Inspired Justice

Highlighting the inspired work of UST School of Law alumni and students, in their own words.

Jon Farnsworth

Can Private Practice Serve the Common Good?

My career encounters have dispelled my prior misperception that you must seek a public-practice and/or non-profit-related legal job in order to further the common good. Private practice is no different than public practice in that you are a vigorous advocate for your clients.
Martha White Price, J.D. '15

Why I Fell in Love with Rural Legal Practice

I am enamored with rural practice. There is abundant opportunity. There are frequent job openings. Attorneys in rural areas get extremely diverse case loads. They often walk right onto a job and have everything from misdemeanor traffic violations to serious felonies.

Let Girls Play!

This post originally appeared on True to You: A Revolutionary Way to Transform Your Life. My path through the legal profession has been unconventional. Thinking about it in the context of UST School of Law's m...
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A Summer Associate’s View on How to Thrive

This post originally appeared on Courtroom Divas.The other evening, I met with a few friends after work. Before the food came to the table, the stories started pouring out of people: complex projects, quick...

The Unaccompanied Minor at Our Border

My grandfather was born in a small village in the west of Ireland in 1839. He was the third of four children. In 1845 and succeeding years, the Irish potato crop failed and a great famine ensued. A million peop...
Adam Brown

Bringing humanity into the practice of law

 The University of St. Thomas School of Law’s mission means something different to each person who encounters it. To me, the mission is a reminder to consider the people involved with whatever I am wor...
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“Pro-Bono” is More Than just Access

Kellen T. Fish '10The University of St. Thomas School of Law mission indicates “social justice” as a fundamental goal in educating lawyers. Throughout law school we’re told that being a lawyer is a gateway...

Tommies at Heart

Having a clear and concise mission statement is integral to any business organization and is a powerful way to convey the direction of the organization. We are taught that a mission statement should answer ques...

Self-reflection, 6 years post-law school

There’s nothing better to bring you back into self-reflective mode than going back to the University of St. Thomas School of Law and catching up with favorite professors.A few months back, I was at a St. Th...

How to Think Like a Lawyer

I never wanted to be a lawyer, I just wanted to help people.Before I went to law school I had spent a career working in faith-based nonprofits, initially working with children suffering from mental illness ...

Living the Mission as a Business Attorney

The University of St. Thomas School of Law, as a Catholic law school, is dedicated to integrating faith and reason in the search for truth through a focus on morality and social justice. These are probably not...
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Unexpected landings

I never saw myself working for the federal government, particularly in the field of immigration. I started my career as an immigration lawyer, zealously advocating for the downtrodden and weary, while represent...
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10 years as a public defender

Keshini Ratnayake '042014 marks significant milestones for me. May brings the 10-year anniversary of my graduation from law school. By September, I will have been a public defender for 10 years. This decad...
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Putting the “coach” in lawyer

Student: Okay, so I want to impeach the witness. Me: Right, that sounds like a good idea here. What he just said doesn’t match what’s in his affidavit. Student: Yeah, okay. So what do I do? Me: You know this...

Moot court team advances to national competition

University of St. Thomas School of Law moot court team members Rachelle Velgersdyk, Parker Olson, and James Todd emerged from a 33-team regional tournament in Las Vegas on March 1 to advance to the National App...

Inside the UN: Start of a new HRC session in Geneva

Monday began the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The function of the session over the next four weeks is for both the Council and Member States to present their perspectives on particular hu...

Lawyer as counselor, and the American dream

The UST Law mission is a defining characteristic that reverberates throughout all of its classes, programs, and publications, and sets the law school apart from its competitors. Through the mission, the UST Law...
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Finding the Mission in Legal Ethics

Phil Johnson '11Initially, I questioned whether my volunteer activity as a member of the 4th District Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee fulfills the mission of the law school. “Mission,” I r...