2010

Dec 22

Supreme Court decision against Percy Dillon opens new legal window

For Percy Dillon, the June 17 Supreme Court opinion that closed the door to reducing his sentence has opened a new legal window. UST School of Law Professor Mark Osler, who served as pro bono counsel to the Washington Legal Foundation for the amicus brief in U.S. v. Dillon, has signed on to help prepare a petition of commutation for Dillon. Osler commented as he was working on the commutation, “The way I envision my work is that when there is no play for mercy, even when it is most warranted, that is where people of faith should inject themselves.” Read More

Dec 21

Several UST Law Graduates Recognized by The Advocates for Human Rights

Several UST Law graduates were recognized for their contributions to and and work with The Advocates for Human Rights, including Loddy Elizabeth Tolzmann ('05), Kathleen Lomhar Exel ('05), Jenny Zanner ('08), Sarah McGuire ('07), and Sharon Roberg-Perez ('05). Read More

Dec 14

Alumni Program Committee Food Drive

To help spread holiday cheer, the Law Alumni Program Committee collected nonperishable food items during the 2010 Alumni Christmas Party on December 10, 2010. The committee collected 96 pounds of food for Second Harvest Heartland during the Christmas Party. Read More

Dec 13

2011 Alumni Board Announced

The Law Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2011 Law Alumni Advisory Board. Read More

Dec 13

Law alumna Katie Tinucci (’09) named Press Secretary for Gov. Mark Dayton

2009 UST Law alumna Katharine Tinucci has been appointed Press Secretary for Governor-elect Mark Dayton. Tinucci currently serves as Communications Director for the Transition, and served as Deputy Campaign Manager of Dayton’s campaign. She is an attorney, a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and a 2009 graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Read More

Nov 11

Advent Retreat Dates Announced

Professor Susan Stabile has announced the dates for her annual Advent Retreat in Daily Living. This annual event is open to faculty, staff, and students and has become an important part of the season for many as they reflect on the meaning of the advent. Read More

Nov 11

2010 Bar Passage rates place School of Law test takers second

The Minnesota Bar Board of Examiners has announced the results for the July 2010 Bar. This year, University of St. Thomas School of Law test takers were second in the first-time test taker category behind the University of Minnesota and ahead of Hamline in third and William Mitchell in fourth. Read More

Nov 09

American Bar Association gives St. Thomas full accreditation for the second time

In its 10th year of operation, the School of Law will remain on the list of law schools approved by the ABA for the next seven years. Read More

Nov 09

UST Law Professor Mark Osler's Opinion article featured in the Sunday edition of The Dallas Morning News.

Osler examines President Obama's denial of petitions and pardon requests over the past two years. Read More

Oct 29

St. Thomas named one of nation’s top law schools for externships

As employers look to hire grads with real-world experience, the School of Law is praised for its Mentor Externship program. Read More

Oct 25

St. Thomas’ Holloran Center to host Nov. 10 forum on the Tom Petters Case

Advocates and adversaries directly involved in the Tom Petters cases candidly discuss their experiences with the third-largest Ponzi scheme in history. Read More

Oct 13

Professor Mark Osler authors opinion article in Star Tribune

Tuesday's Star Tribune featured Osler's article on 4 hard truths about the ignored drug problem in the United States. Read More

Sep 28

Monica Geyen ('09), Christian Peterson ('06), and John Wehrly ('10)

Alumni at the University of St. Thomas School of Law do amazing things. This week's Alumni Success Stories include highlights about what Christian Peterson ('06), Monica Geyen ('09), and John Wehrly ('10) are doing in the communities that they serve. Read More

Sep 15

Law School hosts Constitution Day forum Thursday, September 16th

The Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society invite the University of St. Thomas community to a forum tomorrow to commemorate Constitution Day. Featured speakers will comment on significant Supreme Court cases from previous and future terms. Read More

