2011

Apr 23

Collett maintains busy schedule in the spring

As the country buzzes with talk of abortion regulations, contraception access, and gay marriage, University of Saint Thomas School of Law Professor Teresa Collett is leading the discussion and making headlines. Nationally known for her work as an appellate lawyer and her pro-life, pro-family advocacy in political circles, Collett’s work as a legal scholar here in the Twin Cities is providing a framework for law students to engage these difficult and controversial topics. Read More

Aug 19

Professor Wright advances Elder Law issues

During the past year, University of St. Thomas School of Law Associate Professor Jennifer Wright continued to advance issues in elder law as part of the Interprofessional Center. She has written several articles involving issues regarding guardianship and the elderly, including "Protecting Who from What, and Why, and How?: A Proposal for an Integrative Approach to Adult Protective Proceedings", 12 The Elder Law Journal 53 (2004); and "Guardianship for Your Own Good: Improving the Well-Being of Respondents and Wards in the U.S.A.", 33 International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 350 (2010). Read More

Jun 02

Vischer Named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Rob Vischer has been named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Read More

May 31

CJP Staff and Students Honored at Community Engagement Celebration

The University of St. Thomas Center for Intercultural Learning and Community Engagement (CILCE) and Office for Service-Learning hosted their annual Community Engagement Celebration on April 27. University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds and several law school students were honored for their community engagement and service learning accomplishments. Read More

May 13

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

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 Sectionn (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. Read More

May 10

Law School Student Appointed to ABA Student Lt. Governor Team

UST School of Law student Juno Nayagam has been appointed Lt. Governor for 8th Circuit Events for the ABA's Law Student Division. Read More

May 04

Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds is Appointed Chair of Minnesota State Advisory Committee on Civil Rights

University of St. Thomas School of Law Associate Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds has been appointed Chair of the newly formed Minnesota State Advisory Committee, established by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights at the direction of the U.S. Congress. Read More

May 04

Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds Receives Shanara Gilbert Award

The Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education has recognized University of St. Thomas School of Law Associate Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds with the 2011 Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award for her work with the Community Justice Project under the auspices of the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services (IPC). Read More

May 03

Kahn Speaks at Symposium in France

On Friday, May 6th, 2011, University of St. Thomas School of Law Associate Professor Robert Kahn will be in Paris to speak at a symposium on "The legal question of Holocaust denial / Genocide Denials and the Law." The symposium is sponsored by the Perelman Center for Legal Philosophy at the Free University of Brussels and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Read More

May 02

NY Times Article About Law School Scholarship Renewal Policies Highlights Distinctive Policy at UST School of Law

The Business section of the New York Times published an article on May 1, 2011 about the impact of law school scholarship renewal policies that featured University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Jerry Organ. The article describes the struggle that law students face at most law schools in the country where scholarships are tied to GPA or class rank. UST School of Law scholarships, by contrast, are based on good academic standing, which removes a stressful layer of competition between students and creates an atmosphere of cooperation and teamwork, valuable skills for future lawyers. Read More

Apr 28

African American Economic Summit Discussed on TPT Almanac

Governor Mark Dayton met with African-American leaders in North Minneapolis on March 30th, 2011 to listen as they shared their concerns about the economic divide that exists in the state of Minnesota. On Friday, April 8th, the governor released a report containing steps he hopes will improve the area's job picture. State Representative Jeff Hayden and University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds appeared on TPT's Almanac that evening to discuss the Summit. Read More

Apr 27

United States Supreme Court Cites Sisk Treatise

In United States v. Tohono O’odham Nation, decided on April 26, 2011, the United States Supreme Court turned to the treatise written by University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Gregory Sisk. Sisk, who is being invested as the Pio Cardinal Laghi Distinguished Chair in Law, is one of the nation’s leading experts on civil suits against the United States government and its officers. He has written both a treatise and a casebook on “Litigation With the Federal Government,” as well as numerous articles on federal sovereign immunity, money claims against the federal government, and the specialized Court of Federal Claims. Read More

Apr 25

Media Outlets report on "The Trial of Jesus"

On April 14, The University of St. Thomas School of Law hosted “The Trial of Jesus,” featuring Professor Mark Osler of the University of St. Thomas and Jeanne Bishop, assistant public defender in the Office of the Cook County Public Defender in Illinois and adjunct professor at Northwestern School of Law in the trial advocacy program. Read More

Apr 15

Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds Speaks at Black Economic Summit

Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds spoke at the Black Economic Summit held in North Minneapolis on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 and attended by Governor Mark Dayton. Read More

Apr 12

Brekke, Clyborne & Ribich, L.L.C. Receive Alumni Living the Mission Award

The Shakopee law firm of Brekke, Clyborne & Ribich, L.L.C. received the Alumni Living the Mission Award at the University of St. Thomas School of Law’s annual Mission Awards luncheon held on Thursday, April 7th, 2011. Read More

Apr 11

2011 UST-MJF Public Interest Fellowship Recipients Announced

The UST-MJF Public Interest Fellowship Selection Committee is pleased to announce that first year law students Kali Gardner and Stephanie Bates are this year's recipients of the 2011 UST-MJF Public Interest Law Fellowships. Gardner and Bates will work full-time this summer for their sponsoring agencies, the St. Paul City Attorney's Office and Tubman Center. Read More

Apr 11

Vischer Featured in National Jurist Article

Professor Rob Vischer was featured in the March 2011 issue of the National Jurist in an article on top law professors in the country. Read More

Apr 08

2011 Mission Awards Honor Excellence in the School of Law

On Thursday, April 7th, the University of St. Thomas School of Law held the annual Mission Awards luncheon, where members of the community were recognized for their contributions to furthering the mission of the law school. Read More

Mar 29

Civil Rights Attorney Al Bronstein to speak at St. Thomas School of Law April 7 and 8

Civil rights attorney Alvin J. Bronstein, Esq. will be the featured guest at two upcoming events at the University of St. Thomas. Read More

Mar 25

Professor Teresa Collett Testifies Before Idaho Senate Committee

Professor Teresa Collett recently testified before the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee in favor of a fetal pain bill that recognizes that unborn babies feel pain at 20 weeks and would prohibit abortions after 5 months (20 weeks) unless necessary to save the life or health of the mother. Read More

Mar 24

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition Team Takes a Close Second at Boston Regionals

Jeremiah Pilon, Christina Pilon, and Kreg Wagner represented the University of St. Thomas School of Law on the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition Team at the regional competition in Boston on March 10th through 12th. UST's team won their first 4 matches, besting teams from Miami, Northeastern, and Syracuse (twice) in the preliminary rounds to advance to the regional finals. There they lost to Indiana on a 3-1 balloting by the judges, who were all so complimentary of both teams that one of them suggested that the advocates send him resumes so they could help him in his own practice. Read More

Mar 22

Jessup International Moot Court Team a semifinalist in Super Regional Competition in Denver

The University of St. Thomas School of Law Jessup International Moot Court Team was a semifinalist in the recent Super Regional Competition in Denver, CO. The team includes Ryan Else, Oliver Kiefer, Aaron Knoll, and Courtney Sekevitch. The team was coached by Mark Hastie and Frank Aba-Onu, and was assisted by Faculty Advisor Professor Robert Delahunty. Read More

Mar 17

Two UST Law Graduates Receive Recognition from Minnesota Lawyer as 2011 Up & Coming Attorneys

Minnesota Lawyer announced its 2011 Up & Coming Attorneys. Each year Minnesota Lawyer recognizes attorneys for their professional accomplishments and their leadership service to the community and the profession. Among the 28 attorneys recognized this year are UST School of Law graduates Bryan Feldhaus (’06), who works for Lommen Abdo Cole King & Stageberg, P.A., and Laura Hammargren (’08), who works for Dorsey & Whitney. Congratulations, Bryan and Laura! Bryan and Laura will be recognized on May 11 during an awards luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. To learn more, visit Minnesota Lawyer. Read More

Mar 16

U.S. News & World Report releases annual law school rankings

The annual U.S. News rankings of law schools were released this week, and the University of St. Thomas School of Law tied for 135. This is the first time that the University of St. Thomas School of Law has been numerically ranked, reflecting a change in U.S. News and World Report policy. Read More

Mar 16

Community Justice Project Featured in StarTribune article

The Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas School of Law was recently featured in a StarTribune article about Brotherhood Inc., a joint project to help at-risk youths learn work and life skills Read More

Mar 16

James Towey to speak on “Mother Teresa: Reflections on Why Her Work is Just Beginning”

The Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy will host Jim Towey on March 30th at 7:30pm in the University of St. Thomas OEC Auditorium. Towey, friend and legal counsel for Mother Teresa will share insights into Mother Teresa’s intense trial of faith and how her teachings will impact the 21st century. Free and open to the public. Read More

