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for June, 2010

Tribute: Judge Gerald W. Heaney ('41) Leaves Legacy of Respect

June 28, 2010

Former 8th Circuit Court Judge Gerald W. Heaney ('41) died June 22 at age 92 in Duluth, Minn., after a 40-year tenure of judicial leadership, decades of community activism, and the heartfelt mentorship of dozens of law clerks.

Supreme Court Agrees With Professors' Amicus Brief

June 24, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed with the conclusion and many of the arguments in an amicus brief filed by 21 law professors. Prof. Richard W. Painter served as the principal author of the brief, which also was signed by Prof. Adams and Prof. Matheson. The brief urged the Court to adopt a bright line rule that foreign plaintiffs alleging fraud in connection with securities purchased or sold outside the United States should not be permitted to sue foreign defendants in U.S. courts (securities litigation often referred to as "f-cubed").

Professor Jennie Green named a finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year

June 23, 2010

Professor Jennie Green, Associate Professor of Clinical Instruction, has been selected as a finalist for the 2010 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the Public Justice Foundation. The annual award is given to the attorney or trial team that has made the most significant contribution to the public interest.

Professor Befort ('74) elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

June 21, 2010

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers has elected Prof. Stephen Befort ('74) to its 2010 Class of Fellows.

Prof. Painter's NPR Interview Quoted in The Economist

June 7, 2010

Professor Richard Painter's remarks to NPR were quoted in the Economist's "Democracy in America." Professor Painter, who was George W. Bush's former chief ethics counsel, has stated in interviews and quoted in newspapers as saying "this is not a violation of government ethics regulations, and it's not a violation of federal law for them to do this...This is nothing new." Professor Painter goes on to say that he feels this sort of intervention by presidential administrations into electoral contests is bad for democracy, and that the presidency should be more removed from partisan politics.

Angela Lageson ('92) Named General Counsel of Pentair, Inc.

June 5, 2010

Angela Lageson ('92) has been named general counsel and senior vice president of Pentair, Inc., a Minneapolis-based diversified industrial company with approximately 13,000 employees worldwide. Lageson has served as assistant general counsel at Pentair for the past seven years.

Professor Tonry Receives Honorary Doctorate From VU University Amsterdam

June 3, 2010

The Vrije Universiteit (VU University Amsterdam) Amsterdam has selected Law School Professor Michael Tonry to receive a doctorate honoris causa during its 130th Dies Natalis ceremony on October 20.

Donald G. Marshall Leaves Legacy of Commitment and Love of Law

June 2, 2010

Professor Emeritus Donald G. Marshall, a member of the Law School faculty since 1967, passed away May 28, 2010, at age 79 after a fall in his home in Edina, Minn.

Professor Ní Aoláin Joins U.N. Roster of Experts

June 1, 2010

Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain has been invited to serve on the U.N. Roster of Experts for the Crisis Communications Unit. The United Nations maintains rosters of experts in many disciplines, composed of leading analysts and scholars who field inquiries from journalists when major events take place.