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November 2011

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Leadership Opportunities in Alumni Association



Just a reminder that the applications for leadership positions on the UST Law Alumni Advisory Board are due November 30, 2011.  This year 7 director positions and the Secretary/Treasurer position are open for nominations. 


As a graduate, you are an important part of the continued success of the School of Law.   The Alumni Association is a key component to building a community of excellence centered on our unique mission.  The Alumni Board is comprised of 4 officers (Past-president, President, President-elect and the Secretary/Treasurer), 15 directors and the Student Government President.  Each officer holds a 1 year term, and each director holds a 2 year term.  The President and the Past-president also holds a seat on the UST Law Board of Governors. 


Through an appointments process, members of the Alumni Board are appointed to the 8 open positions.  Kathryn Hibbard (’06), outgoing alumni representative to the UST Law Board of Governors will Chair the 2012 Appointments Committee, which will also include Dean Tom Mengler, Assistant Dean Lisa Brabbit, Scott Swanson, Jessica Blanner ('09), and Jon Farnsworth ('08).

For a more detailed and complete description of the responsibilities of serving on the Board, please review carefully the Bylaws that are available at www.stthomas.edu/law/alumni/leadership. Please also note that each term will begin in January and conclude in December.  


In addition to Board positions, the Alumni Association offers graduates other ways to be engaged.  You may want to consider becoming a member of the 2012 Annual Giving Campaign Committee, Class of 2007 Reunion Planning Committee, Program Committee, or Social Committee.


To apply for a leadership position within the Alumni Association, please submit a copy of your resume, a Statement of Interest, and a Candidate Profile Form (available on-line) to Director of Alumni Relations Nicole Fredricks Jackson, by November 30.  Appointments will be announced on December 8, 2011, during the Alumni Christmas Party. 


If you have any questions about the Alumni Association or other ways to be involved, please do not hesitate to contact me at lawalumni@stthomas.edu or nfjackson@stthomas.edu.


All my best,

Nicole Fredricks Jackson
Director of Alumni Relations   

School of Law News

Princeton Review confirms that School of Law has Best Professors

The University of St. Thomas School of Law has again been recognized by the Princeton Review, this time in the category of “Best Professors.”   The ranking came in the Princeton Review’s publication, The Best 167 Law Schools.  In the list of rankings, the school finished in the top eight, along with elite schools such as Duke, Chicago, Virginia, and Stanford. More...


School of Law named “Top law school for externship opportunities” for the second year by National Jurist 
The University of St. Thomas School of Law has been recognized by National Jurist Magazine as being the top school for the number of externship placement opportunities per student.  Stating that, “The University of St. Thomas far exceeds all other ABA-accredited law schools in terms of placements,” the article discusses the growing trend among law schools to provide externship opportunities. More...

ABA publishes CPD Director Kendra Brodin "Work Life Choices"
University of St. Thomas School of Law Director of Career and Professional Development Kendra Brodin recently contributed the article, "It's About Work-Life Choices, Not Work-Life Balance" to American Bar Association's Section of Litigation. More...


Professor Wiebe interviewed by CBS Minnesota about American legal rights abroad
Professor Wiebe, Director of the Legal Services Clinic and the Immigration Law Practice Group,  was interviewed by CBS Minnesota about what rights U.S. citizens carry with them as they travel abroad. More... 

Star Tribune publishes point and counterpoint by Professors Collett and Osler 
The Minneapolis Star Tribune publishes two opinion pieces on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment by University of St. Thomas School of Law professors.  Professor Mark Osler’s piece “May our debate about gay marriage be constructive” was published on October 15.   On October 20 Professor Collett published a counterpoint, “May debate over marriage include facts”.  More...

Star Tribune editorial supports the work of the Infinity Project
The Minneapolis Star Tribune featured an editorial supporting the work of the Infinity Project after the organization's recent event at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.  Senior Assistant Dean Lisa Montpetit-Brabbit serves as the past president and is a founding member of the organization. More...    


Upcoming Low/No Cost CLE Opportunities and Other Events

November 10 

CLE: Lessons In Leadership Panel Presentation, sponsored by the Holloran Center

November 12 

UST Law Alumnae Brunch: 10 Years' Worth Celebrating

November 16 

Mid-Day Dialogue on Faith: Intercession


CLE: Embryo Rights and Stem Cell Research

November 21

Third Monday Job Seekers Roundtable sponsored by the Alumni Relations and Career and Professional Development offices (more details coming soon)

December 8

Alumni Christmas Party

December 9

CLE: Balancing the Budget

January 27

CLE: Health Care Reform

March 2-3

Law Alumni Retreat at Benedictine Center (more details coming soon)

March 16

CLE: Law Journal Spring Symposium: State and Federal Criminal Sentence Commutations: Past, Present, and Future

May 14

Law Journal Alumni Banquet     

A Reminder Message Regarding Admissions Alumni Phone Campaign and Lawyer Search from Kate Nilan ('06) and Laura Hammargren ('08)

As we all know in the legal profession, follow-up phone calls can make all the difference.  As it turns out, it is the same with admitted St. Thomas Law students.  Admitted applicants often have many questions that alums can answer best (can I really get a job after graduation? is the education at St. Thomas different?).  We would love to have a network of alums to make welcome calls to admitted law school applicants beginning in mid-January.  This alumni phone campaign will run through April.  If you are willing to call a  small number of  admitted applicants for the Campaign, please email lawschool@stthomas.edu with the subject line, “Alumni Phone Campaign”.  You will receive follow-up information in mid-January.  
One of the biggest questions admitted applicants ask is what alumni are doing now.  We would love for Lawyer Search to be utilized as a powerful tool to promote the St. Thomas law education.  In order to do that, we need you on Lawyer Search.  Currently, about 23% of alumni have registered to be included in Lawyer Search.   That is just a few hundred out of the thousand plus School of Law grads in the past 10 years.  It only takes about 5 minutes to put your bio up -- just go to www.stthomas.edu/law/LawyerSearch.   


Laura Hammargren, Class of 2008, Alumni Board Admissions Liaison
Kate Nilan, Class of 2006, Alumni Board Admissions Liaison   

Career & Professional Development Resources

Click here to learn more about the career resources and job opportunities available for graduates. 


Networks Available of Law Graduates

The Office of Alumni Relations continues to expand the on-line network resources available to our law graduates.  Most recently we added a Linkedin Group for Solo and Small Firm practitioners so questions and information may be shared between fellow law graduates.  Alumni Relations would like to remind you to register a profile on UST Law Lawyer Search.  Lawyer Search is not only a valuable resource for those practicing in the traditional sense, but also for those in non-traditional roles.  Lawyer Search provides an opportunity to find graduates that are working in specific states or serving a specific legal or business need.  Register today!


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