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.
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The Scroll: Just Breathe, Darn It

That’s what Carol Bruess was told during a summer workshop, and she found it difficult to do that – and nothing else – for a full minute. In fact, she just about lost it at 43.5 seconds. But she held on, and today in The Scroll she advises how meditation and mindfulness make us better at almost everything we do. So slow down – and just breathe!
Dave Deavel

Catholic Vision: Two Sets of Eyes and Sweet Rolls

The true Catholic novelist, Flannery O'Connor suggests, is meant to see with stereoscopic vision: both the eyes of the Church and the artist are necessary to produce something distinctively Catholic and distinctively worth looking at.
UST Bernardi Campus

Rome: Insights From Above

Seventy-nine marble steps are a very small price to pay for the privilege of calling Rome our family’s home for a remarkable semester.
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A Day in the Life of a Catholic Studies Student

We live together. We pray together. We study together. And we love one another all for the sake of something much greater than any of us, the Catholic Studies program and the Lord, our God.
St. Thomas' three composite indices, which track nine data elements for the Twin Cities housing market, are all on the upswing.

Interest Rate Hikes Not Expected to Derail Robust Real Estate Recovery

With positive news found in nearly every aspect of the Twin Cities real estate market, interest rate hikes shouldn’t harm the recovery if they are slight and gradual, according to a monthly analysis prepared by the Shenehon Center for Real Estate at the Opus College of Business.
Campus Scenes

Mankato Kasota Stone Closes – Helped Define the UST Brand

If you’re walking around in downtown Minneapolis it would be hard to miss the St. Thomas campus. Not because we have the biggest, or the tallest building downtown, but because each building has a distinctive look, thanks to their Kasota Limestone exterior. Sadly, it was reported last week in the Mankato Free Press that one of that city’s oldest businesses, Mankato Kasota Stone, “has closed as the recession-driven slowdown in construction hurt the market for local limestone.”