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    Students’ Human Rights Work Influences U.N. Committee

    March 4, 2015

    Over the past three years, the ongoing partnership between the University of Minnesota and four law schools in Colombia’s Department of Antioquia—known as “La Alianza,” or “The Alliance”—has improved awareness of and support for human rights in the region. In its most recent success, La Alianza’s critical findings and recommendations regarding the status of children in Antioquia have been endorsed by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

  • Left to right: Chad Pennington (’15), David Blevins (’15), and William Hamilton (’15) completed field placements in the Clemency Project with Professor JaneAnne Murray.

    Students Seek Clemency for Nonviolent Inmates

    March 4, 2015

    In April of last year, the Obama administration launched a clemency initiative aimed at reducing the sentences of long-term, nonviolent federal inmates. Deputy Attorney General James Cole described the program’s goal in terms of fundamental justice: to ameliorate the sentences of those who had been subject to “older, stringent punishments that are out of line with sentences imposed under today’s laws.”

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    Tax Clinic Receives IRS Grant

    February 27, 2015

    The Internal Revenue Service has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Law School’s Robert M. Mankoff Tax Clinic. The funds will help support the clinic’s work in two areas: representing low-income taxpayers who have disputes with the IRS, and doing community outreach to such taxpayers, many of whom are not fluent in English, in an effort to prevent tax problems before they can arise.

  • Professor Francis Shen

    Neurolaw Study Reveals How Politics Affects Criminal Justice Reform

    February 25, 2015

    A forthcoming study co-authored by Professor Francis Shen finds that Republicans and Independents are more likely to disapprove of neuroscience-based legal reforms if those reforms are seen as being too lenient on criminal defendants. Given the growing influence of the field of “neurolaw”—which integrates neuroscience into the legal system in a variety of ways—the finding is likely to have far-reaching implications.

  • Eleanor Wood (’16)

    Eleanor Wood (’16) Wins Tax Law Writing Award

    February 19, 2015

    The Federal Bar Association has announced that Eleanor Wood (’16) is the winner of the 2015 Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition for her article “Rejecting Tax Exceptionalism: Bringing Temporary Treasury Regulations Back in Line with the APA.” This marks the second straight year that a Law School student has placed first in the competition; Matthew Hu (’14) was the winner last year. As the winning author, Wood will receive $2,000 and a trip to the FBA Section on Taxation’s annual tax law conference, to be held March 5-6 in Washington, D.C. Her article will be considered for publication in the FBA magazine, The Federal Lawyer, or the Section on Taxation’s newsletter, Inside Basis.

  • Frank DiPietro (’14)

    Frank DiPietro (’14) Named a Brunswick Public Service Fellow by the ABA Section of Taxation

    February 13, 2015

    The ABA Section of Taxation has announced that Frank DiPietro (’14) is a recipient of the Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship for 2015-17. During the term of his fellowship, DiPietro will work with the Law School’s Center for New Americans and its Robert M. Mankoff Tax Clinic to help immigrants deal with tax issues that may prevent them from becoming U.S. citizens. DiPietro also plans to work with the Tax Clinic and the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans to provide tax and legal advice to veterans, particularly those on fixed incomes.

  • Leon Wells (’15), Alex Hagstrom (’15), Jenna Shannon (’16), and Rosie Derrett (’16)

    Mock Trial Team Wins at Regionals, Heads for Nationals

    February 9, 2015

    Two teams from the Law School are just back from four intense days of mock trial arguments at the regional level of the annual Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition. One team earned Regional Champion honors and will compete at the national finals next month; the other team also made a strong showing, placing 10th out of the 24 teams participating.

  • Kelly Mitchell

    ABA Passes Resolution to Recommend an End to Life-Without-Parole for Children, Initiated by Robina Executive Director, Kelly Mitchell

    February 9, 2015

    At its mid-year meeting in Houston, Texas, today, the American Bar Association (ABA), has approved a resolution calling for an end to the practice of sentencing children to life-in-prison-without-parole and urging “meaningful periodic opportunities for release.” Resolution 107C is sponsored by Kelly Mitchell, Executive Director of the University of Minnesota Law School’s Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice.

  • 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.

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