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James Chosy (’89) Named U.S. Bancorp Executive V.P. and General Counsel

James Chosy (’89) Named U.S. Bancorp Executive V.P. and General Counsel

Effective March 1, 2013, James L. Chosy (’89), chair of the Law School's Board of Advisors, will return to U.S. Bancorp after a 12-year absence, this time as executive vice president and general counsel. He will serve on the 15-member managing committee and report to U.S. Bancorp president and CEO, Richard Davis.

He was appointed to his new role in connection with the retirement of Lee Mitau (’72), who has been executive vice president and general counsel at U.S. Bancorp since 1995.

Michael Wentzell (’98) Appointed to First District Court Bench

Michael Wentzell (’98) Appointed to First District Court Bench

Chief Deputy Carver County Attorney Michael D. Wentzell (’98) has been appointed to Minnesota's First Judicial District Court, replacing retired Judge Phillip T. Kanning, Gov. Mark Dayton's office announced recently.

Women's Cultural Rights Face Down the Storm

Women's Cultural Rights Face Down the Storm

On Nov. 2, 2012, Human Rights Center Senior Fellow Marsha Freeman (’76) participated in a panel on women's cultural rights sponsored by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at U.N. headquarters in New York.

Freeman was also recently featured in a Minnesota Women's Press article.

Walter Mondale's ('56) Work on Fair Housing Act Examined by Pro Publica

Walter Mondale's ('56) Work on Fair Housing Act Examined by Pro Publica

Pro Publica examined the work Walter F. Mondale (’56) did in the 1960s around fair housing reform in an article entitled "Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law." The story quoted Mondale saying that the law "hasn't created this integrated vision that we were talking about. One of the great moral failings of our country, despite the Great Society and despite what we tried to do, is the deprival of justice for the people who have come from behind. It's something I worked on all of my life and I am very disheartened by it."

Law School Says Goodbye to David Essling (’69)

Law School Says Goodbye to David Essling (’69)

David E. Essling (’69), who represented the chemically dependent and mentally ill on Ramsey County's Civil Commitment Defense Panel for 30 years, died Nov. 1, 2012, in Apple Valley, Minn., at age 68.

Alumni Events

Washington D.C. Alumni and Friends Reception

Hosted by Dean David Wippman, D.C. Area Alumni Ambassadors Maisa Jean Frank (’10) and Kate McKnight (’08), and Adam van Alstyne (’04) of DLA Piper
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: DLA Piper – Washington D.C. Office

You are warmly invited to socialize with other University of Minnesota Law School alumni in the Washington D.C. area and hear a brief update on your alma mater from Dean Wippman. You're welcome to bring a guest or prospective law student.

Alumni Career Workshops Return for Winter/Spring 2013

The Career Center and Office of Advancement will again partner to offer alumni a series of workshops on career and professional development topics during the winter and spring at the Law School. All Law School alumni are welcome to attend.

Job Search Strategies
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
5:00-6:30 p.m.

How to Start Your Own Law Firm
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
5:00-6:30 p.m.

Alternative Careers for Lawyers: Business Careers
Saturday, April 20, 2013 (Spring Alumni Weekend)
1:30-3:00 p.m.

Advanced Leadership Skills for Lawyers: Delegation
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
5:00-6:30 p.m.

TORT Pre-show Alumni Reception

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Time: 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Location: TBD, downtown Minneapolis, near the Pantages Theater

The Office of Advancement will host a pre-show happy hour event open to students and alumni before the 7:00 p.m. Saturday performance at the Pantages Theatre of the 2013 Theatre of the Relatively Talentless (TORT) production, "Back to the Future Interest." For more information on TORT, visit www.law.umn.edu/tort/index.html or email tort@umn.edu.

Spring Alumni Weekend

Spring Alumni Weekend

Spring Alumni Weekend is April 19-20, 2013. 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-1963, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008.

If you are interested in getting involved with your class committee or have questions about your reunion or Spring Alumni Weekend, contact Dinah Zebot, 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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