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for October, 2011

Law School to Host ABA Student Negotiation Competition

October 31, 2011

On Nov. 5-6, 2011, the Law School will, for the first time, host the 2011-12 Region 7 ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition. Ten U.S. and Canadian law schools are sending 50 law student competitors and faculty to the event, and approximately 50 practicing Twin Cities lawyers will judge the competition.

Prof. Ralph Hall Interviewed on Medical-Device Legislation

October 31, 2011

The first of two podcasts featuring Law School Professor Ralph Hall is available on Medical Progress Today, the blog of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Hall is interviewed by Paul Howard, Ph.D., director of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Medical Progress, about the FDA’s regulation of medical devices and recently proposed legislation to improve the system.

Thomas Renn (’84) Named to U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Oregon

October 28, 2011

Minnesota native Thomas Renn (’84) was sworn in today as a judge on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon. Appointed by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Renn fills a vacancy created by a sudden death. He will have chambers in the federal courthouse in Eugene, Ore.

U Law School’s Journal of Law and Inequality Announces Symposium on Death Penalty Reform

October 27, 2011

The University of Minnesota Law School's Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice, in association with the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project, is presenting its annual symposium, this year entitled, "Perspectives on the Death Penalty: Comparative Solutions from the Classroom to the Courtroom," from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in Room 25 of Mondale Hall, 229 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

November Conference to Study U.S. Patent Reform

October 26, 2011

The University of Minnesota Law School and Briggs and Morgan, P.A., are co-sponsoring the conference "Patent Strategy After the America Invents Act: How U.S. Patent Reform Will Alter Patent Prosecution and Litigation Decision Making" from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, in Room 385 of Mondale Hall, 229 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Helps Secure Asylum for Torture Victim

October 25, 2011

Earlier this month, students and faculty working at the University of Minnesota Law School's Immigration and Human Rights Clinic helped a West African man, who prefers to remain anonymous, secure asylum in the United States. After being arrested, starved, beaten, tortured, and sexually humiliated by government soldiers for his political beliefs, the man risked his life to escape imprisonment and travel to the United States.

IOM Committee Issues Essential Health Benefits Report

October 11, 2011

The committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) charged with developing basic policy, criteria, and methods for defining and updating the package of essential health benefits (EHB) as part of federal health care reform released its report on Oct. 7, 2011. Law School Associate Professor Amy Monahan served on the 18-member committee, which researched and wrote the report "Essential Health Benefits: Balancing Coverage and Cost."

Corporate Institute Co-Sponsoring NYC Conference on Extraterritorial Securities Litigation

October 10, 2011

The Corporate Institute is co-sponsoring, with Dorsey & Whitney, a conference in New York City on extraterritorial securities litigation after Morrison v. National Australia Bank, a 2011 case in which the Supreme Court limited the reach of federal securities laws to transactions inside the United States.

Law School Says Good-Bye to Prof. Judith Martin

October 7, 2011

Professor Judith Martin, an urban planning expert and a Faculty Fellow at the Law School since mid-2000, died Oct. 3, 2011, in St. Paul at age 63.

A Visit to the Clinic

October 5, 2011

The Law School’s clinics can make remarkable changes in the lives of their clients, perhaps none more dramatically than the Immigration and Human Rights Law Clinic. The student attorneys in the Immigration Clinic represent refugees who are fleeing persecution in their native countries and seeking asylum in the United States.