Sep 03

Shauna Kieffer ('08) Publishes Article in Bench & Bar of Minnesota

Shauna Faye Kieffer ('08) co-authored the article Padilla Motions: Effective Assistance of Counsel Where Pleas Mandate Deportation, with the Hon. John L. Holahan. The article was published in Bench & Bar of Minnesota, August 2010. Great work, Shauna! Read More

Sep 01

Maggie Green ('08) & Graham Martin ('07)

Maggie Green ('08) & Graham Martin ('07) each featured guest posts on Lawyerist in August 2010. On August 17, 2010, Maggie Green's featured a guest post was titled Solo Practice: Three Tips for Getting Started. Maggie is a solo practitioner in Minneapolis, MN. Her legal practice focuses on estate planning and probate services. On August 23, 2010, Graham Martin's featured guest post was titled Marketing Monday. Graham is a solo practitiononer in Minneapolis, MN. His legal practice focuses on general civil litigation and family law. Read More

Aug 30

Alumni & Friends Golf Outing - Venue Change

The Second Annual Law Alumni Golf Outing venue has been changed from Minnesota Valley Country Club to Bluff Creek Golf Course. The event will be held on Monday, September 20, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. The cost is $70. Alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to join us for this fun event. Registration closes on Monday, September 13, 2010. More details available. Read More

Aug 29

Professor Susan Stabile Announces 2010 Fall Prayer Series

Beginning September 13th, Professor Susan Stabile will lead a five-part prayer series designed to introduce or deepen participants’ experiences with different types of prayer. Read More

Aug 27

Law Alumni Board Applications Now Being Accepted

The Office of Alumni Relations is now accepting applications for the 2011 Law Alumni Board. Read More

Aug 26

Alumni Reflections Series September 2010

On September 23, 2010, the Alumni Reflections series will present UST Law Alumnus Christopher Wheaton ('03, '08 J.D.), to discuss how he integrates faith, service and reason in building his practice and how he relies on each during his daily work as an attorney. The presentation is from 12:30-1:15 p.m. in MSL 244, following noon Mass. The Alumni Reflections series presents St. Thomas alumni who discuss how they integrate faith, reason and service into their personal and professional lives. Students, alumni, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Lunch is provided by Dean Thomas Mengler. This speaker series is offered jointly with the University of St. Thomas Alumni Association. Read More

Aug 23

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

This September 10th CLE brings together local public defenders and immigration attorneys, as well as several nationally recognized immigration scholars and practitioners to discuss the practical implications of the Padilla decision. The CLE will focus on the mutual and sometimes conflicting obligations immigration and criminal defense attorneys have towards their clients, criminal law’s impact upon a client’s immigration case, and ways to mitigate harm to the client. Read More

Aug 23

Alumni Christmas Celebration - Save-the-Date

The Alumni Association will host the Alumni Christmas Party on Thursday, December 9, 2010, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the School of Law. We look forward to seeing our law alumni, faculty and staff, as well as their family members, at this annual celebration. Read More

Aug 18

Professor Schiltz comments on changes in banking fees

University of St. Thomas School of Law Associate Professor Elizabeth Schiltz was recently featured on Fox News’ coverage of a new federal law that changes how banks handle overdraft charges and the recent ruling for Wells Fargo to pay customers over $200 million for manipulating bank fees. Read More

Aug 12

St. Thomas’ Holloran Center to host Sept. 9 forum on immigration and the new Arizona law

Nationally known advocates for and against Arizona’s response will debate the legal and ethical boundaries for dealing with immigration. Read More

Jul 30

Diversity: The Role of Law Schools Webcast CLE

Cari Haaland, Director of Admissions at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, is a panelist during the webcast CLE titled "Diversity in the Legal Profession: The Role of Law Schools." Director Haaland, along with representatives from the University of Minnesota School of Law, William Mitchell College of Law, and Hamline Law School, will talk about what the law schools are doing to enhance diversity in the profession in Minnesota. The CLE, for which 1.0 elimination of bias credit has been applied, will be held on Monday, August 16, 2010, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. (central time). The CLE is hosted by Minnesota CLE. Read More

