"Both thinking on your feet and outside the box are required to provide high quality legal services at sliding fees. The University of Minnesota Law School's clinical program was an exceptional training ground to help me develop these skills."
The University of Minnesota Law School is pleased to announce that U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will deliver the 126th commencement address to the J.D. and LL.M. classes of 2014 at the newly remodeled Northrop Auditorium on May 17 at 10:00 a.m. "The Law School community is honored and excited to have Secretary Perez join us," said Dean David Wippman. "As someone with such a distinguished career in public service, Secretary Perez exemplifies a core principle at the Law School: that lawyers can accomplish good in our community and society at large."
The 29th annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition was held at the Law School Feb. 20-22, with 33 teams from 25 law schools competing. The teams submitted briefs and made oral arguments in a case that explored the extent to which corporations are people—specifically, whether a for-profit corporation could be exempted from the contraceptive-coverage "mandate" of the Affordable Care Act on First Amendment/freedom of religion grounds.
A new report by the Institute of Metropolitan Opportunity at the Law School shows that a disproportionate share of the Twin Cities' publicly subsidized affordable housing is built in the two central cities, at high cost and with few quantifiable benefits for the region.
Joan Adams Mondale, wife of former vice president Walter F. Mondale (’56) and one of the nation's foremost supporters of the arts, passed away Feb. 3 at the age of 83 after a brief stay in hospice care. Mr. Mondale, their sons Ted and William (’90), and other family members were with her when she died.
In 2007, Koua Fong Lee was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide and sent to prison. In 2010, due largely to the efforts of students and faculty at the Law School's Innocence Project Clinic, his conviction was overturned. The case is a major impetus behind a bill introduced in January at the Minnesota legislature—a bill that would provide financial and other compensation to people who have been wrongfully imprisoned.
The Law School's International Programs Office has announced that University of Minnesota law students now have the opportunity to earn a master's degree in international and European tax law at Sweden's Uppsala University. The program requires one semester of coursework (in English) at Uppsala, through the existing Uppsala-Minnesota exchange program, plus the completion of a final paper under the supervision of Uppsala faculty. The master's in tax law will be awarded by Uppsala University, not by the Law School. Courses successfully completed through the program will count toward the student's Law School J.D. requirements.
Professor Dale Carpenter and Dana Bartocci, two figures who are well known at the Law School and beyond, have been named 2013 Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer, an independent newspaper that covers the state's legal industry and issues. Carpenter and Bartocci are among 41 honorees who were chosen on the basis of their leadership in the profession, involvement in major cases or other newsworthy events, public service, and excellence in the practice of law. Nominations were submitted by judges, bar groups, clients, and attorneys.
The University of Minnesota Law School is grateful to the thousands of supporters who have raced, walked, sponsored and volunteered for the Race for Justice in support of Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota (LRAP) over the past 12 years. This spring, due to a variety of factors, the Law School has made the difficult decision not to hold the Race in 2014.
That said, our commitment to the LRAP Minnesota will continue as in past years. We are also excited about continuing a range of initiatives to support our students in becoming service-minded legal professionals, whether through our extensive clinic offerings, externship and volunteer opportunities, and the Robina Public Interest Scholars program.
We hope past participants and sponsors will continue to support initiatives that advance access to justice and equip future attorneys to serve those in need.
The Law School's Human Rights Center is hosting the 2014 Human Rights and Law Speakers Series, presented by scholars in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, held on Wednesdays from 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. in Room 15 of Mondale Hall. The presentations are free and open to the public. Click here for the full schedule of presentations.
Super CLE Week XXXIV will be held March 17-22, 2014. Law School faculty members will offer continuing legal education opportunities on a range of relevant topics, including corporate representation, family law, environmental law, ethics of criminal law, bias and discrimination in the legal system, MBA concepts for lawyers, and freedom of speech. A total of 37.5 CLE credits have been requested for the program (including 6.5 ethics credits and 2 bias credits).
All lectures will take place at 4:00 p.m. on the subplaza of Mondale Hall. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. One CLE credit has been requested for each lecture.
Professor Jill Hasday
"Family Law Reimagined"
The Centennial Professorship in Law Appointment Lecture
March 25, 2014
Professor Robert Stein (’61)
"Strengthening Federalism: The Uniform State Law Movement in the United States"
The Everett Fraser Chair in Law Reappointment Lecture
April 9, 2014
Professor Kristin Hickman
"Administering the Tax System We Have"
The Harlan Albert Rogers Professorship in Law Appointment Lecture
April 29, 2014
The 2013-14 Ronald A. and Kristine S. Erickson Legal History Lecture will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. The lecture, entitled "The Problem with Pardons," will be delivered by Cynthia Brilliant Herrup, John R. Hubbard Chair in British History and Professor of History and Law at the University of Southern California. Event #186957 has been approved for one CLE credit. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice will hold its 3rd annual conference, "The Future of Criminal Law?", on Thursday, April 24, at the Humphrey School for Public Affairs from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The conference will bring together scholars, practitioners, and policymakers, challenging each to envision a single key reform that they believe could transform the criminal justice system. This event is free and open to the public, and 6.25 CLE credits have been approved. Click here for more information and to register.
Each year the University of Minnesota Law School welcomes the entire community of alumni for a weekend of events and activities both at the Law School and around the Twin Cities, while hosting special reunion events for classes celebrating milestone anniversaries. In 2014, the entire alumni community will also celebrate the Law School's 125th Anniversary, and several new programs and celebrations have been added to the lineup to toast this important milestone. Online registration is now live at community.law.umn.edu/saw.
The Law School hosts its second annual Mock Trial Scholars Program for high school students August 4-8, 2014. The program gives high school mock trial participants an opportunity to practice and improve their trial advocacy skills, while also providing them with a taste of life as a college student. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer. Click here for more information.