A message from the Dean

Dean Garry W. Jenkins

Dear Friends,

For me, fall is a celebration of new beginnings. At Minnesota Law, the new school year always brings first-year students eager to join our community and returning students and faculty ready to engage with
the law and each other. In those respects, this year will be familiar. 

Yet this fall semester looks different than any other that’s come before it. The hope and promise of a new start, however, remain palpable. The incoming J.D. class is stunningly talented and passionate about shaping the world, as well as our most diverse in well over a decade. Technology and innovative planning are making it possible for our faculty to teach in ways that protect the health of our community. Our legal clinics and pro bono programs are supporting our community in numerous ways while engaging in important, skill-building work. 

Our ability to evolve and adapt to this rapidly changing world remains grounded in our commitment to public engagement. It’s a part of everything Minnesota Law does, has been, and aspires to be. As you well know, law is a profession bearing an obligation of service. Our students embrace it, our faculty and staff reinforce it, and our community benefits from it. At law firms, government agencies, corporations, and nonprofits, Minnesota Law students and graduates serve people, organizations, the profession, and the world. 

Every part of our planning for this new year is grounded in ensuring the continuity of the world-class, transformative learning experience expected from a Minnesota Law education. 

To continue this work, I ask you to join me in making a meaningful gift to Minnesota Law for fiscal year 2020-21. With your help, our Minnesota Law community extends far beyond the walls of Mondale Hall. Your donation opens the doors of opportunity for all students and values the significant impact of our faculty and programs on the challenges of today. Your contribution signals to our students and faculty, the state, and the world that Minnesota Law alumni and friends are invested in the Law School’s commitment to excellent teaching, innovative research and programs, and the development of the next generation of lawyer-leaders. More than any other time in our history, support from alumni and friends is vital to the future of our Law School.


Garry W. Jenkins
Dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law


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