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for February, 2014

Diversity Week 2014

February 28, 2014

The third annual Diversity Week will be held March 10-14, 2014, at the Law School. The student-conceived event celebrates the diversity of the Law School community and offers presentations and panel discussions to engage faculty, students, and staff in discussions and learning on issues of equity and diversity in the legal system.

Debating Corporate Personhood at the National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition

February 28, 2014

The 29th annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition was held at the Law School Feb. 20-22, with 33 teams from 25 law schools competing. The teams submitted briefs and made oral arguments in a case that explored the extent to which corporations are people—specifically, whether corporations have a First Amendment right to freedom of religion. The case chosen for this year's competition was Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Secretary of U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 724 F.3d 377 (U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit, 2013), in which a for-profit corporation and its shareholders sought relief from the contraceptive-coverage "mandate" of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, claiming that it violates their rights under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to Deliver Law School 2014 Commencement Address

February 28, 2014

The University of Minnesota Law School is pleased to announce that U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will deliver the 126th commencement address to the J.D. and LL.M. classes of 2014 at the newly remodeled Northrop Auditorium on May 17 at 10:00 a.m. "The Law School community is honored and excited to have Secretary Perez join us," said Dean David Wippman. "As someone with such a distinguished career in public service, Secretary Perez exemplifies a core principle at the Law School: that lawyers can accomplish good in our community and society at large."

Matthew Hu ('14) Wins Federal Bar Association Award for Tax Law Writing

February 13, 2014

Matthew S. Hu ('14) has been awarded first place in the Federal Bar Association's annual Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition for his article "Fine-Tuning the Tax Whistleblower Statute: Why Qui Tam Is Not a Solution." As the winning author, Hu will receive $2,000 and a trip to the FBA Section on Taxation's annual tax law conference, to be held later this month in Washington, D.C. His article will be considered for publication in the FBA magazine, The Federal Lawyer, or the Section on Taxation's newsletter, Inside Basis.

Law School Team Shines at ABA National Negotiation Competition

February 10, 2014

On Saturday, Feb. 8, at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago, the University of Minnesota Law School Corporate Institute student team of Christie Sullivan ('15) and Dan Hegg ('16) placed third overall in the ABA National Negotiation Competition. The final round of the event was lively, suspenseful, and very close, with the second-, third-, and fourth-place finishers each separated by a single point.

Report: Subsidized Housing Is Concentrated in Central Cities Despite Higher Costs, Few Benefits

February 7, 2014

A new report by the Institute of Metropolitan Opportunity at the Law School shows that a disproportionate share of the Twin Cities' publicly subsidized affordable housing is built in the two central cities, at high cost and with few quantifiable benefits for the region.

Law School Community Mourns the Death of Joan Mondale

February 4, 2014

Joan Adams Mondale, wife of former vice president Walter F. Mondale ('56) and one of the nation's foremost supporters of the arts, passed away yesterday at the age of 83 after a brief stay in hospice care. Mr. Mondale, their sons Ted and William ('90), and other family members were with her when she died.