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Dr. Tyner writes for Law Practice Today, highlighting the work of the Community Justice Project

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Dr. Tyner writes for Law Practice Today, highlighting the work of the Community Justice Project and Prof. Levy-Pounds.

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The Logistical Nightmare of Sending 57,000 Immigrant Kids Home

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Bloomberg Businessweek Politics & Policy posts a story about the logistical nightmare of sending immigration kids home on July 24, 2014.

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Listen to Prof. Levy-Pounds on MPR News, African Americans and the incarceration gap

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Prof. Levy-Pounds speaks about African Americans and the incarceration gap on MPR News Friday Round Table, July 18.

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Professor Wiebe and his colleagues make recommendations to The President and his administration for Fair Treatment for Unaccompanied Central American Children

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Prof. Wiebe along with a group of professors and researchers with experience teaching and practicing in the areas of immigration, human rights, and international law, primarily at U.S. universities, colleges, and law schools write to offer their counsel to the President and his administration as they respond to the refugee emergency involving unaccompanied children and families with children from Central America and Mexico.

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Professor Osler and colleagues make recommendations to the US Sentencing Commission

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Prof. Osler and fellow academics who teach and study criminal law and sentencing, write to Honorable Judge Patti B. Saris to urge two outcomes. First, they ask that the pending amendment to Guideline § 2D1.1(c), which would reduce narcotics offense levels by two points, be made retroactive. Second, they believe that retroactivity should apply without exceptions or carve-outs. Read more.

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Dr. Tyner writes in Insight News about the Mississippi Freedom Summer

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The 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer was celebrated June 25 – 29 during a convening in Jackson, Miss. More than 1,500 young people, community leaders and civil rights veterans gathered in Mississippi to honor the legacy of those who sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom in 1964, while setting the course for the future. This was an intergenerational assembly with youth traveling from across the nation and convening in the Youth Congress. Participants traveled from Minnesota, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and beyond. These young leaders were taught civil rights history lessons from living legends including Bob Moses, Marian Wright Edelman and Hollis Watkins. There was also a transference of the mantle of leadership from the veterans of the movement to the youth of today. This was a mandate for the youth to return home and lead social change in their respective communities.

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The Unaccompanied Children Crisis: Causes and Local Responses, CLE hosted by the IPC on July 23

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Susan Schmidt will share insights from the recent Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) report "Children on the Run." As senior research consultant for UNHCR, Schmidt was part of a team that interviewed over 400 children from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico in Office of Refugee Resettlement and Border Patrol custody. In addition to providing an overview of the research, she also will share tips for interviewing. Rebecca Scholtz, staff attorney for the Immigration Law Project of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, will briefly outline common forms of relief, including asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). She will share strategies for screening children for SIJS eligibility.

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Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Yields Polarized Debate, Prof. Tom Berg speaks on NPR about the supreme court ruling

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Debate involving religion and contraception is ignited by the Hobby Lobby ruling on NPR. Steve Inskeep discusses the court's case with Prof. Tom Berg, Director of the Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic at the IPC.

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White House honors Legal Services Clinic alum, Daryl Atkinson ‘07, with Champions of Change award

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Daryl Atkinson ‘07 receives the White House Champions of Change award today for his work on criminal justice reform issues, particularly removing the legal barriers triggered by contact with the criminal justice system.

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Julia Sinaiko, Family Law Clinic alum, blogs about her UST Law experience and her commitment to social justice

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Julia Sinaiko, Family Law Clinic alum, blogs about her UST Law experience and her commitment to social justice

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Professor Berg, at Whole-Life Democrat blog, celebrates the late Rep. Jim Oberstar's commitment to the common good

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A month or so before the Whole Life Democrat blog re-launched, longtime congressman Jim Oberstar of Minnesota, a stalwart among pro-life Democrats, died. Prof. Berg, Director of the Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic, posts his reflections on Oberstar and what he stood for on the new blog.

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Prof. Osler blogs in the Huffington Post, "Four Spiritual Opportunities of Facebook"

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Prof. Osler blogs in the Huffington Post on June 19, "Four Spiritual Opportunities of Facebook"

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Prof. Levy-Pounds writes in the Star Tribune, "As the Battle for Equity Heats Up, Scapegoats are Caught in the Crossfire"

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Prof. Levy-Pounds writes in the Star Tribune, "As the Battle for Equity Heats Up, Scapegoats are Caught in the Crossfire."

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Prof. Osler featured on a UST Law poster along the St. Paul/Minneapolis lightrail

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Prof. Osler, Director of the Federal Commutations Clinic, is featured on a poster along the Lexington Parkway lightrail stop.

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Prof. Osler's is profiled in the Pioneer Press | Rubén Rosario: Law professor seeks justice for offenders like those he put away

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Rubén Rosario writes about Prof. Osler in the Pioneer Press. As an assistant U.S. attorney in his native Detroit, Mark Osler prosecuted and sent drug dealers off to prison with long mandatory minimum sentences. Now, as a University of St. Thomas School of Law professor, Osler, with the help of a half-dozen students, is working hard to commute the kind of prison sentence he once championed.

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Nekima Levy-Pounds walks the walk for civil rights and social justice

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Prof. Levy-Pounds, Director of the Community Justice Project, is featured in the Twin Cities Daily Planet's Our Stories for her work, process, and commitment to social justice..

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Osler is Part of National Effort to Screen 18,000 Applicants for Obama’s New Drug Clemency Program

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University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Mark Osler, founder of the nation’s first Federal Commutations Clinic in fall 2011 and leading advocate for federal criminal justice reform, has joined a group of federal defenders and legal advocates who will conduct an initial screening of the 18,000 prisoners who last month applied to have their sentences commuted through President Barack Obama’s new drug clemency program.

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Melissa Martinez awarded the University of St. Thomas School of Law Outstanding Clinic Student of the Year

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We are very pleased to announce the selection of Melissa Martinez as the recipient of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) UST Outstanding Student of the Year. The Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) created the award to honor a law student at each law school who has excelled in a clinical course.

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Welcome to our summer 2014 St. Olaf Legal Scholars

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It's our fifth year collaborating with the St. Olaf Legal Scholars Summer Program at the University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Center (IPC).

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Shawn Webb recipient of the UST Outstanding Service Learning & Civic Engagement Award

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Misdemeanor Clinic Faculty Shawn Webb is the recipient of the 2014 UST Outstanding Service Learning & Civic Engagement Award.

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Prof. Wright to present at the 3rd World Congress on Adult Guardianship

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Prof. Jennifer L. Wright, Director of the Elder Law Practice Group at the IPC, will present Mediating in the Shadow of Guardianship: Possibilities and Pitfalls at the 3rd World Congress on Adult Guardianship on May 29. The World Congress will be held May 28 – 30 in the Washington, DC metro area. The panel discussion also features a presentation from Dominique Sanz-David with Bet Tzedek Legal Services (USA).

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White Privilege: The Elephant in Minnesota's Living Room, a blogpost by Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds

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Prof. Levy-Pounds blogs about white privilege in Minnesota for the Star Tribune. Read more.

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Clinic students file first briefs for new religious liberty clinic

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Students in the University of St. Thomas School of Law’s new Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic wrapped up the clinic’s first semester this spring by submitting its first briefs to the federal courts of appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits.

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Prof. Levy-Pounds receives Hennepin County diversity award

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The award recognizes Levy-Pounds’ “outstanding commitment toward increasing diversity in the legal profession.”