Mar 16

Heaton Receives ABA Recognition for Membership Increase

Charles Edward Heaton II "Roscoe" was recently honored by the American Bar Association, Law Student Division for his work and participation as the American Bar Association, Law Student Division (ABA-LSD) Representative for the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Read More

Mar 16

Law School to host ‘How Are the Children? Part IV’ on March 16

The University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Community Justice Project will host “How Are the Children? Part IV: A Symposium Exploring the Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children.” Read More

Mar 09

Law School Names New Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Interim Director of Diversity

Dean Thomas Mengler has announced two new staff appointments for the School of Law - Dave Bateson, previous Director of Mentor Externship, as Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Artika Tyner as Interim Director of Diversity. Read More

Feb 17

MSBA and University of St. Thomas School of Law team up to present program on “Uncle Al Capone.”

The MSBA's Criminal and Tax Law Sections in collaboration with the University of St. Thomas School of Law Present "Uncle Al Capone: The Untold Story of Chicago's #1 Gangster from his Niece's Perspective - Legal and Ethical Lessons from the 1931 and 1991 Capone Trials". The program will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 23 in the Schulze Grand Atrium at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Downtown Minneapolis. Read More

Feb 16

Dr. John Jackson, President of the Schott Foundation, on the future of public education - Feb. 28

Dr. John Jackson, President of the Schott Foundation, will be providing a keynote address on the future of public education and its impact on the academic achievement of Black males. Dr. Jackson will provide an overview of Minnesota’s statistics on racial disparities in public education and offer practical solutions for educational reform on Monday, February 28, 2011 from 6:00PM to 7:30PM at the University of St. Thomas School of Law (Schulze Grand Atrium). Read More

Feb 07

CLE: Creating a Road Map to Starting a Successful Solo or Small Law Firm Practice

On March 3, 2010, the Law Alumni Relations Office will host a daylong CLE on starting a solo or small practice law firm. Where: UST School of Law, Moot Court Room Cost: $20 (no charge for current UST Law students) CLE Credits: 1.0 hour of ethics, 4.0 hours of law office management, and 1.5 hours of professional development credits applied for. Registration & Deadline: Lunch will be provided for those that register by February 25, 2011; space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. To register, click here. Questions? Contact Monica Anderson, Coordinator for External Relations, 651-962-4979 Read More

Feb 03

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

2005 UST Law Alumnus, Mike Hanson, who lost his sight at birth, spent seven months hiking the Appalachian Trail last year. Hanson was able to navigate his way through the trail by following precise voice instructions over his cell phone, programmed from a hand-held GPS unit. Upon his return to St. Louis Park, MN, he now faces his next challenge - becoming a CEO. Read More

Jan 21

35W Bridge Collapse: The Results

On Thursday, February 17, 2011, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., attorneys Chris Messerly and Philip Sieff from Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi will discuss the strategies and emotions in the case resulting from the greatest man-made catastrophe in Minnesota history, the 35W Bridge Collapse. Lunch will be provided by Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. Please RSVP by February 10. More.. Read More

Jan 20

Pulitzer Prize winner James Stewart to discuss ‘The Epidemic of Lying in America’ in Holloran Center lecture

Stewart’s lecture is based on his most recent book, Tangled Webs: How False Statements Are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff. Read More

Jan 18

Maggie Green (’08) Part of a Collaborative Blog Ranked Among the Top 25 by the MSBA

Epilawg, a collaborative blog by started by 4 lawyers, including 2008 law graduate Maggie Green, was named by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a top blog in “The Top 25 Minnesota Blawgs, 2010 Edition.” The MSBA called Epilawg, an estate planning blog, one of its “favorite team blogs." Read More

Jan 14

Osler publishes "The Death Penalty and Why the Arizona Murders Should Trouble Christians"

Professor Mark Osler’s latest editorial published by the Huffington Post “The Death Penalty and Why the Arizona Murders Should Trouble Christians" reflects on his ongoing work on death penalty issues. Osler is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post religion page. Read More

Jan 13

2007 Law Graduate Ken Connelly Speaks About His Time Clerking for Judge Roll

UST School of Law graduate Ken Connelly (’07), an attorney with Dorsey & Whitney, clerked from 2007 to 2009 for Chief Judge John Roll, U.S. District Court Arizona, who was killed during the tragic shootings in Tucson, Ariz. last week. Connelly speaks about his time clerking for Judge Roll in the January 13, 2011, Minnesota Lawyer article “A humble and decent guy” available at http://minnlawyer.com/minnlawyerblog/. Read More