"All Across America, college and university students are helping our country out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world," President Obama said last fall as the White House launched the Campus Champions of Change Challenge to spotlight the efforts of involved students. In February, finalists in the nationwide competition were selected, and Matt Norris (’14) was among those who got a call from the White House.
Ben Krause (’13), a disabled veteran, has had plenty of experience dealing with the complexity and bureaucracy of the Department of Veterans Affairs. After years of advocating for disabled veterans on social media and other sites, in 2009 he created DisabledVeterans.org to help others get around some of the roadblocks he encountered. The site now averages 15,000 visits per month, and Krause is in the process of registering it as a 501c3 charitable organization.
Back in 2002, the Law School noticed that many of its students had dramatic, musical, comedic, and other creative skills and urges but no outlet for them. The Theatre of the Relatively Talentless (TORT) was created to fill those non-legal needs.
The University of Minnesota Law School and a consortium of law student organizations named February 27-March 2 "Law & Religion Week," with each day featuring a lunchtime event focusing on the interplay between law and religion. The March 2 culmination of the week's events featured a panel discussion by former gubernatorial candidate and current chair of the Minnesota Faith & Freedom Coalition Tom Emmer, Executive Director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference Jason Adkins (’06), Hennepin County Attorney Michael O. Freeman (’74), and Co-Chair of the Green Party of the United States Farheen Hakeem. Professor Richard Painter moderated.
On Feb. 28, 2012, students in the Law School's Human Rights Litigation and International Legal Advocacy Clinic went to Washington, D.C., to observe the oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in the controversial case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. Prof. Jennifer Green, who heads the Clinic, also traveled with her students to watch the oral argument and assist the plaintiffs' lawyers in responding to media coverage of the case. Read more about the trip in the upcoming Spring 2012 issue of Perspectives.
The ABA National Negotiation Competition is the culmination of many local and ten regional tournaments. On Feb. 2, 2012, the Law School's competitors and alternates for the competition traveled to the ABA mid-winter meeting in New Orleans to vie with 228 teams representing 116 law schools. Ben Tozer (’12) and Bobby Mir (’12) emerged as the 2011-12 ABA Negotiation champions.
The International Law Society is hosting "International Law and Ethics Networking Event" at Fredrikson & Byron on Thursday, March 22, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event will bring together judges, lawyers, law professors and students in the Twin Cities area interested in international law. Guest speakers include Chief U.S. District Judge Michael J. Davis (’72); Steve Dickinson, attorney at Fredrikson & Byron; Joan D. Humes (’90), Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Litigation and Investigations at Medtronic; Professor Oren Gross; and Professor Richard Painter. The event will be moderated by Dean David Wippman. Click here to RSVP by March 21. For more information contact Alexis Watts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-478-6353.
This year's Malpractice Ball will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the Profile Event Center, 2630 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis. All law students and their guests are invited to attend this annual formal attire event, which includes hors d'oeuvres, a chocolate fountain, late night snacks, and a hosted bar. There will also be a DJ, dancing, karaoke, and an Xbox game room. There are a limited number of tickets still available for $35 per ticket. Contact the Law Council at email@example.com for more information and to purchase a ticket.
The Law Clinics Spring Informational Reception will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, from 12:15-1:20 p.m., in Auerbach Commons. Students are encouraged to come learn about the various law clinics that will be offered during the 2012-13 academic year.
On Friday, May 11, Dean David Wippman and the law faculty invite graduating students, along with their families and friends, to a reception honoring the Class of 2012. It will be held in Auerbauch Commons from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Law School's Commencement ceremonies, which will be held on Saturday, May 12, at 10:00 a.m., will take place at Mariucci Arena, 1901 S.E. 4th St., Minneapolis, again this year due to the Northrop Auditorium renovation project. This year's speaker will be Senator Al Franken.