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Law School Alumni and Student to Receive Outstanding Service Awards at MJF Event

OCTOBER 18, 2010—This year's Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF) Annual Awards Celebration will take place Nov. 10, 2010, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at International Market Square, 275 Market St., Minneapolis.

B. Todd Jones ('83), U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, will give the keynote address, entitled “Balancing National Security Concerns and Civil Liberties—Policy, Politics, and Practicalities in the 21st Century.”

Two University of Minnesota Law School alumni are being honored with Outstanding Service Awards for 2010:

  • C. Christopher Bercaw ('92), a partner in the corporate group at Dorsey & Whitney, will receive the Distinguished Service Award.
  • Brockton D. Hunter ('97), a criminal defense attorney representing Minnesota clients in a 12-county area, will receive the Private Practice Lawyer Award.

In addition, MJF selects one student from each Minnesota law school each year to receive the Law Student Volunteer Award. This year's recipient from the Law School is Steven Schmidt ('11).

Jones was nominated by President Obama and in August 2009 took office as Minnesota's U.S. Attorney—the second time in the position. He was also appointed U.S. Attorney by President Clinton in 1998 and served until 2001. In the intervening period, he practiced complex business litigation and led the corporate criminal defense group at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi in Minneapolis. Jones has volunteered his time with the University of Minnesota Foundation, Innocence Project of Minnesota, Federal Public Defender Panel for indigent criminal defendants, and other boards and projects. At the Law School, he has shared his expertise with 1Ls through the Dean's Leadership Breakfast Series, mentored students in Legal Research and Writing and other programs, and been a speaker at a variety of student group events.

MJF's public service mission intersects with that of the U.S. Attorney and other governmental law enforcement and public defender offices. MJF was formed in 1982 by law students wishing to help meet the legal needs of the low-income community, and its volunteers often donate their services to prosecuting agencies and public defender agencies. Law student volunteers working under the supervision of legal-service and private-firm volunteers helped serve the legal needs of more than 12,000 individuals last year. MJF honors the exemplary service of Minnesota legal professionals each year with its Outstanding Service Awards.

For more information, contact MJF Development Director JoAnn McGuire at joann@mnjustice.org or (612) 626-9366. To make reservations, email admin@mnjustice.org or call (612) 625-1584.

Portrait of B. Todd Jones ('83)

B. Todd Jones ('83)

Portrait of C. Christopher Bercaw ('92)

C. Christopher Bercaw ('92)

Portrait of Brockton D. Hunter ('97)

Brockton D. Hunter ('97)

Portrait of Steven Schmidt ('11)

Steven Schmidt ('11)