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Law School Professor Kappelhoff Selected for Leadership Position at Department of Justice

APRIL 30, 2014—Prof. Mark Kappelhoff has been appointed to a temporary position as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Kappelhoff, a professor at the Law School since 2012 and the director of its Criminal Justice Clinic, will take a leave of absence from his teaching responsibilities to accept the appointment.

"Mark is an outstanding member of the Law School faculty, and he will certainly make a tremendous contribution to the Department of Justice," said Dean David Wippman. "The University of Minnesota Law School has a proud tradition of faculty members, alumni, and students who contribute to the law by engaging in public service."

Kappelhoff is returning to the Civil Rights Division, in Washington, D.C., where he served as a federal prosecutor for 14 years, from 1998 until 2012. Before joining the Law School faculty, he served as the chief of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section, where he prosecuted and supervised the prosecution of some of the DOJ's highest-profile civil rights cases, including hate crimes and human trafficking cases; one of the latter was among the largest human trafficking cases ever prosecuted by the Justice Department. He also created the DOJ's Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit and served in various leadership positions during his tenure there. Since returning to Minnesota, he has worked as a Special Assistant United States Attorney on behalf of the U.S. Attorney's Office, where he has investigated and prosecuted human trafficking cases.

Kappelhoff will begin his assignment at the Department of Justice in May. He will return to the Law School in the fall to resume his teaching responsibilities.