Pete Willner

Pete on the Beat

Pete Willner is an iconic figure at the School of Law. He is the first face many see when they enter the building, and he is a good friend to several faculty, staff and students.
Robert Vischer

From the Dean: Can a Smaller Law School be a Better Law School?

Our nation’s shrinking law schools are causing wide-spread angst in deans’ offices around the country, and indeed there are economic implications to this trend that must be managed carefully. But at least for St. Thomas, the new market reality opens up promising opportunities for our law school and our mission by making it easier to educate the whole person.
Intellectual Property Rights

Point/Counterpoint: Safeguarding IP Rights

A case recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court focused on intellectual property rights. In Bowman v. Monsanto Co., the Court addressed the question of whether a farmer who buys patented seeds may reproduce them through planting and harvesting without the patent holder’s permission. The Court decided in favor of Monsanto. But was this, and other cases of intellectual property protection, best for the common good? Here, a law professor and a lawyer alumnus debate the question.
U.S. News Rankings

U.S. News Ranks Graduate Programs

St. Thomas graduate and professional programs in business, education, law and social work are included in the Best Graduate Schools rankings published today (March 12) by U.S. News & World Report.
Kristi Schlosser Carlson Lawyer Mag Portrait

Back to Her Rural Roots

For Kristi Schlosser Carlson ’06, a degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law combined her family background and her passions with a satisfying career as general counsel and director of government relations for the North Dakota Farmers Union, a grassroots organization driven by its members to advocate for family farmers.
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Educating the Whole Lawyer

I firmly believe that St. Thomas fosters the professional formation of each student to internalize a deep sense of responsibility for others better than any other law school in the country, and our success on this front is one reason why I am excited to serve as your new dean.
Charles Reid

Government Works

“Government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem.” Ronald Reagan spoke these toxic words at his presidential inauguration in January 1981. It is probable that no more destructive...
St. Thomas School of Law

The Politics of Purple: Focusing on Dialogue, Not Partisanship

When the presidential election was in full swing and political tempers were flaring, a new student organization at the University of St. Thomas School of Law was formed to resist the partisanship and vitriol. The Public Discourse group focuses on quite the opposite: open, nonpartisan debate about how public policy issues intersect with law.
Neil Hamilton

For the Record: Passing the Torch

It was an honor to serve as the interim dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and it is an even greater honor to introduce the new dean, Robert Vischer.
Robert Vischer

Robert Vischer Named School of Law Dean

Robert Vischer, associate dean for academic affairs and a professor in the St. Thomas School of Law since 2005, will become the new dean of the school, effective Jan. 1. Vischer will succeed Neil Hamilton on Jan. 1, said Dr. Susan Huber, executive vice president and chief academic officer. Hamilton has served as interim dean since May, when dean Thomas Mengler left to become president of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.