Tax clinic student attorneys Aalok Sharma (’13) and Sam Kouri (’14) wrote briefs for an Eighth Circuit appeal involving a claim for a dependency exemption that was denied. The U.S. Tax Court denied the exemption because the divorce decree granting the decision had a condition in it that stated the taxpayer must be current in his child support payments. Although the client proved he was current in his payments, the IRS and the Tax Court maintained that only unconditional divorce agreements would be accepted.
The University of Minnesota Law School's student negotiation teams made a strong showing at the ABA Region 7 Negotiation Competition, which was held in St. Paul, Minn., Nov. 9-10. Twenty-four teams from across the United States and Canada competed in the Region 7 event. The Law School's two teams, sponsored by the Corporate Institute, are comprised of Christie Sullivan (’15) - Dan Hegg (’16) and Matt Lawlyes (’14) - Dillon White (’16).
The Career Center teamed up with the Law Council this fall for the Career Accelerator Program, offering three distinctive learning opportunities for students. The Personal Branding Lunch focused on helping students learn how to effectively promote themselves to employers and members of their network by building a strong personal brand. Career Options Night brought students together with attorneys from multiple career paths in a low-key environment. Finally, a Networking and Etiquette Dinner shared tips about professional dining etiquette. Faegre Baker Daniels, Larkin Hoffman Attorneys, and the Law School's Advancement Office and Corporate Institute sponsored the events.
The Law School's Corporate Institute offers the Leadership Foundations Program January 15-17, 2014. This program aims to introduce and develop leadership concepts and to build tangible skills students will use to network, interview for jobs, and practice law. The ultimate goal is for students to walk away with a better understanding of themselves, an improved ability to successfully work with others in a team setting, and a concrete plan for applying these leadership skills to projects in the community and beyond. For more information, visit www.law.umn.edu/corporateinstitute/leadership-foundations.html.
The 2014 Theatre of the Relatively Talentless (TORT) production, "Clue: A Murder Mystery in Mondale," will be presented March 7 and 8, 2014, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Minnesota Law Review's 2013 symposium, "The Future of Organized Labor: Labor Law in the 21st Century," was held on Friday, October 25, 2013. Speakers and panelists included Craig Becker, general counsel for the AFL-CIO; Philip A. Miscimarra, member of the National Labor Relations Board and senior fellow at the Wharton School; and Jim Rowader, vice president and general counsel for employee and labor relations at Target Corp.
Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice hosted a symposium on Friday, October 18, 2013, entitled "Civil Rights & Civil Justice: 50 Years Later." The event celebrated and critiqued the legacy of two momentous events during 1963-64—Gideon v. Wainwright and the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Vice President Walter F. Mondale (’56) and Michigan Law Professor Yale Kamisar delivered the keynote address.