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Joe Thiegs ('99) Joins Advancement Office

SEPTEMBER 23, 2009—Joseph K. Thiegs, a 1999 graduate, is returning to the Law School to oversee alumni relations activities and the annual giving program and to work directly with major donors in his new role with the Office of Advancement. He began his duties as Associate Director of Advancement September 22.

"The Law School is very pleased to welcome back one of its own graduates to provide insightful leadership to the area of alumni engagement," says Director of Advancement Jean Sazevich. "Joe's expertise in the field of planned giving will also strengthen our ability to work with the many donors who are considering the benefits of making deferred gifts from their estate."

Thiegs has worked as a planned giving officer at the University of Minnesota Foundation since 2005 and is active in several professional organizations. He serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Finance Committee of the Minnesota Planned Giving Council, and he is a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and the Legislation Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Probate and Trust Law Section.

"Joe has made many contributions as a planned giving officer over the past four years, and I know he will be an asset to the Law School," says Frank Robertson, Director of Planned Giving at the University of Minnesota Foundation. "We are pleased he will remain a part of University development."

As a Law School student, Thiegs was a managing editor of Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice and won the school's 1999 Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition for legal writing. After completing his J.D., he practiced estate law with Dorsey & Whitney and was named a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics in 2009, 2005, and 2004. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University in 1996.

Portrait of Joseph K. Thiegs

Joseph K. Thiegs ('99)