Jul 28

Joe Fricke ('10) Featured in Politics in Minnesota Article

2010 alumnus Joe Fricke's run for the Minnesota Senate is featured in a July 9, 2010 article in Politics in Minnesota. Read More

Jul 28

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recognizes two alumni during Twin Cities 25 Finest event

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recognized law alumni Ryan Green (’07) and Alex DeMarco (’06) as up-and-coming young professionals during the Twin Cities 25 Finest event on July 22, 2010. As honorees at the event, they were recognized for their work in the community. Congratulations, Ryan and Alex! Read More

Jul 27

Berg called on for expertise

Many students may be gone for the summer, but Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and St. Ives Professor of Law Thomas Berg has been busy. He has appeared on WCCO radio and in Christianity Today and the National Catholic Register speaking on issues concerning the U.S. Supreme Court, including the nomination of Elena Kagan and the fact that (after Justice Stevens’s resignation) the Court for the first time ever has no Protestants on it. Additionally, building on his work in the area of “pro-life progressivism,” Berg has a memo on the Democrats for Life of America website defending the new health-care law and arguing that it is not likely to increase abortion funding. This month he will also be filing his second U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief of the year in a religious freedom case, this one involving an Arizona school-choice program. Read More

Jul 22

Professor Levy Pounds featured for civil rights work

University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds was featured in the July 20 edition of Finance and Commerce. The magazine highlighted Levy-Pounds ongoing work on civil rights issues in the Twin Cities. The article can be found at the Finance and Commerce website. Read More

Jul 10

Join the Alumni Association for the Second Annual Alumni Golf Outing on September 20

The Second Annual Alumni Golf Outing will be held on September 20, 2010, at the Minnesota Valley Country Club. Early bird registration deadline is August 15. Law alumni, students, faculty, and guests are welcome! Read More

Jul 10

Vocation and the Study and Practice of Law: A Retreat Experience, August 20-22

On August 20-22, 2010, join Professors Susan Stabile and Jennifer Wright, other students and alumni in a retreat experience designed to help you reflect on how God might be calling you to use your gifts and talents to serve others in the study and practice of law. Read More

Jun 28

Law Alum Mike Hanson's Hike on the Appalachian Trail

Learn more about law alumnus Mike Hanson's ('05) hike on the Appalachian Trail. Read More

Jun 28

Law Alumna's Work Highlighted in Legal Aid's Annual Report

Law alumna Lisa Fink's ('05) work with the Legal Services Advocacy Project. is highlighted in the 2009 Legal Aid Annual Report. Read More

Jun 22

UST Community Justice Project-NAACP partnership wins national award

The University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Community Justice Project, in partnership with the St. Paul chapter of the NAACP, has received the 2010 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration. Read More

Jun 02

Project Homeless Connect - June 14

Join the Law Alumni Program Committee at Project Homeless Connect on June 14 Read More

May 07

Andrea Pavelka ('08) Recipient of 2010 Service to MWL Award

Congratulations to Andrea Pavelka ('08), who is one of the 2010 Service to MWL Award recipients. Read More

Apr 27

2010 Living the Mission – Alumni Award Recipients Named

The University of St. Thomas School of Law, as a Catholic law school, is dedicated to integrating faith and reason in the search for truth through a focus on morality and social justice. Each year the school recognizes graduates who exemplify "living the mission" through his or her professional and civic activities. This year, Victoria Jacobson Brenner (’04) and Brooke Swenson (’07) were awarded the 2010 Living the Mission – Alumni Award. Other nominees included Andrea Specht (’06), Bryan Feldhaus (’06), and Christopher Nelson (’07). Read More

Apr 27

2010 UST-MJF Public Interest Fellowship Recipients Announced

Three students receive a 2010 UST-MJF Public Interest Law Fellowship. Read More

Apr 27

Law Alums Contribute to the Success of the Moot Court Team

Adam Brown (’06) and Bryan Feldhaus (’06), coached the UST School of Law Moot Court Team, comprised of third year law student Mikiesha Terrell and second year law students Amy Lanser and Sean Cahill. In March, the students competed in the interscholastic appellate McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court competition at the University of Minnesota. The students, competing against 34 teams, took second place in the competition. We are grateful to our alumni who dedicate their time and service to the School of Law. Congratulations to the students and the coaches on a job well done! Read More

