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EXCLUSIVE: John Bursch (’97) Argues Sixth Amendment Case Before Supreme Court

EXCLUSIVE: John Bursch (’97) Argues Sixth Amendment Case Before Supreme Court

About eight months into his new role as Michigan's Solicitor General, alumnus John J. Bursch (’97) was before the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the state provided a fair trial and the petitioner is not entitled to habeas relief in the case of Lafler v. Cooper.

Arne Sorenson (’83) Named New Marriott CEO

Arne Sorenson (’83) Named New Marriott CEO

Arne Sorenson (’83) was elected the new CEO of Marriott International Inc. by its board of directors, the company announced Dec. 13, 2011. He will be the first non-family member to head the company and only the third CEO, following founder J. Willard Marriott Sr. and his son, J.W. (Bill) Marriott Jr. Currently Marriott’s president and COO, Sorenson will continue as president when he assumes the CEO position on March 31, 2012.

Luis Bartolomei (’94) Appointed to Fourth District Court

Luis Bartolomei (’94) Appointed to Fourth District Court

Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Luis A. Bartolomei (’94) to the bench of Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District (Hennepin County), replacing Judge Charles A. Porter Jr. (’70), who retired earlier this year.

Ellen Anderson (’86) Discusses Role as Public Utilities Commission Chair

Ellen Anderson (’86) Discusses Role as Public Utilities Commission Chair

In March 2011 Ellen Anderson (’86) resigned from the Minnesota Senate seat she had held since 1993 to take on a new appointment by Gov. Mark Dayton as chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The Nov. 25, 2011, issue of Finance & Commerce features an interview with Anderson about her new job, which according to writer Frank Jossi gives her an opportunity "to play to her inner 'energy geek.'"

Edward Cleary (’77) Appointed to Court of Appeals

Edward Cleary (’77) Appointed to Court of Appeals

Judge Edward J. Cleary (’77) has been appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Court of Appeals representing the Fourth Congressional District, replacing Judge Harriet M. Lansing (’70), who retired this year. Currently assistant chief judge in the Ramsey County District, Cleary was appointed in 2002 by then-Gov. Jesse Ventura and was subsequently elected twice.

Tom Pugh (’76) Appointed First District Judge

Tom Pugh (’76) Appointed First District Judge

Thomas W. Pugh (’76) was appointed to the bench of Minnesota’s First Judicial District by Gov. Mark Dayton on Nov. 21, replacing Senior Judge Thomas B. Poch (’67), who retired earlier this year. The First District covers Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, LeSueur, McLeod, Scott, and Sibley counties.

James Hale (’65) Receives Outstanding Achievement Award

James Hale (’65) Receives Outstanding Achievement Award

James Hale (’65) is the recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award. Bestowed by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, this award may be conferred only on University graduates or former students who have attained distinction in their field or public service and have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership.

Erin Furlong (’05) Describes Benefits of Joint Degree

Erin Furlong (’05) Describes Benefits of Joint Degree

In the fall 2011 issue of With Equal Right, Erin Furlong (’05) shares her experiences and the advantages of obtaining a joint J.D. and M.P.H. degree through the Law School's Joint Degree Program in Law, Health, & the Life Sciences.

Leo Disburg (’90) Appointed Magistrate Judge in South Dakota

Leo Disburg (’90) was recently appointed a magistrate judge in South Dakota's Sixth Judicial Circuit, which covers 14 counties in the central and south central areas of the state. On November 9, 2011, he replaced retiring Magistrate Judge Mark Smith. John L. Brown, presiding Sixth Circuit judge, said in a news release announcing Disburg's appointment that "his experience and temperament will serve the Circuit well."

Thomas Renn (’84) Named to U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Oregon

On October 28, 2011, Minnesota native Thomas Renn (’84) was sworn in as a judge on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon. Appointed by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Renn fills a vacancy created by a sudden death. He will have chambers in the federal courthouse in Eugene, Oregon.

Nancy Brasel (’96) and Philip Carruthers (’79) Appointed Fourth District Judges

On September 14, 2011, Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointments of Nancy E. Brasel (’96) and Philip C. Carruthers (’79) to the bench of Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District Court, which covers Hennepin county.

Alumni Events

Washington D.C. Alumni and Friends Reception

Hosted by the Office of Advancement and D.C.-Area Alumni Ambassadors Chuck Bruse (’71), Maisa Jean Frank (’10), and Kate McKnight (’08)
Date: Thursday, January 5, 2012
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

You are invited to an evening of socializing and networking with D.C.-area Law School alumni. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and you are welcome to bring a guest or a prospective student. Professor Brett McDonnell will provide a brief update on the Law School, its recently adopted strategic plan, and its vision for the future. You will also hear more about the launch of GENERATIONS: The Campaign for the University of Minnesota Law School and efforts to strengthen the community of Law School alumni in the Washington D.C. area.

University of Minnesota Alumni Night at the Minnesota Wild

Don't miss this chance to get discounted tickets to see the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the Lower Level Corners are just $45 (normally $90), and tickets for the Club Level Ends are just $60 (normally $100). To purchase tickets, click here and enter your special offer code: Wild.

Spring Alumni Weekend

Spring Alumni Weekend

Mark your calendars! Spring Alumni Weekend is scheduled for April 20-21, 2012. The annual weekend of festivities involves several events open to the entire alumni community, as well as special reunion events for the classes of pre-1962, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007.

If you are interested in getting involved with your class committee or have questions about your reunion or Spring Alumni Weekend, contact Dinah Zebot, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, at 612-626-8671 or dczebot@umn.edu. More information will be posted soon at http://community.law.umn.edu/saw.

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