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Prof. Osler advocates for reform of our drug laws in the New York Times

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Prof. Osler advocates for reform of our drug laws in the New York Times

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Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds receives Hennepin County Bar Association Diversity Award

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Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds will be recognized at the Hennepin County Bar Association's 95th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on May 20th with the Diversity Award.

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Prof. Wright speaks about guardianship proceedings on the Disability Justice website

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Prof. Jennifer Wright, Director of the Elder Law Practice Group, is interviewed about guardianship proceedings on the Disability Justice website.

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Retrospective Case Study Reveals the Impact of Phone Calls on Prisoners and Their Families

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“If you nurture a plant, it grows; if you comfort a loved one incarcerated, it encourages his awareness for being loved.” ‌A study conducted by the University of St. Thomas Community Justice Project Legal Clinic in 2013 found a simple phone call to a loved one from prison is like “a fistful of gold,” a lifeline to prisoners. Through this study, twenty-two men of the Power of People Leadership Institute were able to reflect back to their time while incarcerated and express their need for telephone calls as a “light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel.” Since being released from prison, these men have served as leaders in the community.

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Congratulations to our Legal Services Clinic faculty and students for their recognition at the UST School of Law's Living the Mission Award Ceremony for 2014

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Congratulations to the Legal Services Clinic faculty and staff for their recognition at the UST Law Living the Mission Award Ceremony on April 14, 2014.

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Appellate clinic students, Michelle King and Joy Nissen, deliver outstanding oral arguments before the United States Court of Appeals

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In San Francisco, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in the marble ceremonial courtroom, Prof. Sisk was privileged to observe two outstanding arguments presented by our St. Thomas students in the Appellate Clinic, Michelle King and Joy Nissen. The appeal raises the issue of whether prison officials, for the purpose of prison security, may read outgoing mail by a death row prisoner to his lawyer on direct appeal from a capital sentence.

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Lawyers of Color Names Levy-Pounds One of the Most Influential Law Professors in the U.S.

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University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, Director of The Community Justice Project, is one of the most influential young minority law professors in the country, according to media and research company Lawyers of Color.

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A thoughtful profile on Prof. Osler, Director of the Federal Commutations Clinic

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An evangelical Christian and former prosecutor, Mark Osler has become one of the country’s most effective advocates for criminal-justice reform. Read more.

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UST Immigration Appellate Clinic wins their second case

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On February 20, 2014, the Board of Immigration Appeals remanded to the Board of Immigration Appeals (or Executive Office for Immigration Review –Los Angeles, California Immigration Court) the case of a Guatemalan asylum seeker who was represented by 3L students Charles Dolson ‘14 and Alan Tritcht '14 of the UST Immigration Appellate Clinic.

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Prof. Levy-Pounds calls for a Paradigm Shift in Public Education

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Prof. Levy-Pounds calls for a paradigm shift in public education in an article in Minn Post.

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KFAI Interview: Prison Phone Justice

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KFAI's Rico Morales talked with Dr. Tyner and Community Justice Project student, Terri Schmitz, about helping families stay in touch when someone is incarcerated.

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Minnesota Appeals Court upholds warrantless DWI test

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Scott Swanson, Adjunct Faculty with the Misdemeanor Clinic, weighs in on the issue of DWI testing consent.

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Legal Services Clinic Selection Announcements Next

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The Legal Services Clinic application deadline has passed. The selection announcements will be made on April 11, 2014 for the 2014-2015 (including summer 2014) academic year.

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End Minnesota’s high prison phone rates

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Dr. Tyner writes in the MN Spokesman Recorder on high prison phone rates. 15,000 children are losing contact with a mother or father in prison due to the extremely high cost of prison phone calls. The cost for one 15-minute collect phone call from a prison can cost over $17.

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UN releases report on unaccompanied refugee children

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The IPC has served a number of young people who have fled their home countries. Reports such as the recently released UN report on unaccompanied children from Mexico and Central America help to inform our practices.

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Great and true news about St. Thomas Law! blogs Prof. Osler

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Prof. Osler blogs about the National Jurist rankings for the best schools for practical training as a lawyer.

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Advanced Elder Law Practice Group students Alex Saumer ‘14 and Troy Olson '14 make their oral arguments to the Minnesota Court of Appeals

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Advanced Elder Law Practice Group students Alex Saumer ‘14 and Troy Olson '14 took on a unique experience this semester, making their oral arguments to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

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The Defenders, the work of the Misdemeanor Clinic

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Read more about the work of the Misdemeanor Clinic

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University of St. Thomas School of Law #1 in the Nation for Practical Training

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National Jurist names the University of St. Thomas School of Law #1 in the nation for practical training

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The School of Social Work's Justice Lecture series on "Economic Justice for All" will feature guest speaker, Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds

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The School of Social Work's spring signature event, the Justice Lecture series on "Economic Justice for All" on Tuesday, March 18 at 5 PM. It will be held on the University of St. Thomas campus in McNeely 100.

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The Prison Phone Justice Team at the Racial Justice Rally

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Prison Phone Justice Team of the Community Justice Project attend at the Racial Justice Rally on March 5, 2014

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Rosenblum: Calls to reform unfair prison phone system

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Dr. Tyner and Teri Schmitz featured in a Start Tribune article, Rosenblum: Calls to reform unfair prison phone system on March 5.

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Professor Levy-Pounds Speaks at the School to Prison Pipeline Protest and Rally at Central High School

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Professor Levy-Pounds Speaks at the School to Prison Pipeline Protest and Rally at Central High School. See the story and video coverage.

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Dr. Tyner's Publication is in Clearinghouse Review Journal of Poverty Law and Policy

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Dr. Tyner's most recent publication on prison phone justice is published in the Clearinghouse Review Journal of Poverty Law and Policy (January-February 2014).

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Non-Profit Orgs Clinic hosts Muffin Mondays

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Beginning Monday, February 17, coffee, muffins and green tea will be sold from 8:00 am - 1:30 pm on the second floor of the UST School of Law. All proceeds go to support the non-profit organizations being formed under UST's non-profit clinic.

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Dr. Tyner Serves as Panelist at the ABA’s School to Prison Pipeline Town Hall Forum

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Dr. Tyner serves as a panelist at the ABA’s School to Prison Pipeline Town Hall Forum.

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Back From the Brink

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As young boys Jack* and his cousin Andrew* were very close, but over the years they lost touch. Jack married, had two children and had saved money for his daughter’s college education; meanwhile, his cousin had chosen a darker path. Jack read in the newspaper that Andrew had been arrested on felony charges. Family members contacted Jack about posting bail money for his cousin. Jack decided to loan him $37,000 in college savings, thinking it was temporary financial help. ...read how UST Law's Bankruptcy Litigation Clinic

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IPC Alum, Tim Flynn Fights for Human Rights

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Life sometimes presents opportunities that can be turning points for those with the eyes to see them. Tim Flynn ’11 and CJP Alum is one who has recognized those key moments and used them to build a career of upholding human rights.

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Prof. Levy-Pounds recognized in the new generation of African-American leaders with a new fight

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Prof. Levy-Pounds, Director of the Community Justice Project, is recognized as a part of the 'new generation of African-American leaders' with a new fight here in the Twin Cities.

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Searching for Home, a powerful story of our Interprofessional Center client

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Wounded, frightened and in pain, Harriet Oyera arrived in Minneapolis on a tourist visa, alone. A widowed mother of three, she had left her family and her home in Uganda terrified for her life. At the hands of the Lord’s Resistance Army – a group that abducts children and forces them to become child soldiers and sex slaves – Oyera was tortured, and her husband was murdered. Suffering as a result of decades of conflict, she knew that if she wanted to live, she had to flee.

