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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 30

Professor Charles Reid shares expertise with media covering Twin Cities Archdiocese case

Professor Charles Reid, an expert in Canon Law, has been called upon by news media to share his expertise on a local case involving the alleged cover-up of alleged sexual abuse by priests. 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

Dec 16

World Trade Institute appoints Hernandez Crespo as faculty member

The World Trade Institute recently appointed Associate Professor Mariana Hernández Crespo as a faculty member. She joins a selective international network of experts, furthering WTI’s efforts in leading the global path in negotiation, implementation, and prevention of disputes under International Investment Agreements. Read More

Dec 10

Tyner appointed to leadership posts with American Bar Association

Artika Tyner, Ed.D., clinical faculty and director of diversity for the University of St. Thomas School of Law, was appointed vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Solo, Small Practice and General Practice Division Diversity Board, and council member for the ABA’s Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. Read More

Nov 26

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

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. Read More

Nov 19
The Murphy Institute's Hot Topics Cool Talk Series

Scientist, theologian to discuss GMOs at next Hot Topics event

Experts in ecology and theology will discuss the environmental policies surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as part of the next Hot Topics: Cool Talk debate hosted by the University of St. Thomas Murphy Institute on Dec. 3 at the School of Law. Read More

Nov 15

Paulsen, Berg cited in federal appeals court decision upholding religious freedom objections to contraception mandate of Affordable Care Act

A federal appeals court in Chicago on Nov. 8 upheld religious freedom objections against the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act, citing two University of St. Thomas School of Law faculty – professors Michael Paulsen and Thomas Berg – in the majority opinion. Read More

Nov 13

Call for Proposals: Conversations in Feminism, Law, and Religion

The University of St. Thomas issues a call for proposals for its March 2014 conference, "Conversations in Feminism, Law, and Religion." Read More

Nov 07
Super Lawyers

Three alumni named Super Lawyers, 35 are Minnesota Rising Stars

Three graduates of the University of St. Thomas School of Law were named Super Lawyers for 2013 by the Super Lawyers rating service, and another 35 were designated Minnesota Rising Stars. Read More

Oct 25

Kaal appointed hedge fund arbitrator for largest U.S. regulatory authority

Professor Wulf Kaal recently was appointed to serve as an arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the largest independent regulator for securities firms doing business in the United States. Read More

Oct 22

School of Law freezes tuition for next incoming class

All members of the class of 2017 who begin taking courses in fall 2014 will be guaranteed no tuition increases during the entire three-year juris doctor program. By switching from a per-credit tuition model to a flat-fee structure, the first-year tuition rate for these law students will decrease by more than $2,000 over the current rate. Read More

Oct 22
The Murphy Institute's Hot Topics Cool Talk Series

White collar crime prosecutors to debate Wall Street, the financial crisis and prosecutorial underreach

Two high-profile former prosecutors will debate Wall Street, the financial crisis and prosecutorial underreach as part of the next Hot Topics: Cool Talk debate hosted by the University of St. Thomas Murphy Institute on Nov. 15 at the School of Law. Read More

Oct 21

Berg takes argument to protect same-sex marriage and religious liberty to Stanford

Thomas Berg, James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy, spoke at the Stanford Symposium on Marriage Equality, held Oct. 11-12 at Stanford Law School. Read More

Oct 16

Martinez wins MJF Outstanding Service Award

University of St. Thomas School of Law 3L Melissa Martinez is a recipient of the Minnesota Justice Foundation 2013 Outstanding Service Award. Read More

Oct 14
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School of Law to host Midwest Clinical Conference Nov. 1-3

Clinicians working in the legal field and beyond will come together Nov. 1 at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minn., to discuss, innovate and create new pathways in the future of clinical legal education. Read More

Oct 09
University of St. Thomas School of Law Professors rank #9 in the nation

UST Law profs rank No. 9 in nation; school lands on Princeton Review’s list of best 169 law schools

The University of St. Thomas School of Law is one of the nation’s most outstanding law schools, and students here are taught by professors who rank in the top 10 nationwide, according to a new study from Princeton Review. Read More

