Alumni E-News
December 2010

Continue the Success of Alumni Giving

Fellow Law Alumni,

By now you should have received the inaugural Philanthropy Report:  A Celebration of Mission.  Thank you for your continued financial contributions to UST School of Law.  Through our engagement as alumni, we advance the Law School’s mission and contribute to the success of its students.  

Alumni participation has placed UST School of Law at the top of the national chart in law school annual giving for six continuous years.  The goal of the 2011 Annual Giving Campaign Committee is to support the law school’s momentum in alumni giving and we seek your continued generosity and participation. 

For all that participate in the 2011 campaign before December 30, 2010, we invite you to a dean’s breakfast on January 26, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. at the School of Law.  Please join me as the School of Law recognizes and thanks the alumni leaders who kick-off the 2011 campaign with a strong start. 

Thank you for your partnership in excellence!

Christopher Nelson (’07)
Chair, Annual Giving Campaign Committee 


Law Alumna Katie Tinucci (’09) Named Press Secretary for Gov. Mark Dayton

2009 UST Law alumna Katharine Tinucci has been appointed Press Secretary for Governor-elect Mark Dayton. Tinucci currently serves as Communications Director for the Transition, and served as Deputy Campaign Manager of Dayton’s campaign. She is an attorney, a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and a 2009 graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Tinucci was one of several senior administrative positions announced last week, all of whom are women. Additional senior staff will be announced later this week.  Governor-elect Dayton and his administration will officially begin their roles on January 3rd, 2011.  More…


2011 Law Alumni Board Announced

The Law Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2011 Law Alumni Advisory Board.


President and Board of Governors Representative, Thea Porisch (’04), Attorney
President-elect, Brooke Swenson (’07), Briggs and Morgan, PA
Secretary/Treasurer, Laura Hammargren (‘08), Dorsey & Whitney
Past-President and Board of Governors Representative, Kathryn Hibbard (’06), Greene Espel, PLLP


Victoria Jacobsen Brenner (’04), Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh, PLLP
Julia Sinaiko Offenhauser (‘04), Gray Plant Mooty
Bradley Walz (’04), Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Krista Guinn Fink (‘06), State of Minnesota Department of Corrections
Rachel Myers Lorentz (’06), Malkerson Gunn Martin LLP
Kate Nilan (‘06), Gray Plant Mooty
Christopher Nelson (‘07), Dunlap & Seeger, P.A.
John Remakel (‘07), Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Kelly Binford Micheletti (‘08), Yost & Baill
Dan Olson (‘08), Minnesota State Court of Appeals
Christopher Wheaton (’08), Wheaton Law Group, PLLC 
Thomas Harrison (’09), Federated Insurance
M. Graciela Gonzalez (’09), Legal Rights Center
Erin Lord (’09), Erstad & Riemer, PA
Nicole Truso (‘09), Faegre & Benson, LLP

The Law Alumni Association extends its sincere appreciation to Kathryn Nikolai Hibbard for her service as the 2010 Law Alumni Board President and to Darwin Williams (’05) for his four years of service to the Board, most recently as the Past-President and Board of Governors Representative. A special thank you is also extended to the following Directors whose two-year Board term expired December 2010:  Ian Dobson (’06), Joseph Johnson (’07), Jessica Slattery Karich (’06), Matthew Donovan (’04), and Bryan Feldhaus (’06).


Class of 2006 Five Year Reunion Committee

The Class of 2006 will celebrate its Five Year Reunion on May 7, 2011.  Members of the event planning committee include:

Rhonda Skoby, Co-chair
Adam Brown, Co-chair
Jason Lorfing, Co-chair
Kate Nilan, Member 

Krista Guinn Fink, Member
Sejal Winkelman, Member
Kelsey Wrangle, Member
David Fischer, Member

Stay tuned for more details!  If you would like to be involved, please contact the Director of Alumni Relations, Nicole Fredricks Jackson at


2011 Alumni Association Committee Leadership Announced

The Law Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2011 Alumni Association Committee leaders for the following committees:

Annual Fund Committee
Chair, Christopher Nelson (’07)
Class Agents: Matthew Donnovan ('04), Darwin Williams ('05), Dani Haag ('10)

Program Committee
Christina Hilleary (’09)
Andy Pieper (’08)

Social Committee
Michael Baker (’07)
Ryan Green (’07)

If you would like more information about any of the committees, or if you would like to join, please contact Nicole Fredricks Jackson, Director of Alumni Relations, at

2010 Bar Passage Rates Place School of Law Test Takers Second

The Minnesota Bar Board of Examiners announced the results for the July 2010 Bar.  This year, University of St. Thomas School of Law test takers were second in the first-time test taker category behind the University of Minnesota and ahead of Hamline in third and William Mitchell in fourth.


The University of St. Thomas School of law posted an overall bar passage rate of 90.32 percent and a first-time bar passage rate of 93.91 percent.  The overall bar passage rate was 90.86 percent for all takers.


The first time bar passage rate increased over last year, along with the overall bar passage rate.  The overall passage rate for all July 2010 exam takers also increased over 2009’s passage rate. 

Congratulations to ABA Regional Negotiation Champions

The team of Jihone Du ('11) and Tim Flynn ('11) out-negotiated teams from throughout the Upper Midwest and won the American Bar Association Law Student Division Regional Negotiation Competition this fall. As regional champions, Du and Flynn will now move on to Atlanta, GA, and the national championship which will be held on February 11-12 in conjunction with the ABA’s mid-winter convention.


Upcoming Events

January 14-16 - Vocation and the Study & Practice of Law: A Retreat Experience

Join Professors Jerry Organ, Susan Stabile and Jennifer Wright in a retreat experience designed to help you reflect on how God might be calling you to use your gifts and talents to serve others in the practice of law. More...


January 22-23- Hatting Mock Trial Invitational

Competitors from eighteen colleges will gather at UST School of Law to compete in the Hatting Mock Trial Invitational.  Help us showcase the School of Law and its graduates by volunteering to judge at this event. To volunteer contact Prof. Jerry Organ at    


February 11 – JLPP Spring Symposium: Occupational Licensing: Protecting the Public or Protectionism?

Save-the-date for the Journal of Law and Public Policy Spring Symposium.  More details coming soon.


February 17 – 35W Bridge Collapse: The Results

Join Chris Messerly and Philip Sieff from Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi as they discuss the strategies and emotions in the case resulting from the greatest man-made catastrophe in Minnesota history.  More...


February 21 – The State of Capital Punishment in U.S. Courts

The Terrance J. Murphy Institute will host The State of Capital Punishment in U.S. Courts featuring The Honorable Charles Wilson, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.  More...



March 10 – Alumni Association Ethics and Elimination of Bias CLE  

March 16 – Community Justice Symposium: How are the Children IV: The Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children 

March 18 – Law Journal Symposium 

April 1 – Terrance J. Murphy Institute Conference on Intellectual Property and Religious Thought

April 27 – Mentor Reception 

May 7 - Law School Class of 2006, Five Year Reunion  

May 14 – Law School Commencement

September 19 - Alumni Golf Outing

A Message from CPD and Alumni Job Opportunities

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