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for March, 2015

B. Todd Jones ('83) to Move from ATF to NFL

March 24, 2015

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell announced at a meeting of team owners yesterday that B. Todd Jones ('83), currently the director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), will take a position with the league when he departs the ATF, as previously announced, at the end of this month.

Civil Practice Clinic Wins Key Motion in Servitude Case

March 23, 2015

The Law School's Robins Kaplan Civil Practice Clinic, in collaboration with Minneapolis attorney David Wilson and Wilson Law Group, has won a motion for partial summary judgment in a case that hinges on the issue of whether a sponsoring relative owes an ongoing duty of support to a family that the sponsoring relative brought to the United States.

Thomas Hale-Kupiec ('15) Wins Law/Technology Writing Award

March 18, 2015

Thomas Hale-Kupiec, who is on track to receive his J.D. in December with a dual concentration in health law and intellectual property law, has been awarded first place in the 2014-15 National Student Writing Competition hosted by the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology. Hale-Kupiec received a prize of $1,500 for his paper, "Differential Liability: How Neuromodulators and Emerging Technologies Have Achieved Windfalls in Tort Liability Claims." The paper will be published in a forthcoming edition of the journal, which is based at the University of Richmond (Va.) School of Law.

Rosalyn Park ('02) to Lead Women's Human Rights Program

March 17, 2015

Rosalyn Park, who graduated cum laude from the Law School in 2002, has been appointed director of the Women's Human Rights Program for The Advocates for Human Rights, an international nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis.

Students Seek Clemency for Nonviolent Inmates

March 4, 2015

In April of last year, the Obama administration launched a clemency initiative aimed at reducing the sentences of long-term, nonviolent federal inmates. Deputy Attorney General James Cole described the program's goal in terms of fundamental justice: to ameliorate the sentences of those who had been subject to "older, stringent punishments that are out of line with sentences imposed under today's laws."

Students' Human Rights Work Influences U.N. Committee

March 4, 2015

Over the past three years, the ongoing partnership between the University of Minnesota and four law schools in Colombia's Department of Antioquia—known as "La Alianza," or "The Alliance"—has improved awareness of and support for human rights in the region. In its most recent success, La Alianza's critical findings and recommendations regarding the status of children in Antioquia have been endorsed by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).