Alumni E-News October 2009

Get Involved - Leadership Opportunities

  • 2010 Law Alumni Board - Applications Due 11/30
  • 2010 Alumni Committees - Contact Nicole Fredricks Jackson to join one of the following alumni committees:
    • Social Committee
      • Golf Event Planning Sub-Committee
      • Third Thursday Sub-Committee
    • Program Committee
    • Annual Fund Committee

The Princeton Review's Law School - Best Quality of Life Annnounced

The Princeton Review completed the 2010 edition of its Best Law Schools  guidebook.  The University of St. Thomas School of Law is ranked 4th in the "Best Quality of Life" rankings.  More information available.


Alumni and School of Law Calendar
Upcoming Events

October 15 - Third Thursday Happy Hour

Join fellow alumni at 5 p.m. at Gastof's for an Alumni Happy Hour. For more details visit Facebook or contact Ryan Green ('07) or Dan Olson ('08).


October 20 - Lawyers Council for Social Justice Networking Trial Run

To learn more about a volunteer opportunity and to help students develop the skill of networking at an event, click here.  Please contact Athena Hollins to get involved.


October 22 - Washington D.C. Law Alumni Happy Hour

If you live in or near Washington D.C., join us for a happy hour to celebrate, reunite and/or make new friends and contacts at 5:00 p.m. at Fado’s Irish Pub.  Food, libations and good cheer will be served!  Please email Cathy Powell Finnegan  to R.S.V.P. 


October 21 - Natural Law, God, and Human Dignity
Hosted by the Terrance J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy. This is a lecture by Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and founder and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. To R.S.V.P. send an e-mail to


October 22 - UST Law Democrats Alumni Happy Hour

UST Law Dems invite you to join them for Happy Hour from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Palomino (terrace area reserved). Please R.S.V.P. to  Marie Reigstad ('10) or through Facebook.


October 28 - Mulitcultural Bar Reception

The annual Multicultural Bar Reception will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Schulze Grand Atrium.  The theme for this year’s reception is, “Pursuing Happiness: Work and Life in Today's Legal Economic Climate.” More information available here.


October 30 - Class of 2009 - Swearing-In Breakfast

Breakfast buffet (8:45-10 a.m.) prior to the Ceremony for Admission to the Bar of the State of Minnesota. Each 2009 law graduate and one guest are complimentary.  R.S.V.P. by October 16th.


November 16 - Screening of the fim The Visitor

Hosted by the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services, in conjunction with Active Voice. More information available here.


December 8 - Law Alumni Christmas Party

Mark your calendars! The School of Law invites you to the annual Christmas Party for holiday cheer from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Invitations will be mailed in early November.

 Upcoming CLE Opportunties

October 22 - Rebellious Lawyering Author Speaks

UCLA law professor Gerald López,  author of Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano’s Vision of Progressive Law Practice (Westview Press, 1992), will speak about his advocacy on behalf of low-income, of-color and immigrant communities at 4:00 p.m. More information avaialable.


October 29 – Pro Bono in a Down Economy: Challenges and Rewards

In celebration of National Pro Bono Week, the UST Law Alumni Program Committee is hosting a CLE panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. at the Law School. To R.S.V.P. send an e-mail to


November 10 - Law as Sword and Shield: A Progressive Approach to Race in Post-9/11 America 

In partnership with the YMCA's Its Time to Talk: Forums on Race, the School of Law is hosting a two-hour CLE workshop with Keynote Speaker Valerie Kaur from 8:00-10:00 a.m.. For more information click here.


November 12 - Crime, Punishment and Redemption: Three Unique Reunions

 The Holloran Center  invites you to hear from four individuals who went to prison for white collar crimes in Minnesota and from their respective federal sentencing judges and prosecutors.  For more information click here


Submit Your Class Notes  
Did you travel recently? Become engaged, marry, or have a new baby? Did you received an award, publish an article, change jobs? Whatever the life event might be, we’d like to hear from you.  Class notes are published in each issue of the St. Thomas Lawyer magazine.  Send your update by October 30th to your class editor for inclusion in the January 2010 issue:

•Class of 2004: Liz Odette and Susan Beltz
• Class of 2005: Jennifer (Beech) Lohse
• Class of 2006: Ian Dobson
• Class of 2007: Chuck Berendes
• Class of 2008: Kelly Binford
• Class of 2009: Erin Lord


From the Office of Career & Professional Development

Are you willing to share your job search story?  Learn more here.  


Volunteer Opportunities

VLN New Volunteer Orientation - VLN is hosting a meeting on Wednesday, October 21st to introduce  new volunteers to its organization, specific volunteer opportunities and its staff.  It is a great opportunity to meet with other volunteers too.  A pizza lunch is provided; so please call (612) 752-6655 or email VLN at if you wish to attend.  The meeting is from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the HCBA offices in City Center (600 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis).


Nicole Fredricks Jackson
Director of Alumni Relations, School of Law

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