UST Law Hosts Legal Services Corporation Board Event

Dean Robert Vischer to address leading midwest jurists before two panel discussions.

Date & Time:

Friday, July 17, 2015
9:30 AM - 1:51 PM


The University of St. Thomas Law School

Former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale, Minnesota Congressman Tom Emmer, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, Minnesota Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea and other leading jurists and lawyers from the Midwest will gather in Minneapolis this week for events at a board meeting of the Legal Services Corporation.

The LSC Board will convene two panels at the University of St. Thomas Law School on July 17. Swanson, LSC Board Chair John G. Levi, and Dean Robert K. Vischer of the University of St. Thomas Law School will speak before the panel discussions.

The first panel, which focuses on the importance of access to justice to the judiciary, will feature Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Judge Michael J. Davis of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, and Justice Thomas L. Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court. Harvard Law School Dean and LSC Board Vice Chair Martha Minow will moderate the panel, which takes place from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

The second panel will examine the role of LSC-funded legal aid programs in the development of Indian Law. Panelists will include: Christopher Allery, Co-Executive Director, Anishinabe Legal Services; Rosalie Chavez, Manager, Santa Ana office and the Native American Program, New Mexico Legal Aid; Professor Richard B. Collins, University of Colorado Law School; John Echohawk, Executive Director, Native American Rights Fund; and Judge Ron Whitener, Tulalip Tribal Court. LSC Board member Gloria Valencia Weber, a professor at the University of New Mexico Law School, will moderate the panel, taking place from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

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