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for March, 2009

Teaching in the Moment: Workshop on Curricular Development

March 30, 2009

MARCH 30, 2009—On April 27, 2009, the University of Minnesota Law School and the Society of American Law Schools will host a one-day workshop on curricular responses to pressing issues in our local, national, and global communities.

McGee Civil Rights Moot Court Examines 14th Amendment

March 26, 2009

Thirty-seven teams from 26 schools competed in the 24th Annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition held March 5-7 at the Law School. Top honors went to Team 2 of the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

MN Attorney General Swanson to Speak at Law School March 27th

March 23, 2009

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson will speak at the Law School on March 27 at 12:20 in Auerbach Commons. The Attorney General will talk about her experiences in law school, clerkships, and what’s currently going on in the AG’s office.

Symposium Investigates Payday Lending

March 23, 2009

On May 1, 2009, the Law School's Consumer Protection Clinic and LSS Financial Counseling (part of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota) are co-sponsoring a symposium entitled "Financial Quicksand: Understanding Payday Lending in Minnesota."

TORT Squad Brings Ditherer to Her Senses

March 19, 2009

More than 1,300 attendees enjoyed "It's a Wonderful Law School," the seventh production of the University of Minnesota Law School's Theatre of the Relatively Talentless (TORT), on March 6 and 7 at Pantages Theatre.

Law School Announces New Business Law Concentration

March 19, 2009

The Law School has added business law to its existing concentrations in health law and bioethics, human rights law, and labor and employment law. Under the directorship of Professor John Matheson, the business law concentration will help prepare students to practice in this widely encompassing field of mergers & acquisitions, international business transactions, white-collar/corporate crime, and much more.

Kirtley Advocates Government Access During Sunshine Week

March 17, 2009

Prof. Jane Kirtley's op-ed column, "More people are knocking at the door. Let them in," appeared in the March 15, 2009 issue of the St. Paul Pioneer Press to kick off Sunshine Week (March 15-21), which promotes open government. She wrote another op-ed column, "Respect. That's What Open Government is All About," which appears on the Sunshine Week web site and has been published in numerous newspapers in South Carolina, West Virginia, California, Colorado and Illinois. She was also quoted in an Associated Press story about Minnesota law on the online availability of government records.


Lending Law by Cox et al an Example for Nation Says NYT

March 9, 2009

University of Minnesota Law School Associate Clinical Professor Prentiss Cox was the principal drafter of the 2007 legislation that was subsequently enacted by the Minnesota legislature. Among the law's measures to regulate residential mortgage lending are banning of negative amortization, collusion between brokers and lenders, and prepayment penalties on subprime mortgages. The law also imposes on brokers a fiduciary responsibility to the borrower.

U.S. 5th Circuit Chief Judge Jones to Give Lecture

March 6, 2009

On Monday, March 9th, The Honorable Edith Jones, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, will be giving a lecture entitled "The Influence of Richard John Neuhaus on Religion in the Public Square," in Room 25 at 12:15.

Alumni Named Lawyers of the Year

March 5, 2009

Three University of Minnesota Law School alumni have been selected for inclusion in the 15th edition of Best Lawyers in America in their specialty in Minnesota: Michael V. Ciresi ('71), Alan C. Eidsness ('73), and Philip S. Garon ('72).

Save the Date: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to Speak At Law School

March 3, 2009

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is scheduled to speak at the Law School on April 15, 2009, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 175, Willey Hall. As the event date nears, please check the Law School Calendar for any last-minute time or room changes.