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Watch Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds' moving speech on the status of Martin Luther King's dream

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MLK's Dream: Where Are We Now? watch Prof. Levy-Pounds speak on and to Dr. Martin Luther King's dream

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Immigration Appellate Clinic Assists in 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Victory.

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Maryland's Immigration Clinic, led by Professor Maureen Sweeney and students, had a tremendous victory in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. University of St Thomas adjunct professors Ben Casper and Kate Evans (along with Andres Benach in DC) , supervised University of St. Thomas students Holden Turner and Samuel Johnson in writing the American Immigration Lawyers Association amicus brief in support of the petitioner in the spring of 2013.

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Dr. Tyner Explores the Intersections of Leadership and Social Engineering

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Dr. Tyner explores the intersections of Leadership and social engineering in a blog Black Life Coaches.net. It focuses on leadership lessons that we can learn from civil rights architect, the late Dean Charles Hamilton Houston.

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Prof. Osler writes for The Detroit News

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Prof. Osler writes for The Detroit News regarding juvenile parole reform in Michigan.

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Profiles of Courage: Leadership Lessons from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Dr.Tyner

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Dr. Tyner writes Profiles of Courage: Leadership Lessons from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for BlackLifeCoaches.net

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Prof. Levy-Pounds Speaks about Minnesota's Employment Gap on MPR News

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A new report by Minnesota's advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights found the employment gap between whites and people of color "intolerable." Listen to Prof. Levy-Pounds on MPR News.

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State advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights releases report co-authored by students, professors on unemployment disparity in Minnesota

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The Minnesota Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has released a new report co-authored by students and professors from the University of St. Thomas School of Law that examines the underlying causes of racial disparity in unemployment in Minnesota and recommendations for change.

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Martin Luther King's Dream—Where Are We Now? on Jan 23, featuring keynote speaker Prof. Levy-Pounds

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Dr. Martin Luther King offered America a compelling vision for social change that transformed our nation. As part of Humphrey School’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, we are calling our beloved community together to reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision and goals, and explore where we stand now. Keynote speaker Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, civil rights attorney and director of the Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, will share her views on the status of Dr. Martin Luther King’s "Dream" today.

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POLICY AND A PINT: Minnesota and Race In The 21st Century with special guest Nekima Levy-Pounds

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Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds, Antonio Cardona, and Chris Stewart are featured guests at POLICY AND A PINT: Minnesota and Race In The 21st Century, a Martin Luther King Day edition.

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Welcome to our newest group of clinic students for Spring 2014

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The newest crop of #USTLawMN clinical students were sworn into practice by MN Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea on January 10. These students now go on to assume responsibility for clients and advocacy work through UST Law's Legal Services Clinic. Congratulations!

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Immigration Clinic Alum works to achieve humanitarian victory

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Immigration clinic alum worked behind the scenes to achieve a humanitarian victory for kidney transplant survivor.

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Karamu Forum: Reflections on freedom's journey

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Dr. Tyner writes of Karamu Reform in Insight News on December 26, 2013.

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Minnesota needs prison phone policy reform

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Alex Migambi, CJP student, writes of prison phone policy reform for Insight News

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The Interprofessional Center Celebrates "Dress Like George" Day

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The Interprofessional Center Celebrates "Dress Like George" Day for George Baboila's birthday this year.

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Prof. Wiebe testifies against cluster bomb clause in Canada's Bill C-6

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Professor Virgil Wiebe testified before the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development on Nov. 26, speaking out against a controversial clause in Canada’s Bill C-6 that would allow Canadian Forces to use or direct the use of cluster bombs in certain situations despite the nation’s participation in an international treaty that prohibits their use.

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Community Justice Project student, Sarah Orange, blogs about the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice

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Community Justice Project student, Sarah Orange, blogs about the campaign for prison phone justice on the Media Action Grassroots Network site.

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Professor Virgil Wiebe Testifies before the Canadian House of Commons

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Professor Virgil Wiebe, Director of the Immigration Law Practice Group and Co-director of the IPC, is testifying before the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development of the Canadian House of Commons on Bill C-6, An Act to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions at 3:30 central time on November 26.

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Professor Levy-Pounds Speaks on the Legacy of JFK on MPR News

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Professor Levy-Pounds, Director of the Community Justice Project, speaks on the legacy of JFK on MPR News' Friday Roundtable.

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Students Aim to Bring ‘Life,’ in More Ways Than One, to Africa

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Samali Mutazindwa, 2013 social work intern at the IPC, is featured for her work with West African Medical Missions, which she co-founded and co-directs.

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Clemency is a task for people and institutions of faith

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Prof. Osler writes an opinion piece for the Star Tribune about clemency and the Federal Commutations Clinic

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The 2013 Midwest Clinical Conference Gets a Shout Out on Prairie Home Companion

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Clinical Law Prof. Deborah Burand headed over to The State Theater to see if she might get a ticket to Prairie Home Companion on Nov. 2 during the 2013 Midwest Clinical Conference. Luckily she did even though the show was sold out. And Garrison read out loud, on air, her shout out to her UMich Dean West.

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Prof. Mark Osler Participates in the Loyola University Bellarmine Forum - "Restoring Justice and Racial and Civil Rights"

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Prof. Mark Osler Participates in the Loyola University Bellarmine Forum - "Restoring Justice and Racial and Civil Rights"

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"Christians and Mass Incarceration" Huffingtonpost blog by Prof. Mark Osler

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Prof. Mark Osler, Director of Federal Commutations Clinic, writes a Huffingtonpost blog.

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Justice 4 All: Bridging the racial jobs gap

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Now is the time to take action in order to ensure those with a criminal history have a second chance. A chance to write a new chapter for their futures by becoming gainfully employed, supporting their families, and strengthening our community. Take Action MN and community leaders are working to make this vision a reality. Please join the Target Racial Jobs Gap meeting on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Capri Theatre to lead change in Minnesota. For more information about Take Action Minnesota and the Justice 4 All Campaign (a part of the Community Justice Project) please visit: www.takeactionminnesota.org.

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Prof. Osler, director of the Federal Commutations Clinic, speaks of criminal law in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press

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Prof. Osler, director of the Federal Commutations Clinic, speaks of criminal law as related to a young man with repeated felonies in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.

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38 students inaugurated into Legal Services Clinic

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Thirty-eight students were sworn or affirmed into certified student practice Aug. 23 by the Honorable LaJune Lange as part of the recent Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services Swearing In/Affirmation Ceremony.

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ABA to publish Dr. Tyner’s book on social justice lawyering, leadership and public policy

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Artika Tyner, Ed.D., M.P.P., J.D., has been awarded a contract from the American Bar Association that will allow for her book, “Leading for Change: The Lawyer’s Guide to Planting People and Growing Justice,” to be published by the ABA in 2014.

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Legal Services Clinic Alumna Descends Into ‘Capitol Hell,’ Pens Novel

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UST Law and Legal Services Clinic Alumna, Alicia Long, writes a novel about her experiences in Capitol Hill. Read more about her experiences.

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Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds Participates in the Mayoral Debate on Education

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"The star of the evening: Moderator Nekima Levy-Pounds, the University of St. Thomas law professor who insisted on answers from candidates who tried to duck pointed questions, shut down speechifying and interjected enough wit to keep the air breathable." writes Beth Hawkins about Pro. Levy-Pounds participation in the mayoral debate on education on September 16, 2013.

