Spring Alumni Weekend will be held on 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.
Critics are calling University of Minnesota Law School Professor Dale Carpenter's new release, Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, a landmark book on a landmark case.
From May 24 to Aug. 23, 2012, the Law School will again offer the program it has offered since 2008 to help students prepare for the law school admissions process. Only the name has changed.
When Washington and Lee University School of Law released its 2011 law journal rankings recently, the Minnesota Law Review was in slot No. 10. The significance of this high ranking comes into perspective when two points are considered: Other journals on the top 10 list include the law reviews from Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, and Yale; and a total of 1,621 journals were included in the rankings.
The Minnesota Supreme Court visited the Law School on March 7, 2012, to hold an oral argument session and to allow first-year law students to experience the state's highest court in action. The Law School welcomed Chief Justice Lorie Gildea; Associate Justices G. Barry Anderson (’79), Paul Anderson (’68), Christopher Dietzen, Helen Meyer, Alan Page (’78), and David Stras (faculty member, 2004-10); and attorneys James Ballentine, Chad Dobbelaere, Troy Poetz, and William Sieben.
The Law School would like to extend its appreciation to all of the volunteers who participated in the 27th Annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, held February 23-25, 2012, at the Law School. The competition remains a success thanks to the immense support we receive from volunteers each year.
The Corporate Institute launched a new J.D. Leadership Foundations Program for students on Jan. 11-13, 2012. The program, which will take place between the fall and spring semesters annually, offers intensive exposure to fundamental leadership skills and concepts. Students gain significant insight into leadership issues as well as their own aptitudes and strengths. In addition, they receive a Certificate of Completion following the program. Read more about the program in the upcoming Spring 2012 issue of Perspectives. Pictured at left is one of the program's speakers, Kathleen Marron (’82), president of The Marron Alliance.
On July 15, 2012, E. Thomas Sullivan, former University senior vice president and provost and Law School dean, will take office as the 26th president of the University of Vermont (UVM), Burlington. The UVM Board of Trustees' selection of Sullivan from among five finalists was announced Feb. 22. In a UVM press release, Sullivan said, "I am very excited both personally and professionally about this tremendous opportunity."
The Law School's Human Rights Center announced the 2012 Human Rights and Law Speakers Series, presented by scholars in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, held on Tuesdays from 12:15-2:15 p.m. in Room 45 of Mondale Hall. The presentations focus on a variety of human rights law issues, including legal assistance, children's rights, law enforcement, and customs and trade. The presentations are free and open to the public.
Boards of directors and their advisors are invited to attend "Recognizing America's Judiciary: A Dialogue with the Chief Justice and Chief Judge on Key Issues for Leaders of Business and the Community," with guests of honor Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea and Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis (’72). The event, sponsored by the Directors Roundtable Institute, will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at 5:45-8:00 p.m., in Lockhart Hall (Room 25). The event is open to the public, and two hours of CLE credits have been requested.
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin will deliver her Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law reappointment lecture on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Her lecture, "Rethinking Harm: An International Law Perspective," will be presented in Lockhart Hall (Room 25) at 12:15 p.m. Event #164450 approved for one CLE credit.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas presents "Discrimination by Design," a combination of films, a lecture by Professor Dale Carpenter, and the photograph and document exhibit "Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals, 1933 - 1945" from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The events, all related to the discrimination of homosexuals, will be held in Mondale Hall and Elmer L. Andersen Library from April 2 - May 11, 2012. See the attached flyer for more information.
The 10th Annual Race for Justice will begin on Nicollet Island on Sunday, April 15, at 9:00 a.m. Proceeds from the 5k race will benefit law graduates through the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) of Minnesota. By subsidizing education debts for dedicated, low-paid public interest attorneys, LRAP helps meet the legal needs of low-income Minnesotans across the state.
Richard J. Goldstone, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, will deliver the John Dewey Lecture in the Philosophy of Law on Thursday, April 19, 2012. His lecture, "The Current State of International Criminal Justice," will be presented in Lockhart Hall (Room 25) at 4:00 p.m. Event #162864 approved for one CLE credit.
"Crime and Justice in America, 1975-2025," the inaugural annual conference of the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, will take place Thursday, April 26, in the Lockhart Hall (Room 25). The conference is free and open to the public, and 6.5 CLE standard credits have been approved. For more information and to register, go to www.law.umn.edu/robinainstitute/events/annual-conference.html.