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Alumni E-News
June 2013

Photo, above: Professor Bruce Grosland was honored as Professor of the Year by the Class of 2013

New Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development

2004 UST Law graduate Monica Gould joined the Office of Career and Professional Development (CPD) on May 28, 2013.  Monica joins us after working as a litigation attorney at Bowman and Brooke LLP, where she spent nine years representing a diverse group of clients, counseling stakeholders on risk and high level decision-making, handling arbitrations and mediations, working in teams, negotiating settlements in complex litigation cases, and interviewing and hiring associates. Since graduation, Monica has been very active in the UST Law community.  Monica served on the Alumni Board from 2004 to 2009, serving as its President in 2008. She also supported the Officer of Career and Professional Development, working directly with students on application materials and mock interviews. Monica has served as a consistent and valuable resource for the CPD Office since her law school graduation. 


Monica brings with her an amazing passion for UST Law, its unique mission and community, and its long-term success.  We welcome Monica to the CPD team! You can reach Monica at 651-962-4862 or monica.gould@stthomas.edu.


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. To read more visit: http://www.stthomas.edu/law/news/title-66884-en.html


Cory Wessman (’04) Recognized with Alumni Living the Mission Award

 2004 UST Law graduate Cory Wessman received the Alumni Living the Mission Award for 2013.  In December of 2009, Cory and his wife Heather started a nonprofit called “The Micah Wessman Foundation” following the sudden death of their oldest son, Micah Wessman. The foundation maintains a website called Hope for the Mourning (www.hopeforthemourning.org), which provides Biblical support and encouragement to parents grieving the death of an infant or young child, regardless of the religious background of the parents.  Hope for the Mourning provides grieving parents a care package and serves as a resource and support for grieving parents. Wessman was recognized with the Alumni Living the Mission Award during a ceremony on April 15, 2013.


10th Class Joins the Alumni Association

The Class of 2013, the 10th class to graduate from UST Law, joined the ranks of UST Law Alumni on Saturday, May 11, 2013. With the latest graduating class, the UST Law Alumni Association has 1347 members. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they take the bar exam this summer and as they seek full-time employment. We wish them success in their endeavors!


If you know of job opportunities that you would like to see filled with fellow UST Law graduates, please share the opportunities with the Career and Professional Development Office by sending an email to lawcareers@stthomas.edu.


Summer CLE - Digging on a Dime: Asylum Research for Pro Bono Attorneys

Please join Valerie Aggerbeck, UST-Law Research Librarian and Sarah Brenes (J.D. ’08), Staff Attorney at The Advocates for Human Rights, for a training on asylum-related research.  This training is designed to provide guidance on how to effectively and efficiently research country conditions and case law to support asylum claims.  The trainers will provide research methods and resources related to specific countries and types of claims that are common among asylum cases filed in Minnesota.  The training will include suggestions on searching local news sources, country-specific reports by organizations following global issues that affect asylum seekers, and key cases to reference when preparing claims related to specific countries or types of claims.

When: Wednesday, July 10th from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Where: The University of St. Thomas School of Law, 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Room 244, Minneapolis, MN  55403
: One regular CLE credit will be applied for.

Cost: Free of charge for UST-Law alums and current volunteers with The Advocates for Human Rights
Registration here 

Questions? Contact Sarah Brenes at sbrenes@advrights.org or 612-746-4684


Alumni Giving in 2012 Supports Four UST-MJF Summer Public Interest Fellowships

Congratulations to the following recipients of this year’s UST-MJF Summer Public Interest Fellowships (PILF):

  • Center for Biological Diversity - Mark Waite (’14)
  • Portland Regional Office of Legal Aid Services - Emily Sitnick (’14)
  • 10th Judicial District Public Defender - Gabe Horstman (’14)
  • Harriet Tubman Center - Martha White (’15)

These fellowships were funded, dollar for dollar, by alumni gifts to the UST-MJF PILF designation, the 3L Class Gift, and UST-MJF Student Chapter fundraising efforts during the 2012 Annual Giving Campaign (July 1, 2011 to June 230, 2012).  If you would like to contribute to this designation during the 2013 Annual Giving Campaign (ending June 30, 2013), visit the UST-MJF giving link.


Mission in Action Blog

The UST Law Alumni Relations Office has a "Mission in Action" blog which features posts written by UST Law alumni answering the question: What is your mission in action? Recently, law graduate Paul Haverstock ('10) shared a blog post that you can read here. We would like to feature alumni blog posts twice a month. If you are interested in sharing how the mission has impacted your life, personally or professionally, after law school, please submit a statement (500 words or less) to lawalumni@stthomas.edu. The goal is to inspire students, staff, and fellow alumni, as well as highlight the mission to prospective students.

Law Class of 2008 Five Year Reunion – October 19, 2013

The University of St. Thomas School of Law, Dean Robert K. Vischer and the Reunion Planning Committee invite the UST Law Class of 2008 and their guest, as well as faculty and staff to the Class of 2008 Five Year Reunion on Saturday, October 19, 2013.  More details are available on the Reunion Event page.


256 Gifts in 18 Days!

The 2013 Law Annual Giving Campaign will wrap up on June 28, 2013.  For nine consecutive years YOUR LAW SCHOOL has been a NATIONAL LEADER in alumni giving participation among all ABA law schools. More than 480 ALUMNI have participated so far, but to reach 55 percent participation 256 more gifts in any amount are needed.  Give today by clicking here



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

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.

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