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Oct 08

UST School of Law ranks No. 8 in nation for best professors, No. 4 for best quality of life

The University of St. Thomas School of Law is one of the top 10 law schools in the nation when it comes to best professors and best quality of life, according to a new study released Wednesday by Princeton Review. The school ranks No. 8 and No. 4, respectively. Read More

Oct 06
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New scholarship program aims to put new lawyers in rural practice

The University of St. Thomas School of Law is launching a new scholarship program focused on getting new lawyers into practice in rural America. Read More

Sep 29

New Disability Justice website aims to explain U.S. disability laws

Disability law is notoriously difficult to navigate – not only for individuals with disabilities and their families, but often for the lawyers who represent them, as well. A group of experts hopes to change that with the launch of a new website that aims to help lawyers, the disability community and members of the public access and understand information about disability laws in the United States. Read More

Sep 25

Religious liberty clinic files amicus brief in church’s freedom of speech U.S. Supreme Court case

The University of St. Thomas School of Law Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic has filed its latest amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, a challenge by a small church to an ordinance that severely restricts the church’s ability to display temporary signs announcing and providing information about its Sunday worship services. Read More

Sep 15

Minnesota Lawyer recognizes three UST Law alumni as “Up & Coming Attorneys”

Erin Knapp ’07, Anna Petosky ’07, and Brad Walz ’04, were recognized as an “Up & Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer magazine. Read More

Sep 12

UST School of Law professors file amicus brief in Supreme Court case on protections for working pregnant women

Two professors from the University of St. Thomas School of Law are among the primary drafters and organizers of an amicus brief filed Thursday with the United States Supreme Court on behalf of a part-time UPS driver who lost seven months of wages and her medical insurance when the company refused to accommodate the lifting restrictions her doctor recommended during pregnancy. Read More

Aug 26

The New York Times endorses Osler's proposal to restructure clemency

The New York Times Editorial Board this month endorsed a proposal to restructure clemency that was brought forth by Professor Mark Osler and New York University’s Rachel Barkow. Read More

Aug 11

University of St. Thomas Appellate Clinic wins major victory in prison litigation for Arizona death row inmate

The University of St. Thomas School of Law Appellate Clinic won a major victory in prison litigation on Monday when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of an Arizona death row inmate’s claim that prison officials may not read legal mail between prisoners and their counsel. Read More

Jul 18

46 alumni named Minnesota Rising Stars by Super Lawyers

The Rising Stars title, bestowed to no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state, recognizes lawyers who are either 40 years old or younger, or who have been in practice for 10 years or less. Read More

Jul 16

Wiebe joins other law profs, researchers in urging White House to act on refugee emergency facing Central American children

University of St Thomas School of Law Professor Virgil Wiebe, along with a group of professors and researchers who teach or practice in the areas of immigration, human rights, and international law, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama this week, urging him to act carefully on the growing refugee emergency involving unaccompanied children from Central America and Mexico. Read More

Jul 11
North Star Lawyers

36 alumni recognized by MN Bar for pro bono service

Thirty-six alumni of the University of St. Thomas School of Law were recognized as North Star Lawyers by the Minnesota State Bar Association for their commitment to service in their professional lives. Read More

Jul 02

Berg's work cited in Justice Ginsburg's Hobby Lobby opinion; prof weighs in for national media

Professor Tom Berg has been significantly involved in the Hobby Lobby case just decided by the Supreme Court. His scholarly work was quoted by Justice Ginsburg in her dissenting opinion. Berg has long been a leading advocate of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the statute involved in the case, and Ginsburg quoted him in that context, although her dissent rejected the businesses' claim under the Act. Read More

Jun 30
White House Champions of Change

White House honors Daryl Atkinson ‘07 with Champions of Change award

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. Read More

Jun 11

Professor Greg Sisk publishes first novel, Marital Privilege

Already a noted author of legal casebooks and scholarly articles, University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Greg Sisk made his literary debut in the world of fiction this month with the release of his first novel, Marital Privilege. Read More

Jun 05

Professor Mark Osler is part of national effort to screen 18,000 applicants for Obama's new drug clemency program

Professor Mark Osler, a 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. Read More

May 06

Students file first briefs for new religious liberty clinic

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. Read More

May 04

Professor Thomas Berg reflects on Congressman Oberstar's legacy

Thomas C. Berg, James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy, reflects on Congressman Oberstar's legacy Read More

Apr 29

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

University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds is the 2014 recipient of the Hennepin County Bar Association Diversity Award. Read More

Apr 14

Students argue Arizona death row inmate’s appeal before U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit

Clinical students Joy Nissen and Michelle King argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on April 7, raising 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. Read More

Apr 02

Levy-Pounds named one of the most influential law professors in the U.S.

