July 10, 2015
The American Sociological Association has awarded its 2015 Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Book Award to The Contentious History of the International Bill of Human Rights by Professor Christopher N.J. Roberts. The award is given annually by the ASA Section on Human Rights to the author whose book “demonstrates the most thoughtful, competent, or innovative analysis of a theoretical or empirical issue” in the field of human rights. Roberts, an associate professor at the Law School and an affiliated faculty member of the University’s Department of Sociology, will receive the award at the ASA’s annual meeting in August.
July 8, 2015
John R. Tunheim (’80) has succeeded Michael J. Davis (’72) as chief judge of the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. Under federal law, the judge who is most senior in service within a district is designated as the chief judge and serves as the court’s chief judicial officer for seven years. The leadership change took effect on July 1. Judge Davis will remain with the court as a senior judge.
July 6, 2015
Sukanya Momsen (’16) has been awarded second place in the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s 2014-15 law student writing competition. Her article, “Discharging the Duty to Warn with Multilingual Warning Labels,” will appear on the Section’s Web site within the next few weeks and will be publicized in its magazine, The Brief. Momsen was also recently named the winner of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s 2015 Law Student Award for Excellence in Employment Law.
June 26, 2015
In a decision issued yesterday in the case of Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the availability of a “disparate impact” cause of action arising under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). In writing the opinion for the 5-4 majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy cited a brief written by Professor Myron Orfield and other housing scholars; the brief described the history of housing segregation in the United States that led to the passage of the FHA in 1968. Orfield and the Law School’s Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, of which he is the director, were involved in the case from its inception, preparing and analyzing data and doing legal research for the plaintiff, the nonprofit Inclusive Communities Project of Texas.
June 17, 2015
The Robina Institute is pleased to present The Sentencing Guidelines Resource Center, a new website that serves as a central source of information related to American sentencing guidelines systems.
June 16, 2015
In February, the Law School’s Robert M. Mankoff Tax Clinic argued a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, representing a client in a filing status dispute with the IRS. Frank DiPietro (’14), working under the supervision of Tax Clinic Professor Kathryn Sedo, presented the argument; he had begun working on the case while a student in the clinic. Last week, the court issued its ruling: a victory for the client and for the clinic’s mission and strategy.
June 3, 2015
Paul R. Scoggin (’84) has been appointed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to serve as a judge in the state’s 4th Judicial District, replacing Judge Marilyn B. Rosenbaum, who retired. “The people of the 4th Judicial District will be well served by Paul Scoggin’s extensive legal experience and long history of public service,” said Dayton in making the appointment. “I thank Mr. Scoggin for his willingness to continue serving the public, after having already spent 30 years in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.”
June 2, 2015
On June 1, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Mellouli v. Holder, handing a victory to Moones Mellouli, a pro bono client represented jointly by the University of Minnesota Law School’s Center for New Americans, Faegre Baker Daniels and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM). The decision is an early milestone for a unique law school program created to transform U.S. immigration policy through partnerships with law firms and non-profit immigration legal service providers.
May 20, 2015
The University of Minnesota Law School held its 127th commencement ceremony May 16 at Northrop Memorial Auditorium. Dean David Wippman welcomed the Class of 2015, their families and friends, and several special guests: University of Minnesota Regent Darrin Rosha (’96), general manager and corporate counsel for Crutchfield Dermatology in Eagan, Minn.; Allen Levine, the University’s vice provost for faculty and academic affairs; and the keynote speaker, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan C. Page (’78).
May 19, 2015
John D. Gould (’53), a founder of the Minneapolis-based intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould and a leading figure in the legal community for six decades, died May 13 in St. Paul. He was 88.