On May 26, 2010, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul H. Anderson ('68) addressed a diverse group of more than 30 attorneys and policy leaders at a breakfast organized by the University of Minnesota Law School's capital region alumni. The event, held at the University Club of Washington, D.C., featured Justice Anderson's speech, "A View From the Bench: Observations on the Coleman v. Franken Senate Recount Dispute."
Joining the Justice were Law School Dean David Wippman and former ambassador to Zimbabwe Tom McDonald ('79), now head of the government policy practice group at Baker Hostetler in Washington, D.C., who presented introductory remarks on the importance of public leadership. Wippman commented: "The presence and positive energy of so many alumni at this event is indicative of the University of Minnesota Law School's growing network of engaged alumni and supporters in the nation's capital and the momentum that is building all over the country among our graduates." The Law School has an active population of nearly 400 alumni in the D.C. region.
The event was planned and hosted by a committee of D.C.-region alumni, composed of Andrew Borene ('07), J. Charles Bruse ('71), Charles E. Dickinson ('09), Joyce M. Martin ('88), Tom McDonald, and Katherine L. McKnight ('08). It is the first in what is expected to be a regular series of such breakfasts in D.C. and may serve as a model for future alumni gatherings elsewhere across the country. Future events will include other speakers from among the ranks of Law School alumni or with significant ties to the state of Minnesota.
For more information on the Law School's Washington, D.C., or other regional alumni activities, please contact Dinah Zebot, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, Office of Advancement, at email@example.com or (612) 626-6871.
Dear Dean Wippman,
I just wanted to drop a note and tell you what a pleasure it was to attend the alumni event in D.C. and to hear you talk about the school's progress and direction. It was so nice to see so many of my classmates and to see how their careers have developed since graduation. Now that I have reconnected with so many alumni, I will definitely continue to make an effort to stay in touch with our D.C. community.
During my time at the Law School, I was grateful for the depth, character, and diversity of the student body. Though GPA and LSAT numbers are certainly important criteria for evaluating the success of incoming students, it is my hope that the Law School also continues to value those qualities during the admissions process, because I think they are determinative for why UMN continues to develop great leaders in the legal community.
Justice Anderson was a treat to listen to also. I've never met him or listened to him speak before. I enjoyed his reflections on the Franken-Coleman case enormously. His energy, wit, thoughtfulness, and sensibility made me reminisce on what I love about Minnesota.
Sonia Kaur Gill ('08), counsel for Senate Committee on Rules and Administration