School of Law alum Stephanie Boucher (class of 2006) talks on her cell phone during a portrait session in The Edge coffee shop in Minneapolis April 20, 2012 for St. Thomas Lawyer magazine. Boucher works for the Minnesota Law Collective, a non-profit that provides legal services to people who cannot afford an attorney but do not qualify to be represented by a public defender.

Stephanie Boucher ’06: Standing in the Gap

It may not be the gap between the 99 percent and the 1 percent, but an enormous void can be found in the world of criminal justice. It is the gap between individuals who are poor enough to qualify for a public defender, and those who can afford a private attorney.
214873_111116KK010

Hot Topics: Cool Talk

A famous philosopher once said that it is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. In this election season, voters are polarized by a host of emotionally charged issues that include same-sex marriage, threats to religious liberty, immigration, health-care reform, taxation, government spending and life issues such as contraception, abortion, embryo rights and stem cell research.
Ryan Fellows

Bringing Catholic Social Thought to Business: The John A. Ryan Research Fellow Program

This past spring, the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought selected Brian Shapiro, associate professor of accounting, as its newest research fellow. The Research Fellow Program had been established to create opportunities for the Opus College of Business faculty to engage in scholarship and research on the relationship of Catholic social thought and business.
This is not Don Briel.

Raising the Bar: Dean Thomas Mengler Helped Build a Unique Law School Community

There is a long list of milestones marking the accomplishments of Dean and Ryan Chair in Law Thomas M. Mengler as he steps down to take the presidency at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. The milestones are important, and have continued to build up the strong foundation of the School of Law, but what is remarkable is the depth of feeling that the community has for Mengler, or as he has become to so many simply one word, “Tom.”
Thomas Mengler, Dean of the School of Law, teaches a class at the School of Law on Tuesday, April 19, 2011.

Dean’s Message: Our Unfinished Mission

As I write this, I am completing my work at the School of Law and preparing for a new professional challenge. It has been an intense time. I have enjoyed the several opportunities to say goodbye to so many of you, friends who mean so much to me and my wife, Mona. Over the last few weeks, my colleagues and I have laughed again in remembering the many funny moments of the last 10 years.
Director of the Holloran Center Professor Neil Hamilton poses for a photograph in his office in the University of St. Thomas School of Law for St. Thomas Lawyer Magazine on Thursday, April 15, 2010.

Neil Hamilton Named Interim Dean of the School of Law

Neil Hamilton, professor in the University of St. Thomas School of Law and founding director of its Thomas Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, has been named interim dean of the law school. He began the position in May with the departure of Thomas Mengler, who became president of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
12-179 magazine uganda

An Angel in Africa

Father Dennis Dease's magnanimous involvement in Uganda reflects his commitment to the mission of the university
Fr. Dease in Uganda

Up Front: A Life of Service

My decision to retire next year didn’t exactly come as a surprise to many colleagues and friends who know where we are in pursuing significant milestones.
Kampala

Reason for Hope

KAMPALA, UGANDA - The miracle workers are busy here these days. In a former retail storefront on a rut-filled dirt road in Ndejje, a poverty-stricken area southeast of Kampala, the first Hope Medical Clinic opened in November 2007. The sign outside says "Eddwaliro," Ugandan for "health care," in bold red letters, and 40 to 50 people show up every month or treatment of malaria, typhoid fever and the flu.
Out of Africa

Out of Africa

Degrees in hand, Ugandan students seek to make an impact in our world
Most Friday and Saturday nights are dedicated to going out with friends – usually starting no earlier than midnight. One difference between clubs in Minnesota and Kampala, according to Olivia? “For one, clubs here close at 2 a.m., not 4 a.m.”

Home and Away

Sisters Felista and Olivia Mpanga have found comfort and friendship in Minnesota