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Alumni E-News
March 2012

Dear Members of the UST Law Community,
I'm writing you as co-chair of the search committee for a new dean of the law school.  All of us in the law school community congratulate Dean Mengler on his appointment as president at St. Mary's University (San Antonio), and we all will have opportunities to thank him for his wonderful leadership of our institution over the last decade.
I'm writing to let you know that the dean search committee has begun its work in earnest.  You can find the announcement of the position, together with other information on the search, at http://www.stthomas.edu/law/deansearch.  The announcement summarizes the features we are looking for in the next dean, including a commitment to excellence; a strong affinity for our mission; the vision to articulate how our mission and the distinctive training we provide students answer the future challenges of a rapidly changing profession; and strong personal skills, including fund-raising ability.
The committee has spoken with dozens of potential candidates—including academics, lawyers, and judges—to develop as strong a pool of applicants as possible for the selection of the person for this position that is so important to all of us.  We have begun to receive applications.  We have held meetings with faculty, staff, student government, and the alumni board to get input on the process and on what we should look for in our next dean.  At a later stage of the process, finalist candidates will come to campus; we will let you know about the forums through which all members of the community will have an opportunity to interact with the candidates and provide input based on those interactions.

The members of the search committee are Professors Ann Bateson, Tom Berg (co-chair), Mitch Gordon, Nekima Levy-Pounds, and Joel Nichols; Assistant Dean Nora Fitzpatrick; Dr. Susan Alexander (co-chair), executive assistant to Fr. Dease, the university president; Mr. Larry LeJeune, current chair of the law school's Board of Governors and a university trustee; and Dr. Chris Puto, dean of the Opus College of Business.

I encourage you to read the position announcement because it also lists some of the remarkable accomplishments of our school in its first decade: in professional preparation of students, in scholarly engagement on national and international legal issues, and in the development of lawyers with strong ethics of integrity and service.  Many people around the country who have read the announcement have commented to committee members how impressive our accomplishments have been.  This process has reaffirmed my belief in how unique and valuable our school is in legal education, and how strong a foundation we've built to move forward in the future.

If you have questions about the process, please feel free to contact a member of the search committee.

Professor Tom Berg

Mengler Recognition Event - Save-the-Date

The University of St. Thomas invites you to a reception in honor of Dean and Ryan Chair in Law Thomas M. Mengler in recognition of his tenth and concluding year of leadership at the School of Law.  The reception will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.  The event promises to be a terrific celebration in honor of Dean Mengler.  More details will follow.  We look forward to seeing you there.   

Program to be modeled after School of Law Commutations Clinic 

As reported by the Washington Post, former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich has announced that he is working to establish a program similar to the Federal Commutations Clinic at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.  Professor Mark Osler is noted for his national expertise on the subject in the story. More...

Professors Vischer and Berg provide comment to NPR's "All Things Considered" 

Professors Robert Vischer and Tom Berg were interviewed by National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" program for the story, Birth Control: Latest Collision Between Individual Conscience And Society.   Both Vischer and Berg have contributed significant scholarship in the area of religious liberty. More...

Career & Professional Development Resources

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Upcoming Low/No Cost CLE Opportunities and Other Events   

March 14

CLE: How are the Children Symposium, Part V: From the Classroom to the Courtroom; Exploring a Child's Journey through the Justice System


March 15

CLE: Lessons for Litigators: The Critical Distinction Between Law and Policy 


March 22

CLE: Creating a Successful Solo or Small Law Firm Practice

April 2

CLE: Hot Topics: Cool Talk on Religious Liberty and the Contraception Coverage Mandate

April 12

 CLE: Human Dignity Lecture Series: Paolo Carozza

April 13

Law Journal Annual Dinner (note: new date)

April 19

BLSA's Night of Distinction

April 20

CLE: Law Journal Spring Symposium: State and Federal Criminal Sentence Commutations: Past, Present, and Future 

CLE: Hot Topics: Cool Talk on Punishment Theory during lunch hour of symposium

April 25

CLE: Secrets to Success: The Definitive Career Development Guide for New and First Generation Professionals with Al Coleman, Jr.

Mentor Externship Appreciation Reception

May 3

CLE: Hot Topics: Cool Talk on Responsible Citizenship

May 24

Annual Alumni Spring Social - Welcome Class 2012 at Pinstripes in Edina (more details coming soon)

June 14

Annual Alumni Picnic & Twins Game Outing: Twins vs. Philadelphia Phillies (more details coming soon)

September 8

Class of 2007 Five Year Reunion at Solera (more details coming soon)

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