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

Mar 18

Operation Greylord undercover attorney Terry Hake to speak April 2

Terry Hake, the attorney who went undercover in 1980 to help the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago convict 18 judges, 57 lawyers, and 10 law enforcement officers as part of Operation Greylord, will speak April 2 at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Read More

Mar 11

UST Law ranks #1 in nation for practical training

The University of St. Thomas School of Law is the No. 1 law school in the country for practical training. Read More

Mar 07
University of St. Thomas School of Law moot court team members Rachelle Velgersdyk, Parker Olson, and James Todd, and coach Aaron Knoll '12.

Moot court team advances to national competition

University of St. Thomas School of Law moot court team members Rachelle Velgersdyk, Parker Olson, and James Todd emerged from a 33-team regional tournament in Las Vegas on March 1 to advance to the National Appellate Advocacy Competition Finals held April 10-12 in Chicago. Read More

Mar 05
Readus Fletcher, center, deputy director of the Saint Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity, accepts the Iustitia et Lex Award from University of St. Thomas School of Law Dean Robert Vischer, left, and nominator Tim Flynn ’11.

St. Paul activist Readus Fletcher receives Iustitia et Lex Award

Readus Fletcher, deputy director of the Saint Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity, is the recipient of the University of St. Thomas School of Law Iustitia et Lex Award. Read More

Feb 20

Three from UST Law named Attorneys of the Year

Three lawyers affiliated with the University of St. Thomas School of Law are among Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorneys of the Year: Lisa Montpetit Brabbit, senior assistant dean for external relations and programs; Jeffrey S. Storms, class of 2006; and Kay Nord Hunt, adjunct professor. Read More

Feb 17
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ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton to deliver keynote at conference on feminism, law and religion

The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, the first female presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will deliver the keynote address at a two-day University of St. Thomas conference exploring the roles theology and religious law play in the construction and critique of just law throughout the world. Read More

Feb 17
A View from the Bench

Retired Supreme Court justices to offer perspectives on court’s history

Retired Minnesota Supreme Court justices Sandy Keith, Kathleen Blatz and Eric Magnuson will share their perspectives on the history of the Minnesota Supreme Court during a Feb. 25 event at the University of St. Thomas School of Law Read More

Feb 13
Organizational Ethics & Compliance at the University of St. Thomas School of Law

School of Law launches new graduate degrees in organizational ethics and compliance

The University of St. Thomas School of Law this fall will begin offering two graduate degrees in the field of organizational ethics and compliance. They are the master of studies in law (M.S.L.), for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree, and the master of laws (LL.M) for those who already hold the traditional law degree of juris doctor. Read More

Feb 03

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

At an event by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs recognizing the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, keynote speaker Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, civil rights attorney and director of the Community Justice Project at the St. Thomas University School of Law, shared her views on the status of the Dr. King’s “Dream” today. Read More

Feb 03

Professor Sisk asks Supreme Court to hear case by Mdewakanton Band seeking recovery for land, revenues diverted by federal government

Urging the United States Supreme Court to hear a case by a Minnesota band of Indians seeking recovery for breach of trust against the federal government, Professor Gregory Sisk filed an amicus curiae brief Jan. 31, represented by counsel Janet Evans and Michael Ciresi of the Minneapolis law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. Read More

Jan 30

Law professors urge Supreme Court to uphold religious liberty in ‘contraception mandate’ cases

Professors Tom Berg and Teresa Stanton Collett separately filed amicus briefs with the United States Supreme Court this week, urging the court to uphold the religious freedom of for-profit corporations that are now mandated to include in employees’ health insurance, coverage of drugs and devices that have the potential to cause abortions of new embryos. Read More

Jan 17

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

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. Read More

Jan 17
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Surgeon, professor to discuss potential incentive program for live organ donations

Faced with a nationwide shortage of organ donations, kidney transplant surgeon and University of Minnesota Medical Center Professor Arthur Matas and University of St. Thomas Theology Professor Paul Wojda will join the University of St. Thomas Murphy Institute on Jan. 31 to discuss the medical, ethical and legal considerations for a potential incentive program for living organ donations. Read More

Jan 08
Professor Jerry Organ makes National Jurist's list of

Professor Jerry Organ is one of National Jurist's 'Most Influential People'

Professor Jerry Organ was recognized as one of the "Most Influential People in Legal Education" for his work requiring law schools to post scholarship retention policies. Read More

Feb 28

Dean search proceeds

As it chooses a new dean, the law school is pursuing its vision for the future, building on its remarkable success during the 10-year deanship of Tom Mengler. We seek a distinguished legal scholar or member of the legal profession who has a commitment to academic excellence, a strong affinity for the school’s Catholic mission, an ability to articulate an inspiring vision for the school’s future, and demonstrated qualities of leadership. Read More