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for July, 2010

University of Minnesota and Law School Mourn Loss of Sandra Gardebring Ogren

July 30, 2010

Sandra Gardebring Ogren ('73), a former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and University of Minnesota Vice President for Institutional Relations, died July 20 at her home in San Luis Obispo, Calif., at age 63. She had struggled with cancer for several years but continued to do the work she loved, said her husband, Paul Ogren.

Another Success for Immigration-Human Rights Clinic

July 28, 2010

The University of Minnesota Law School's Immigration and Human Rights Law Clinic has secured safe haven in the United States for a client who fled repeated detention and torture in central Africa in 2003. Government forces in his homeland believed (incorrectly) that the client and his wife supported the political opposition. He was held in a small cell, beaten repeatedly, and deprived of food and sanitary facilities. His wife was beaten, raped, and subjected to electric shocks.

Thank You, 2010 Partners at Work

July 27, 2010

The Law School's 2010 Partners at Work challenge ended June 30, 2010, with impressive results. Just under 900 alumni at 31 organizations participated in the challenge this year.

Law School Remembers Contributions, Influence of Philip Frickey

July 21, 2010

Former University of Minnesota Law School faculty member Philip Frickey, a nationally respected scholar in federal Indian law, constitutional law, legislative process, and statute interpretation, died July 11, 2010, at age 57 of cancer. He was a professor at the Law School from 1983 until 2000, when he joined the University of California Berkeley School of Law, becoming its Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law in 2006.

Robina Continues LaPPS Program Support With $2 Million Gift

July 21, 2010

The University of Minnesota Law School has received a $2 million gift from the Robina Foundation, extending its support of the Law School's Program on Law, Public Policy, and Society (LaPPS).

Consortium Renewed as University-Wide Center

July 19, 2010

The Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences along with its Joint Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences was unanimously endorsed for continuation after a year-long assessment by external and internal reviewers.

Immigration-Human Rights Clinic Helps Secure Asylum

July 16, 2010

Through the efforts of the University of Minnesota Law School's Immigration and Human Rights Law Clinic, a west African woman can put to rest her fears of female genital mutilation. She has been granted asylum in the United States.

Law School Releases Digitalized Letters of Clarence Darrow

July 9, 2010

On June 24, the University of Minnesota Law Library released 473 letters written by and to Clarence Darrow that have been transcribed and made available digitally. The letters can be searched by year, name, or key words, and the original handwritten or typed document appears opposite the transcription.