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In this issue of the Alumni E-News you can learn about upcoming CLEs and events hosted by the School of Law and members of its community. I am pleased to report that the Alumni Twins Outing was a success again this year. We had 90 alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends in attendance. We picked the perfect night to gather at the law school for a picnic before heading over to Target Field. The next alumni social event is the Third Annual Golf Outing on September 19th. Registration closes on Friday, September 9. Family and friends are welcome. We'd love to see you there! Register today!
Each issue of the Alumni E-News also contains a section regarding the resources available to alumni from the Career and Professional Development (CPD) Office. This summer, the School of Law welcomed our new CPD Director, Kendra Brodin. Working alongside her is Assistant CPD Director, Cathy Powell Finnegan. I encourage all of you to check out the resources and to also contact Kendra or Cathy as you navigate your career path.
All my best,
Nicole Fredricks Jackson
Director of Alumni Relations
School of Law News
Judges Needed for September 17 UST Law Intramural Moot Court Competition
Student members of the Board of Advocates are looking for volunteers to judge the UST Law Intramural Moot Court Competition. The competition will be held on Saturday, September 17, starting around 8:00 a.m. and ending early afternoon. If you are willing to serve as a judge, please contact Courtney Sekevitch ('12) at email@example.com as soon as possible. They have approximately 30 spots to fill.
Fall 2011 Entering Class Profile Announced
The Class of 2014 started class on Monday, August 22, 2011. The entering classes profile is now available online. More...
Mary Wells Teaching a Session at MALL Legal Research Institute
The Minnesota Association of Law Librarians (MALL) is presenting a nine-part institute to provide continuing education in legal research. They are applying for 18 CLE credits. School of Law Librarian Mary Wells will be teaching one of the sessions. 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:
If you know of a law graduate that recently received an award, published an article or was featured in a story, let us know. Additionally, we are working on a story for the next issue of St. Thomas Lawyer Magazine. We'd like to include a story about the fun and unusual hobbies that our alumni are doing in their spare time outside of the workplace. If you have something to share, please contact the Director of Alumni Relations, Nicole Fredricks Jackson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty Scholarship and Research
Our faculty, ranked #38 in the country in terms of scholarly impact, continues to produce books and articles that engage the legal profession and contribute to a deeper understanding of the law in a variety of fields. The following are some of the recent articles published by our faculty. By clicking on the title, you will be taken to the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) web page where you can download the entire article for free. (SSRN ranks law schools based on the number of downloads, and St. Thomas has consistently finished among the top 75 schools despite our relatively small size.)
"Muslims and Religious Liberty in the Era of 9/11: Empirical Evidence from the Federal Courts" by Greg Sisk and Michael Heise
Abstract: In our continuing empirical study of religious liberty decisions, we find that Muslims asserting free exercise or accommodation claims were at a distinct and substantial disadvantage in the lower federal courts for the period of 1996-2005. Holding other variables constant, the predicted likelihood for success for non-Muslim claimants in religious free exercise or accommodation claims was approximately 38 percent, while the predicted probability for success for Muslim claimants fell to approximately 22 percent (with the disparity being slightly higher among court of appeals judges). In sum, Muslim claimants had only about half the chance to achieve accommodation that was enjoyed by claimants from other religious communities.
"Analyzing Common Themes in Legal Scholarship on Professionalism" by Neil Hamilton
Abstract: The ABA is going to change the accreditation standards to require more emphasis on fostering each student’s ethical professional formation. This requires a paradigm shift in legal education from a focus on educational inputs like a course on professional responsibility to a focus on clearly articulated learning outcomes relating to each student’s ethical development.
Abstract: This article first explores the strong empirical evidence that listening is an important skill to be effective and successful in the study and practice of law, but legal education gives little attention to helping students develop listening skills. There is a great need for the required curriculum to include educational engagements to help students develop this critical skill, but no scholarship on what engagements might be effective.
"How to Count to Thirty-Four: The Constitutional Case for a Constitutional Convention" by Michael Stokes Paulsen
Abstract: In this article, Professor Paulsen sets forth the proper method for counting to thirty-four -- the number of states needed to apply for an Article V constitutional convention, in order to trigger Congress's constitutional obligation to call one -- and applies it to the more than 400 extant submissions of the states over the past two hundred years, through the end of 2010. The rules: Article V contemplates only "unlimited" conventions for proposing amendments. State applications explicitly conditioned on the convention being limited to a certain topic or amendment language are not valid applications for a general, unrestricted constitutional convention. However, state applications reciting a subject matter purpose or agenda but not conditioned on the convention being limited to that topic, constitute valid applications for a general constitutional convention. "Limited-only" applications do not logically and necessarily repeal earlier, valid applications. And valid applications for a general convention may be cumulated over time and across subject; they do not die of their own force, but live on until repealed. Article V imposes no time deadline for cumulating convention applications.
"The Power of Rigor: James Madison as a Persuasive Writer" by Tom Berg, Julie Oseid, and Joseph Orrino
Abstract: This article is the third in a planned series of articles about the writing qualities and habits of our most eloquent American Presidents. The focus of all the articles is on the lessons modern legal writers can learn from the Presidents. James Madison’s rigor, in both his approach to problems and in his resulting written work, was famous; it was this rigor that contributed to the persuasiveness of his writing. Even though he was not a lawyer, Madison had all the best writing habits that lawyers should emulate – attention to audience, careful preparation, and attention to consequences.
"War Powers Irresolution: The Obama Administration and the Libyan Intervention" by Robert Delahunty
Abstract: The US military intervention in Libya, now in its third month, has brought two fundamental and recurrent constitutional questions to the fore. The first is whether the President can initiate a war, admittedly not in national self-defense or for the protection of US persons or property abroad, with prior approval from Congress. The second is whether the provisions of the War Powers Resolution that require disengagement if the President has not obtained congressional sanction within two months of beginning such a war are constitutional.
Abstract: This chapter, from Foundation Press's forthcoming "First Amendment Stories" volume, traces the background, resolution, and impact of the Supreme Court's first school prayer decisions, Engel v. Vitale and Abington School Dist. v. Schempp. Among other things, the chapter traces the relation of the Regents' Prayer, struck down in Engel, to the nondenominational theistic civil religion of the 1950s, and the relation of constitutional attacks on the prayer to various criticisms of that civil religion from both religious and nonreligious quarters.
Career & Professional Development Resources
Click here to learn more about employment statistics, an update on OCI, the upcoming Washington, DC Happy Hour, and office hours available for alumni and students. Job postings for alumni are also available in this section.
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