Oct 04

Professors Collett & Schiltz invited to Rome to discuss family rights

University of St. Thomas School of Law professors Teresa Collett and Elizabeth Schiltz were invited to participate in an international conference in Rome on "The Rights of the Family and the Challenges of the Contemporary World," held Sept. 19-21. Read More

Oct 01

Diana Hamilton, class of 2006, will be honored with Alumna Achievement Award

The School of Law Alumna Achievement Award will be posthumously awarded to Diana Hamilton, class of 2006, during the Alumnae Brunch on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Read More

Sep 27

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

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. Read More

Sep 27

Berg participates in two U.S. Supreme Court cases in current term

Thomas Berg, James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy, is participating in two First Amendment cases on the merits in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 term. Read More

Sep 25

Kaal invited to speak on financial regulations this fall in Toronto, Minneapolis and New York

Associate Professor Wulf Kaal is taking his expertise on the road this fall, with upcoming presentations at the Canadian Law and Economics Association annual meeting in Toronto, the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review Symposium, “Hedge Funds in Bankruptcy,” held at St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y. Read More

Sep 19

Cally Kjellberg-Nelson ('09) receives the MDLA’s Deb Oberlander Award

Cally Kjellberg-Nelson ('09) was honored with this year’s MDLA Deb Oberlander Award. The award recognizes Cally for her "professionalism, service, and contribution to excellence in the practice of law" as a new lawyer. Read More

Sep 17

Abortion debate comes to Minneapolis on Oct. 4

Abortion will be the hot topic on the University of St. Thomas downtown Minneapolis campus on Friday, Oct. 4, when the university’s Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy brings in historian Gail Bederman and author Erika Bachiochi to debate: “Is Legal Abortion Necessary for Sexual Equality in the U.S.A.?” Read More

Sep 10
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38 students inaugurated into Legal Services Clinic

Thirty-eight students were sworn in Aug. 23 by the Honorable LaJune Lange as part of the recent Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services Swearing In Ceremony. Read More

Sep 10

Clyborne ('05) welcomed as new commander by Minnesota National Guard

Class of 2005 UST School of Law graduate Col. Johanna P. Clyborne assumed Brigade command of the Roseville-based 347th Regional Support Group on Sept. 7, 2013, during a ceremony at Camp Ripley. Clyborne is the first female in the Minnesota National Guard to assume a major command. Read More

Sep 04

School of Law welcomes class of 2016

The University of St. Thomas School of Law welcomed 115 1Ls the week of Aug. 19. Read More

Aug 28
PreLaw Magazine names UST Law #1 for externship placements.

UST Law leads nation in externships

The University of St. Thomas School of Law has once again come out on top of a nationwide study on externships. Read More

Aug 07

Murphy Institute to hold Oct. 25 event highlighting impact of St. Thomas More

On October 31, 2000, Pope John Paul II published an Apostolic Letter declaring Thomas More "Patron Saint of Stateman and Politicians." Read More

Aug 05

Nilan (’06) recognized as Up & Coming Attorney

Kate Nilan (’06), an associate at Gray Plant Mooty, was chosen as an Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer. Read More

Jul 29

JD Compass: New Initiative to Support Employment Efforts of Recent Graduates

The Career and Professional Development Office launched JD Compass, a new initiative designed to individually support the employment efforts of each graduate of the class of 2013 who is still seeking full-time, long-term employment. Read More

Jul 29

Ten years strong: UST Law alumni are leaders in giving

The 2013 Annual Giving Campaign closed on June 30 and for the 10th consecutive year, UST Law alumni set the national standard in annual giving participation. Read More

Jul 16

Haase ('06) helps pass "Ban the box" legislation

Mark Haase (’06), vice president of the Council on Crime and Justice, recently published an article in MinnPost about the “Ban the box” legislation that signed into law in Minnesota by Governor Dayton on May 13, 2013. Haase’s work was instrumental in the passage of this legislation. Read More

