Spring Alumni Weekend participants

Spring Alumni Weekend

Spring Alumni Weekend 2019

Every year the University of Minnesota Law School welcomes the entire alumni community to a weekend of events and activities both at the Law School and around the Twin Cities, while hosting special reunion events for classes celebrating milestone anniversaries. See below for a schedule of events for 2020.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, April 17, 2020

12:30 - 3:00 p.m.  Classes of 1965 and 1960 55th and 60th Reunion Lunch and Program
Mondale Hall 

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Rare Books Open House & Exhibit Tours (free)
Featuring Special exhibits: Noted and Notable: Treasures of the Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center
and ‘Böcker Har Sina Öden’ (Books Have Their Destinies): Treasures of the Swedish Law Collection at the Riesenfeld Center
Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center, Mondale Hall Sub-Plaza

3:30 - 5:00 p.m. CLE Program (free) - Working Successfully Across Generations
Mondale Hall - Room 25
1.5 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits Requested

Understanding generational differences allows lawyers, firms, and organizations to tap into the unique strengths of each group. Avoid pitfalls and learn best practices to create a culture of productivity and good communication to better serve the needs of employees and clients.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Law School Community Reception (free)
Mondale Hall Concourse (1st floor)

The festivities begin as the entire Law School community comes together to mix and mingle at an all-alumni reception. Network and socialize with fellow alumni and current students, faculty and staff. Complimentary hors d’oeurvres, beer and wine will be provided by the Office of Advancement.

7:30 p.m. Discounted Tickets to Emma ($30) - Opening Night
Guthrie Theater, Wurtele Thurst Stage

Spend Friday evening with fellow alumni enjoying the world-premier of Kate Hamil’s comedic adaption of this Jane Austin classic. Please note that tickets are limited, and the discounted price is available only through the Law School’s Spring Alumni Weekend registration process

Class of 1970 50th Reunion Dinner
The Minneapolis Club

First Four Reunion (for Classes of 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016)

Saturday, April 18, 2020

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. CLE Program (free) - Protecting the Innocent and Ending Wrongful Convictions - Lessons from the Past and Ideas for the Future
McNamara Alumni Center - Swain Room 
1.5 Ethics CLE credits requested

Julie Jonas ’95 and Rachael Melby ’20 will present on the work of the Innocence Project of MN in local exonerations, as well as the work of Innocence Network members nationally. Learn about common causes of wrongful convictions and some remedies to prevent wrongful convictions from occurring in the future

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. All-Alumni Luncheon ($25)
McNamara Alumni Center-University Hall 

The Dean invites the Law School community to a luncheon featuring a moderated conversation with Judge Paul Feinman ’85 (New York Court of Appeals) and Justice Barry Anderson ’79 (Minnesota Supreme Court) to discuss current topics facing the highest courts in their states.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Fighting Mondales vs. Alumni Hockey Game (free)
3M Arena at Mariucci

The 2020 Fighting Mondales hockey team and Law School alumni face-off in a friendly, highly anticipated game. The Fighting Mondales are captained by 2L Bernard Cryan and the alumni are led by Kiel McElveen ’13.

Saturday Evening Individual Class Reunion Events
Milestone reunion classes of 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015 will hold reunion celebrations throughout the Twin Cities.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Golden Society Brunch ($25)
Jax Cafe

Golden Society Alumni (Law School graduating classes from 1970 and prior) are invited to a celebratory brunch at Jax Cafe. Programming will feature a panel moderated by Prof. Bob Stein ’61 on the topic of Minnesota Law’s 132 Years of Excellence in Legal Education. Panelists include current faculty members Prof. John Matheson, Prof. Oren Gross, and Prof. Laura Thomas.

For more information about Spring Alumni Weekend, please contact lawalum@umn.edu or 612-626-8539.

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