"During this special 125th anniversary year we, as alumni, have a great opportunity to reflect not only on what the Law School has done for us personally, but also on how it has transformed our communities and world for the better through the lawyers and leaders it graduates."
In this issue's cover story, writer Cathy Madison speaks with six Law School alumni whose practices demonstrate that environmental law is a complex, nuanced, ever-evolving field that offers fascinating challenges and a sense of contributing to the common good for attorneys on all sides of the issues. The issue also contains much more, including a special foldout celebrating the Law School's 125-year history, coverage of the anniversary events, faculty activities, student symposiums and news, alumni news and class notes.
The Law School will add two new clinics next semester. The Federal Immigration Litigation clinic will teach students to effectively represent clients in federal impact immigration litigation. Students will learn about the substance and process of immigration policymaking, at both the legislative and administrative levels, as Congress continues to consider comprehensive immigration reform. The Detainee Rights clinic will provide legal representation to detainees held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The primary focus of the legal representation will be helping people defend against removal from the United States, and in limited circumstances, to help clients either obtain a bond or lower the bond set by ICE.
On December 26, the University Libraries and Law Library will launch a new search tool called MNCAT Discovery, which will greatly expand and enhance search capacity of print and digital resources. A preview of MNCAT Discovery is available at http://ecommunication.umn.edu/read/archive?id=112461&e=enge%40umn.edu&x=6672f911. Between December 21 and 25, no campus catalog will be available. WorldCat can be used as an alternative.
The University of Minnesota Foundation published an article in its Legacy magazine entitled "New Beginnings: A Generous Gift from the Robina Foundation Enables the U of M Law School to Create the Center for New Americans, the First of its Kind in the Nation." Click here to read the article.
On December 10, 2013, International Human Rights Day, the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center commemorated its 25th anniversary with a special performing arts event in honor of the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The celebration featured human rights-themed music, dance, and spoken word performances from local and international artists and students, as well as appetizers from a variety of Twin Cities restaurants and grocery stores.
More than 500 people gathered at McNamara Alumni Center on October 4 for a gala celebration of the 125th anniversary of the University of Minnesota Law School.
The Law School's Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity released "Charter Schools in the Twin Cities: 2013 Update," a new study showing that Twin Cities charter schools underperform traditional public schools and continue to be highly segregated by race and income.
On Nov. 20, the Law School hosted Luis CdeBaca, ambassador-at-large for and director of the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Appointed to the post by President Obama in 2009, Ambassador CdeBaca coordinates all federal government activities in the global fight against what both he and the president label "modern-day slavery."
On November 15, the Law School hosted a symposium entitled "The Nuremberg Trials and the World's Response to Genocide," which both addressed the importance of the Nuremberg trials for the rule of law and honored Minnesotans who played a critical role in the trials. The symposium was part of a traveling international exhibit, "Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich," hosted by Chief Judge Michael J. Davis (’72) on behalf of the Federal District Court for the District of Minnesota. The exhibit explored Hitler's systematic and calculated strategy to disable the legal system and the constitutional framework of the Weimar Republic, setting the stage for the commission of unthinkable crimes against humanity. Click here to watch videos from the symposium.
The inaugural Stein Lecture on November 13 featured Walter F. Mondale (’56), former U.S. vice president and senior counsel at Dorsey, in a conversation with Professor Robert A. Stein (’61). Mr. Mondale summarized the important and often shocking findings of the Church Committee on the actions of U.S. intelligence agencies. He and Stein discussed proposed reforms and the challenges confronting U.S. intelligence agencies. In conclusion, Mr. Mondale talked about the danger of the unaccountable exercise of power and our stake in protecting our constitutional rights.
On October 24, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments at the Law School. Pictured at left are the presiding judges, Lavenski R. Smith, Kermit E. Bye and Duane Benton.
All lectures will take place at 4:00 p.m. on the subplaza of Mondale Hall. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. One CLE credit has been requested for each lecture.
Professor Oren Gross
"The New Way of War: Is There a Duty to Use Drones?"
The Irving Younger Professorship in Law Reappointment Lecture
February 11, 2014
Professor June Carbone
"Are Women about to Become a Lot More like Men?"
The Robina Chair in Law, Science & Technology Appointment Lecture
March 4, 2014
Professor Jill Hasday
"Family Law Reimagined"
The Centennial Professorship in Law Appointment Lecture
March 25, 2014
Professor Robert Stein (’61)
"Strengthening Federalism: The Uniform State Law Movement in the United States"
The Everett Fraser Chair in Law Reappointment Lecture
April 9, 2014
Professor Kristin Hickman
"Administering the Tax System We Have"
The Harlan Albert Rogers Professorship in Law Appointment Lecture
April 29, 2014
The 29th annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition will be held Feb. 20-22, 2014, 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.
The 2013-14 Ronald A. and Kristine S. Erickson Legal History Lecture will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. The lecture, entitled "The Problem with Pardons," will be delivered by Cynthia Brilliant Herrup, John R. Hubbard Chair in British History and Professor of History and Law at the University of Southern California. One CLE credit has been requested.
The Law School hosts its annual Mock Trial Scholars Program for high school students August 4-8, 2014. The program gives high school mock trial participants an opportunity to practice and improve their trial advocacy skills, while also providing them with a taste of life as a college student. The early bird deadline for applications is February 3, 2014. The deadline for all applications is May 15, 2014. For more information and to apply, go to: www.law.umn.edu/legaledprograms/mock-trial-scholars-program.html.
Save the date for a conversation with Professor Robert A. Stein (’61) and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Stein generously endowed this lecture to enrich the Law School by inviting leaders of the bench and bar and the governments of the U.S. and other nations to deliver an annual lecture on a topic of national or international interest. More details will be announced closer to the event.