Apr 26

UST School of Law In the News: March 2010

The work of several faculty, staff, and students has been recognized by the media in the spring 2010 semester. Read More

Apr 23

Admissions Wins Diversity Award

In March, the University of St. Thomas held its annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards. Given annually, these awards are part of the University’s efforts to “engage employees to do great things.” The admissions team at the UST School of Law was honored by the University with the “Diversity Leadership Award” for demonstrating “an active role participating in diversity and inclusion efforts” and for helping “create a campus climate that values, respects and affirms members of diverse groups.” As part of the award ceremony, a video highlighting the work of the admissions department was made. (See video.) Read More

Apr 16

Nationally known criminal law professor Mark Osler to join St. Thomas law faculty

A former federal prosecutor known for his work in the field of criminal sentencing, Osler will join the St. Thomas School of Law this fall. Read More

Apr 16

St. Thomas continues push for wider recognition in legal academy

The annual U.S. News rankings of law schools were released this week, and St. Thomas again ranked in the third tier – a rare feat for a new law school. Dean Thomas Mengler indicated that no one at St. Thomas is satisfied with the third tier, however, and that the school needs to work harder to spread the word about the top-flight scholarship being done by the St. Thomas faculty. Read More

Apr 12

UST School of Law In the News: February 2010

The work of several faculty, staff, and students has been recognized by the media in the spring 2010 semester. Read More

Apr 12

UST School of Law In the News: January 2010

The work of several faculty, staff, and students has been recognized by the media in the spring 2010 semester. Read More

Apr 08

Brian Gruber ('09) Receives Endorsement

Law Alum Brian Gruber ('09) endorsed to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives. Read More

Apr 08

David Griggs ('07) Joins Team Madore as Campaign Manager

David Griggs ('07) joins Team Madore as Campaign Manager Read More

Mar 29

"2010 Up and Coming Attorneys" announced by Minnesota Lawyer, including two UST Law graduates.

Congratulations to law alumna Victoria Jacobson Brenner ('04), an associate at Collins, Buckley Sauntry, & Haugh, PLLP, and law alumnus Thomas Kettleson ('06), an associate at Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd., for being named as 2010 Up & Coming Attorneys by Minnesota Lawyer. Victoria and Thomas will be 2 of the 25 honorees featured in a special section of the Minnesota Lawyer and during an awards luncheon on May 13, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Minneapolis. Read More

Mar 25

Spring 2010 Law Journal Symposium

The spring St. Thomas Law Journal Symposium will be held in the School of Law’s Schulze Grand Atrium. Practicing lawyers, legal scholars and the public are welcome to register for the event. For more information and registration information contact Bethany Moeller at (651) 962-4830 or RSVP at www.stthomas.edu/law/rsvp . Read More

Mar 19

TPT Broadcasts "Crime, Punishment, and Redemption"

Four Minnesota white-collar offenders who have served time in federal prisons will met the prosecuting attorneys and judges who put them there, but this time it was at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and Twin Cities Public Television was there to capture it. Read More

Mar 12

University of St. Thomas Law Community interacts with Justice Clarence Thomas

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas visited the University of St. Thomas School of Law on Wednesday, March 10, responding to the request of some students who had met him on the University of Minnesota campus last year. For nearly two hours the Justice engaged the standing-room-only crowd with insights on his career and what it is like to be a member of the Court, and many personal observations on being a lawyer. Read More

Mar 04

Holloran Center hosts David Wilkins for “What Diversity Can Teach Us About the Changing Relationship Between Companies and Law Firms.”

