Law School News
for November, 2010
November 30, 2010
Professor Emeritus Ferdinand P. (Andy) Schoettle, age 77, died of cancer Nov. 24, 2010, in Vero Beach, Fla. A nationally recognized expert in state and federal taxation and law and public policy, he joined the Law School faculty in 1967. He retired from teaching in 2008.
November 29, 2010
Law School Professor Ruth Okediji, a leading authority on international intellectual property law, has been appointed to serve on a committee of the Washington, D.C.-based National Academies. The committee’s project is entitled “The Impact of Copyright Policy on Innovation in the Digital Era.”
November 24, 2010
The University of Minnesota Law School's Civil Practice Clinic has filed a lawsuit in Hennepin County District Court on behalf of property homeowners in parts of Minneapolis who appear to be victims of significantly inflated assessments.
November 23, 2010
Both of the Law School's National Moot Court teams advanced to the Region 14 Moot Court Competition semifinals held this past weekend at Drake University Law School. The Petitioner team was composed of third-year students Nora Crumpton, James Fuller, and Cicely Miltich, while the Respondent team was made up of third-year students Cortney Jones, Emily Van Brunt, and Katrina Wessbecker. The teams were coached by Clinical Professor Brad Clary and Adjunct Professor Kristin Sankovitz.
November 18, 2010
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents today voted unanimously to name Eric Kaler as the 16th president of the university, succeeding President Robert Bruininks, who returns to the faculty in June 2011. The vote to approve Kaler came after two days of public meetings with the finalist and members of the university community, a public forum on Wednesday and a public interview at the board meeting. Kaler, 54, will be only the second university alumnus to serve as president of Minnesota’s land-grant and research university.
November 15, 2010
Law School Professor Thomas Cotter just received word that he has won a Samsung-Stanford Patent Prize for his submission entitled "Four Principles for Calculating Reasonable Royalties in Patent Infringement Litigation."
November 12, 2010
Bridget M. Ahmann ('85), a partner at Faegre & Benson, and her colleague in the firm’s device litigation practice, Erin M. Verneris, won a 2010 Burton Award for Legal Achievement in the law firm category for “Name Brand Exposure for Generic Drug Use: Presciption for Liability.” Their winning article, which discusses legal developments affecting the liability of manufacturers of name-brand drugs for claims arising from ingestion of generic equivalents, was published in the Summer 2009 issue of the Hamline Law Review.
November 5, 2010
James H. Gallegos ('90) has been selected the new vice president and general counsel at Alliant Energy Corp. He will replace Barbara J. Swan, who is retiring from the position, and assume oversight of the company's legal team on Nov. 8.