Law Alumni E-News
March 2011

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In this Issue:

Director of Diversity and Associate Dean for Student Affairs Named
Meet the Student Caller for the 2011 Annual Giving Campaign

UST Law Signature Public Service Project
CLE and Social Opportunities

Nominate a Graduate for the Living the Mission Award

CPD Update and Job Postings for Graduates 

Class Updates

Law School Names New Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Interim Director of Diversity

Dean Thomas Mengler has announced two new staff appointments for the School of Law - Dave Bateson, previous Director of Mentor Externship, as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Artika Tyner as Interim Director of Diversity.  

In his new role, Dave Bateson will work to advance the School of Law’s mission and vision as it relates to students, student life, and student services.  He will serve as the primary advocate for law students, student government and student organizations, and he plans to work with these groups to enhance the professional development and leadership of its leaders and members.


Dave Bateson has served as Director of Mentor Externship for the past 6 years and has helped propel the School of Law’s mentor externship program into a national leader.  In his announcement to students, faculty, and staff, Dean Tom Mengler stated, “It is accurate to say that Dave Bateson has become this country’s leading expert on law school mentoring programs.  I am impressed with Dave’s fine track record in working effectively and sensitively with our law student community, as well as his success in doing the same with our 500 mentors – leaders in the Twin Cities legal community.”  Prior to joining the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2005 he practiced as an attorney with Rider Bennett in Minneapolis, MN.


As the Interim Director of Diversity, Artika Tyner will be responsible for developing and implementing a variety of initiatives to advance a strategic and integrated approach to diversity in all aspects of student life at the School of Law.  She will continue her role as chair of the Committee on Multicultural Affairs and lead the committee’s efforts in strengthening the diversity, the multicultural awareness, and the inclusive nature of the law school community as guided by its mission of faith, service, and community.


Meet the Student Callers for the 2011 Annual Giving Campaign

The Annual Giving Campaign has become a platform for alumni to advance national impact, demonstrate national leadership, fuel our mission of integrating faith and reason, and advance social justice in our communities.  The 2011 Annual Giving Campaign was kicked off in December 2010. Helping this year's Annual Giving Committee, are two future alumni, Zachary Krogman ('11) and Carlie Colburn ('12).  We are pleased to introduce you to Zachary and Carlie, who you may have heard from or will hear from in the coming weeks.


Zachary Krogman ('11)

Hometown: Stevens Point, WI

Favorite Law School Class: First Amendment: Religious Liberties with Professor Nichols

Favorite Law Professor: Professor Sisk

Volunteer Activities: Intern at Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women

I choose UST Law because of the energy and commitment shown by everyone that I met.  The energy and commitment creates a unique and high quality law school experience.


Carlie Colburn ('12)

Hometown: Vadnais Heights, MN

Favorite Law School Class(s): Non-Profit Law and Contracts
Favorite Law Professor: Adjunct Professor Hobbins

Volunteer Activities: PBS and DFL
I choose UST Law because it was in Minnesota and I liked the social justice aspect of the mission.   

If you would like to contribute to the 2011 Annual Giving Campaign, consider one of the following law school giving designations:

Annual Fund - Law School

Faculty Excellence Fund - Law School

Loan Forgiveness Program - Law School

UST - MN Justice Foundation Public Interest Fellowship Grant  (MJF)

Scholarship Program - Law School
Law School Class of 2006 Reunion Scholarship

3L Class Gift - Law School


Seeking Ideas for a UST Law Signature Public Service Project

The Mission & Public Service Committee is currently considering the prospect of a signature public service project for UST Law.  If you have any ideas that you would like us to consider, please send an e-mail to Cathy Powell Finnegan at The committee members are: Associate Dean & Director of Library, Ann Bateson, Prof. Ben Carpenter, LuAnn Hudson, Assistant Director of CPD, Cathy Powell Finnegan, Graciela Gonzalez ('09), Kathy Mann Arnott, Lara Orr ('10), Megan Stowers ('12), Director of Academic Achievement, Scott Swanson and Jeff Wald ('13).  We would love to hear from you!


Nominate a Graduate for the Living the Mission Award

The Mission & Public Service Committee is currently accepting nominations of Alumni that are Living the Mission after graduating from UST Law.  To nominate a graduate, please fill out the nomination form and tell the committee about the great work a graduate is doing in the community.  Nominations are due March 4th.  Contact LuAnn Hudson with questions.

Upcoming CLE Opportunities and Other Events 

February 28

Dr. John, Jackson, President of the Shott Foundation, The Future of Public Education


March 3

CLE: Creating a Road Map to Starting Up a Successful Solo or Small Firm Law Practice


March 4

First Friday Speaker Series, featuring Pat Ryan, President and CEO of Ryan Companies


March 4

Faith, Hope and Love, a story of forgiveness, presented by CommUNITY

March 7

CLE: The State of Capital Punishment in the U.S. Courts


March 9

Ash Wednesday Mass


March 16

Community Justice Symposium: How are the Children IV: The Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children


March 16

Alumni Mix and Mingle with Law Faculty: Prof. Neil Hamilton


March 18

Law Journal Symposium


March 18
Class of 2009 Happy Hour


April 5

Celebrating Community: Reflections on Justice, Service and Leadership, featuring Dr. Cahn (more details available soon on-line)

April 12

Eliminations of Bias CLE: New Conversations about Race and Racism


April 13

Class of 2008 Mini-Reunion


April 27

Mentor Reception


May 7

Law School Class of 2006, Five Year Reunion


May 14

Law School Commencement


September 19

Alumni Golf Outing

For more information on upcoming events, visit the Law School Events page.


A  Message from CPD and Alumni Job Opportunities

Click here for a message from the Office of Career and Professional Development, including job postings.


Let Us Know What is News with You

We know that our graduates have life updates and we want to know about it! Tell us what's going on in your life (or a classmate's), either personal or professional experiences.  Send your updates to your Class Notes Editor (below). Notes will be included in the Summer issue of St. Thomas Lawyer magazine.


Class Note Editors:

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 Micheletti 

Class of 2009: Erin Lord

Class of 2010: Meghann Kantke and Garin Strobl


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

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