Centers & Institutes
The University of St. Thomas School of Law is home to seven distinct centers and institutes focusing on research, programming and academics.
The Holloran Center is one of 13 national centers in law schools devoted to ethics and professionalism that is recognized by the American Bar Association's (ABA) Center for Professional Responsibility. The Center’s mission is to provide innovative interdisciplinary research, curriculum development, and programs focusing holistically on the formation of both students and practicing professionals into ethical leaders in their communities. In fulfilling the mission, the Holloran Center seeks to address the most compelling ethical issue facing education in the professions and business: How can higher education most effectively foster the ethical professional formation of each student and practicing professional?
The Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy is a collaboration between the Center for Catholic Studies and the School of Law at the University of St. Thomas. The Institute explores the various interactions between law and Catholic thought on topics ranging from workers' rights to criminal law to marriage and family. The institute draws from the resources of both programs, other academic disciplines and other faith traditions. The institute's examination of law also is driven by a "vision of the human person and the world that is enlightened by the Gospel" (Pope John Paul II, Ex Corde Ecclesiae). To help provide connections between law and Catholic thought, the institute develops curricular resources, facilitates scholarship and scholarly discussions, and engages and serves the church and community through public events and public policy analysis.
The Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services is among the first of its kind in the country through which faculty and students from the disciplines of law, psychology, and social work collaborate to help clients in need. In the Center, law students frequently work side-by-side with students from the University of St. Thomas School of Social Work and Graduate School of Psychology. Under the guidance of the Center faculty, law students provide representation and assistance to the underserved populations of the Twin Cities on problems ranging from health care issues to political asylum to issues of social justice.
The University of St. Thomas Private Investment Fund Institute (PIFI) is a research and advisory center dedicated to the study of private investment funds worldwide. PIFI aims to promote and develop long-term dialogue and research in collaboration with individual private funds and the private fund industry. Bridging the gap between private investment fund managers, academics, and policy-makers, PIFI seeks to identify new and innovative solutions for transnational cooperation and competition. PIFI is growing a global network through its dedicated research platforms and annual events.
The Prolife Center’s mission is to provide training and education for passionate prolife law students and attorneys. To do this, the Center: trains law students to work with local and national government officials to advance prolife proposals; provides continuing legal education (CLE) programming for practicing attorneys; host events with leading prolife speakers; and produces scholarly research regarding prolife legal issues.
The International Dispute Resolution Research Network (IDRR Network) is a community of experts, stakeholders, and academics from all corners of the globe engaged in a partnership dedicated to sharing knowledge in the dynamic field of dispute prevention and resolution. We connect in a real-time forum that allows us to share culturally diverse perspectives in order to meet the unique challenges that each of us face.
The Center on Race, Equity and Social Justice at the University of St. Thomas School of Law is a national convener of thought leaders, scholars and students. The Center fosters a robust exchange of ideas and practical strategies for advancing the common good. This begins in the classroom through experiential learning in which law students learn how to leverage their legal training to address social justice challenges. Outside the classroom, the Center’s programming and community outreach supports students on their journey of discovering the leader within. Students interface with lawyers who are using their legal skills to create new inroads to justice and freedom. Through this exchange, students gain in-depth insights related to civil rights and human rights law and advocacy strategies.
The Infinity Project’s mission is to increase the gender diversity of the state and federal bench to ensure the quality of justice in the Eighth Circuit. It seeks to advance this mission by creating public awareness for the lack of and importance of gender equity on the bench and the availability of qualified women candidates; engaging senators and other decision-makers on the issues of gender equity and the need for appointment of women to the state and federal bench within the Eighth Circuit region and serving as a clearinghouse for women who have indicated an interest in serving on the state or federal bench within the Eighth Circuit region. The Infinity Project believes it is necessary to have a bench that reflects the society as a whole so that judicial decisions take into account differing life experiences and points of view.