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Dean's Message

Dean's Message

Last week, the U.S. News rankings were released, and I'm pleased to report that the Law School remained at No. 19 overall, tied with Washington University in St. Louis. Although we prefer to use our own measures of success, we know that the U.S. News rankings are influential.

We measure success through the accomplishments of our students, faculty, and alumni. For example, this July, Kyle Hawkins (’09) will begin a U.S. Supreme Court clerkship with Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Kyle graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and summa cum laude from this law school. Among his many activities, Kyle was editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Law Review. You can read more about Kyle and others mentioned below in this newsletter.

Two other alumni who celebrated successes recently are Michael Wolff (’70), named Dean of St. Louis University School of Law, and Jay Conison (’81), named Dean of Charlotte School of Law. I look forward to working with them as colleagues.

Our students demonstrate high levels of success, too. Anne Dwyer (’13), who is pursuing a joint J.D.-M.P.H. degree, was recently awarded the prestigious, year-long Winston Health Policy Fellowship. The National Appellate Advocacy Competition and the National Mock Trial Competition teams advanced to nationals, and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court team moved ahead to the international rounds.

In June, we'll be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Law School's clinic program. The Law School was a pioneer in clinical education and remains at the forefront, with 24 different clinics. In recognition of their centennial, the Law Clinics are sponsoring a two-part program.

On June 8, the clinics will host a free CLE program, called "Serving Those Who Serve Us." In the spirit of the clinics, the program will be service-focused, addressing veterans' legal issues. On June 11, a Drop-In Legal Clinic for Veterans will be held at the VA Medical Center from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Hosted in cooperation with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, the drop-in clinic will be an opportunity for Law School alumni and friends to provide pro bono legal services and show their support for our veterans.

Spring Alumni Weekend kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, with an all-alumni cocktail reception in the Dorsey Foyer. A special 50th reunion dinner for the class of 1963 will be held at the Minneapolis Club at 5:30 p.m. Following these events, alumni are invited to attend the Guthrie performance of "Nice Fish" by Mark Rylance.

Saturday, April 20, features an all-alumni breakfast at 8:45 a.m. and a special alumni career program at 9:30 a.m., entitled "Alternative Careers for Lawyers—in Business" (1.5 CLE credits). Individual class reunions will be held throughout the Twin Cities Saturday afternoon and evening. Be sure to check the website for details.

I hope to see many of you at upcoming events, including our Super CLE program this week and the Summer CLE program May 28-June 8. And best wishes to the class of 2013 in the weeks leading up to commencement on May 18.

David Wippman
Dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law