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October 2011

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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 so 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 the powerful tool it is to endorse the St. Thomas law education.  But, 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.   Lastly, we have a great 1L class this year -- to see information on the Fall 2011 entering class at UST Law, please visit http://www.stthomas.edu/law/admissions/profile/default.html

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


School of Law News

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...

Mark Osler contributes to CNN on Troy Davis case
Professor Mark Osler continues his work on capital punishment and particularly the role of mercy in the justice system in this piece for CNN.  More...

Linkedin group created for graduates in solo and small firm practice

The Office of Alumni Relations has created a Linkedin Group for our graduates to discuss and share information that is important for members of our community that are working as a solo or small law firm practitioner..  To join the group, click here.


Donors show support for scholarships at 10th Anniversary Celebration 
At a reception celebrating the University of St. Thomas School of Law’s tenth anniversary, Dean Thomas M. Mengler announced that fifteen law firms had donated over $850,000 toward the establishment of scholarship funds in honor of the school’s tenth anniversary.  As part of his brief remarks at the event, Mengler thanked the entire donor base which has contributed over $100 million dollars since the School of Law was re-established ten years ago.  More...


Berg appointed to Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations Panel of Legal Experts 
Representatives from religious groups, the broader nonprofit sector and the legal community have been appointed to a trio of panels that will work with the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations.   Thomas C. Berg, professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, and expert in religious liberty and church-state interactions, is a member of the Panel of Legal Experts.  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 stories:

  • Christine Callahan ('07) and others created a nonprofit organization called The Great Comeback.  The organization helps women of all income levels get back on their feet following the loss of a spouse due to divorce or illness/death. 
  • Caitlin (Roth) Klein ('09) contributes a once-a-week feature blog on the Chicagoist.  Find great recipes and Chicago restaurant recommendations on Caitlin's blog
  • Jessica Slattery Karich ('06) contributed to the OCEANS Network magazine in an article titled "An exercise in personal reflection on travel." 

If you know of a law graduate that recently received an award, published an article or was featured in a story, let us know by sending an email to lawalumni@stthomas.edu


Additionally, we are working the class notes section for the upcoming edition of St. Thomas Lawyer magazine.  We'd love to share your updates with the School of Law community, as well as those that support the school.  If you have something to share, please contact the Director of Alumni Relations, Nicole Fredricks Jackson, at lawalumni@stthomas.edu, or send a note to your Class Notes editor at the email link below:

• Class of 2004: Liz Odette and Susan Beltz
• Class of 2005: Jenni 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: Garin Strobl and Meghann Kantke   
• Class of 2011: Pamela Steinle or Callie Lehman


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.)

The Devil Comes to Kansas: A Story of Free Love and the Law by Charles J. Reid

Abstract: State v. Walker (1887) is an important but hitherto neglected landmark case in the development of the right of privacy. The case involved the "autonomistic" or "free-love" marriage of Edwin C. Walker and Lillian Harman, daughter of Moses Harman, the radical newspaperman. More...

Mental Health Professionals and Affirmative Applications for Immigration Benefits: A Critical Review of Administrative Appeals Office Cases Involving Extreme Hardship and Mental Harm by Virgil Wiebe and Sarah S. Brenes

Abstract: Mental health professionals and mental health determinations have long played a role in the creation and interpretation of immigration law. We narrow our focus here to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) and how it views the contributions of mental health professionals in two areas of adjudication: hardship cases (specifically hardship waivers based on family relationships, and trafficking cases) and mental harm cases (Violence Against Women Act claims and victim of crime visas (U visas)). More...

Oath Martyrs by Virgil Wiebe

Abstract: Taking oaths, or refusing to take them, or being prevented from taking them, or breaking them, have been critical matters, even life and death matters, for centuries. Why do lawyers and others in official proceedings swear oaths? What do oaths mean? Why are there provisions for affirmations rather than swearing? How can long forgotten stories of oath martyrs inform law students and lawyers today? More...

Upcoming Low/No Cost CLE Opportunities and Other Events


October 12

Fall Retreat in Daily Living: Reflections on the Apostles' Creed

October 13

CLE (Elimination of Bias): Informing and Improving Judicial Selection Processes presented by the Infinity Project


CLE: Inaugural Discourse on Proposed Marriage Amendment

October 20

Washington, D.C., Law Alumni Happy Hour

October 26

CLE: Student Loans: Repayment Options, Collections and Borrower Rights presented by Christopher Wheaton ('08) and Randall Ryder


October 27 

CLE: Human Dignity Lecture Series presented by the Terrence J. Murphy Institute 

October 28 

Swearing-in-Ceremony Breakfast for New UST Lawyers 

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

December 8

Alumni Christmas Party


December 9

CLE: Balancing the Budget

January 27

CLE: Health Care Reform   

Career & Professional Development Resources

Click here to learn more about Class of 2010 employment statistics, recent job postings, the upcoming Washington, DC Happy Hour, and office hours available for alumni and students. 


Networks Available of Law Graduates

The Office of Alumni Relations continues to grow their on-line network resources that are available for 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!

Click here to join our network on LinkedIn

Nicole Fredricks Jackson, Director of Law Alumni Relations
University of St. Thomas School of Law, Alumni Relations Office

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