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for June, 2007

Summer Study Abroad Program Ends

June 29, 2007

Students return from a 5-week program in China. In addition to classroom instruction, they visited the Supreme People’s Court, Beijing Municipal Inst. of City Planning & Design, and International Bridges to Justice.

Washburn Testifies Before Congress

June 21, 2007

On June 21, Assoc. Prof. Kevin Washburn and former U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger ('75) testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs at a hearing on law enforcement in Indian country.

Law Clinic Helps Deliver Dream

June 20, 2007

Entrepreneur Jagi Gill came to ACRC with a brainchild. He left with a prototype, a feasi- bility report and, thanks to the Kommerstad Center's Business Law Clinic, a good legal foundation for his start-up company.

AALL Chooses Two From U.

June 15, 2007

A newly released book from the American Association of Law Libraries features 32 minority law librarians and their leadership contributions. The Law Library’s Vic Garces and Joan Howland are among those profiled.

Frase Quoted in Pioneer Press

June 7, 2007

Professor Richard Frase was quoted in a Pioneer Press article regarding State v. Davis. The case upheld a search warrant based in part on a positive alert given by a drug-sniffing police dog outside Davis's apartment door. Minnesota courts have used the state constitution to put additional limitations on the use of such dogs, requiring that before deploying the dog, police must have "reasonable articulable suspicion" of a drug violation. Previous cases involved dog sniffs of the exterior of cars and storage lockers, but the Supreme Court in Davis declined to require additional suspicion (probable cause) to sniff odors emanating from someone's home, at least where the police are lawfully standing in a common hallway. The reasonable articulable suspicion standard, lower than the "fair probability" required for probable cause, was satisfied in this case by tips from apartment workers who thought they had seen marijuana-growing lights in the apartment, and had been denied access to check on a possible water leak.

Grant D. Aldonas Quoted in USA Today

June 4, 2007

Aldonas (‘79), analyst at the Center for Strategic & International Studies and former undersecretary of int'l trade in the Bush administration, commented on the effect of the Iraq war on Bush's democracy initiative.

Burton Awards for Faculty and Alumni

June 4, 2007

Professor John Matheson and two alumni have been honored with the prestigious Burton Award for 2007 in the law firm category. Only 30 recipients were chosen from the nation's 1,000 largest law firms.

Another U of M Burton Award Winner

June 4, 2007

Dan Robinson ('07) has been selected to receive the nationally recognized, prestigious Burton Award for legal writing. It is one of only 15 awards presented in the law school category for 2007.

Spring 2007 Perspectives Available

June 1, 2007

The spring issue of Perspectives features a cover story on alumni who have entered politics, plus articles on the law clinics, new faculty, curriculum changes, faculty R&D, and profiles of students and alumni.