Jul 16

Odette ('04) recognized as Up & Coming Attorney

Elizabeth Odette ('04), an associate at Lockridge Grindal Nauen, was chosen as an Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer. Read More

Jul 15

World Bank invites Professor Hernandez Crespo as expert guest in Bolivia meeting

The World Bank invited Associate Professor Mariana Hernández Crespo to serve as its expert guest at a meeting in Bolivia with attorney generals from Bolivia, Paraguay, and Ecuador. Read More

Jul 13

Prolife Center to sponsor Aug. 1 lunch and dinner events on HHS mandate/religious liberty

The Prolife Center at the University of St. Thomas School of Law is holding two events on Thursday, Aug. 1 on the topic of the federal HHS mandate and its impact on religious liberty. Read More

Jul 10

Oseid talks 'persuasive writing of past U.S. presidents' with Kansas judiciary

Prof. Julie Oseid spoke at the 2013 Kansas Judicial Conference in Wichita on June 20. Her two-session presentation, "Communicators-in-Chief," explored the eloquence of two American Presidents – Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant. Read More

Jul 08

Kaal invited to present at American Bankruptcy Institute symposium

The American Bankruptcy Institute recently invited UST Law Prof. Wulf Kaal, a national expert on the legal regulation of hedge funds, to its upcoming symposium in New York City. Read More

Jul 02

Tyner receives Outstanding Commitment Award from UST Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion Services

The University of St. Thomas School of Law would like to congratulate Dr. Artika Tyner, Director of the Office of Diversity, on her Outstanding Commitment Award from the UST Student Diversity and Inclusion Services for her work in 2012-2013. Read More

Jun 21

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

UST Law’s newly-created Appellate Clinic saw two students 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. Read More

Jun 13

Mission in Action: UST Law graduates recognized by MN State Bar Association for pro bono legal service

Many University of St. Thomas School of Law graduates have a passion and commitment to serving low income clients and providing pro bono service to the community. For the first time, the Minnesota State Bar Association recognized North Star Lawyers. North Star Lawyers each provided at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services in 2012. Thirty-one UST Law graduates were recognized as 2012 North Star Lawyers. Read More

Jun 13

Kaal to present findings of study on Dodd-Frank impact on hedge fund industry

Prof. Wulf Kaal will present the findings of his study on Friday, June 14 at the 2013 Junior Scholars Workshop on Financial Services Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Read More

Jun 06

UST Law alum hired as new Assistant Director of Career Professional Development

In May 2004 Monica Gould attended her law school commencement ceremony as a member of the inaugural graduating class at University of St. Thomas School of Law. She then went on to a career as a litigation attorney for a Minneapolis-based firm, all the while demonstrating her continued zeal for UST Law and its mission through her volunteer service on its alumni board and in the Mentor Externship program. Read More

May 30

Five faculty members receive promotions at UST Law

Five faculty members at the University of St. Thomas School of Law recently received promotions. Robert Delahunty, Nekima Levy-Pounds, Julie Oseid, and Jennifer Wright have been promoted to full professor. Ben Carpenter was promoted to associate professor. Read More

May 23

Alumni Giving Supports Four UST-MJF Summer Public Interest Fellowships

Congratulations to this year's four recipients of this year’s UST-MJF Summer Public Interest Fellowships. Read More

May 22

Rising 3L Erik Beitzel named 2013 CJP 'Student Service Learning Award' recipient

Second year law student Erik Beitzel, a certified student attorney with the UST Law Community Justice Project, was recently announced the recipient of the program’s 2013 Student Service Learning Award. Read More

Apr 19

University of St. Thomas School of Law announces new scholarship at the 2013 Mission Awards

Each year, the University of St. Thomas School of Law presents mission awards to faculty, staff, students and alumni for their contributions to the school’s mission. This year’s winners were announced at a lunchtime ceremony on April 15. Read More

Apr 15

Hernández Crespo assists Mongolian government in dispute resolution

As Mongolia was preparing to negotiate an Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan, which represented a significant development for the country, Hernández Crespo and a fellow from Harvard University were selected to assist members of the Mongolian government. Read More

