Alumni E-News
October 2010

UST Community Justice Project-NAACP Partnership Wins National Award

The University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Community Justice Project, in partnership with the St. Paul chapter of the NAACP,  received the 2010 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration.


The Community Justice Project, directed by St. Thomas law professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, and the NAACP’s St. Paul chapter have worked together since 2006 to challenge laws and policies that have a negative impact on communities of color.  They have engaged law students, local youth and disenfranchised community members to address civil rights issues, increasing dialogue and improving relationships between law enforcement agencies and communities of color.


Among the results of the partnership:

The project and the chapter laid the foundation for a partnership with the Aurora-St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corp. to start Brotherhood Inc., a support system for young African American men who had been involved in gangs or the law enforcement system. Brotherhood Inc. is modeled after Homeboy Industries, a successful program created in 1988 to combat gang violence in Los Angeles.

They prepared a memo to the St. Paul city attorney regarding the overuse of the “Obstructing Legal Process” charge where African Americans are concerned. As a result, the city attorney retrained prosecutors, which doubled the dismissal rate of cases being prosecuted.

They advocated for legislative change regarding Minnesota’s gang databases, resulting in major changes in Ramsey County data collection procedures, which now include a parental notification provision when children are added to the databases.

Congratulations on a job well done!


Networking Opportunity for Alumni in Washington, D.C.

UST Law’s alumni network in our nation’s capitol has grown north of twenty! Join the UST School of Law again (or for the first time!) this year for a  happy hour to celebrate, reunite and/or make new friends and contacts on Thursday, October 21 at 6:00 p.m. at Fado’ Irish Pub.  Contact for more information.


Alumni Success Stories

Christian Peterson ('06) recently signed up for Team in Training (TNT) through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). His goal is to participate in the Honolulu Marathon on December 12, 2010.


Monica Geyen ('09) featured a guest post on Minnesota Lawyer titled Taking the 'Work' Out of Networking on September 22, 2010. 

John Wehrly ('10)  joined the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in September 2010, as featured in the Star Tribune on September 14, 2010 in the article titled So I Say Yes.

Visit Alumni Success Stories to see other amazing things that UST Law alumni are doing in the communities that they serve.  If you know of a law graduate that recently published an article or was featured in a story, please send a link to the story to


Upcoming Events

October 29 - Swearing-In Breakfast

UST Law alumni being admitted to the Minnesota State Bar in October are invited to join the School of Law for this breakfast prior to the Swearing-In Ceremony.  More...

November 10 - Unweaving a Tangled Web: Inside the Petters Ponzi Scheme

Go behind the scenes of the second-largest Ponzi scheme in history. Join advocates and adversaries intimately involved in the ongoing Tom Petters saga for a candid roundtable discussion from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10 in the Schulze Grand Atrium of the St. Thomas School of Law in downtown Minneapolis.  More...

December 4 - A Christmas Carol

Discounted tickets will be available to law alumni, family and friends for a matinee showing of "A Christmas Carol" at the Guthrie Theater, sponsored by the Law Alumni Social Committee.  Tickets are available to purchase at a deeper discount until October 18.  More...


December 9 - Alumni Christmas Party

Celebrate the Season with fellow law alumni, faculty and staff at the Annual Christmas Celebration from 5:00-7:30 p.m. More information coming soon.

A Message from CPD, Alumni Job Opportunities, and Career Information

The Career and Professional Development Office extends its sincere appreciation to the following alumni volunteers:

Joel Schroeder, Brooke Swenson, Monica Gould, Monica Natarajan Geyen, Christina Hilleary, Nicole Frank, Elizabeth Brenckman, Julia Dayton Klein, Craig Sieverding, Mark Hastie, Rhonda Skoby, Jennifer Geelan, George Carroll, Laura Hammargren, Brett Clark, Kate Nilan, Monica Gould, Kelly Crow, Ryan Inman, Breia Schleuss, and Dan Alexander. 

These folks have helped us, offered to help us, or are helping us soon with mock interviews, programming, and student networking.  The School of Law and the students appreciate your support.


Please contact us at if you would like to volunteer to provide career assistance to students by volunteering to conduct mock interviews, speak on a panel, or network with students.


View current job opportunities for alumni and other CPD resources here.

Nicole Fredricks Jackson, Director of Alumni Relations
Alumni Relations Office, School of Law

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