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Alumni E-News
Summer 2012

National Impact: Annual Giving Program Remains Top in the Country

For the ninth consecutive year, UST Law posted record breaking numbers and set the national standard at an all-time high in alumni participation.  The 2012 Annual Giving Campaign closed on June 30, 2012, with the School of Law alumni community reaching in excess of 55 percent participation in the campaign.  The class of 2007 led the way, reaching 59 percent participation, its highest participation rate since graduation.  The classes of 2008 and 2009 followed close behind with 58 percent and 56 percent respectively, also reaching their highest participation rates since graduation. To view all class participation rates, please visit the Alumni Annual Giving Results page and click on the Alumni Giving List 2012. 

Law faculty and staff joined law alumni in outstanding participation; 97 percent of faculty (32 out of 33) and 94percent of staff (34 out of 36) participated in annual giving in 2012. 

Words fail to capture the sense of gratitude the School of Law has for the continued support and participation of its alumni.  Alumni participation will not only keep the School of Law in the national spotlight for participation, but all gifts help provide scholarships, summer fellowships, loan forgiveness and an outstanding legal education for future UST Law students.  Thank you for your continued support of the School of Law, its students and faculty, and its mission!

Dean Search Update

The Dean Search Committee conducted screening interviews for the dean position.  The selected finalists will be on campus in September.  The Search Committee expects to have three or four finalists on campus September 10-11, September 20-21, and September 24-25.  Candidates will meet with faculty, staff, students, alumni board, Board of Governors, and will attend a general meeting with the law school community.  Dr. Sue Huber, executive vice president and chief academic officer and President Dennis Dease will make the ultimate appointment.  The committee reports that the finalists are a very fine group of candidates bringing strong credentials and leadership qualities, a vision for the future of the School of Law, and passion for the mission.  Questions regarding the Dean Search should be directed to members of the committee:   Professors Tom Berg, Mitchell Gordon, Ann Bateson, Joel Nichols, Nekima Levy-Pounds, or Senior Assistant Dean Nora Fitzpatrick.  All can be reached at (651) 962-4880.


National Academic Accomplishments: A Note from Associate Dean Rob Vischer

There is great news for the law school this week.  Professor Greg Sisk, Valerie Aggerbeck, Debby Hackerson, and Mary Wells have completed the 2012 edition of their “scholarly impact” study, which applied a methodology developed by University of Chicago law professor Brian Leiter, to rank the top third of American law schools.  You can download the full study or see a chart of the ranked schools. St. Thomas improved on its ranking from two years ago, when we finished 38th.  This year we are at #30, outpacing our U.S. News “peer reputation” in dramatic fashion. 

Scholarly impact is only one measure of a law school’s success.  The scholarly culture that we have built at St. Thomas in just over a decade is remarkable.  Through their willingness to invest many hundreds of hours in this data-intensive project, Professor Sisk and his colleagues – assisted by a team of student research assistants – have provided solid evidence of our success in fulfilling the scholarly engagement component of our founding mission. 
If you would like to read the blog coverage underscoring the “splash” that the study’s release is already making, visit the following: 

Prof. Leiter’s announcement of the study’s release
ABA Journal Article
Wall Street Journal’s law blog  
Volokh Conspiracy

Audit Law School Classes Free of Charge

Are there classes you wish you had taken that never fit into your schedule? Are there new classes offered at UST Law that were not available when you were a student? Are you looking to change practice areas and want to learn more about another area of the law?  UST Law alumni can audit any law school course, free of charge, on a space available basis with faculty permission.  For more information, please contact Jill Akervik, Law School Registrar at jsakervik@stthomas.edu or at (651) 962-4928.

School of Law Lawyer Search Upgrade

Alumni relations has improved both the form and function of the UST Lawyer Search tool.  Are you looking for a cost-free way to professionally market your services or area of expertise?  Do you have a client that you would like to refer to a fellow law graduate working is a different practice area or state from your own?  Are you looking to expand your network?  If so, UST Lawyer Search can help. UST Lawyer Search connects our law graduates with individuals and communities who need their gifts and talents. 

