A message from the Dean

Please note that the message below was printed before George Floyd’s death, and does not address this important topic.

The Dean has since published letters to the Minnesota Law community: On the Death of Minneapolis Resident George Floyd and George Floyd and the Fight for Justice

Dean Garry W. Jenkins

I continue to be deeply appreciative of the strong support of you, our alumni and friends, as we all navigate this unprecedented time together. 

Since March, we have adapted our educational mission to new realities while mounting a comprehensive response to the COVID-19 crisis. Executing this shift is just one of the many ways I have seen the Minnesota Law community come together and support each other over recent weeks. The curriculum adjustments and pedagogical innovations undertaken by our faculty to transition to remote instruction with just days of notice took a monumental, shared effort. Our faculty demonstrated resolve and creativity in their drive to continue to provide a world-class legal education, even under trying circumstances. Not surprisingly, our remarkable students (after all, they are digital natives) have adapted to a new world of Zoom classes, remote studying, and virtual office hours pretty quickly. Our staff have found new tools and processes to support current and admitted students and each other. 

Despite the upheaval, the one thing that has not changed is our mission. Our top priorities right now are addressing the needs of students and ensuring Minnesota Law is able to meet the demands of our current and future circumstances. Now more than ever, your support will have an immediate impact on Minnesota Law and its strength. Gifts to the Annual Fund allow the Law School to address critical needs from faculty research support as they advise and lead on the legal implications of this crisis (including Professor Susan Wolf’s work as a co-lead of the Minnesota COVID Ethics Collaborative) to representing those with pressing legal challenges to scholarship aid that enables students to attend Minnesota Law.
We are a global community of individuals who care deeply about the mission of the University of Minnesota Law School. If your situation allows, I invite you to join me—and many alumni and friends—in supporting the Law School. Your gift matters.
I know that we will be facing uncertainty going forward. However, I am confident that whatever the future holds, we will address challenges together and Minnesota Law will remain steadfast in its dedication to students, faculty, staff, and the community we serve. As always, we will face these challenges as we have any others: with care, compassion, and a commitment in the power of law and lawyers to make a difference.
Warm regards,
Garry W. Jenkins
Dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law


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