Apr 15

Faculty recognized in the Roger Williams Study

The University of St. Thomas School of Law recently ranked third in a study measuring faculty productivity. Roger Williams University School of Law conducted the study in order to measure the per capita productivity of faculty in schools that are ranked outside the US News Top 50 rankings. Read More

Mar 15

‘Fifty States Under God’ is theme for JLPP Spring Symposium

How should constitutional scholars view the concept of religious liberty through the prism of the various state constitutions as they relate to the modern day? A handful of experts in the field of constitutional law and religious liberty will attempt to tackle that question as they gather Friday, April 19 at the UST Law Journal of Law and Public Policy’s Spring Symposium. Read More

Mar 15

Law Journal Symposium to tackle intersection of religious thought and intellectual property law in the 21st century

This spring a diverse group of legal, bioethics and religious scholars and entrepreneurs in the intellectual property industry will converge on the University of St. Thomas School of Law campus to present and discuss their views on a topic event organizers believe is cutting edge in an increasingly globalized and technological world – how might religious thought contribute to the substance and practice of Intellectual Property law? Read More

Mar 15

Wesley Smith receives the Champion for Youth Award

The University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Community Justice Project is presenting its annual symposium on March 20, 2013, entitled: “How Are the Children? Part VI: Re-Imagining Public Education in Minnesota.” It will bring together community leaders, social workers, educators, and others within the juvenile justice field to discuss their experiences concerning racial and socioeconomic equity in education and develop strategies to improve these conditions as our society moves forward Read More

Feb 25

Law Journal Symposium to tackle intersection of religious thought and intellectual property law in the 21st century

The 2013 UST Law Journal Symposium will take place Friday, April 5 and is co-sponsored by the Terrence Murphy Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy. The event aims to tackle the topic of how religious thought can impact the evolution and understanding of intellectual property law. Read More

Feb 14

Nichols book on First Amendment religion clauses is translated into Chinese

A book on the First Amendment religion clauses recently co-authored by Prof. Joel Nichols has been translated for a whole new audience – law school students in China. Read More

Feb 05

Tyner featured in 2013 Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar

Director of Diversity and Clinical Law Faculty Dr. Artika Tyner has been honored with inclusion in the 2013 Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar. 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. Read More

Feb 04

CNN article by Jeanne Bishop has St. Thomas ties

Jeanne Bishop, assistant public defender in the Office of the Cook County Public Defender has been a guest at the University of St. Thomas School of Law several times, and has been a key member of the team Professor Mark Osler put together to present “The Trial of Christ” across the country. Bishop and Osler have also worked together in other venues on a subject they agree on, the elimination of the death penalty. But in August 2011, Osler and Bishop debated the issue of juvenile life without parole on opposite sides before the incoming class. Read More

Jan 29

Professor Reid makes an impact in Italy

Professor Charles Reid’s recent piece in the Huffington Post is making waves internationally. Reid, who is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post contributed “The American Catholic Church and Roe v. Wade” last week. The post was referenced by several blog posts and articles immediately. Now, the Italian daily newspaper La Stampa has quoted the article extensively in the piece, “Stati Uniti, cambia la strategia per una cultura della vita,” translated into English, as “Changing the Strategy For the Culture of Life.” The piece can be found here. Published in Turin, La Stampa is one of Italy’s most influential newspapers reaching readers across Europe. In his article, Reid suggests that Pro-Life Catholics should rethink their traditional alliance with the Republican party, and political ideology in general. The La Stampa article suggests that Reid’s ideas may be a way forward in the abortion debate. Read More

Jan 24

Michigan Supreme Court cites Carpenter's Scholarship

University of St. Thomas School of Law professor Ben Carpenter was recently recognized by the Michigan Supreme Court, who cited his article on posthumous conception. Carpenter's article, "A Chip Off the Old Iceblock: How Cryopreservation Has Changed Estate Law, Why Attempts to Address the Issue Have Fallen Short, and How to Fix It," addresses the legislative evolution of posthumous conception. Read More

