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Alumni E-News
January/February 2013

In this issue:

Message from 2013 UST Law Alumni Board President 2008 graduate Laura Hammargren     

I’m very honored and excited to serve as Alumni Board President during this year, the five-year anniversary of the Class of 2008’s law school graduation. 

I joined the Alumni Board in 2009 because I appreciated the opportunities UST Law afforded me, and wanted to try and give something back.  I wanted to be President because one of my favorite parts of UST Law was that it offered such an incredible opportunity to be a part of the formative process for a new school, and I thought that echoed the Alumni Board’s position as a relatively new group.

In thinking about my goals for the Alumni Board, I could not help but think of my own professional goals for the coming year, which I’m sure reflect many of my fellow alumni.  For many, if not all, of us, we are starting to focus on raising our profiles, whether that be in our workplace, in our community, or even the legal profession as a whole.  We are also looking to form, sustain and maintain relationships, which not only helps us achieve that first goal of visibility, but also gives us a support system for challenging times. 
I believe parallels can be drawn to UST Law and the role of the Alumni Board. The board can play a crucial role in raising the profile of our alumni and school by finding ways to identify and achieve recognition for what is being accomplished by our alumni.  By recognizing and supporting everyone’s success, we contribute to the recognition and success of our law school and serve as models for law students, so they know that professional development is a life-long endeavor.

These are also challenging times in legal education.  I hope that the Alumni Board, along with fellow alumni, can be a support system for UST Law through thoughtful advice and recognition that the need for financial support is critical to the success of our law school.  I would like to see the Alumni Board and fellow alumni establish a sustaining relationship with the law school by signing up for an annual reoccurring gift to the law school during this year’s campaign.  This type of relationship by alumni is essential to the law school’s long-term success.

As alumni it is vital that we support one another, as well as the students at UST Law.  I encourage all of you to consider joining one of the Alumni Association’s committees, each of which promotes the mission of UST Law and heightens the visibility of UST Law and fellow alumni.  Alumni Association committees include the Alumni Program Committee,  Alumni Social Committee, Class of 2008 Reunion Committee, Annual Giving Committee, and the Alumnae Event Committee.  Membership is open to any graduate who expresses an interest.  If you would like to become more involved you can contact me or Nicole Fredricks Jackson (nfjackson@stthomas.edu) to learn more.

Again, it is an honor and privilege to serve as your Alumni Board President this year, and I hope to catch up with many of you over the coming months. 


Laura Hammargren

Create a Sustaining Relationship with UST Law   

A sustaining relationship allows a donor to demonstrate support for UST Law and its mission over a longer period of time. Participation continues automatically on a monthly or yearly basis. Donors who enter into a sustaining relationship will be removed from all other annual giving solicitations, including phone calls in spring and early summer.

Sustaining relationship members can increase, decrease or cancel a monthly or yearly gift at any time.  To create a sustaining relationship, complete the Sustaining Relationship form today. Mail the completed form to Development Office, University of St. Thomas, P.O. Box 64947, Saint Paul, MN 55164-0947.  You may also complete the form over the telephone by contacting the UST Development Office at (651) 962-6999 or (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-6999.

Follow us on Twitter    

The Alumni Office is now on Twitter at USTLawAlumni. We will post news and events relevant to our law alumni. Follow us today to stay connected!

Join Lawyer Search   

UST’s Lawyer Search is an innovative program for both law alumni and the public.  Law alumni can market their services to each other and the community; the public can search for a UST Law lawyer to meet community and legal needs.  Users can search by the following categories:  name, practice area, location, class and employer.  To participate, visit UST Law Lawyer Search.


Mission in Action – Call for Submissions   

This year the UST Law Alumni Relations Office began a Life at UST Law blog titled “Mission in Action.”  The blog features posts written by UST Law alumni in which they answer the question: What is your Mission in action?  Our first two alumni bloggers are Carrie Burton ’08 and Johanna Clyborne ’05:

If you are willing to share your Mission in Action story, please submit a statement (500 words or less) to lawalumni@stthomas.edu.  Our goal is to inspire students, staff, and fellow alumni, as well as highlight the Mission to prospective students.


Alumni Perspectives: Four graduates discuss their experience at UST Law and its impact on their career   

Four graduates discuss their experience at UST Law and its impact on their career in YouTube videos created for UST Law.  To view the videos, click on the graduate's name below:

Alumni Success Stories   

We celebrate the leadership and accomplishments of UST Law alumni.  As we learn about the great work all of you are doing, we highlight it on Alumni Success on the alumni website.  Recently we have celebrated the following success stories:

Upcoming CLEs and Events   

Feb. 5 – Taking Action to Increase Equality: A Conversation Among Bench and Bar
Application made for 2 Elimination of Bias Credits
Presented by Infinity Project, Gender Justice and MWL
4:30 p.m. – Details

Feb. 6 – Mid-Day Dialogue on Faith: The Role of Ritual
Speakers: Chato Hazelbaker, Prof. Mark Osler, Prof. Susan Stabile
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. - Details

Feb. 7 - Helen Alvare to speak on “The Politics of Freedom
Hosted by Siena Symposium for Women, Family and Culture and the UST Law Prolife Center
7:30 p.m. - Details

Feb. 11 –Lessons in Leadership – A Medtronic Roundtable Event
Application made for CLE credit
Sponsored by Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Details -  Registration

Feb. 11 through March 18 – Lenten Retreat in Daily Living: In the Desert With Jesus
Moderated by Professor Susan Stabile
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. - Details

