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for June, 2012

Judge Michael Kirk (’75) Appointed to Minn. Court of Appeals

June 28, 2012

Seventh Judicial District Court Judge Michael L. Kirk (’75) has been appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals to fill a vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Judge Roger M. Klaphake (’66). In his June 27, 2012, announcement, Gov. Mark Dayton said that Kirk's "passion for justice and his years of experience will make him an excellent appellate judge in the Seventh Congressional District."

James Chosy (’89) Named for U. Minn. Alumni Service Award

June 26, 2012

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents, with recommendation of the University Alumni Association, the all-University Honors Committee, and University President Eric Kaler, has selected James L. Chosy (’89) to receive the 2012 Alumni Service Award. The award recognizes individuals whose volunteer activities have imparted major benefits to a University or alumni group.

End-of-Year Giving Ramping Up

June 21, 2012

The Law School is fast approaching the end of its fiscal year on June 30, 2012, and the 2012 deadline for contributions to the Partners in Excellence Annual Fund. The goals for this year's campaign are to raise $1 million for the first time in the history of the Law School, and to reach 20% annual giving participation. Increasing alumni participation to broaden our base of supporters and building unrestricted funding to better handle our changing funding model are key priorities for the Law School this year and going forward as part of the GENERATIONS campaign.

Law School Bids Farewell to James Hetland (’50)

June 13, 2012

James L. Hetland Jr. (’50), a former Law School professor, inaugural chair of the Metropolitan Council, and long-time bank executive, died May 23, 2012, in Minneapolis. He was 86.

Law School Mourns Passing of Melvin Mooty (’51)

June 11, 2012

Melvin R. Mooty (’51), a named partner at Gray, Plant, Moody, Mooty & Bennett, passed away on May 30, 2012, at age 84 at a Minnetonka, Minn., care facility of complications from Parkinson's disease. He is "widely recognized as one of the best real estate lawyers in Minnesota," says a tribute on the firm's site.

Patrick Diamond (’86) Appointed to Second Judicial District Court

June 8, 2012

Patrick Diamond (’86) of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office has been appointed to the bench of Minnesota's Second Judicial District Court (Ramsey County), Gov. Mark Dayton's office announced June 1, 2012. Diamond and an additional appointee, Public Defender Leonardo Castro, will fill vacancies created by the appointment of Judge Edward J. Cleary (’77) to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the retirement of Judge Steven D. Wheeler.

Judge Kathleen Sanberg (’82) Receives MWL Award

June 7, 2012

Kathleen Sanberg (’82), a judge on the Minnesota Tax Court, was selected by Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) to receive its 2012 Myra Bradwell Award. It goes to an MWL member who exemplifies the highest ideals of the legal profession and the courage, perseverance, and leadership on women's issues of the award's namesake.

Robina Foundation Supports Law School Public Interest Scholars Program With $3.5 Million Gift

June 4, 2012

The University of Minnesota Law School has received a $3.5 million gift from the Robina Foundation to support a new Public Interest Scholars Program. The program is intended to create a seamless path from admission to full-time employment for students interested in public service careers.

Kathleen Sheehy (’84) Appointed District Court Judge

June 1, 2012

Kathleen D. Sheehy (’84) has been appointed to the bench of Minnesota's Fourth Judicial District Court (Hennepin County), Gov. Mark Dayton's office announced May 30, 2012. Sheehy and additional appointees Martha Holton Dimick and Edward Wahl replace retiring Judges Cara Lee Neville, Beryl A. Nord (’73), and George F. McGunnigle.