Jan 08

Prolife Center kicks off three part lecture series on January 8

The Prolife Center at the University of St. Thomas kicks off a three lecture series “Defending Life in 2013” on Tuesday, January 8 at 7 p.m. in the Schulze Auditorium in the Opus College of Business in downtown Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public. Read More

Jan 04

National Jurist names Organ to list “Most Influential People in Legal Education”

Professor Organ is cited for his work calling attention to scholarship practices which led to first year students not being able to retain their scholarships throughout their time in law school. Read More

Dec 11

Nekima Levy-Pounds receives “Profiles in Courage Award” from Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL)

University of St. Thomas School of Law Associate Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds has received the Profiles in Courage Award from the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers. MABL bestows the Profiles in Courage Award annually on an individual or entity that has demonstrated the highest level of courage, excellence and integrity in furthering the organization's mission of representing the interests of Black citizens in the legal profession and in the judicial system. Read More

Nov 26

Nov. 30 JLPP Symposium to tackle tensions over homeschooling law

Homeschooling may be an afterthought for many, particularly for the majority of Americans who are educated in the public school system. But according to experts its popularity is actually resurgent. As a result – tensions continue to arise between parental autonomy on one side and state and federal compulsory education regulations on the other – the children are left in the middle. Read More

Nov 21

Wiebe continues work against cluster munitions

Virgil Wiebe, UST Law professor and Director of Clinical Education, recently represented the community on an international scale by testifying before the Canadian Senate regarding their implementation of legislation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). Read More

Nov 12

Three UST law faculty participate in religious liberties conference in San Diego

Professors Tom Berg and Michael Paulsen and Dean Robert Vischer were among a group of 30 religious liberties scholars invited to participate in the University of San Diego School of Law’s Institute for Law and Philosophy conference on “Freedom of the Church in the Modern Era.” Read More

Nov 07

Michael Lawyer ('09) nominated as a rising star in federal government

Michael Lawyer ('09), a Program Analyst for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was nominated by FedScoop as an "Up & Comer." Read More

Oct 31

Hernandez Crespo drafts international mediation regulations

Professor Mariana Hernández Crespo was invited by the International Bar Association to serve as part of a distinguished team of global experts to draft regulations for governments considering alternatives to the abritration process. Read More

Oct 25

Vischer appointed dean of the School of Law

Robert Vischer, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, will become the new dean of the school, it was announced Thursday. Read More

Oct 24

Recent graduate's nonprofit granted tax exempt status

Recent Graduate's Nonprofit Granted Tax Exempt Status Read More

Oct 22

The Politics of Purple: Pair of legal scholars of different faiths to discuss “The Dangers of Anti-Sharia Laws” at Oct. 23 Murphy Institute event

Editors's Note: The Politics of Purple In the next month, there will be a lot of debate about red states and blue states, and a lot of the attention will be on states that are purple, places where they say the numbers are too close to call. However, unlike the pundits who are waiting for the states to turn either red or blue, at the University of St. Thomas School of Law we embrace the nuance and complexity of purple. The following story is the third in a four-part Politics of Purple series. Read More

Oct 17

Politics of Purple: How one student organization focuses on dialogue, not partisanship

With the presidential election next month, political tempers are beginning to flare. Not that this is unusual. In fact, the nature of America’s democratic system encourages all parties to debate. Nevertheless, the 2012 election has become especially contentious. Some critics argue that issues of public policy are lost in the shuffle of such divisive party affiliations. Read More

Oct 11

School of Law once again makes Princeton Review’s Top 10 for “Best Quality of Life”

The University of St. Thomas School of Law has again been recognized by the Princeton Review, returning to the top ten in the category of “Best Quality of Life.” The School of Law has made the top ten in this category for six of the last seven years. Last year the school was named to the top ten for having the “Best Professors.” Read More

