September 15, 2016
Lawrence D. “Larry” Cohen (’57), former mayor of St. Paul, chairman of the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners, and chief judge of the Ramsey County District Court—the only person ever to have held all three of those positions—died Sept. 11 at his home in St. Paul, surrounded by his family. The cause was lung cancer, diagnosed three weeks before his death.
September 2, 2016
At 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 30, the members of the J.D. class of 2019 convened in Mondale Hall for the start of their University of Minnesota Law School orientation.
August 24, 2016
Governor Mark Dayton has reappointed Edward J. Cleary (’77) as chief judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Cleary was first named to the Court of Appeals in 2011, and was its appointed chief judge in 2013. His second term in that role will begin Nov. 1 of this year and expire on Oct. 31, 2019.
August 18, 2016
The influential blog Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports noted yesterday that the University of Minnesota Law School ranked 15th among all U.S. law schools (tied with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) for the number of times its tenured faculty’s published scholarship was cited in legal journals.
August 15, 2016
The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota has named the Law School’s Center for New Americans as its 2016 National Advocate of the Year.
Students’ Clemency Project Work Helps Secure Commutations for Two Nonviolent Inmates Serving Life SentencesAugust 5, 2016
On Aug. 3, President Obama commuted the sentences of 214 federal inmates, most of them imprisoned for nonviolent drug-related offenses. Among them was Bernard Gibson, 66, who was represented in his clemency application by Professor JaneAnne Murray and David Blevins (’15).
August 2, 2016
Jonathan Estes, Dara Johnson-Ayodele, and Hal Spott, all members of the Law School’s class of 2016, have been named Star of the North Fellows by the state of Minnesota.
August 1, 2016
Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson has announced the appointment of Garry W. Jenkins as dean of the University of Minnesota Law School, effective July 31, 2016.
July 18, 2016
Wendell “Wendy” Anderson (’60), whose term as governor in the 1970s was marked by landmark legislation known as the “Minnesota Miracle” and by his appearance on an iconic Time magazine cover, has passed away at the age of 83. He had suffered with Alzheimer’s disease in recent years, and died July 17 of pneumonia at Our Lady of Peace hospice in St. Paul.
July 13, 2016
Tammy Merkins (’99) has been appointed county attorney of Becker County, Minn., effective July 8. She will fill the remaining two and a half years in the term of Gretchen Thilmony, who has been named a judge in the state’s 7th Judicial District. Becker County is located in northwestern Minnesota; its county seat is Detroit Lakes.