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Golf Sponsorships 2014

Alumni › Golf › Golf Sponsorships 2014   Why sponsor the golf tournament? Proceeds from the event benefit the Student Award of Merit scholarships. It’s a great way to market your products and services to close to 150 lawyers. You get to golf at one of the Twin Cities’ best private courses—designed by Jack Nicklaus. You’ll receive public recognition for your support. Available sponsorships $1,500 Platinum Sponsorship Signage at …

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2014 Alumni Golf Tournament

FEES and Registration (yes, there’s still room!) Registration includes greens fee, cart, and lunch. New Registrants: $140 per person/$120 for current students, graduates from the classes of 2012–14, and public servants. If you previously registered for the May tournament, simply confirm that you (and others on your team) are playing by emailing Cathy.Englin@wmitchell.edu   Register today!   Sponsor the Tournament and Support …

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2013 golf tournament recap

Mixed Teams Winners Place Score Team 1st 59 John Barragry, Erin Barragry, Micheal Johnson, Ellie Johnson 2nd 59 Tim Ridley, Shane Barns, Christopher Drake, Kristine Boylan 3rd 63 Susan Bullard, Randy Field, Ron London, Tom Hofstad Platinum Sponsors On-Course Event Winners Men Women Long Drive Josh Bobich Erin Barragry Long Putt David Bursie 27’6″ Mary Pat Byrn 38′ Closest to Pin Mike Herring 10’4″ Erin Barragry 33’11″ Titanium Sponsors Men’s Teams Winners Place Score Team 1st 57 Johathan Lundeen, Barry Lundeen, Brad Lundeen, John Heiderscheidt 2nd 60 Marcus Ploeger, Joe Conzemius, …

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Are you interested in mentoring a Mitchell student next school year?

This past academic year about 60 alumni participated in a one-on-one mentor program for students in their last year of law school.  We anticipate that at least another 60 students will be interested in participating in this program next fall. While we don’t yet know the areas of interest our students will indicate when they …

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2012–13 Alumni CLE Series

Please join us for another great year of stimulating and affordable CLE programs presented by Mitchell faculty and alumni. This year our Alumni CLE series features 15 different 90-minute programs on topics ranging from The Affordable Care Act to Family Law to Ethics for Criminal Defense Lawyers. Fee and registration information is below. All CLEs …

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Thank you to the 2011-2012 Mitchell Mentors! Now recruiting mentors for the 2012-2013 program.

It’s already time to sign up to be a mentor to our incoming 1Ls.  But first we’d like to take a moment to thank all our alumni who served as mentors last year.  Here’s what some of the 1Ls said about the program: “It was an awesome experience. My mentors were so cool. I feel like …

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Kathy Kimmel ’96 is new president of the alumni board; board welcomes four new members

Kathy Kimmel ’96 is the new president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.  Rounding out the executive committee is Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks ’85 as vice president, and Nicole James Gilchrist ’03 as secretary/treasurer.  Joining the board are four new members: David Bland ’79, Elizabeth Cowan Wright ’06, Fred Dawe ’92, and Jewelie Grape …

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2012-2013 Alumni CLE Series to Feature IP, Family Law, Social Media & the Workplace and more

We’re already working hard to put together a great CLE program for next year.  Already confirmed:  Theresa Thompson’ 94 on “Social Media and the Workplace: What Every Employer and Employee Needs to Know”; Dyan Williams ’05 on “Failures, Screw-ups, and Unknowns (and why they can be good for you)”; Mark DiPietro and Lori Saragano ’06 …

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2012 golf tournament recap

Mixed Division Winners Place Score Team 1st 60 Rory Duggan Kate DeCourcy Peter Johnson Stephen Norton 2nd 61 Thomas Jamison Ben Webster Art Boylan Molly Borg Thornton 3rd 63 John Barragry Ellie Johnson Michael Johnson Adam Sienkowski 4th 63 Timothy Ridley Shane Barnes Catherine McEnroe Lenae Pederson Platinum Sponsors Field Event Winners Men Women Long Drive Hole #1 Court Anderson Hole #7 Kristen Larson Long Putt Hole #18 Dan Thue Hole #9 Barbara Klas Closest to Pin Hole #11 Shane Barnes Hole #13 Ellie Johnson Titanium Sponsors Men’s Division Winners Place Score Team 1st 59 Barry Lundeen Brad Lundeen Jonathon Lundeen John Heiderscheidt 2nd 60 Matt Shea Aaron Barber Brent Anderson Henry Wang 3rd 60 Paul Hemming Marcus Ploeger Kevin Decker Patrick Thornton 4th 60 Ben Wagner Mike …

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Mitchell team wins regional mock trial competition, aims for national title

It’s on to the finals for the William Mitchell team after winning its region in the American Association for Justice’s student trial advocacy competition. The team of Matti Adam, John Monnens, Kurt Sorensen, and Elliot Wyse finished first among 16 teams in Milwaukee, earning a trip to the finals in Las Vegas March 22–25. “Our…

Mitchell students argue their way to the finals at national moot court competition

Beating out schools from across the country, a William Mitchell team scored a second place finish at the recent William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition. The 27th annual competition drew 36 teams from across the country to the University of Minnesota. Two Mitchell teams, one with Ed Bremberger, Briana Perry, and Paul…
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Get a candid insider perspective on the America Invents Act

Join us at the Third Annual Patterson Thuente IP Lecture to hear from a panel of experts who were there, in the trenches, at various points in the journey that gave us the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Monday, April 9 | 4:30 – 6 pm.  William Mitchell Auditorium. More information and to register.

