Law School News
for December, 2013
December 20, 2013
On Dec. 2, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth District heard an oral argument in the case of Doe v. Nestle, brought on behalf of three children allegedly forced to perform slave labor on cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast. During the argument, the judges extensively discussed an amicus brief filed by a group of 15 scholars of the post-WWII Nuremberg war crimes tribunals, one of whom is Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain of the Law School. Professor Jennifer Green served as counsel of record on the brief, which argued that the precedents set during the Nuremberg trials regarding corporations' responsibility for criminal acts should be adhered to in Doe v. Nestle as well.
December 19, 2013
Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has named five new judges to Minnesota's Fourth Judicial District bench, two of whom are Law School alumni. The Fourth District encompasses Hennepin County and carries the highest caseload in the state.
December 17, 2013
Professor Dale Carpenter and Dana Bartocci, two figures who are well known at the Law School and beyond, have been named 2013 Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer, an independent newspaper that covers the state's legal industry and issues. Carpenter and Bartocci are among 41 honorees who were chosen on the basis of their leadership in the profession, involvement in major cases or other newsworthy events, public service, and excellence in the practice of law. Nominations were submitted by judges, bar groups, clients, and attorneys.
December 10, 2013
The law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. has made a $500,000 gift commitment to the University of Minnesota Law School. The gift will be used to create and endow the Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Distinguished Scholar Fund, which will strengthen the Law School's ability to recruit, support, and retain outstanding faculty members.
December 6, 2013
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.
December 6, 2013
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).
December 4, 2013
On Nov. 20, the Law School hosted an appearance by 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."