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for May, 2013

Timothy R. Baer ('85) and Board of Advisors Member D. Cameron Findlay Win Burton Awards for Legal Achievement

May 31, 2013

Timothy R. Baer ('85), Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Target Corp., and University of Minnesota Law School Board of Advisors member D. Cameron Findlay, who serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Medtronic, Inc., are both recipients of 2013 Burton Awards for Legal Achievement.

Robina Foundation Pledges $9 Million to Law School

May 30, 2013

With receipt of almost $9 million from the Robina Foundation, the University of Minnesota Law School has received one of the largest gifts in its history. The gift will be divided evenly to support two Law School programs: the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice and a new University of Minnesota Law School Center for New Americans, an immigration law center. Together, these gifts will support work that has the potential to help millions of people.

Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Student Argues Asylum Case Before U.S. Court of Appeals

May 30, 2013

On May 15, clinic student attorney Gaelen Schumann ('14) argued before the Eighth Circuit on behalf of a client who had been tortured by military officials in his country of origin but was denied asylum because he filed his application 33 days after the one-year deadline in his case. The attorney on behalf of the government acknowledged that this was not a case that "felt good" but argued that the Court did not have jurisdiction to consider the denial.

Justin Cummins ('97) Receives NELA Dedicated Advocacy Award

May 22, 2013

Justin Cummins ('97) received the 2013 Karla R. Wahl Dedicated Advocacy Award from the Executive Committee of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Employment Lawyer Association (NELA) at a banquet held May 20 in St. Paul. The award recognizes Cummins's work in advancing employment law and civil rights.

Law School Honors Class of 2013 at 125th Commencement Exercises

May 21, 2013

The University of Minnesota Law School held its 125th commencement ceremony May 18 at Mariucci Arena. Law School Dean David Wippman welcomed the Class of 2013, their families and friends, and several special guests: University of Minnesota Regent Thomas Devine, Executive Vice President/Principal of the David Agency; Karen Hanson, University of Minnesota Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; and keynote speaker Governor Mark Dayton.

Supreme Court Justice Paul Anderson ('68) Speaks on MPR on Same-Sex Marriage Decision Process

May 20, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Paul Anderson ('68) was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio on the same-sex marriage issue. Anderson stated he was happy the Legislature, and not the courts, made the decision.

Class of 2013 Students Honored at Awards Ceremony and Reception

May 20, 2013

The Law School welcomed graduates and their families for the 2013 Student Awards and Recognition Ceremony, held at 2:00 p.m., May 17 in Lockhart Hall. The event acknowledged outstanding student achievement among those in the Class of 2013, prior to the May 18 Commencement.

'Serving Those Who Served Us' CLE Training Program

May 9, 2013

The Law School Clinics are celebrating their 100th anniversary with a CLE training program entitled "Serving Those Who Served Us" on Saturday, June 8, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., in room 50.

William Donohue ('74) Appointed General Counsel of the University of Minnesota

May 8, 2013

Law School alumnus William Donohue ('74) has been appointed general counsel of the University of Minnesota, filling the position previously held by Mark Rotenberg.

Minnesota Law Review Lead Article Profiled in The New York Times

May 7, 2013

The lead article in Minnesota Law Review's 97th Volume was profiled in the Sunday, May 5, edition of The New York Times. "How Business Fares in the Supreme Court," a study authored by Lee Epstein, William Landes, and Judge Richard Posner, examined the claim that the current Supreme Court is more favorable to business than previous Supreme Courts have been.

Mock Trial Scholars Program

May 6, 2013

The University of Minnesota Law School will host its first annual Mock Trial Scholars Program for high school students August 19-23, 2013. The program will give high school mockers an opportunity to practice and improve their trial advocacy skills, while also providing them with a taste of life as a college student.