February 25 – Dean’s Multicultural Luncheon
Speaker: Peter M. Reyes, Jr., Senior IP Attorney at Cargill
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – Details

March 1-2 – Alumni Lenten Retreat at the Benedictine Center
Moderated by Prof. Susan Stabile
5:30 p.m. - Details

March 8 – Hot Topics: Cool Talk: Is the Supreme Court Threatening Religious Groups?
Sponsored by the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – Details

March 20 –How are the Children VI: Reimagining Public Education in Minnesota
CLE credit to be applied for
Sponsored by the UST Interprofessional Center
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Details

March 20 –Building Trust to Transform Healthcare:  A Dialogue Across the Professions of Law, Medicine, and Business
CLE credit to be applied for
The Annual Fredrikson Lecture, Sponsored by the Holloran Center
5:00 to 6:30 p.m. – Details pending

April 5 –  Law Journal Symposium: Intellectual Property and Religious Thought
CLE credit will be applied for
Co-sponsored by the UST Law Journal and Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy
8:30 a.m. - Details

April 10 – Mid-Day Reflection: Jesus’ Post Resurrection Appearances
Moderated by Prof. Susan Stabile
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – Details

April 18 - Patricia O’Hare, Notre Dame, to speak on “The Catholic University in the 21st Century”
Sponsored by Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy
4 to 5 p.m. – Details

April 26 - Law and the History of Corporate Responsibility – A Medtronic Roundtable Event
CLE credit to be applied for
Sponsored by Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership, UST Law Journal, the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC), UST Law, and Opus College of Business
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Registration

May 17 – Alumni Target Field Outing: Twins vs. Red Sox
Hosted by the Alumni Social Committee
5:30, picnic; 7:10 game - Details

Alumni Hockey Game   

Can’t wait to hit the ice this winter? The UST Law hockey team wants to play! If you are interested in playing in a hockey game between alumni and students please contact Nicole Fredricks Jackson at lawalumni@stthomas.edu or (651) 962-4863.


Learn more about the exciting things happening at UST Law by visiting the News page where the law school regulary publishes news stories.

July 2012 Bar Passage Results
This year the UST School of Law had a total of 121 first time Minnesota Bar exam takers. The School of Law’s overall passage rate was 89.26 percent. The rates for the other schools were: 99.25 percent, U of M; 93.20 percent, William Mitchell; and, 87.60 percent Hamline. If you have questions about the bar passage results, please contact Scott Swanson, Director of Academic Achievement, or David Bateson, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.

Law Faculty in the News   

The School of Law faculty is active in local and national media, writing a variety of articles and making television appearances. To learn more about the excellent work that they are doing, visit the UST Law website: Faculty in the News.

Career & Professional Development News & Resources   

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

2013 Law Alumni Board Members Announced   

The Law Alumni Association is pleased to announce the appointment of the 2013 Law Alumni Advisory Board:

• President and Board of Governors Representative – Laura Hammargren ’08, Mayer Brown LLP
• Past President and Board of Governors Representative – Brooke Swenson ’07, Jardine, Logan and O’Brien, P.L.L.P.
• President-elect – Christopher Wheaton ’08, Barry, Slade, Wheaton & Helwig, L.L.C.
• Secretary/Treasurer – Julia Sinaiko Offenhauser ‘04, Gray Plant Mooty
• Frank Aba-Onu ’10, Office of Minnesota Attorney General
• Adam Brown ’06, Minnesota Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals
• Santo Cruz ’10, Office of Hennepin County Attorney
• Elizabeth Drotning Hartwell ’06, Geer Wissel & Levy, P.A.
• Christina Hilleary ’09, First Judicial District, Judge Martha Simonett
• Marie (Reigstad) Ellis ’10, Catholic Charities, Office for Social Justice
• Jenny Weigel ’08, FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business
• Oluwole Awoyinka ’10, AllianceOne Receivables Management, Inc.
• Amanda Bloomgren ’06, Bloomgren Hanson Legal
• Angela  Hoppe ’07, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
• Phillip Johnson ’11, Wells Fargo & Company
• Rhonda Skoby ’06, Kennedy & Graven, Chartered
• Nicole Truso ’09, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
• Salena Tumini ’12, legislative assistant, Minnesota State Senate
• Bryce Young ’10, Leonard, Street and Deinard

2013 Alumni Board Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs Named   

The Law Alumni Association is pleased to announce the appointment of the 2013 Law Alumni Board committee chairs and co-chairs:

Alumnae Brunch & Event Planning Committee: Krista Guinn Fink ’06, State of Minnesota Department of Corrections

Annual Giving Committee: Beth Forsythe ’06, Dorsey & Whitney LLP; and, Jake Grassel ’09, Howse & Thompson, P.A.

Class of 2008 Reunion Planning Committee: Suzanne Jones ’08, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; and, Dee Ann Slinkard ’08, Hudson Legal, assigned to Zelle Hofman Voelbel & Mason

Program Committee: Brett Clark ’06, Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg, P.A.

Social Committee: Whitney Krogman ’12, Attorney; and, Jake Saufley ’12, League of Minnesota Cities

If you would like to learn more about any of these committees or if you are interested in serving as a member, please contact Nicole Fredricks Jackson, Director of Law Alumni, at nfjackson@stthomas.edu or 651-962-4863.

Call for Prayers    

If you would like to submit a call for prayers please contact lawalumni@stthomas.edu.

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