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Faculty Huddle at TCF Stadium

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Dean David Wippman and Professor Brett McDonnell


Law School faculty celebrated achievements and other activities at a true high-five venue on May 5, 2010—the Club Room of the TCF Bank Stadium, home of the University of Minnesota’s football Golden Gophers.

Recent publications were featured, in a hands-on display and in graphic displays on monitors in the backfield. Selected recently released books were introduced and "reviewed" by fellow faculty members:

  • Professor Steve Befort’s Invisible Hands, Invisible Objectives: Bringing Workplace Law and Public Policy Into Focus (Stanford U. Press, 2009), reviewed by Professor Laura Cooper

  • Professor John Borrows’ Canada’s Indigenous Constitution (U. Toronto Press, 2010), reviewed by Professor Heidi Kitrosser; and Drawing Out Law: A Spirit’s Guide (U. Toronto Press, 2010), reviewed by Professor Brian Bix

  • Professor Myron Orfield’s Region: Planning the Future of the Twin Cities (U. of Minnesota Press, 2009), reviewed by Professor Prentiss Cox

  • Professor Michael Tonry’s Thinking About Punishment: Penal Policy Across Space, Time and Discipline (Ashgate, 2009), reviewed by Professor Kevin Reitz

  • Professor Greg Shaffer’s When Cooperation Fails: The International Law and Politics of Genetically Modified Foods (Oxford U. Press, 2009), reviewed by Professor Daniel Gifford

  • Professor Barbara Welke’s Law and the Borders of Belonging in the Long Nineteenth Century (Cambridge U. Press, 2010), reviewed by Professor Jill Hasday

In addition, Dean David Wippman thanked Professor Brett McDonnell for his service as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs since 2007, a role he is ending on June 30, 2010. McDonnell will be on sabbatical in the coming year, and Wippman gave him a gift bag containing wine and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" DVDs to while away his time out. McDonnell’s responsibilities and new ones added to the role require double coverage: Professor Alexandra Klass will be Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin will be Associate Dean for Research and Planning.

Many of those attending the event left food and drink behind to tour the new stadium, including the football-shaped locker room, and feel the FieldTurf beneath their feet.