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for July, 2015

Energy Transition Lab Hosts Energy Storage Summit

July 22, 2015

The University's interdisciplinary Energy Transition Lab (ETL), which is based at the Law School, held a summit on July 15 at which national and local experts examined the policy, technology, regulatory, and market drivers that affect energy storage in Minnesota. Of the more than 200 participants, roughly half were from the private sector, with the rest representing government, academia, and nonprofit organizations.

Prof. Christopher N.J. Roberts Wins Human Rights Book Award

July 10, 2015

The American Sociological Association has awarded its 2015 Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Book Award to The Contentious History of the International Bill of Human Rights by Professor Christopher N.J. Roberts. The award is given annually by the ASA Section on Human Rights to the author whose book "demonstrates the most thoughtful, competent, or innovative analysis of a theoretical or empirical issue" in the field of human rights. Roberts, an associate professor at the Law School and an affiliated faculty member of the University's Department of Sociology, will receive the award at the ASA's annual meeting in August.

John R. Tunheim ('80) Becomes Chief U.S. District Judge

July 8, 2015

John R. Tunheim ('80) has succeeded Michael J. Davis ('72) as chief judge of the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. Under federal law, the judge who is most senior in service within a district is designated as the chief judge and serves as the court's chief judicial officer for seven years. The leadership change took effect on July 1. Judge Davis will remain with the court as a senior judge.

Sukanya Momsen ('16) Wins ABA and MSBA Awards

July 6, 2015

Sukanya Momsen ('16) has been awarded second place in the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's 2014-15 law student writing competition. Her article, "Discharging the Duty to Warn with Multilingual Warning Labels," will appear on the Section's Web site within the next few weeks and will be publicized in its magazine, The Brief. Momsen was also recently named the winner of the Minnesota State Bar Association's 2015 Law Student Award for Excellence in Employment Law.