In addition to an updated presentation, several new practice areas were added.  Users can now search by name, employer, practice area, language, city, state, country, and graduation year. 

To date we have almost 300 UST Law lawyers registered on Lawyer Search.  To search for a UST Lawyer or to add your own profile, visit www.stthomas.edu/law/lawyer today!

External Relations Office Welcomes Salena Tumini ('12)

The External Relations Office is pleased to welcome Salena  Tumini (’12).  Salena will be serving as Interim Director of Alumni Relations while Director Nicole Jackson is on bed rest until baby Jackson arrives and Nicole has returned from maternity leave.   Salena will be the primary contact for alumni during Nicole’s leave and can be contacted at (651) 962-4863 or tumi3899@stthomas.edu.

Law Mentors Needed

Would you be willing to serve as a mentor for the 2012-2013 academic year?  Please contact Judie Rush, director of the Mentor Externship Program at jmrush@stthomas.edu or (651) 962-4898.

Career & Professional Development News & Resources

Click here to learn more about the career resources and job opportunities available for graduates.

Class of 2007 to Celebrate Five-Year Reunion

The Class of 2007 will celebrate its five-year reunion on Saturday, September 8, 2012, at Solera Restaurant & Event Center in downtown Minneapolis, starting at 6 p.m.  The Reunion Mass in the St. Thomas More Chapel, will begin at 5 p.m., prior to the reunion. Registration for the reunion closes on August 27.  For more details, including registration links and fees, click here.


Professors Stabile, Osler and Organ to host annual vocation retreat

On Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 19, professors Susan Stabile, Mark Osler, and Jerry Organ will host the yearly vocation retreat at the Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Janesville, Minn.  The retreat experience is designed to help each participant reflect on how God might be calling him or her to use their gifts and talents to serve others in the study and practice of law.  Alumni are welcome and encouraged to participate in this weekend retreat. Space is limited. For more details, including registration deadlines and fees, click here.


Conference on Managing Mentoring Programs in a Time of Change

From October 4 - 6, join bar leaders, law firm leaders, judges and law school faculty from around the country in a discussion on how to create, lead, and sustain mentoring programs in the legal profession during challenging times.  The conference is co-sponsored by University of St. Thomas School of Law, the National Legal Mentoring Consortium, the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism, and the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions.  More...

Sharon Roberg-Perez (’05) Recognized by Minnesota Lawyer as a 2012 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, recognizing her as one of “those lawyers within their first 10 years of practice who have already distinguished themselves by their achievements.”  More…

Super Lawyers Named 30 University of St. Thomas School of Law Graduates as "Rising Stars"
Each year top up-and-coming lawyers in Minnesota, "who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less," are recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as “Rising Stars.”   The selection process is rigorous and based on peer recognition and professional achievement.  The University is pleased to announce that 30 University of St. Thomas School of Law graduates were recognized as "Rising Stars" in Minnesota. More… 

CJP's Brotherhood Project Selected as Mosaic Finalist

A University of St. Thomas School of Law clinic 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. More...

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. Committee 36 is a program launched by the Minnesota State Bar Association to help recent law graduates with the unique professional challenges of the first 36 months of law practice. The committee connects new lawyers with individuals in the legal community to support their development.  The committee also provides resources and educational and social programming to support new members of the profession. More...


Alumni Success Stories

Alumni of the School of Law are doing great things in the communities that they serve.  When we learn about the amazing things that they are doing, we publish the information on-line at Alumni Success Stories. Recently we shared success stories about Mary Szondy (’04), Alicia Long ('10), Graciela Gonzalez ('09), Nick Halbur ('06), Michael Lawyer ('09), Sherry Roberg-Perez (’05), and 30 graduates recognized as “Rising Stars.” Click here to learn more. 

We welcome submissions for the Alumni Success Stories. If you know of a law graduate that recently started a non-profit, received an award, published an article or was featured in a story, let us know by sending an email to lawalumni@stthomas.edu.


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