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Katherine Tinucci, Gov. Dayton's Campaign Manager and former Community Justice Project student makes the news in MinnPost

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Katherine Tinucci, Gov. Dayton's Campaign Manager and former Community Justice Project student makes the news in MinnPost

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Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds speaks on MPR News

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Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds is featured in MPR News on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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50 years after the March on Washington: It's time to arise to today's civil-rights challenges by Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds

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Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds writes an article in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington that appeared in MinnPost.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | East Side of St. Paul is 'out of sight, out of mind' until a serious incident happens

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Professor Levy-Pounds writes about the East Side of St. Paul in the Twin Cities Daily Planet, Community Voices section. Levy-Pounds' helps bring some context to the recent beating that happened on the East Side of St. Paul by teens against an older adult.

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Prison Phone Justice: Making Connections for Families

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The work of Dr. Tyner and the Community Justice Project in the campaign for prison phone justice gets coverage by writer, filmmaker, activist, Vina Kay in Opine Season.

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Dr. Tyner Appears on the St. Paul Forum

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Dr. Tyner appears on the weekly St. Paul Forum which features local community leaders. Her remarks focus on the work of the Community Justice Project and the Office of Diversity at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

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St. Olaf Summer Legal Scholars Program gives students firsthand experience in the legal field at the Legal Services Clinic

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St. Olaf College’s Summer Legal Scholars Program is giving seven rising seniors the opportunity to gain firsthand legal experience in university law programs across the Midwest, including our University of St. Thomas Legal Services Clinic.

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Professor Levy-Pounds Discusses the Zimmerman Verdict on WCCO Radio, July 14, 2013

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Professor Levy-Pounds appeared on WCCO Radio’s “News and Views” with Roshini Rajkumar on July 14, 2013 to discuss the George Zimmerman verdict.

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Prof. Sisk, students, reflect on successes of Appellate Clinic's inaugural year

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In its inaugural year, UST Law’s newly-created Appellate Clinic saw two 3L students, Christopher Motz (‘13) and Terrence Schnurr (‘13), represent a client in a case before the United States Court of Appeals under the supervision of Prof. Gregory Sisk. These students became part of an energetic and committed team of advocates that prepared the opening and reply briefs, with one of the students also arguing before a panel of nationally-prominent judges.

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Prof. Levy-Pounds speaks during the Rally for Trayvon Martin in Minneapolis on July 15

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During the Rally for Trayvon Martin in Minneapolis July 15, Prof. Levy-Pounds says the community must look to itself for answers, just like it did when the civil rights movement began.

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In the aftermath of Zimmerman’s acquittal, racial justice remains elusive by Prof. Levy-Pounds

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Prof. Levy-Pounds writes of issues of race, young Black men, and the law that factored into Trayvon Martin's untimely death in the Community Voices section of the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

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Prof. Wiebe speaks on WCCO's Jordana Green Show, July 5

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Professor Virgil Wiebe, Director of the Immigration Law Practice Group, appeared on WCCO's Jordana Green show on July 5 to comment on asylum matters.

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Harnessing the Storm: Responses to the “New Normal” Midwest Clinical Conference, Nov. 1-3, 2013

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The 28th Annual Midwest Clinical Conference will be held at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, MN from November 1-3, 2013. Sessions will be 75 minutes in length. Please forward your proposals by July 15, 2013 to IPCLAW@stthomas.edu.

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Hopkins High School black students' suspensions, charges dismissed

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Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds successfully advocates for African American male students at Hopkins High School who faced suspension and criminal citations for their involvement in peacefully protesting a racially-charged incident in February.

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Dr. Tyner receives the UST Student Diversity and Inclusion Services Office's 2013 Outstanding Commitment Award

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Dr. Tyner received a pleasant surprise and great honor on May 15, 2013.

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Professor Levy-Pounds writes about the Public Education-reform debate and Institutional Racism in MinnPost

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Prof. Levy-Pounds writes of public education-reform and the issues that children of color experience within the system.

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Dr. Stankovitch receives the 2013 Award for the Common Good from the College of Education, Leadership, and Counseling

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Dr. Stankovitch is one of seven who received the 2013 Award for the Common Good from the College of Education, Leadership, and Counseling

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Dr Artika Tyner: “NCMR 2013: A Journey of Exploration and Learning”

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Dr. Tyner writes about her experience at the 2013 National Conference for Media Reform.

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Holly Hanson, IPC psychology alumna, working in the field of corrections

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Holly Hanson, IPC psychology alumna, is now working as a therapist and psychologist in the field of corrections.

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Loddy Tolzmann helps lead the movement in the aftermath of war

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Loddy Tolzmann, ILPG alum and member of the board of directors of the Mines Advisory Group along with Virgil Wiebe, helps lead the movement in the aftermath of war and tragedy.

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The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice receives 2013 UST Mission Award

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Congratulations to our CJP students on living the UST mission.

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Parent Voices Talk Radio covers How Are The Children? Part VI: Re-Imagining Public Education

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Parent Voices Talk Radio covers How Are The Children? Part VI: Re-Imagining Public Education, a symposium created by the Community Justice Project, that's in its sixth year.

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Dr. Tyner is featured in celebration of Page Education Foundation's 25th Anniversary

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Happy 25th Anniversary to the Page Education Foundation! Dr. Tyner is a lifelong mentor to the Page Foundation.

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Legal Services Clinic Selection Announcements

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Legal Services Clinic selection announcements were sent to perspective law students Friday, April 5.

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Former IPC Director of Social Work Services, Jim Stolz, interviewed on WCCO

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The former IPC Director of Social Work Services, Jim Stolz, was interviewed on WCCO about anxiety the physiologic process behind it.

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Elder Law Practice Group mentioned in The New York Times

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Our Elder Law Practice Group gets a mention in The New York Times Health section.

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Professor Mark Osler to speak at Behind Bars/Beyond Bars on April 16

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Professor Mark Osler, director of the Federal Commutations Clinic and criminal law professor at St. Thomas, will be speaking at event entitled “Behind Bars/Beyond Bars" on April 16 from 4:00 to 5:30.

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Dollars and Sense: The Case for Prison Phone Justice by Dr. Tyner, Natalie Peterson, and Shannon West

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Dr. Artika Tyner, Natalie Peterson, and Shannon West of the Community Justice Project write an article in Insight News about their work for Prison Phone Justice.

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Immigration and sequestration: Accidental justice? by Virgil Wiebe

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Virgil Wiebe, co-director of the IPC, writes an opinion piece in the Star Tribune about immigration and sequestration, March 5, 2013.

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Immigrant Held in Sherburne County Jail, glad to 'breath fresh air'

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Read about Sarah Brenes, IPC alum and former Immigration Law Fellow, as she works with her immigration client in a March 2013 Star Tribune article.

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Former Clinical Law Fellow and Adjunct Immigration Appellate Clinic Faculty highlighted in MinnPost

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The work of former Clinical Law Fellow and UST Law Graduate, Sarah Brenes, and Adjunct Immigration Appellate Clinic faculty, Ben Casper, is highlighted in the MinnPost.

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Legal Services Clinic applications are available for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

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Legal Services Clinic applications are available for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

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Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds writes for the MinnPost Community Voices section about the plight of young black men in Minnesota

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Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds of the Community Justice Project writes for the MinnPost about the plight of young black men in Minnesota. "Minnesota’s long-standing reputation as a progressive state may very well be in jeopardy. A look at the statistics surrounding the quality of life for young African-American men point to a picture that is bleak and difficult to ignore. These young men represent fewer than 5 percent of our state population, but are more than 35 percent of our state prison population. They are more likely to have contacts with police and probation officers than college recruiters and job interviewers. They are also more likely to live in prison housing than on college campuses in our state. This has to change."

