Alumni E-News
August 2012

Continuing Health Coverage  -  Update Contact Information  -  Lawyer Search  -  News  -           

CLEs & Other Events  -  CPD Resources  -  Student Loan Information  


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This year we celebrate our 10th Anniversary!  I look forward to seeing many of you at our September 20th celebration.  Alumni play a role in the success of the law school and we are grateful for all that you do to contribute to all our achievements. As an alum, there are several ways you can contribute to the ongoing success of the law school.

First, leadership is a key component of our success—particularly the leadership of our graduates.  I encourage you to consider applying for a leadership position on the Alumni Board.  Each year we appoint new members to Alumni Board, comprised of 19 alumni and 1 student representative.  This year there are eight open positions: seven Director positions and one Secretary/Treasurer position.  To learn more, click here

Second, we invite you to our  CLEs and social opportunities.  This month we have a free CLE on debt management for public interest attorneys and another on juvenile offenders and life without parole. Next month we have a free family law CLE and the annual golf outing.  For more details, visit the calendar of events below.

Third, strong and continued participation in our annual giving program from our alumni is essential to our success.  As you know, the law school recently wrapped up its eighth Annual Giving Campaign.  To the best of our knowledge, the School of Law achieved the top spot among ABA accredited law schools for percentage of alumni participating in giving for seven consecutive years.  I am pleased to report that we anticipate similar results for this year’s campaign, having achieved 53% participation.  Your gifts are critical to advancing our mission and we are so grateful for the continued participation of our alumni in the Annual Giving Campaign.  Thank you!

Finally, mentoring our current UST Law students is so valuable when it comes to the success of our school.  Your willingness to serve as a mentor helps to ensure that each graduating class students is “road ready” for the practice of law.  If you’d like to serve as a mentor, please contact Elizabeth Rusinak, the Interim Director of the Mentor Externship Program at

I look forward to seeing you over the upcoming months.  Please contact me if you have any ideas or suggestions for other ways to participate in the success of the law school.


Nicole Fredricks Jackson
Director of Alumni Relations


Continuing Health Coverage for Recent Graduates

Student health insurance for recent graduates is set to expire on August 14.  Unless you specifically ask for continued coverage, your insurance will expire on that day.  If you wish to continue coverage, here are the steps you may follow:

     1.    Go to;
     2.    Select STUDENTS at the top of the screen and then Find My Schools Plan;
     3.    Enter 474922 in the School Policy Number, select University of St. Thomas;
     4.    On the left hand side select, Medical Plan Enroll;
     5.    In the middle of the screen you will see Continuation Plan, select this and follow the instructions.


Update Your Contact Information

Have you moved? Did you change jobs? Do you want to receive e-mail at a different address?  Let us know by filling out the Law Alumni Update form that is now available on-line.


Rush Named Director of Mentor Externship Program

Dean Thomas M. Mengler has announced that Judith Rush will become the new Director of Mentor Externship on August 15.  Rush currently has a solo ethics and professional liability advisory, appellate, and family law practice in St. Paul, and brings nearly two decades of experience in teaching law students, developing and presenting programs for lawyers, and serving the legal profession, lawyers, and the public. More...

Eleven University of St. Thomas School of Law Graduates names "Rising Stars" for 2011

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 eleven St. Thomas School of Law graduates were recognized as "Rising Stars" in Minnesota.  More...

Alumni Success Stories

Alumni of the University are doing great things in the communities that they serve.  Visit Alumni Success Stories to read more and to see other amazing things that UST Law alumni are doing in the communities that they serve. Recently we learned of the following success story:

  • The Diversity Committee of the ABA selected Frank Aba-Onu ('10) as a 2012 ABA Diversity Fellow for the GP-Solo and Small Firms Division.  Congratulations, Frank!

If you know of a law graduate that recently received an award, published an article or was featured in a story, please send a link to the story to


Career & Professional Development Resources

Click here to learn about job opportunities, the federal clerkship application process, and the CPD services available for alumni.   


Student Loan Information

Learn more about the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) Plan and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, as well as deferment and forbearance options, by clicking here.


Upcoming Low/No Cost CLE Opportunities and Other Events


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November 10 

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Looking to Connect with Law Alumni in Your Practice Area or State? Visit Lawyer Search

In 2009 the Office of Alumni Relations launched the School of Law Lawyer Search, a business development and networking tool for UST Law graduates. Lawyer Search is free and a great way for law alumni to connect with others working in the same practice area or state.  It is also a useful resource for the public to use to seek out and hire our wonderful alumni.  Register your profile here today! Or visit Lawyer Search to find a fellow UST Law graduate working in a specific state or business/practice area.

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

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