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Dean's Message

Dean's Message

This week the figurative "light at the end of the tunnel" is visible for many of us at the Law School, with finals in process and the semester drawing to a close. Tangible holiday lights are visible, too, offering anticipation and excitement for the coming year.

The past few months have been busy and full, as you can see from the contents of this newsletter. Professor Greg Shaffer brought more than 70 international law scholars to the Law School for the biennial conference of the American Society of International Law's International Economic Law Interest Group a few weeks ago. The Minnesota Journal of International Law co-hosted the event. Many of the presentations will be published in our journal as well as other scholarly journals in the coming months, and you can view most of the sessions on our Web site.

Our faculty received numerous accolades and appointments to policy-making organizations this fall, many of which are listed in the faculty section. And our students, in addition to fulfilling the requirements of a rigorous program, made time to participate in moot court competitions, work on their own Web sites, and compose the upcoming TORT musical on "Harry Torter." You can find more about their activities in the student section.

This fall, the Law School launched a new online social network, called e>Community. Congratulations to Angela Behrens ('05), whose name was drawn from among alumni who joined e>Community by Dec. 10 and was the lucky winner of an iPad. We'll continue to roll out e>Community to include faculty, staff, and students. Stay tuned for

more updates and visit http://community.law.umn.edu for information about upcoming alumni events, including our first-ever "Night in Havana" casino and salsa dancing event on Feb. 25 and our annual Spring Alumni Weekend April 15-16.

I'm happy to report that Partners at Work, our firm giving program, is gearing up again this year, and we are hoping to top last fiscal year's 58% participation level. The Partners at Work program is just one way, but an important one, that our alumni can support the Law School as it continues its efforts to provide a legal education second to none. We are grateful to everyone who helped us reach the current participation level and hope to see even more of our alumni get involved.

In July, we welcomed Liza G. Ring ('85) as chair of the 2010-11 Partners in Excellence annual fund. She has been working hard to increase participation and giving levels for annual giving. We thank our past annual campaign co-chairs, Jim (‘89) and Julie Chosy (‘90). Through their hard work for the Law School during fiscal year 2009-10, we were able to offer new student scholarships, strengthen our top-notch clinical program, and maintain co-curricular programs, including journals and moot courts.

It's not too late to make an end-of-year tax-deductible contribution to the Law School. With your help, the new year will be the beginning of a bright and promising future.

Happy Holidays,

David Wippman
Dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law