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for April, 2014

Vic Massaglia Recognized for Lifetime Achievement in Career Development

April 30, 2014

Law School career counselor and adjunct professor Vic Massaglia has been named the recipient of the prestigious Jules Kerlan Outstanding Achievement Award for 2014. The award, given by the Minnesota Career Development Association (MCDA), honors an individual who, over a career of 15 years or longer, has demonstrated a strong commitment to human development, earned statewide or national recognition for his or her career development activities, and become an influential figure in the field. Massaglia was presented with the award on Friday, April 25, at the MCDA's spring conference.

Law School Professor Kappelhoff Selected for Leadership Position at Department of Justice

April 30, 2014

Prof. Mark Kappelhoff has been appointed to a temporary position as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Kappelhoff, a professor at the Law School since 2012 and the director of its Criminal Justice Clinic, will take a leave of absence from his teaching responsibilities to accept the appointment.

Prof. Jill Hasday Named Distinguished McKnight University Professor

April 30, 2014

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost has announced that Prof. Jill Hasday has been named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor—one of just six University of Minnesota faculty members to receive the distinction this year. The Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program recognizes the University's "highest-achieving mid-career faculty who have recently attained full professor status . . . and whose accomplishments have brought great renown and prestige to Minnesota." Recipients hold the title "Distinguished McKnight University Professor" for as long as they remain at the University.

Prof. Mark Kappelhoff Joins Sen. Klobuchar for High-Level Talks on Human Trafficking in Mexico City

April 29, 2014

When Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar traveled to Mexico City recently for meetings with senior law enforcement officials, she invited Prof. Mark Kappelhoff to join her. Klobuchar's delegation—which also included North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Cindy McCain, wife of Arizona Sen. John McCain—had two main items on its agenda: human trafficking and drug trafficking, particularly the heroin trade. Kappelhoff, a seasoned federal prosecutor of human trafficking cases and one of the nation's leading experts on the crime, provided briefings and analysis both before and during the trip and helped facilitate discussions on how U.S. and Mexican authorities could best work in concert to combat the global problem of sex trafficking.

Third Annual Patent Symposium to Examine Non-Practicing Entities

April 22, 2014

The University of Minnesota Law School and Briggs and Morgan are co-sponsoring the Third Annual Patent Symposium, "Non-Practicing Entities: Abusive 'Patent Trolls' or Free Enterprise Drivers of Innovation?" from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, in Lockhart Hall (Room 25).

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Celebrates its 35th Year

April 15, 2014

During the weekend of April 25-27, 2014, the University of Minnesota Law School and Humphrey School of Public Affairs will commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program with a series of public and private events.

Lauren Beach ('12) Named One of "Ten Outstanding Young Americans" by U.S. Jaycees

April 11, 2014

It may be the only honor that has been shared by Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, and Richard Nixon—not to mention Bill Clinton, Orson Welles, Dick Cheney, and Susan Butcher. Now Lauren Beach, a 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and a current Ph.D. candidate at the University, has joined this distinguished and eclectic group, having been named to the United States Junior Chamber's 2014 list of the 10 men and women under age 40 "who best exemplify the highest attributes of the nation's emerging generation."

Study Shows Unequal Treatment of Twin Cities Communities of Color in Mortgage Lending Continues

April 9, 2014

A new study by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity (IMO) at the University of Minnesota Law School shows that lack of access to credit continues to plague communities of color and low-income areas in the Twin Cities. Income differences alone do not explain the lending disparities. If the home loan portfolios of the region's banks simply reflected the actual distribution of homeowners and household incomes, more than 13,300 additional loans would have been made to diverse and majority non-white neighborhoods over the four years from 2009 to 2012 (a 55% increase). Nearly one-fourth of this shortfall is attributable to the region's largest lender, Wells Fargo Bank.

Toni Haraldsen ('14) to Receive Mary A. McEvoy Award for Public Engagement and Leadership

April 7, 2014

The University of Minnesota Graduate and Professional Student Assembly has announced that Toni Haraldsen ('14) has been chosen as a recipient of the Mary A. McEvoy Award for Public Engagement and Leadership. This University-wide honor is given to one graduate and one professional student each year and carries a $1,000 scholarship. The award recognizes students who have demonstrated dedication and assistance that benefit an individual, a group, or a community, or that strengthen a democratic way of life. Haraldsen will receive her award and deliver a brief speech at the President's Student Leadership and Service Award Banquet, to be held April 30 in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union.

Law School Announces New Master of Science in Patent Law Program

April 7, 2014

Beginning next fall, the Law School will offer a one-year Master of Science in Patent Law Program specifically for scientists and engineers. Developed by Associate Dean Sharon Reich Paulsen and Professors Tom Cotter, William McGeveran and Ruth Okediji, the unique program will prepare students for a variety of careers, including patent prosecution, portfolio management, technology licensing and innovation. Chris Frank, who holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, has been hired as director. His previous experience includes patent prosecution and portfolio management for clients ranging from individual inventors to Fortune 500 corporations.

Student-led Seminar Publishes Op-Ed on Bullying in Star Tribune

April 3, 2014

The Star Tribune published an op-ed by Student Speech: Rights and Regulations, a student-led seminar at the Law School. The op-ed described Minnesota's antibullying law and how it relates to student bullying that occurs online and off campus.