"Alumni giving helped fund the high-quality education I received at the Law School. Now that I'm an alumna, I've made a five-year pledge that will help the Law School sustain its reputation for first-rate legal education."
With receipt of almost $9 million from the Robina Foundation, the University of Minnesota Law School has received one of the largest gifts in its history. The gift will be divided evenly to support two Law School programs: the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice and a new University of Minnesota Law School Center for New Americans, an immigration law center. Together, these gifts will support work that has the potential to help millions of people.
In this issue's cover story, "Mastering the Tax Maze," writer Cathy Madison talks to a recently retired Cargill tax expert and other alumni practicing tax law about navigating the complexities of tax regulations and policy. The issue also contains much more, including the clinics' 100th anniversary, Professor Ruth Okediji's "Theory at Work," new LL.M. courses, TORT, a profile on Professor Judith T. Younger, a new website devoted to Walter F. Mondale's Senate years, a recap of the Journal of International Law's symposium on the future of warfare, and writer Karen K. Hansen's interviews with donors of Gifts to GENERATIONS.
The Law School held its 125th commencement ceremony May 18 at Mariucci Arena. Law School Dean David Wippman welcomed the Class of 2013, their families and friends, and several special guests: University of Minnesota Regent Thomas Devine, Executive Vice President/Principal of the David Agency; Karen Hanson, University of Minnesota Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; and keynote speaker Governor Mark Dayton.
The Law School welcomed graduates and their families for the 2013 Student Awards and Recognition Ceremony on May 17 in Lockhart Hall. The event acknowledged outstanding student achievement among those in the Class of 2013.
The lead article in Minnesota Law Review's 97th Volume was profiled in the Sunday, May 5, edition of The New York Times. "How Business Fares in the Supreme Court," a study authored by Lee Epstein, William Landes, and Judge Richard Posner, examined the claim that the current Supreme Court is more favorable to business than previous Supreme Courts have been.
Thomas M. Crosby Jr., former chair, treasurer, and trustee of the Robina Foundation, died of pancreatic cancer on May 26, 2013, at age 74. Crosby was a long-time supporter of and advocate for the Law School.
The Law School hosts its first annual Mock Trial Scholars Program for high school students August 19-23, 2013. 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.
Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, gives the John Dewey Lecture in the Philosophy of Law on Monday, September 9, 2013. More details will be available soon at www.law.umn.edu/cle/13_14lectureseries.html.
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 2013 Homecoming week begins September 22 and ends September 28 with a football game between the Minnesota Gophers and the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Stadium.
The Law School celebrates its 125th anniversary on Friday, October 4, 2013, at McNamara Center. More details about the celebration coming soon.
The Journal of Law and Inequality's 2013 symposium will be held on Friday, October 18, 2013, in Lockhart Hall (Room 25). This year's event will focus on civil rights and civil justice and will honor Vice President Walter F. Mondale (’56).
The Minnesota Law Review's 2013 symposium, "The Future of Organized Labor: Labor Law in the 21st Century," will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013, in Lockhart Hall (Room 25). Speakers and panelists include Craig Becker, general counsel for the AFL-CIO; Philip Miscimarra, partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, senior fellow at The Wharton School, and National Labor Relations Board nominee; and Jim Rowader, vice president and general counsel of employee and labor relations at Target Corporation. 6.0 CLE credits have been requested. The symposium is free of charge.
Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business, gives the Horatio Ellsworth Kellar Distinguished Visitor Lecture on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. More details will be available soon at www.law.umn.edu/cle/13_14lectureseries.html.
The 29th annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition will be held February 20-22, 2014, 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.
Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and participants, the 11th Annual Race for Justice on April 14 raised $11,500 to benefit law graduates through the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) of Minnesota. By subsidizing education debts for dedicated, low-paid public interest attorneys, LRAP helps meet the legal needs of low-income Minnesotans across the state. Results of the race are now posted online. Click here for individual results. Click here for team results.