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for July, 2014

Law School Mourns the Passing of Professor Emeritus Russell W. Burris

July 31, 2014

Russell W. Burris, who taught at the Law School for 12 years and pioneered the use of computers in legal education nationwide, died of natural causes in Minneapolis on July 7. He was 87.

Law Library Receives Legal Literature Award for Walter Mondale ('56) Web Site

July 22, 2014

For the second time in three years, the University of Minnesota Law Library has been honored with the prestigious Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. The award, given by the American Association of Law Libraries, recognizes works—books, pamphlets, articles, Web sites, databases—that make a significant textual contribution to legal literature.

Michael W. Unger ('81) Chosen President-Elect of the Minnesota State Bar Association

July 9, 2014

Michael W. Unger ('81) is the new president-elect of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), effective July 1, and will serve in that role throughout the association's 2014-15 bar year. The office puts Unger on track to become the MSBA's president during the 2015-16 bar year. Unger has been serving as secretary of the MSBA since July 2012.

Judge Mark S. Wernick and His Wife, Nancy Entwistle, Make Leadership Gifts to Support Public Service Careers at Two Local Law Schools

July 8, 2014

Recently retired Hennepin County District Court Judge Mark Wernick and his wife, Nancy Entwistle, have made leadership gifts to establish the Judge Mark S. Wernick and Nancy Entwistle Public Interest Scholars Assistance programs at the University of Minnesota Law School and William Mitchell College of Law.

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case Litigated by the Center for New Americans

July 7, 2014

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to Mellouli v. Holder, meaning the case—brought by the Law School's Center for New Americans (CNA), in collaboration with two of its organizational partners, the Minneapolis law firm Faegre Baker Daniels and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM)—will be heard by the court in its 2014-15 session. The court accepts for full plenary review only about 1% of the cases it is asked to hear.