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A presentation by Dr. Tyner inspires Central High School students to action

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A presentation by Dr. Tyner entitled Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline: Research and Recommendations for Creating New Pipelines to Success Workshop on November 8, 2012 inspires Central High School students to action. In the presentation, Dr. Tyner addressed equity issues underlying the disproportionate representation of students of color, in particular African American students, in school disciplinary proceedings and juvenile detention.

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Appellate Clinic Students give Oral Argument before the United States Court of Appeals

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Chris Motz and Terry Schnurr, third-year students in the Appellate Clinic, will be traveling to San Francisco in April for oral arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Chris and Terry, under the supervision of Professor Greg Sisk, have prepared both opening and reply briefs in Patterson v. Schriro, a case involving a prisoner’s claims of denial of religious liberty rights and medical treatment and adequate nutrition.

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UST Immigration Law Practice Group graduate, Kathy Klos, makes the news through her work with the Immigration Law Center of Minnesota

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UST Immigration Law Practice Group graduate, Kathy Klos, makes the news through her work with the Immigration Law Center of Minnesota.

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Registration now open for How Are The Children? Part VI, Re-Imagining Public Education in Minnesota

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In recent years, much attention has been paid to the growing disparities in public education between white children and children of color in our state. For example, according to the Minnesota Department of Education, African American male students lag 30 percentage points or more behind their white counterparts in reading and math proficiency. Students of color are also more likely to be suspended and expelled than their white counterparts. Evidence suggests that numerous factors contribute to these disparities and threaten the future viability of our state, if not addressed with a sense of urgency. Come and learn about ways in which teachers, parents, lawyers, policy makers, community members, and nonprofits, can work collaboratively and proactively to strengthen educational outcomes for all children in Minnesota and transform a crisis into an opportunity for change.

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Bankruptcy Clinic's novel approach is highlighted in Minnesota Lawyer

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The work and faculty of our Bankruptcy Clinic is highlighted in Minnesota Lawyer for its novel approach to clinical teaching.

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Highlighting the Prison Phone Justice Campaign

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The work of the Prison Phone Justice team of the Community Justice Project is featured in the UST Newsroom - Professional Notes for December 20, 2012.

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Professor Mark Osler Blogs about Religion and Politics on CNN

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Professor Mark Osler, Director of the Federal Commutation Clinic, Blogs about Religion and Politics on CNN Belief Blog.

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Congratulations to Dr. Tyner 2013 Honoree of the Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar

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For the seventh year, the Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar Award Committee a part of the PROCEED Foundation has produced this calendar to showcase the accomplishments of African Americans with roots in Minnesota. The Committee will be recognizing twelve individuals for letting their voices be heard for the shaping of future plans for our community and state. These individuals represent various sources of informational and educational practices to enlighten and inspire others to improve our society. This year’s theme, “Vanguards of Our Legacies” recognizes the honorees’ contributions for setting the tone and facilitating the message for the expectations, hopes and dreams for citizens of African descent as well as for all Minnesotans.

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Brotherhood, Inc. Featured in Minnesota Public Radio News

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Read about an inspirational story behind the work of Brotherhood, Inc. Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds, Director of the Community Justice Project, comments in the Minnesota Public Radio News story.

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The Bankruptcy Clinic is highlighted in the November 2012 Bench&Bar of Minnesota

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The partnership between the Hinshaw & Culbertson law firm and the University of St. Thomas Legal Services Clinic is highlighted in the November 2012 Bench&Bar of Minnesota.

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Dr. Patricia Stankovitch featured in Monitor on Psychology

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Dr. Patricia Stankovitch, Director of Psychological Services in the Interprofessional Center, is featured in Monitor on Psychology, October 2012.

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The Immigration Law Practice Group's work with the detention process is highlighted by the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

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The Immigration Law Practice Group's work with the detention process is highlighted by the Twin Cities Daily Planet, October 12, 2012.

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The Power of Pardon: Law Students Advocate for the Incarcerated.

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One of the real strengths of St. Thomas’ law school is our clinical program, which gives our students not only real-life experience but also a skill set they will use in practice. One crucial skill for attorneys, for example, is developing the narrative of a client’s experience, and it is that ability which lies at the heart of our new clinic on federal commutation. In the clinic, we appeal to the president to shorten the sentences of our clients by telling their stories through a formal petition.

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Dr. Artika Tyner Blogs about the Principles of Timebanking on the Minnesota Campus Compact Community Website

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Dr. Artika Tyner, Clinical Law Faculty with the Community Justice Project, blogs about the principles of timebanking on the MN Campus Compact website.

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Community Justice Project's Brotherhood, Inc. earns runner up in the Mosaic Social Entrepreneur Competition

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The Community Justice Project's Brotherhood, Inc. earns runner up in the Mosaic Social Entrepreneur competition. Neal St. Anthony mentions the award winners and special mentions in the Star Tribune.

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CJP In the News: Dr. Tyner is featured in the Minnesota Women's Press

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Dr. Tyner is featured in the Minnesota Women's Press, discussing her reading list and her work with the Community Justice Project.

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Dr. Artika Tyner writes about the Principals of Timebanking

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Dr. Artika Tyner writes about the principals of timebanking for Insight News, August 20, 2012.

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Ms. Tisidra Jones Receives the 2012 CLEA Outstanding Student Award for the University of St. Thomas School of Law

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The faculty and staff of the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services are pleased to recognize Ms. Tisidra Jones as the 2012 AALS Clinical Legal Education Association’s Outstanding Student Award for the University of St. Thomas. This award recognizes a clinical law student who demonstrates academic excellence, service to the community and leadership. One student per law school is chosen for this award.

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Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds Blogs on Prison Phone Justice Issues

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Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds blogs for children of incarcerated parents and the challenges they face in maintaining contact with a parent during incarceration. The Community Justice Project will be working with the Center for Media Justice on a Prison Phone Justice Campaign that sheds light on this issue.

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The Community Justice Project's Brotherhood Inc. Advances to the Finals of the 2012 Mosaic Social Entrepreneurs Cup

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The Community Justice Project's Brotherhood Inc. Advances to the Finals of the Mosaic Social Entrepreneurs Cup

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IPC Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Student Worker, Morgan Ellis, Interviewed on CBS Minnesota News

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Our very own IPC Cristo Rey Jesuit High School student worker is featured on CBS Minnesota on June 9, 2012 after her graduation ceremony. We are proud of you Morgan Ellis!

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IPC In the News: Professor Wiebe is promoted to Professor of Law

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The University of St. Thomas promotes Prof. Virgil Wiebe, Director of the Legal Services Clinic, to Professor of Law.

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CJP In the News: Alex Campion Receives Service-Learning Graduate Student Award

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Alex Campion, advanced CJP student, receives the 2012 Service-Learning Graduate Student Award for her exemplary participation in the Service-Learning program at the University of St. Thomas.

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IPC In the News: Laura Orr facilitates UST Brown-Bag Session on Elder Care Law

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Laura Orr, Clinical Law Fellow in the Elder Law Practice Group, will facilitate the brown-bag session on elder care law on April 25, 2012 at the University of St. Thomas.

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IPC In The News: Alex Campion receives Pauline Lambert Advocacy Award

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Advanced Community Justice Project student, Alex Campion, is honored with the 2012 Pauline Lambert Advacacy Award for taking initiative in challenging problems that exist around gender issues on campus. Congratulations Alex!

