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for September, 2014

The Orientation Express: Bringing New Students and Fellows Up to Speed

September 10, 2014

The 195 members of the J.D. class of 2017 gathered in Mondale Hall at 8 a.m. on Aug. 26 for the start of their Law School orientation. Over the next three days, they would be welcomed, briefed, tipped off, and clued-in; meet professors, administrators, and other key figures; go to lunch, go to socials, go on a scavenger hunt; and be given not one, but two legal writing assignments, lest they forget what this whirlwind of meeting and greeting was really about.

Prof. Howland Elected Chair of ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Council

September 3, 2014

Professor Joan S. Howland has been elected chair of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Council for the 2014-15 term. The Section focuses on legal education, lawyer licensing, and the bar admissions process. The Council is the national accrediting body for law schools located in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Joint-Degree Student Roma Patel ('15) Wins Mayo Clinic Innovation Award

September 3, 2014

Roma Patel, who is on track to receive both a J.D. and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota in 2015, has won a Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation CoDE Award. She will receive $50,000 in funding, access to Mayo's enormous resources, and the services of a production team, and over the coming year she will create a video series intended to use the power of storytelling to help patients from diverse backgrounds better understand their illnesses and their health-care options.