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EXCLUSIVE: Supremely Just: Two Minnesota Chief Judges

The University of Minnesota counts many distinguished jurists among its alumni. Chiefs among them are Russell A. Anderson ('68) and James M. Rosenbaum ('69). Anderson served 10 years on the Minnesota Supreme Court and retired as Chief Justice in 2008. Rosenbaum, a U.S. District Court judge from 1985 to 2010, served seven years as Chief Judge. On September 24, 2010, they sat down in the Law School's Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center to interview each other.

Ahmann ('85) and Verneris Win Burton Award for Faegre & Benson

Bridget M. Ahmann ('85), a partner at Faegre & Benson, and her colleague in the firm's device litigation practice, Erin M. Verneris, won a 2010 Burton Award for Legal Achievement in the law firm category for "Name Brand Exposure for Generic Drug Use: Prescription for Liability." Their winning article, which discusses legal developments affecting the liability of manufacturers of name-brand drugs for claims arising from ingestion of generic equivalents, was published in the Summer 2009 issue of the Hamline Law Review.

James Gallegos ('90) to Head Alliant Energy Legal

James H. Gallegos ('90) was selected the new vice president and general counsel at Alliant Energy Corp. He replaced Barbara J. Swan, who retired from the position, and assumed oversight of the company's legal team on November 8, 2010.

e>Community Launched!

In November, the Law School launched a new online community for alumni to help them reconnect with former classmates and to expand their personal and professional networks. Already, 1,300 Law School alumni have registered and updated their e>Community profiles, and more are joining every day.

In addition to social network features that allow alumni to connect with each other directly, share information from their LinkedIn or Facebook profiles, form groups, post photographs, and more, e>Community offers a comprehensive alumni directory of all 11,000+ living alumni. It is searchable by practice and employment area, geographic region, class year, and law school activities.

As an initial incentive to join e>Community, Advancement office organizers entered alumni who registered by December 10 in a drawing for an iPad. Congratulations to Angela Behrens ('05), who was the iPad winner!

To access e>Community, go to community.law.umn.edu and follow instructions for first time users. If you do not have your unique alumni ID, or have questions about e>Community, please contact Dinah Zebot (612) 626-8671 or Evan Johnson (612) 625-6584 or e-mail lawalum@umn.edu.

Classic Perspectives Unearthed in Online Dig

Did you attend the Law School between 1999 and 2004? We recently found some past issues of Perspectives online while doing some housecleaning on a server, and you might be interested in what was news at the time.

For example, in the Spring 1999 issue, then-dean E. Thomas Sullivan’s letter was all about curriculum change and noted the faculty vote that first-year courses be one semester long with the exception of civil procedure, the only year-long course. Professor Judith Younger wrote an essay on winning a "worst case" contest when she was in law school. And under Tech Update, the Law School announced that for the first time in its history, students had the option of taking their final exam (in Professor Ann Burkhart’s class) on a laptop, using a program called Examinator.

We've added the historic issues to the archives page. You can download them at http://www.law.umn.edu/alumni/perspectives.html

Alumni Events

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! A Night in Havana: Casino & Salsa Night

Join your classmates, colleagues and friends for a fun evening of high stakes hold 'em poker (winner gets a champion bracelet), other casino games, salsa dancing, and a Latin-influenced dinner buffet. Don't miss A Night in Havana on Friday, February 25, 2011, at the Hilton Symphony Ballroom, 1001 Marquette Ave. S., in downtown Minneapolis.


Naples, Fla. Alumni & Friends Reception - Mar. 3, 2011. Hosted by Elliot ('61) and Eloise Kaplan.

Phoenix, Ariz. Alumni & Friends Reception - Mar. 11, 2011. Hosted by Jim ('65) and Sharon Hale.

Spring Alumni Weekend - April 15-16, 2011.

Super CLE Week XXXI: March 10-19, 2011

University of Minnesota Law School faculty members are, for the 31st time, using spring break to offer continuing legal education opportunities on a range of relevant topics.

Reunion Volunteers Needed!

If you will be celebrating a reunion this year (Classes of 1961, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006), would like to help plan the event, and are willing to reach out and encourage your classmates to attend, please contact Dinah Zebot (612) 626-8671 or Evan Johnson (612) 625-6584, or email lawalum@umn.edu. Being a reunion volunteer is a great way to reconnect with your former classmates and to ensure that your reunion is a success!

More reunion and registration information will be posted as it becomes available. In the meantime, mark your calendars and plan to join us in April!

Page Education Foundation Scholars Visit the Law School

Page Education Foundation Scholars Visit the Law School

The Law School welcomed scholars of the Page Education Foundation on October 27, 2010. Justice Alan Page ('78) (pictured to the left in the center) started the foundation in 1988 along with his wife, Diana Page, to financially support students of color who in turn give their time mentoring in their communities. Click here to see more photos of the event on the Law School's e>Community.

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