"It is crucial that alumni support the Partners in Excellence Annual Fund each and every year. We have all benefited from the legal education and the reputational halo of the Law School. Now it is our turn to help continue the legacy of excellence."
The Corporate Institute has announced a new Leadership Foundations Program for students to be held January 11-13, 2012, in Lockhart Hall (Room 25). The program offers intensive exposure to fundamental leadership skills and concepts. Students will gain significant insight into leadership issues as well as their own aptitudes and strengths. In addition, they will receive a Certificate of Completion following the program.
This fall international law was added to the areas of concentration offered to Law School students. Concentrations build on the standard curriculum through partnerships with other University programs. Students who complete the concentration requirements are well-prepared to practice in a wide range of areas in both public and private international law.
Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, former Canadian Foreign Minister, presented "The Responsibility to Protect" on November 22, 2011, at the Law School. Dr. Axworthy was introduced by Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.
The inaugural meeting of the newly created Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice was held November 11, 2011. The event, "Rethinking Criminal Justice," brought together leading practitioners and scholars from the United States and elsewhere to discuss transformative ideas for achieving better criminal justice policies and practices.
On November 3, 2011, Dean David Wippman announced the appointment of Michael E. Smith, Haight-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin, as executive director of the newly created Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice.
A concentration in criminal justice became available to Law School students this fall, bringing the number of offerings in this program to seven. Students who complete the concentration requirements are well grounded in a wide range of topics in the field and prepared for the opportunities that present themselves after graduation.
The Law School and Briggs and Morgan co-sponsored the conference "Patent Strategy After the America Invents Act: How U.S. Patent Reform Will Alter Patent Prosecution and Litigation Decision Making" on November 16, 2011. Pictured at left are participants J. Bruce Schelkopf, Aleya Champlin (’91), and Margo Bagley.
The Corporate Institute co-sponsored, with Dorsey & Whitney, a conference in New York City on extraterritorial securities litigation after Morrison v. National Australia Bank, a 2011 case in which the Supreme Court limited the reach of federal securities laws to transactions inside the United States.
On September 21, during a week-long "Campus Crawl" to get acquainted with the University of Minnesota community, University President Eric Kaler and Karen Kaler visited the Law School. They spoke with students and faculty involved in the clinical education program about the important differences their work can make in clients’ lives.
The Human Rights Center at the Law School and the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights in partnership with the Somali Institute for Peace Research co-sponsored "Rebuilding Somalia: The Role of the Diaspora" on September 24, 2011. Ambassador Augustine P. Mahiga, U.N. Special Representative and Head of the U.N. Political Office for Somalia, spoke about the current situation in Somalia and the peace and reconciliation process mandated by the United Nations.
This year, the Law School came in third for the University's "Top 10 Participation in Units with 100 Employees and Above" for the annual Community Fund Drive. The Law School's final overall participation was 61.85%, which exceeded last year's total contributions. The entire University of Minnesota raised $1,242,139.20 this year. Thank you for your giving!
When writer Cathy Madison talked to some of our alumni who have taken on legal volunteer work, she discovered that in many cases they get as much out of the experience as their clients. In this issue's cover story, "Pro Bono: Cui Bono?," Madison describes how "despite the economic recession,” Law School alumni "continue to embrace the multilayered rewards, both corporate and individual, that pro bono work offers." The issue also contains much more, including Law School activities, faculty news, accomplishments and grants, student and alumni news, events, and profiles.
Read the latest GENERATIONS campaign updates, including "Student Support: Sam Heins and Judge Diana Murphy," "Ronald and Kristine Erickson Business Program Gift," "Elliot and Eloise Kaplan Scholarship Fund," "Student Support: Jim and Julie Chosy," and more.
On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Ezekiel J. Emanuel will deliver the Consortium on Law and Values' Deinard Memorial Lecture on Law & Medicine. Dr. Emanuel is the Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. His lecture, "Health Care Reform and the Future of American Medicine," will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium in the Hubert H. Humphrey Center. Event #162111 approved for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
The 27th annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition will be held Feb. 23-25, 2012, 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 Wednesday, March 7, 2012, Lauren Benton, professor of history at New York University School of Law, will deliver the Ronald A. and Kristine S. Erickson Legal History Lecture. Her lecture, "The Trial of Arthur Hodge: Petty Despots and the Making of an Imperial Legal World," will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Room 50, and one CLE credit has been requested.
University of Minnesota Law School faculty members are, for the 32nd time, using spring break to offer continuing legal education opportunities on a range of relevant topics. A total of 47 credits (including 3 ethics and 2 bias) have been requested for the program. For more information, call 612-625-6674 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 10th Annual Race for Justice will begin on Nicollet Island on Sunday, April 15, at 9:00 a.m. Proceeds from the 5k race will 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.
Richard J. Goldstone, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, will deliver the John Dewey Lecture in the Philosophy of Law on Thursday, April 19, 2012. His lecture, "The Current State of International Criminal Justice," will be presented in Lockhart Hall (Room 25) at 4:00 p.m. One CLE credit has been requested.
On November 10, 2011, Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director and Executive Vice President of the American Society of International Law, came to the Law School to talk with students about exploring careers in international law. The Law School Dean's Office and the International Law Society co-sponsored the event.
Dame Hazel Genn, Dean of Laws, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, and co-director of the University College London Judicial Institute, delivered the annual William B. Lockhart Lecture on September 15, 2011. In her lecture, entitled "Selecting Judges, English Style: Are There Lessons for the U.S.?" she drew on her experience to speak to a range of questions concerning judicial selection.