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Brand New Legal Services Clinic Opportunities!

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The Legal Services Clinic is delighted to announce that two additional clinic offerings have been recently approved by the Curriculum Committee. Their approval came too late for them to be included in the regular clinic application process. 1L and 2L students are invited to apply for either of these offerings. If you already have been accepted into a clinic for next year, you may apply but upon acceptance into one of these new offerings you would be required to relinquish your position in the clinic into which you have already been accepted.

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CJP In the News: CJP students lead a workshop to help teens.

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CJP students Carlie Colburn and Jonica Jones lead a workshop entitled: “Teens and the Law: Know your rights.” This workshop was presented to youth leaders at the Wilder Foundation’s Youth Leadership Initiative Resources Fair on March 8, 2012.

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CJP in the News: Twin Cities Daily Planet covers CJP Symposium

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How are the Children? Part V, From the Classroom to the Courtroom, Exploring a Child's Journey through the Justice System, a March 14, 2012 symposium organized by the Community Justice Project, is covered by the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

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Legal Services Clinic No Longer Accepting Applications for Fall 2012 and Spring 2013

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Thank you for your interest in the Legal Services Clinic. Our application deadline was Monday, March 12 at 5pm. Selection announcements will be made Monday, April 2 at 9am via email to selected individuals.

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Prof. Tyner is the Winner of the Beat the Odds Blog Contest

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Congrats to Prof. Tyner, Clinical Legal Faculty in the Community Justice Project and winner of the Beat the Odds blog contest! She and her guest will be seated at the Minnesota Vikings Children's Fund Social Media Table. Read her blog, "Beat the Odds–Investing Today, Creating Lasting Change for Tomorrow."

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CJP In the News: Professor Levy-Pounds receives the Launa Q. Newman Community Services Award

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Professor Levy-Pounds, Director of the Community Justice Project, receives the Launa Q. Newman Community Services Award at the "Lifting As We Climb" luncheon and ceremony held on March 8, 2012 by The Woman's Club of Minneapolis.

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Professor Virgil Wiebe speaks at the Murphy Institute's Hot Topics: Cool Talk Series

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On March 2, 2012, Professor Virgil Wiebe, Director of the IPC’s Immigration Practice Group, spoke on the topic of “Do current and proposed state and federal immigration policies measure up to the demands of the Gospel?" The presentation, alongside Professor Andrew Yuengert of Pepperdine University, was a part of the Murphy Institute’s “Hot Topics: Cool Talk” series. The series explores both the Catholic positions and some challenging perspectives on major policy issues likely to be the focus of debate in the upcoming 2012 election.

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Interprofessional Center's Federal Commutation Clinic is the first in the nation

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The University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services is pleased to announce the addition of a Federal Commutation Clinic in the fall of 2011, led by Professor Mark Osler, is the first of its kind in the nation.

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Ms. Touch Thouk receives the 2012 Working in Public Interest Student Achievement Award

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Our very own Touch Thouk, an advanced elder law student, receives the Working in Public Interest (WIPI) Student Achievement award for 2012. Congratulations Ms. Touch Thouk!

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Nathaniel Khaliq is rewarded the Iustitia Et Lex Award

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Mr. Nathaniel Khaliq, former president of the St. Paul chapter of the NAACP and long time collaborator with the Community Justice Project, receives the honorable Iustitia Et Lex award in 2011. The award is presented annually to a member of the Twin Cities legal community whose life and work demonstrate a passion in justice and law. Congratulations Mr. Khaliq!

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IPC In the News: Prof Osler explains the history of pardon power on Fox 9 News

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Professor Osler, Director of the Federal Commutations Clinic, is featured on Fox 9 News, explaining the history of pardon power.

Watch the full story, Professor Examines Pardon Power, History.

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UST Interprofessional Center adds a Federal Commutation Clinic this fall

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The University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services is pleased to announce the addition of a Federal Communition Clinic this fall, led by Professor Mark Osler.

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Prof. Levy-Pounds named one of the 2011 Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans

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Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds was selected as one of the 10 Outstanding Young Minnesotans by the Minnesota Jaycees.

We are proud to have you as part of our IPC team Professor Levy-Pounds!

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Professor Levy-Pounds Gets Appointed to MN State Advisory Committee

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U.S. Civil Rights Commission Announces Appointments to the Minnesota State Advisory Committee

Commissioners appointed Nekima V. Levy-Pounds of Minneapolis as Chairperson. The appointments are for two years and members serve without compensation. Congratulations Prof. Levy-Pounds!

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IPC In the News: Bankruptcy Clinic

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The University of St. Thomas School of Law Bankruptcy Clinic is noted for its collaboration with psychological services at the Interprofessional Center. To read more, check out the CBA PracticeLink article, Lawyers: Gatekeepers for Psychological Issues.

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Kingsley Chigbu receives the Student Leadership Award from the School of Social Work

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Each year the BSW and MSW faculty from the School of Social Work select a Student Leadership Award for demonstrating: outstanding leadership qualities in social work settings, a commitment to social justice, communicating and interacting effectively in groups and acting from a strong self-concept. The 2010 MSW winner is Kingsley Chigbu. Kingsley was a social work intern at the IPC last year and credited his experience (at the IPC) for laying the foundation that allowed him to be selected for this award. Congratulations Kingsley!

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Timothy Flynn Nominated for UST Outstanding Clinic Student of the Year Award

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Timothy Flynn has been nominated by the faculty and staff of the Interprofessional Center for the UST Outstanding Clinic Student of the Year award. The award will be officially confirmed by the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education at its June meeting. The Clinical Section (CLEA) created the award to honor a law student at each law school who has excelled in a clinical course. The award is given annually at the completion of the academic year.

To read more about Tim's contributions to the IPC please go here, Timothy Flynn Nominated for UST Outstanding Clinic Student of the Year Award.

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Professor Jennifer Wright published in the The Hennepin Lawyer

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Professor Jennifer Wright writes about Practical Concerns in Elder Law Mediation, April 21, 2011, in The Hennepin Lawyer.

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IPC In the News: Professor Wiebe speaks of Gadhafi's death and his work with the Mines Advisory Group

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Professor Wiebe, Director of the Legal Services Clinic and the Immigration Law Practice Group, speaks of Gadhafi's death and his work with the Mines Advisory Group on Channel 5 Eyewitness News.

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CJP in the News: The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder covers the work of Professor Levy-Pounds and the Community Justice Project

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The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder covers the work of the Community Justice Project and Prof. Levy-Pounds.

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Welcome to Sarah Cherwien, new Pre-Doctoral Intern for Counseling Services

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Sarah is nearing the end of a four-year journey in the doctoral program for counseling psychology in the University of St. Thomas. The final year of the program consists of a full-time internship. The Interprofessional Center (IPC) is happy to have Sarah as it's new Pre-Doctoral Intern.

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Spotlight on Professor Jennifer Wright

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University of St. Thomas School of Law features the work of Professor Jennifer Wright, as she continues to advance her work on elder law issues. Read the full feature, Professor Wright advances Elder Law issues.

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Professor Levy-Pounds comments on access to suspicious activity reports

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Professor Levy-Pounds comments on the now restricted access to 'suspicious-activity' reports by Mall of America Security in MPR News. Please read Access to 'suspicious-activity' reports now restricted after MOA security details revealed.

