Alumni E-News September 2009

In this Issue:

2010 Alumni Advisory Board

Rankings Note

Alumni School of Law Calendar

MJF Report

Class Notes

Entering Class Profile                                                            

From Career and Professional Development 


Note from the Law Alumni Board President

This year's Annual Fund was a great success.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the alumni who helped with the fund drive by contributing their time and/or money.  We couldn't have done so well without the help of so many great people.
I would also like to remind all alumni who have not yet signed up on UST Lawyer Search to do so.  We currently have 133 alums signed up.  This is a great business development tool, as well as a way to connect with fellow alumni.  This is a free marketing service that you don't want to miss out on!
Darwin Williams, 2009 President of the Alumni Board  


Rankings Note   

Yesterday, September 8 it came to our attention that U.S. News and World Report released a new Law School ranking "Best Law Schools: Whose 2007 graduates are most likely to be employed as Federal judicial clerks with Article III Federal judges?"  We inadvertently provided incorrect data to U.S. News and World Report, and we are currently working with U.S. News to fix this error and have contacted authors of blog postings highlighting the data.


For the class of 2007, at the time of the reporting 22 out of 130 employed graduates were working in judicial clerkships. Of those, 1 was clerking for an Article III Federal Judge. An Article III Federal Judge is a judge with a lifetime appointment.  The statistics should read 16.9% and 0.8% respectively if the total is out of employed graduates, or 15.7% and 0.7% if it is out of the entire class.


The Career and Professional Development Office continues to work with alumni on all types of placements in addition to judicial placements.  For more information contact the Career and Professional Development Office.


2010 Alumni Board  - Apply to be a Member Board   

Alumni and School of Law Calendar   
Upcoming Events:
September 17, 2009 – Third Thursday Alumni Happy Hour
To receive monthly e-mails regarding the location, time and place of Third Thursday Happy Hours send an e-mail to Nicole Fredricks Jackson or sign up on Facebook.

September 21, 2009 – Law Alumni Golf Outing
Space is still available for you to join fellow alumni at the First Annual Law Alumni Golf Event. 

September 27, 2009 - Lawyer's Guild of St. Thomas More Red Mass

All University of St. Thomas School of Law graduates are warmly invited to attend.  Brunch in Murray-Herrick Campus Center, adjacent to the chapel, will follow the Mass.


October 1, 2009 - Exxon Valdez Revisited: Rights and Remedies
University of St. Thomas Law Journal Fall 2009 Symposium (8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.).


October 1, 2009 – Exxon Valdez Revisited: Justice Achieved or Denied?
Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions (4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.).


October 2, 2009 - First Friday Speaker Series - Attorney Doug Kelley
Attorney and court-appointed receiver for the Petters Group companies to speak at the October 2009 Luncheon at Nicollet Island Pavilion.


Oct. 21, 2009 - Natural Law, God, and Human Dignity
Terrance J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy


October 22, 2009 - UST Law Democrats Alumni Happy Hour at 5:30 p.m.

For more information contact Marie Reigstad, J.D. Candidate, 2010.


October 29, 2009 – Pro Bono in a Down Economy: Challenges and Rewards

CLE and reception hosted by the Law Alumni Program Committee in celebration of Pro Bono Week.  More information coming soon on the Alumni webpage


October 30, 2009 – Swearing In Ceremony Breakfast
New graduates and a guest are invited to attend the Swearing-In Breakfast prior to the 2009 Minnesota State Bar Swearing-In Ceremony. Watch your mail after September 14th for a formal invitation with more details.


December 8, 2009 – Law Alumni Christmas Party
May 15, 2010 – Class of 2005 Five Year Reunion


Sommarstrom’s Report on MJF’s Activities    
View Sara Sommarstrom’s report on MJF’s activities with the School of Law and our students.  Read about the success of MJF here at the School of Law. 


Submit Your Class Notes   
Did you travel recently? Become engaged, marry, or have a new baby? Did you received an award, publish an article, change jobs? Whatever the life event might be, we’d like to hear from you.  Class notes are published in each issue of the St. Thomas Lawyer magazine.  Send your update by October 30th to your classes editor for inclusion in the January 2010 issue:

•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
• Class of 2009: Erin Lord


Fall 2009 Entering Class Profile    
Learn more about the Class of 2012.

From the Office of Career & Professional Development   
View information for alumni from the CPD Office.

University of St. Thomas Law Journal 2009-2010 Membership Announced   

 UST names Law Journal Staff for 2009-2010. 

For more information or to update your contact information, please contact

Nicole Fredricks Jackson
School of Law Alumni Relations Office

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