2009 Humphrey Fellow alumni Amy A. Avellano (left in photo), originally from the Philippines, and Elizabeth da Cunha Sussekind (right in photo), originally from Brazil, reunited in May at an anti-domestic violence campaign launch in Brazil. Read about their reunion for a human rights initiative in Avellano's "Brazil-Philippines Connection: Human Rights Work Transcends Space and Time."
The University of Minnesota Law School has received a $3.5 million gift from the Robina Foundation to support a new Public Interest Scholars Program. The program is intended to create a seamless path from admission to full-time employment for students interested in public service careers.
James L. Hetland Jr. (’50), a former Law School professor, inaugural chair of the Metropolitan Council, and long-time bank executive, died May 23, 2012, in Minneapolis. He was 86.
The Law School welcomed graduates and their families for the 2012 Student Awards and Recognition Ceremony, held May 11 in Lockhart Hall. The event acknowledged outstanding achievement among those in the Class of 2012.
On May 12 the Law School held its 124th commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2012 at Mariucci Arena. Law School Dean David Wippman welcomed the graduates, their families and friends, and this year's special guests: University of Minnesota Regent David McMillan (’87), Executive Vice President of Minnesota Power; Arlene Carney, Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs; and keynote speaker Senator Al Franken.
Career Counselor Vic Massaglia was elected to a two-year term on the board of directors at the National Association for Law Placement's (NALP) annual business meeting on April 20, 2012. NALP's Board of Directors serves as its governing body and consists of 13 members.
David F. Fisher has been appointed Executive Director of the University of Minnesota Law School's recently created Corporate Institute, announced Law School Dean David Wippman on April 30, 2012.
This year, universities across the country mark the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1862, legislation that laid the groundwork for the public research university's ongoing mission of learning, discovery, and engagement for the common good. One of the country's original land-grant institutions, the University of Minnesota is proud of its history and remains dedicated to its mission of promoting access to higher education and collaborating to advance knowledge benefiting communities, the state, and the world. The University of Minnesota celebrates its land-grant mission throughout 2012 with "UMN Land Grant 150," wide-ranging events and activities that explore its land-grant legacy; examine the impact of its campuses, programs, and collaborations across the state and the world; and define a land-grant vision for the 21st century. Watch the UMN Land Grant 150 video, "For the Common Good."
Dana Bartocci, the Career Center's employer relations and alumni advisor, was elected the 2012-13 president of Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) at the association's 40th annual meeting on May 9, 2012. Bartocci succeeds 2011-12 President Carrie Daniel Russell, associate general counsel for Graco Inc.
Lobbying is an activity that "many love to hate," says writer Cathy Madison in this issue's cover story, "Lobbying for Lobbyists." Yet, as lobbyist Mark Raabe (’55) explains, "People on Capitol Hill need information. They seek it. Before they enact laws, they need to know the impact, good and bad." Madison interviews four alumni lobbyists about the challenges, satisfactions, and value of their work. The issue also includes a new series called "Theory at Work," highlighting faculty expertise applied to current societal issues. Also in this issue, an update on the GENERATIONS campaign, faculty, staff and student news, along with class notes.
The 2012-13 Ronald A. and Kristine S. Erickson Legal History Lecture will be held in October with guest lecturer Nancy Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Director of the Pforzheimer Foundation, Director of the Schlesinger Library, and Director of the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University. Cott's research interests include gender, family, marriage, feminism, legal institutions, and citizenship. Her book Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation led to her testifying as an expert witness in the Proposition 8 trial in California in January 2010.
The Minnesota Law Review announces that its 2012 symposium will focus on direct democracy and the Minnesota marriage amendment. The symposium will be held on Friday, October 26, 2012, in Lockhart Hall.
Since 1914, the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus has celebrated Homecoming, a week dedicated to honoring the spirit of the maroon and gold. The 2012 Homecoming week will begin October 7 and end October 13 with the game between the Minnesota football Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats at TCF Stadium.
The 28th annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition will be held Feb. 21-23, 2013, at the Law School, which sponsors the competition to promote interest in civil rights law and to develop the oral advocacy and writing skills essential to successful appellate practitioners. The competition is named for William E. McGee (’80), a dedicated advocate for the poor and underpriviledged and the first African American appointed chief public defender in Minnesota.
On May 18-19, 2012, nearly 35 human rights scholars from multiple disciplines across the nation and around the world gathered at the Law School to discuss the issues women face during and after situations of armed conflict, in "Gendering Conflict and Post-Conflict Terrains: New Challenges and Opportunities."
This spring the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice brought together scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers for four events to rethink how the justice system responds to crime.
In March Professors Richard Frase and Kevin Reitz organized "Sentencing Commissions and Guidelines," in which sentencing commissioners, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, and others discussed criminal histories and risk assessment in sentencing, as well as future work of the Institute in this area.
In April Professor Michael Tonry convened the inaugural annual conference, "Crime and Justice in America, 1975-2025." World-renowned authorities on criminal justice policy discussed major developments, including the war on drugs, mass incarceration, policing, and offender rehabilitation, with a focus on what the nation has learned and where it should be headed.
Also in April Professor Antony Duff held a workshop for legal theorists, philosophers, and historians, "Criminal Responsibility and its History" on how conceptions of criminal responsibility have evolved and what it means to hold offenders responsible. And in May he led "The Presumption of Innocence in Contemporary Criminal Law," in which legal theorists and philosophers examined the role the presumption plays in today’s society and what it requires of the criminal legal system and of society in general.
California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu presented a talk entitled "Martin Luther King Jr. and the Good Samaritan" at the Law School on April 12, 2012. The presentation included a question-and-answer session and was organized by the Law School's American Constitution Society student chapter and Professor Richard W. Painter.
The 10th Annual Race for Justice 5K Fun Run/Walk results are now available online. Click here to see who won at the race, held on April 15, 2012, at Nicollet Island.
An international symposium, entitled "The Betrayal of the Humanities: The University During the Third Reich," was held at the Law School on April 15-16, 2012. Affiliated Professor Bernard Levinson, Berman Family Chair in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible, and Professor Bruno Chaouat, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, organized this interdisciplinary symposium that brought together 14 specialists from Europe and North America to examine the transformation of the major disciplines of the humanities under national socialism. The symposium explored the mutation of academic ideals during the Third Reich, when the German university system promoted Nazi ideology and helped the state eliminate its diverse community.
On April 18, 2012, the Law School and the University of Minnesota Criminal Justice League presented a panel discussion entitled "Trayvon Martin and Beyond: Vigilante Justice and the Criminalization of Color." As Lina Houston (’14) explained in her introduction, the forum's intent was to discuss the social and legal issues of the Trayvon Martin case, not debate its merits.