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IPC In the News: Professor Osler urges for constructive debate on the gay marraige amendment in Minnesota

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Professor Osler urges for constructive debate a year away from voting on a constitutional amendment to bar gay marriage here in Minnesota. Read the full story, If a year of debate is inevitable, may it be constructive.

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CJP in the News: The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder covers the work of Professor Levy-Pounds and the Community Justice Project

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The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder covers the work of Prof. Levy-Pounds in a December 14, 2011 story.

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IPC In the News: Prof. Tyner featured in a video about Associate Justice Alan Page's Education Foundation

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Professor Artika Tyner, Clinical Faculty member and Page Education Scholar, is featured in a video about Associate Justice Alan Page's Education foundation. The video is featured on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Buick Human Highlight Reel.

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The Community Justice Project seeks used computers, printers in working condition

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Computer and printer donations will help change the lives of young African American men through the Community Justice Project. Read more from the University of St. Thomas Bulletin Today story, December 14, 2011.

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Prof. Tyner featured for the Page Alumni MLK Service Day

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Prof. Tyner, Clinical Faculty in the Community Justice Project, is featured in the Page Alumni Foundation MLK Service Day e-newsletter. Read her alumni profile.

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Artika Tyner successfully defends her dissertation proposal

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Artika Tyner successfully defended her dissertation proposal. The dissertation will be entitled: BEING THE CHANGE IN THE WORLD: The role of lawyers as transformational leaders and engineers of social change. It is a case study of lawyers who use their legal training to effectuate social change.

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Artika Tyner gets inducted into the Highland Park Senior High School Hall of Fame

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Artika Tyner gets inducted into the Hall of Fame for Highland Park Senior High School. Tyner recieves the award in recognition of her work in furtherance of humanitarian efforts and community building. The highlight of the induction ceremony was the opportunity to address the student body. She was able to encourage each student to achieve their goals and dreams.

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How Are The Children Part V: From the Classroom to the Courtroom, Exploring a Child's Journey through the Justice System

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The University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Community Justice Project will host a symposium entitled “How Are the Children? Part V: From the Classroom to the Courtroom, Exploring a Child's Journey through the Justice System.” Registration is now open. CLE Credits, Rule 114 Qualified Neutral Credits and CEU Credits will be applied for.

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George Baboila, IPC Co-Director, is the recipient of the 2011 THE HEART OF SOCIAL WORK AWARD

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Our IPC Co-Director, George Baboila, is the recipient of the 2011 THE HEART OF SOCIAL WORK AWARD. We are over-joyed by our very own winning the prestigous national award. Congratulations George! Please read more about the honor from George's colleagues in the School of Social Work.

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CJP in the News: Star Tribune covers CJP's Brotherhood, Inc.

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The Community Justice Project's Brotherhood, Inc. gets positive coverage in the Star Tribune on March 8, 2011. http://www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/117624068.html

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CJP in the News: Star Tribune covers CJP's Brotherhood, Inc.

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The Community Justice Project's Brotherhood, Inc. gets positive coverage in the Star Tribune on March 8, 2011. http://www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/117624068.html

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New DBT therapy program has taken off for counseling services

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The IPC began its first Dialectical Behavior Training (DBT) program in November 2010. The skills group filled up quickly and has had a long waitlist ever since. This therapy is not only popular, it is scientifically sound. In other words, it works.

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CJP Awards: Minnesota Campus Compact Video of CJP work leading to Carter Partnership Award

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Minnesota Campus Compact celebrates Community Justice Project's Carter Partnership award, click on the image on the homepage to see the video of their work.

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Congratulations to the Community Justice Project and the St. Paul NAACP for being awarded the 2010 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award

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The Community Justice Project (CJP) and St. Paul NAACP partnership advocates for changes in laws and policies that negatively impact communities of color, improves dialogue among community and government stakeholders, and supports restorative justice and reintegration programs. The Award was announced on June 17, 2010 at the Minnesota Campus Compact's Annual Summit Luncheon.

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CJP in the News: Professor Levy-Pounds

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Levy-Pounds Puts St. Thomas Weight Behind Civil Rights Struggle, follow the July 20, 2010 story recognizing the outstanding efforts of Community Justice Project Director, Prof. Levy-Pounds, for her critical work.

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CJP in the News: Twin Cities Daily Planet covers GangNet work

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Twin Cities Daily Planet covers CJP's work with GangNet in a news article on November 29, 2009, Labeled for life: Minnesota's gang databases need reform.

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CJP in the News: Pioneer Press covers CJP work on GangNet database

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The front page of the Pioneer Press online, December 2, 2009, covers CJP's work with the GangNet database system and includes their report entitled Evaluation of Gang Databases in Minnesota & Recommendations for Change. Report raises questions about Minnesota gang member registries

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Tyner and Shell published in ABA Law Trends & News

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Artika Tyner and Crixell Shell have been published in the Fall 2009 issue of Law Trends & News, a practice area newsletter by the American Bar Association. Read the article here: A New Addition to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Practitioner’s Toolkit: The Exploration of Restorative Justice and Practical Implementation.

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CJP in the News: St. Paul Pioneer Press discusses work on Gang Data Base Revisions

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The work of the Community Justice Project was a critical component to revising the gang database in St. Paul. The St. Paul Pioneer Press discussed the work of the group in the article, "Handling of gang data revised by Ramsay County sheriff."

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CJP in the News: MPR Covers latest work of CJP

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The latest work of the Community Justice Project is featured on MPR News on March 19, 2010.

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CJP in the News: Twin Cities Daily Planet covers CJP Symposium

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How are the Children? Part III a March 24, 2010 symposium organized by CJP is covered in a Twin Cities Daily Planet article on April 12, 2010, Breaking the Cradle to Prison Pipeline.

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CJP in the News: Minnesota Public Radio covers CJP report on Gang Strike Force

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Lawmakers Toughen Gang Strike Force Oversight - May 17, 2010, MPR story by Tim Nelson speaks of the CJP report on the Gang Strike Force.

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CJP in the News: MinnPost covers Carter Partnership Award

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The MinnPost.com writes of the prestigious Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award finalists in an article on June 7, Minnesota Campus Compact names finalists for Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award.

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CJP Alums Recognized: Tim Flynn and Matthew Stewart

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Community Justice Project alum, Tim Flynn and Matthew Stewart were awarded the Graduate Student Community Engagement Award from the Office of Service Learning and CILCE. Flynn worked on JDAI legislative advocacy and Stewart worked on Gang Database reform efforts as CJP students. Congratulations!

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CJP in the News: Tyner Shares her experience with Highland Park Senior High

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Clinical Law Fellow, Artika Tyner, J.D., is noted for sharing her knowledge and experience as a community organizer and lawyer by Highland Park Senior High in the St. Paul Public Schools AVID Monthly Moment, October 2010.

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Padilla v. Kentucky: A Foundation for Collaboration between Immigration and Criminal Defense Attorneys CLE

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On September 10, 2010, in light of the U. S. Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services, in conjunction with the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Minnesota State Public Defender presented: “Padilla v. Kentucky A Foundation for Collaboration between Immigration and Criminal Defense Attorneys.”

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Immigration Law Practice Group Collaborates with New Orleans Worker’s Center for Racial Justice

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The Immigration Law Practice Group is honored to collaborate with the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) in relation to the brutal exploitation of immigrant workers in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. We congratulate the NOWCRJ on being the recipient of the Daniel Levy Award for excellence in pursuing creative and socially conscious approaches to advocacy in the immigration law field. Thank you for all your hard work!

