil Co. and known for his skill in using arbitration to resolve business disputes, died Jan. 7, 2011, in New York City at age 94. In 2003, he and his wife endowed the J. Stewart and Mario Thomas McClendon Professorship in Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Law School.

Alumni Events


Law School faculty members are, for the 31st time, using spring break to offer continuing legal education opportunities on a range of relevant topics, including constitutional law, corporate governance, environmental law, ethics, family law, finance, international contracts, patent litigation and securities.

Alumni Career Programs

April 16: - "Is Starting Your Own Firm Right For You?" 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Room 262 (part of Spring Alumni Weekend)

May 11: - "Alternative Careers for Lawyers" 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Room 262

Register Now for Spring Alumni Weekend, April 15 – 16, 2011

Register Now for Spring Alumni Weekend, April 15 – 16, 2011

Fast approaching, the Law School's Spring Alumni Weekend offers fun, educational opportunities, and chances to reconnect with the Law School and former classmates as well as to meet other Minnesota Law grads. In addition to a special celebratory all-Law School reception kicking things off on Friday evening, special Reunion events will be held for the classes of 1961, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006! Mark your calendars, as this is one weekend you won't want to miss!

Help Us Build a Better Alumni Directory

More alumni are joining the Law School’s e>Community each day. Some 1,500 have registered since its launch last November. Whether you’re a first-time user or have already made use of e>Community, we encourage you to take a few minutes to fill out your practice and employment information, which can be found under Update My Info once you log in to the site. The more information we have about the work our alumni are doing, the better our e>Community’s alumni directory will be as a resource available for personal networking and business referrals. Share your information today and help us build a better directory!

2011 Summer CLE

The 32nd Annual Summer CLE Program will be held on May 31 – June 11, 2011, at the Law School.

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