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EXCLUSIVE: Mee Moua (’97) Heads Asian American Justice Center

EXCLUSIVE: Mee Moua (’97) Heads Asian American Justice Center

On March 19, 2012, Mee Moua (’97) begins her new role as president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC). She was named to the position in January, following a nationwide search by the AAJC board of directors. She will work with the AAJC board and staff and with affiliated organizations to promote and protect the rights of Asian Americans through policy development, community education, and other processes.

Scott DeLisi (’80) Nominated Ambassador to Uganda

Scott DeLisi (’80) Nominated Ambassador to Uganda

President Obama has selected Scott DeLisi (’80) to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, pending Senate approval, the White House announced Jan. 24, 2012. The President also appointed DeLisi to his current post, U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, which he has held since March 2010.

Carl Thunem (’07) Voted In as Assistant Stevens County Attorney

Carl Thunem (’07) has accepted the position of assistant county attorney for Stevens County, Minn., offered to him by the county Board of Commissioners on Jan. 18. Thunem is a captain with the Minnesota-based Army National Guard Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, and will begin work this spring when he returns to Minnesota. He was working as a judicial clerk in southern Minnesota's Jackson County before his deployment.

Terry Vajgrt (’89) Named Fifth Judicial District Judge

Terry Vajgrt (’89) Named Fifth Judicial District Judge

Terry Vajgrt (’89) has been appointed to Minnesota's Fifth Judicial District Court bench, Gov. Mark Dayton's office announced Jan. 18, replacing Judge Timothy K. Connell, who retired last October. Vajgrt will have chambers in Pipestone and Rock counties, two of the 15 counties in southwestern Minnesota encompassed by the Fifth Judicial District.

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

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

Terence Flynn, one of three new members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) given recess appointments by President Obama and sworn in at NLRB headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 9, 2012, has selected Peter J. Carlton (’96) as his chief counsel.

Kyle Thomas (’93) Named Director of Ramsey County Attorney Office's Civil Division

Kyle Thomas (’93) Named Director of Ramsey County Attorney Office's Civil Division

Kyle M. Thomas (’93) has been appointed director of the Civil Division of the Ramsey County Attorney's Office by Ramsey County Attorney John J. Choi. The Civil Division provides a wide array of legal services to the County Board and its departments, including general legal advice, legality review of policies and procedures, drafting of proposals and contracts, and more.

Law School Mourns Passing of Former Chief Justice Robert Sheran (’39)

Law School Mourns Passing of Former Chief Justice Robert Sheran (’39)

Robert J. Sheran (’39), the only judge appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court twice by two different governors, passed away at his home in Bloomington, Minn., on Jan. 25, 2012, at age 96. Sheran was appointed an associate justice by Gov. Elmer L. Anderson in 1963 and resigned in 1970 to return to Lindquist & Vennum, where he was a partner and focused on mediation and arbitration. In 1973, he was appointed chief justice by Gov. Wendell Anderson and served in that role for eight years.

e>Community Enhances Support and Resources

e>Community Enhances Support and Resources

The Law School recently expanded the information available within the e>Community online alumni directory to facilitate communication and networking between alumni. Alumni profiles now include employer information, preferred mailing address, email address and phone number. This information is visible only to registered alumni members of e>Community who are logged into the secure system. Alumni were given the chance to opt out of having their profile expanded but can still contact the Office of Advancement at lawalum@umn.edu for assistance in updating their records, accessing the online community, or to change their directory listing.

Law School Bids Farewell to Judge Edward Parker (’55)

Law School Bids Farewell to Judge Edward Parker (’55)

Edward James Parker (’55), one of the original six judges appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals when it was established in 1983, passed away Feb. 5, 2012, at age 84.

Remembering Scholar and Teacher Jane Larson (’85)

Remembering Scholar and Teacher Jane Larson (’85)

Jane E. Larson (’85), the University of Wisconsin Law School’s Voss-Bascom Professor at her retirement in October 2011, passed away at her home in Madison on Dec. 24, 2011, at age 53. In its online announcement, the law school called her "a brilliant scholar" and "an immensely popular teacher."

Alumni Events

Spring Alumni Weekend

Spring Alumni Weekend

Mark your calendars! Spring Alumni Weekend is scheduled for April 20-21, 2012. The annual weekend of festivities involves several events open to the entire alumni community, as well as special reunion events for the classes of pre-1962, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007.

If you are interested in getting involved with your class committee or have questions about your reunion or Spring Alumni Weekend, contact Dinah Zebot, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, at 612-626-8671 or dczebot@umn.edu. More information will be posted soon at http://community.law.umn.edu/saw.

Alumni Volunteers Needed for Mock Interview Program

The Career Center's annual Mock Interview Program for 1L students will be held April 10-12, 2012, with four time slots on each day (8:30-10:00 a.m., 1:00-2:30 p.m., 4:00-5:30 p.m., and 4:30-6:00 p.m.). Each interview is 30 minutes (20-minute interview and 10-minute feedback), and each time slot has three interviews. Volunteer attorneys are needed to interview students and provide them with an invaluable practice opportunity in a professional learning environment before a potential job is on the line. The Career Center strives to make this experience easy for volunteers. Prior to the interviews, volunteers will be provided with sample interview questions and an evaluation form to guide feedback to the student. Please contact Sarah Rohne in the Career Center at srohne@umn.edu with questions and to sign up for date(s) and time slot(s).

Alumni Career Workshop Series 2012

Currently searching for a job? Considering a career transition? There are still two more opportunities to take advantage of the Alumni Career Workshops hosted by the Law School's Career Center and Office of Advancement in Room 471 at the Law School. "Alternative Careers for Lawyers" will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., and "Leadership Skills for Lawyers" will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

2012 Summer CLE

The 33rd Annual Summer CLE Program will be held on May 29 – June 9, 2012, at the Law School.

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