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Professor Virgil Wiebe testifies regarding HF 358

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HF 358 is headed to the MN House Judiciary Committee. The bill is an effort by the majority in the House Public Safety Committee to ban cities from having policies that separate local police duties from federal, civil immigration enforcement.

Professor Virgil Wiebe, Director of the Immigration Law Practice Group, testified against the HF 358 bill.

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CJP Recognition: Members of CJP are recognized at the Community Engagement Celebration on April 27, 2011

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Members of the Community Justice Project are recognized at the Community Engagement Celebration held on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, hosted by UST CILCE and the Office for Service Learning.

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IPC In the News: Professor Wiebe interviewed by CBS Minnesota about American legal rights abroad

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Professor Wiebe, Director of the Legal Services Clinic and the Immigration Law Practice Group, was interviewed by CBS Minnesota on October 3, 2011 about what rights U.S. citizens carry with them as they travel abroad.

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ELPG In the News: Professor Wright interviewed by the St. Paul Pioneer Press about the exploitation of an elderly couple

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Prof. Wright, Director of the Elder Law Practice Group (ELPG) , was interviewed by the St. Paul Pioneer Press on October 1, 2011 about the exploitation of an elderly couple by family members.

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Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds receives the Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award

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The Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education is proud to announce that Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds from University of St. Thomas has won the 2011 Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award. Professor Levy-Pounds is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where she has taught since 2003.

We are proud to have you as part of our IPC team Professor Levy-Pounds!

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Parlez-vous français? ¿Hablas español?

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The Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services is looking to create a database of volunteer language interpreters and translators to assist in communicating with IPC clients. Interpreting and translating services are needed on an occasional basis in a variety of languages. Students who volunteer may be eligible to receive public service credit for their services.

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CJP In the News: MinnPost publishes a Q&A with Professor Levy-Pounds

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MinnPost published a Q&A with Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds on July 29, 2011.

The piece was published on the page for YPN (MinnPost's Young Professionals Network) as part of a weekly series called "YPN5Q." The series spotlights the state's top young business and civic leaders and creative minds - professionals propelling change through entrepreneurship, the arts, public service, social media, and community involvement.

Read Professor Levy-Pounds’ interview on MinnPost: YNP5Q Nekima Levy-Pounds.

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IPC Recognized for Achievements Spring 2010

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The IPC thanks all the faculty, staff and students that have been recognized in numerous ways this spring. Below are a brief listing of these awards and recognitions.

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Elder Law Practice Group in the News: Law Students help Minneapolis Resident Keep her home

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The work of our Elder Law clinical students is highlighted in the St. Thomas Lawyer magazine, summer 2009 edition. Law Students Help Minneapolis Resident Virgina Pilarske Keep her Home

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ELPG In the News: Work highlighted in Star Tribune

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The Elder Law Practice Group is mentioned in the July 30, 2008 Star Tribune article: Judge calls woman who swindles her father 'a disgrace.'

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Elder Law Practice Group Clinic Fellow Annonced 2010

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The Legal Services Clinic of the UST Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Laura Orr as our Elder Law Clinical Fellow.

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Professor Wright Chairs 20th Annual Elder Law Institute

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The 20th Annual Elder Law Institute is being chaired by our very own director of the Elder Law Practice Group (ELPG), Jennifer L. Wright. The event will take place on October 7 and 8. A number of ELPG faculty and alumni will be presenting, including Clinical Law Fellow, Laura Orr, former visiting faculty member Janet Totter, ELPG alums John Kanke, Adam Heuett, and Allison Frasier.

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UST Interprofessional Center for Counseling & Legal Services Announces the Legal Services Clinic Fellow for Spring 2009

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The Legal Services Clinic of the UST Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Sarah Solz Brenes as our newest Legal Services Clinic Fellow.

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UST Interprofessional Center for Counseling & Legal Services Announces New Social Work Services Director

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The University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services is pleased to announce the selection of George Baboila MSW, LICSW as the new Social Work Services Director.

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Stankovitch Appointed as new Psychological Services Director

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The University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services is pleased to announce the selection of Patricia Stankovitch, Psy.D. as the new Psychological Services Director.

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IPC In the News: Tyner published in The Law Teacher

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Artika Tyner, Esq., Clinical Law Fellow at the Interprofessional Center writes an article in the The Law Teacher, Spring 2009, a publication of the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, co-sponsored by Washburn University School of Law and Gonzaga University School of Law. The article, on page 3 and 4, focuses on preparing law students to become servant leaders.

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IPC In the News: Artika Tyner Recognized

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Artika Tyner, Esq., Clinical Law Fellow at the Interprofessional Center, is recognized as a 2009 Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer! Read about Artika as a Up & Coming Attorney.

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Kathy Mann Arnott, 'Unsung Legal Hero' in the Interprofessional Center

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Kathy Mann Arnott has been selected as an Unsung Legal Hero by Minnesota Lawyer. She is one of only a handful of persons selected in the category of law firm administrators. Kathy has been the administrative nerve center of the Interprofessional Center since before we opened our doors to clients and students in 2003.

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IPC In the News: Wiebe discusses Cluster Munitions with Senator Klobuchar

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Virgil Wiebe, Associate Professor of Law, Co-director of the Interprofessional Center, met with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar regarding the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act of 2009 that Sen. Klobuchar has vowed to co-sponsor. The bill would restrict the United States’ use of cluster bombs, rendering as many as a half billion stockpiled weapons off-limits.

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UST Interprofessional Center for Counseling & Legal Services Announces Legal Services Clinic Fellow for Fall 2009

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The Legal Services Clinic of the UST Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Sarah Solz Brenes as our Legal Services Clinic Fellow.

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Virgil Wiebe Testifies in Washington, D.C. in front of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment

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Virgil Wiebe, Co-director of the IPC, testifies in front of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment on a hearing entitled Legacies of War: Unexploded Ordnances in Laos. To view the transcript and video of the hearing please go here: Legacies of War: Unexploded Ordnances in Laos.

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Stankovitch Appointed to Minnesota Board of Psychology

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Pat Stankovitch, co-director of the IPC, has been appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty to a four-year term on the Minnesota Board of Psychology.

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Jerry Lane Guest Speaker for the Fall 2010 Swearing In Ceremony

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Jerry Lane, Executive Director of Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, certifies our Fall 2010 Legal Services Clinic students at our Swearing In Ceremony held on August 27, 2010.

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IPC In the News: Artika Tyner

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Clinical Law Fellow, Artika Tyner, J.D., is noted for sharing her knowledge and experience as a community organizer and lawyer by Highland Park Senior High in the St. Paul Public Schools AVID Monthly Moment, October 2010.

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Immigration and the Arizona Law

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Professor Levy-Pounds and Professor Wiebe of the IPC served as moderators of a debate and panel discussion on the new Arizona immigration law. Professor Jack Chin of the University of Arizona Law School was the keynote speaker. Sponsored by UST law school's Holloran Center, the debate took place in the law school atrium on September 9, 2010 and was later broadcast on Twin Cities Public television. To watch al or a portion of the event, click on the following link.

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IPC in the News: Lohman Exel writes in Minnesota Women Lawyer magazine

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Kathleen Lohmar Exel, Visiting Clinical Law Professor for the Immigration Law Practice Group at the Interprofessional Center wrote an article for the Minnesota Women Lawyer magazine, May 2009 issue. Read the article.

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Professor Osler Blogs in the Huffington Post Religion Section

Professor Osler, Director of the Federal Commutations Clinic, blogs in the Religion section of the Huffington Post on January 23, 2013.

Christianity Without Arrogance