Samuel D. Heins (’72) Nominated Ambassador to Norway
The White House announced yesterday that President Obama has nominated Samuel D. Heins (’72) as the United States ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway. Heins will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before the full Senate votes on his confirmation.
Heins received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1968 before enrolling at the Law School. After earning his J.D., he embarked on a legal career that spanned more than 40 years, becoming known as one of Minnesota’s most talented and successful plaintiff’s lawyers. Most recently (1994-2013) he was a partner at Heins Mills & Olson in Minneapolis, where he specialized in complex litigation, particularly securities fraud and antitrust class actions. Heins is also one of the state’s most dedicated champions of international human rights. In 1983, he co-founded The Advocates for Human Rights and served as its first board chair. In 1985, he played a pivotal role in establishing the Center for Victims of Torture and chaired its inaugural board; he continues to serve as a board member and vice chair. Heins has also been a longtime advocate of the Human Rights Center at the Law School, where he has established endowed funds to support fellowships and research conducted by students on topics related to the advancement of international human rights.
“Sam Heins is one of the most distinguished alumni of the University of Minnesota Law School and an excellent choice to serve as U.S. ambassador to Norway,” said Dean David Wippman. “His success in running a law firm and serving on numerous nonprofit boards demonstrates his exceptional management and negotiation skills. His human rights work reflects a broader passion for civil rights and civil liberties and a commitment to public service. Sam will serve the United States well as a highly effective ambassador.”