Oct 09

The Politics of Purple: Faculty debate, dialogue, and model how to disagree

Editors's Note: The Politics of Purple In the next month, there will be a lot of debate about red states and blue states, and a lot of the attention will be on states that are purple, places where they say the numbers are too close to call. However, unlike the pundits who are waiting for the states to turn either red or blue, at the University of St. Thomas School of Law we embrace the nuance and complexity of purple. The Politics of Purple is a four-part series showing how the School of Law fosters political debate that defies easy sound bites and resists polarizing caricatures. In the series we hope to model and demonstrate how members of the law school community who are on opposite sides of controversial issues can disagree without being disagreeable, learning from each other and enriching our political culture in the process. Read More

Oct 01

Law Journal to ask the question “Managing Expectations: Does the Directors’ Duty to Monitor Promise More than it Can Deliver?”

Lisa Fairfax, the Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law and Director of Conference Programs at George Washington Law will present "Managing Expectations: Does the Directors’ Duty to Monitor Promise More than it Can Deliver?" on Monday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. in the Frey Moot Courtroom at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in downtown Minneapolis. Read More

Sep 12

UST Law moves up to 30th in Sisk’s latest ‘scholarly impact’ study

Prof. Greg Sisk and a team of UST Law research librarians recently published an updated version of a 2010 scholarly impact study that ranks the top third of the nation’s ABA-accredited law schools in the area of scholarly contribution from faculty that has garnered attention from media and the law school community. Read More

Sep 05

Brotherhood, Inc. finishes second in 2012 Mosaic Social Entrepreneurs Cup

Brotherhood, Inc., co-founded by students and faculty in the Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, was the first runner-up in the 2012 Mosaic Social Entrepreneurs Cup competition. According to the Mosaic website, the competition is designed to “seek out, celebrate, and promote Minnesota’s most innovative and effective social entrepreneurs and the organizations they lead.” Brotherhood, Inc. was developed to create a pathway out of poverty for young African American males, ages 16-24, who have been involved in the criminal justice system or gangs or who are at risk of such involvement. Participants in the program receive life skills training, case management, educational support, and in house employment opportunities through a social enterprise called Brotherhood Brew Coffee. Read More

Aug 30

Annual LSSE data shows high student satisfaction at the School of Law

Professor Jerry Organ knows the University of St. Thomas School of Law is a great school. Now he has results from the 2012 Law School Survey on Student Engagement (LSSSE) to prove it. Read More

Aug 29

School of Law selects four finalist candidates for next dean

The dean search committee at the University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota) is pleased to announce four distinguished finalist candidates for the law school's deanship. Read More

Aug 27

University of St. Thomas School of law welcomes the Class of 2015

The University of St. Thomas School of Law welcomed the class of 2015 on Monday, August 20. The students have completed their first week on campus, and are joined by returning second and third year students today. Read More

Aug 22

Widener Law's annual Pileggi Lecture will feature Lyman Johnson as keynote

School of Law Professor Lyman Johnson was recently invited by the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law to deliver a keynote lecture for the 28th annual Francis G. Pileggi Lecture at the Widener University School of Law (Wilmington, Del.). The event will take place Nov. 9. Read More

Aug 22

Law Journal and Holloran Center team up for symposium on “Empirical Professional Ethics”

Eleven faculty representing seven different law schools and academic research institutions from around the country will gather Saturday, Sept. 22 at the University of St. Thomas School of Law to share their empirical research concerning professionalism, ethical professional identity, law firm or department ethical culture, rules compliance, preventive law and risk management, and the nature of competition and cooperation in legal education. Read More

Aug 15

Sisk's study on Establishment Clause jurisprudence cited in Seventh Circuit case

A 2012 empirical study co-authored by School of Law Prof. Greg Sisk on Establishment Clause jurisprudence was recently cited in the dissenting opinion of one of most influential federal appellate court judges in the country. Read More

Aug 06

Mid-day retreats give students, staff and alumni opportunity to take a break for faith

A new season of retreats, reflections and dialogues includes “Learning to Forgive,” “Remembering Vatican II” and “Perspectives on Heaven, Hell and Purgatory” Read More