David Wilkins, the Lester Kissel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School will present, “What Diversity Can Teach Us About the Changing Relationship Between Companies and Law Firms” on April 13 at 4 p.m. in the Schulze Grand Atrium at the University of St. Thomas School of law in Downtown Minneapolis. The event is sponsored by the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions with cosponsorship from Twin Cities Diversity in Practice. Read More

Mar 02

Spring Law Journal Symposium discusses “Islamic Law and Constitutional Liberty”

Monday, April 12 the University of St. Thomas School of Law will host the spring University of St. Thomas Law Journal Symposium. Held in the Schulze Grand Atrium at the School of Law in downtown Minneapolis, the symposium will discuss the intersection of constitutional liberty and Islamic law. Panelists will discuss a range of topics related to two broad themes: First, what challenges and opportunities face democracies in Muslim-majority nations as they seek to integrate Islamic law with the rights typically accorded in constitutional democracies? Second, what tensions exist between adherence to Islamic law and the norms of liberal democracies in nations with growing Muslim minorities? Within this framework, participants will discuss Islam and religious liberties; privatization of law issues, such as those being considered in Canada; and notions of patriotism, assimilation, and pluralism as they pertain to Islam. They will also explore the unique features of Islamic law and its integration into modern legal systems. Read More

Mar 01

Law Alumnus Joseph Trojack's Article Published in Bench & Bar

Law alumnus Joseph Trojack's article "Getting Your Appellate Ducks in a Row: Preserving Issues Subsequent to Trial" was published in the January 2010 Issue of Bench & Bar of Minnesota. Read More

Feb 26

The Mission Awards Committee Seeks Nominations of Alumnus/Alumna to Receive the 2010 Living the Mission Award

The Mission Awards Committee is seeking nominations from the alumni community of an alumnus/alumna for the 2010 Living the Mission - Alumni Award. Read More

Feb 26

Law Alumnus Mike Hanson ('05), Blind Since Birth, to Begin Seven Month Hike of the Appalachian Trail

2005 Law Alumnus, Mike Hanson, who lost his sight at birth, will begin a seven-month hike of the Appalachian Trail on Monday. His story is featured in the Star Tribune 2/26/2010 article, "Blind since birth, a St. Louis Park man is hitting the Appalachian Trail with GPS technology and a shot at making history." Read More

Feb 26

St. Thomas Lawyer Magazine Winter 2010 Online

The University of St. Thomas School of Law Magazines, St. Thomas Lawyer, is online. The Winter 2010 issue features stories on Professor Joel Nichol’s recent work in Kenya, Professor Robert Delahunty discussing the United Nations, and the interesting work that alumnae Mary O’Leary is doing at the Hague in Netherlands. Read More

Feb 08

Law Students Serve Veterans

Third year University of St. Thomas School of Law student Peter Williams had just welcomed home his fiancé from her deployment overseas when his soon-to-be father in-law left for his deployment. Witnessing other families welcoming their loved ones home and wishing them well as they left struck a chord with Williams and he knew he had to do something. Read More

Jan 25

Holloran Center hosts “Prosecuting War Crimes: Revisiting the Siege of Sarajevo”

On Tuesday, March 9 the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions will host “Prosecuting War Crimes: Revisiting the Siege of Sarajevo.” The event will take place in Terrence Murphy Hall’s Thorton Auditorium from 4 to 6 p.m. Read More

Jan 14

Levy-Pounds to Speak at Governor's Martin Luther King Jr. Event

Associate Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds will be the keynote speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration sponsored by the office of Gov. Tim Pawlenty on January 18 at 11 a.m. at Concordia University’s Gangelhoff Center. Read More

Jan 13

Journal of Law and Public Policy will tackle the subject of Armenian genocide

On February 5 the Journal of Law and Public will host “The Armenian Genocide Within the Framework of National and International Law” from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Schulze Grand Atrium at the School of Law. The symposium is jointly organized by and Sponsored by the Journal of Law and Public Policy and The International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) in Conjunction with the Cafesjian Family Foundation and the Minneapolis Foundation. Read More