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EXCLUSIVE: 2L Laura Cowan Reports Valuable Education From Externship

EXCLUSIVE: 2L Laura Cowan Reports Valuable Education From Externship

This fall, Laura Cowan (’13) participated in Professor Carol Chomsky's judicial externship course, in which each student is assigned to a judge and serves as a part-time law clerk for one semester. Read Cowan's description of her experience working as an extern for the Honorable Joan N. Ericksen (’81) of the U.S. District Court.

Corporate Investigations Seminar Participates in Webinar Debate

Corporate Investigations Seminar Participates in Webinar Debate

On December 2, 2011, Practitioner-in-Residence JaneAnne Murray organized a webinar debate for her corporate investigations seminar, featuring James Rosenbaum (’69), former Chief Judge of the District of Minnesota; Andrew Luger, partner at Greene Espel; and (from Washington D.C. via video link) Greg Andres, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. Moderated by the students, the presidential-style debate was entitled "Regulating Corporate Misconduct Through the Criminal Justice System," and presented the judicial, prosecutorial and defense perspectives.

National Moot Court Team Advances to Nationals

The Law School’s National Moot Court teams had successful showings at the regional tournament hosted by Hamline School of Law from Nov. 17-19, 2011.

MABL Foundation Awards Scholarships to Law School Students

Three Law School students were awarded scholarships from the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) Foundation at its Annual Scholarship Gala on November 12, 2011. Rashya Cunningham (’13) received the William McGee scholarship, Tennille McCray (’12) received an MABL scholarship, and Elisha Rapp (’13) received the Pamela Alexander scholarship.

In Spare Time, 2L Ben Krause Fights for Disabled Veterans

In Spare Time, 2L Ben Krause Fights for Disabled Veterans

Benjamin Krause (’13) has been an advocate for disabled veterans for nearly ten years. In 2009 the "formerly frustrated veteran turned journalist," as he describes himself, founded DisabledVeterans.org. The site provides information about compensation, pensions, vocational rehabilitation, and other issues of importance to veterans, plus a forum for discussions about the challenges they face.

Law School Negotiation Team: On to the Nationals

Law School Negotiation Team: On to the Nationals

The University of Minnesota Law School negotiation teams competed in the ABA Region 5 Negotiation Competition, Nov. 5-6, 2011, at the University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Law. Bobby Mir (’12) and Ben Tozer (’12) composed one team, and David Morine (’12) and Jade Holman (’13) the other team. The Mir-Tozer team took top honors, securing a place at the 2011-12 ABA National Negotiation Competition in New Orleans on Feb. 3-4.

Law School Legal Writing Instructors Share Their Thoughts

The fall 2011 issue of With Equal Right features the Law School’s Legal Writing Program through essays by three of its instructors: Pamela Siege Chandler (’95), senior director of law school publishing at Thomson Reuters; attorney Nadia Wood (’10), who has her own appellate and trial motion legal writing services practice; and third-year student Nadia Aboussir (’12).

3L Thomas Braun Writes <i>Federal Lawyer</i> Cover Story

3L Thomas Braun Writes Federal Lawyer Cover Story

An article by Law School student Thomas J. Braun (’12)—"Cleaning Up the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act: The Ambiguous Definition of 'Disposal' and the Need for Supreme Court Action"—is the cover story of the October 2011 issue of The Federal Lawyer.

Law School Hosts ABA Student Negotiation Competition

On Nov. 5-6, 2011, the Law School, for the first time, hosted the 2011-12 Region 7 ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition. Ten U.S. and Canadian law schools sent 50 law student competitors and faculty to the event, and approximately 50 practicing Twin Cities lawyers judged the competition.

Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Helps Secure Asylum for Torture Victim

Early in October, students and faculty working at the University of Minnesota Law School's Immigration and Human Rights Clinic helped a West African man, who prefers to remain anonymous, secure asylum in the United States. After being arrested, starved, beaten, tortured, and sexually humiliated by government soldiers for his political beliefs, the man risked his life to escape imprisonment and travel to the United States.

Student Events


The Theatre of the Relatively Talentless (TORT) will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the musical "Alawdin" on March 2-3, 2012, at the Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. TORT is written, directed, produced and performed entirely by law students, with reckless disregard for talent. As always, you can expect singing, dancing, jokes, and some great cameo appearances. For more information, email tort@umn.edu.

WLSA Hosts Blood Drive

The Women’s Law Student Association (WLSA) will host a blood drive in Auerbach Commons on Tuesday, March 6, from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Email WLSA for more information at umn.wlsa@gmail.com.