Jul 18

Super Lawyers Named Thirty University of St. Thomas School of Law Graduates as "Rising Stars"

The University is pleased to announce that 30 University of St. Thomas School of Law graduates were recognized by Super Lawyers as "Rising Stars" in Minnesota. Read More

Jul 18

Minnesota Lawyer names Sharon Roberg-Perez ('05) as an Up & Coming Attorney

Sharon E. Roberg-Perez (’05), an Associate at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., was named by Minnesota Lawyer as one of this year’s Up & Coming Attorneys. Read More

Jul 17

Holloran Center joins with "Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers"

School of Law professor and Associate Director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership Jerry Organ will represent the School of Law this September by presenting at the “Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers” conference in Denver, Colorado. Organ will present his research on professional formation and tools for developing an ethical professional identity. Dean Neil Hamilton and Dr. Verna Monson will also participate. Read More

Jul 05

CJP's Brotherhood project selected as Mosaic finalist

A University of St. Thomas group, Brotherhood, Inc., has been selected as a finalist for the 2012 Mosaic Social Entrepreneurs Cup competition. According to the Mosaic website, the competition is designed to “seek out, celebrate, and promote Minnesota’s most innovative and effective social entrepreneurs and the organizations they lead.” Brotherhood, Inc. is a division of the Community Justice Project at the Interprofessional Center for Counseling & Legal Services. Read More

Jul 02

Prayer service planned at noon Tuesday for law student injured in Rome

A service to pray for the recovery of a University of St. Thomas School of Law student who was seriously injured in Rome will be held at noon Tuesday, July 3, in the Chapel of St. Thomas More in the School of Law building on St. Thomas’ downtown Minneapolis campus, 1000 LaSalle Ave. All are welcome to attend the service. Read More

Jul 02

Brodin receives MSBA's President's Award

The Minnesota State Bar Association honored University of St. Thomas School of Law Director of Career and Professional Development Kendra Brodin with the President’s Award at its annual meeting on June 22, 2012. Brodin received the award for her work as the founding chairperson of Committee 36. Read More

Jun 20

The University of St. Thomas honored by Kaposia, Inc

The University of St. Thomas was recently honored by Kaposia, Inc., a Twin Cities Employment and Alternative Service provider, with their One Step Ahead Award. St. Thomas has two individuals from Kaposia employed by the Law School and the College of Applied Professional Studies. Read More

May 30

Nichols, Wiebe receive promotions to rank of full professor at School of Law

Virgil Wiebe and Joel Nichols have both been noted for their achievements in the classroom and scholarship and their service to the community at-large, said Dean Thomas Mengler. Read More

May 25

Religious Liberty CLE to be held at the University of St. Thomas School of Law

On Thursday, June 28 the Prolife Center at the University of St. Thomas and the Minnesota Catholic Conference will hold a CLE, “Religious Liberty, Conscience Rights, and Participation of Faith Communities in the Public Square”. The event, a day-long program begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. The conference will focus on exploring the protections afforded religious liberty by the law. Many of these topics will be at the forefront of public debate in coming months as the fall election season looms. Read More

May 24

The Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services will offer two new clinics in the 2012-2013 academic year

The University of St. Thomas School of Law will expand clinic offerings again in the fall of 2012 with two new clinics. The clinics are in the areas of bankruptcy litigation and nonprofit organizations. Read More

Apr 25

School of Law faculty recognized for scholarly excellence and impact

The University of St. Thomas School of Law ranked second in a study measuring faculty productivity based on publications in top law journals. The study, conducted by faculty at the Roger Williams Law School, focuses on law schools ranked outside of the U.S. News and World Report top 50. Read More

Apr 23

Neil Hamilton named interim dean at the School of Law

Neil Hamilton, professor in the University of St. Thomas School of Law and founding director of its Thomas Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, has been named interim dean of the law school. He will begin the position next month with the departure of Thomas Mengler, who will become president of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.. Read More

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

Apr 23

International Parental Child Abduction: Essential Principles of The Hague Convention, by Allison Maxim ('05) is the cover story of the April 2012 Bench & Bar of Minnesota.

