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  • Center for New Americans

    Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Helps Liberian Man Gain Permanent Resident Status

    February 6, 2015

    A young Liberian man whom the Law School’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic helped to obtain asylum in 2013 was recently granted a green card, giving him lawful permanent resident status in the United States.

  • Front row: Jordon Greenlee (’15), Prof. Perry Moriearty, and Christopher Land (’16); Back row: Caitlin Maly (’15) and Co-director of the Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic Prof. Jean Sanderson

    Following SCOTUS Ruling, Child Advocacy Clinic Addresses Life-Without-Parole Sentences for Juveniles

    February 6, 2015

    In June 2012, in the case of Miller v. Alabama, the United States Supreme Court held that it was unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to mandatory life-without-parole. Miller was the third Supreme Court case in seven years to hold that juveniles are constitutionally different from adults due to their lack of maturity, vulnerability to negative influences, and capacity for change. The decision invalidated sentencing laws in 28 states, including Minnesota. What Miller did not address, however, is what these states should do to comply with the ruling and whether it applies to the more than 2,100 inmates across the country who were already serving such sentences.

  • Professor Kathryn Sedo and Frank DiPietro (’14)

    Tax Clinic Takes IRS Filing Status Appeal to 8th Circuit

    February 2, 2015

    On Feb. 11, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a case that may help one family’s tax situation—and could lead to a change in the U.S. Tax Code. Representing the petitioner against the IRS will be Frank DiPietro (’14), who began working on the case while he was a student in the Law School’s Ronald M. Mankoff Tax Clinic.

  • John Tuma (’88)

    John Tuma (’88) Named to Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

    February 2, 2015

    Governor Mark Dayton has appointed John Tuma (’88) to a six-year term on the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), effective today. The five-member PUC regulates the state’s electricity, natural gas, and telecommunications industries.

  • Daniel Schueppert (’15)

    Daniel Schueppert (’15) Wins International Award for Essay on Climate Change and the Law

    January 28, 2015

    The Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) has announced the winners of its Legal Essay Contest 2014. Third-year Law School student Daniel Schueppert (’15) was named a silver award winner for his essay “Climate Change, the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification and Multi-Level Governance.” His essay, along with those of the four other winning law students, will be published by the CISDL in a special working paper series later this year.

  • Maya Tao (’15), Meghan Heesch, Kristin Johnson (’15), Bobae Kim (’15), Linus Chan, Brent Johnson (’16), and Crystal Tsai (’15)

    Students in Detainee Rights Clinic Work to Protect the Rights of Immigration Detainees with Mental Disorders

    January 23, 2015

    Student attorneys in the Law School’s Detainee Rights Clinic recently won rulings on appeal for two clients with mental disorders who were not screened for competency during the merits phase of their proceedings before the immigration court.

  • Anu Jaswal (’15), Julia Decker (’14), Stephen Meili, Emily Good (’03), and Jaclyn Campoli (’14)

    Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Provides Successful Advocacy for Three Clients

    January 22, 2015

    The Law School’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, part of the Center for New Americans (CNA), has recently seen its efforts lead to positive outcomes in three asylum-related cases.

  • Left to right: Jon Laramore, Dianne Heins, Kate Evans, Sheila Stuhlman (’00), Julia Decker (’14), Caitlinrose Fisher (’15), Anna Finstrom (’15), Ben Casper (’97), Daniel Pulliam, Molly Moss

    U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments This Week in Case Litigated by the Center for New Americans with Faegre Baker Daniels and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

    January 14, 2015

    On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Mellouli v. Holder, a collaborative litigation effort of the Center for New Americans attorneys Kate Evans and Benjamin Casper (’97) led by our partners Faegre Baker Daniels attorneys Jon Laramore, Lucetta Pope, Daniel Pulliam; and with the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota attorneys John Keller and Sheila Stuhlman (’00). Faegre Baker Daniels Partner Jon Laramore will argue the case for the team. Law students Anna Finstrom (’15), Caitlinrose Fisher (’15), and Julia Decker (’14), now a Robina Fellow with the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, have been invaluable members of the litigation team.

  • Center for New Americans

    Asylum Victory After Settlement at U.S. Supreme Court

    January 8, 2015

    Capping years of collaborative litigation that ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court, Center for New Americans’ (CNA) client Pe Paul Goromou was granted asylum on January 8 by an immigration judge. The CNA’s Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic, along with co-counsel from Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, L.L.P., and The Advocates for Human Rights, filed a petition for certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and correct the government’s misinterpretation of a controversial statute that requires most persons fleeing persecution to apply for asylum within one year of their arrival in the United States.

  • Nicole Starr (’03)

    Nicole Starr (’03) Appointed Judge in Minnesota's Second District

    December 31, 2014

    Nicole Starr, a 2003 honors graduate of the Law School, has been appointed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to serve as a judge in the state’s Second Judicial District. Her appointment fills one of two vacancies on the bench created when Judges Paulette Flynn and Gregg Johnson retired earlier this year. The Second Judicial District, with 29 judges, 4 referees, and 2 magistrates, encompasses all of Ramsey County and includes the capital city of St. Paul. In making the appointment, the governor called Starr “extremely accomplished” and praised her “exemplary commitment to public service.”

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