Allison Maxim ('05), a family law attorney at Walling, Berg & Debele, P.A., in Minneapolis, is the author of this month's Bench & Bar of Minnesota cover story titled "International Parental Child Abduction: Essential Principles of The Hague Convention." Read More

Apr 18

3L Campion wins University Advocates for Women and Equity award

Current law student Alexandra Campion was one of four winners of three awards presented by the University Advocates for Women and Equity. The awards won by the four were created to honor women on campus, or to honor scholarship or creative work on concerns related to women. Read More

Apr 05
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“Trial of Christ” Challenges Audiences to Consider Mercy in Death Penalty States

Justice and mercy are always held in tension according to former federal prosecutor, and current University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Mark Osler. This perspective stems from his first hand experience with areas of law where there is no mercy, such as federal crack/cocaine sentencing and the death penalty. But as a man of faith, Osler has also witnessed the power of redemption, and is working to give the condemned that life-saving second chance. Read More

Apr 02

Law School Presents "Mission Awards"

Each year the University of St. Thomas School of Law presents mission awards to faculty, staff, students and alumni for their contributions to the mission of the School of Law. This year’s winners were announced at a lunchtime ceremony on March 26. Read More

Mar 26

An Open Letter to Bob Morse from Dean Mengler

Dean Mengler has written an open letter to Bob Morse at U.S. News which is posted here. The letter is in response to U.S. News publishing an inaccurate employment at graduation statistic for the UST Class of 2010. On Friday, March 23 U.S. News announced in the "Morse Code" blog that they would "unrank" the School of Law. Read More

Mar 23

Twin Cities Daily Planet covers "How are the children"

The Twin Cities Daily Planet newspaper was on hand for the fifth annual "How Are The Children" conference held at the University of St. Thomas on Wednesday, March 20. In the article "They are children who made a mistake: Conference explores Minnesota's school to prison pipeline" the conference and the impact of the Community Justice Project are discussed. Read More

Mar 19

Law Journal Announces 2012-2013 membership

The University of St. Thomas School of Law Journal has announced the recently-selected members of the 2012-2013 editorial board for the University of St .Thomas Law Journal. Read More

Mar 13

Correction to U.S. News rankings data

It has come to our attention that U.S. News published an inaccurate employment at graduation statistic for the UST Class of 2010. On line 169 of our Class of 2010 U.S. News Employment data report, the number of graduates known to be employed at graduation is correctly listed as 51 graduates (or 32.9% of our 155 total number of 2010 graduates). Unfortunately, on line 164 of the report, we incorrectly listed 125 graduates (or 80.6%) as employed at graduation. U.S. News listed that incorrect number in its law school rankings, released earlier today. We have contacted U.S. News to alert them to the error. The nine month graduation rate of 86.5% is correct in the rankings 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

Feb 14

Fr. Dan Griffith joins law school as Faculty Fellow of Law

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Robert Vischer has announced that Father Dan Griffith will join the School of Law community in January, 2012. Fr. Griffith will serve as Distinguished Service faculty, an appointment he received from the University of St. Thomas. In his first semester at the School of Law, Fr. Griffith will offer a course on Catholic social teaching and the law. The course will equip students to analyze and critique current issues of law and public policy through the lens offered by Catholic social teaching. Read More

Feb 09

Thomas Mengler named president of St. Mary’s University in Texas

Thomas Mengler, dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law for the past 10 years, on Friday was named president of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. The appointment is effective June 1. Read More

Feb 08

Mengler and Hamilton honored for “Outstanding Service to the Profession”

Minnesota Lawyer has named University of St. Thomas School of Law faculty Thomas M. Mengler and Neil Hamilton recipients of the “Outstanding Service to the Profession” award. Dean and Ryan Chair in Law Mengler and Professor and Director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions Hamilton will be presented at a ceremony on February 3, 2012. Read More