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Event to explore life and the practice of law in Greater Minnesota

If you’ve ever thought about practicing law in Greater Minnesota, you won’t want to miss this event sponsored by the MSBA Outstate Practice Section, the William Mitchell Office of Career and Professional Development, and the Hachey Initiative: “My advice is to look beyond the metropolitan areas. There’s so much more opportunity in Greater Minnesota.” —Barbara…

Join us in celebrating the life and accomplishments of Cesar Chavez

William Mitchell College of Law invites the public to join students, faculty, and staff at the Fifth Annual Cesar Chavez Dinner from 5 to 9 pm Friday, March 30 in the William Mitchell Auditorium. The free event celebrates the life of influential labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, who died in 1993 after…

Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals is Winter Commencement speaker

Matthew Johnson ’92, chief judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and former editor-in-chief of the William Mitchell Law Review (1991–92), will deliver this winter’s commencement address at 2 pm Saturday, Jan. 14. Johnson was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Gov. Tim Pawlenty in 2008. Two years later he became the chief judge.…

Judge Flaskamp Halbrooks joins board of trustees

Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks ’85 has joined the William Mitchell College of Law board of trustees. Halbrooks has been a judge with the Minnesota Court of Appeals since 1998. Previously, she was a partner and attorney with Rider, Bennett, Egan and Arundel, Minneapolis, focused on civil trial work in the areas of railroad, insurance, products…

William Mitchell receives leadership gift to increase scholarships and innovation in legal education

Students, faculty, alumni, and the community will benefit from a $2 million gift to William Mitchell College of Law William Mitchell College of Law received a gift of $2 million, one of the largest to the college, from Stephen B. ’72 and Lisa S. Bonner. The gift will help the law school recruit outstanding students…

If you graduated between 2004-2010, we need you to be a Mitchell Mentor

About 70 alumni have already signed up to help incoming ILs make a successful transition to law school, but we still need about 50 more recent grads to join us.  We’re looking for alumni who can commit to spending a few hours each month to meet and share advice and experiences with 3 ILs, along …

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Students and alumni invited to learn how to connect to the careers they crave

According to ABC News, more than 80 percent of jobs are found through professional contacts. Not online. Not through the classified ads. And not by chance. On Thursday, Oct. 13, William Mitchell students and alumni are invited to learn how they can start building professional contacts at: Get Connected to the Career You Crave Thursday,…

Social media and insurance fraud—Professor Gregory Duhl and attorney Jaclyn Millner explain

Insurance companies are searching social media sites to discover insurance fraud. Some attorneys have argued that scouring social networking sites in search of a reason not to hire someone, or evidence of insurance fraud, is an invasion of privacy. But insurance companies and their attorneys argue that internet searches for public social networking profiles are…

Sending good wishes to the Mitchell alumni sitting for the bar exam today and tomorrow

What can I say?  I’m glad it’s over.  But the Mitchell alumni community is pulling for you.  And before you know it, you’ll be back for the swearing-in brunch and ceremony.  So we’ll see you in October! Oh, and don’t forget to breathe…

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Schwegman doubles its participation rate to become the 2011 Mitchell@Work Challenge Champion!

Under the leadership of Team Captain Tim Bianchi ’95, the Mitchell alumni at Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner staged a come-from-behind victory to take the 2011 Mitchell@Work Challenge Championship! To take the top spot in alumni participation, Schwegman alumni doubled their giving to Mitchell from 42% in 2010 to 84% in 2011. More than nine firms …

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Summer alumni auditing applications being accepted through May 8

Once again, Mitchell is pleased to make a variety of courses available for our alumni to audit at the reduced rate of $100/credit hour.  This summer, alumni may apply to audit one of eight courses, but the application period is only open through May 8.  For all the details on the courses open for auditing, …

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Are you being sworn in Friday, May 6? Then join us for brunch!

You and a guest are cordially invited to attend a complimentary brunch reception to celebrate the swearing in of William Mitchell College of Law alumni before the Minnesota Supreme Court on Friday, May 6 from 9:30 – 10:45 am at 317 on Rice Park.  $12 per additional guest; children under 5 may attend free of …

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Now’s your chance to teach a WRAP class – apply to become an adjunct professor today!

William Mitchell is looking for some part-time adjunct professors to teach writing and representations to ILs and appellate advocacy to 2Ls and 3Ls starting next fall for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Application deadline is May 2, so don’t delay!  More details here.

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Attend the Annual William Mitchell Law Review Symposium: Seven Cases You Need to Know

This year’s Annual William Mitchell Law Review Symposium features an impressive line-up of guest speakers, including William Mitchell Law Review staff members and William Mitchell faculty. The event, “Seven Cases You Need to Know: Criminal Law Policy Proposals to Meet Today’s Needs of Public Defense Funding, Competency in the Use of Forensic Evidence, and Data Harvesting,”…

Judicial clerkships: a rich Mitchell tradition

William Mitchell College of Law has a rich tradition of helping its students secure judicial clerkships, which are among the most prestigious and competitive employment opportunities available to recent law school graduates. In recent years, several Mitchell alumni have received clerkships, including Leah Boomsma ’09, who received a U.S. Court of Appeals clerkship, and Shubha…

Alumni Board will match your Annual Fund gift (up to $5K) now through Dec. 31

Haven’t made your gift to Mitchell yet this year? Your proscrastination pays off again! The alumni association board has just announced a $5,000 match for new gifts to the Annual Fund through Dec. 31. Make your gift today at www.wmitchell.edu/giving.

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Apply to audit a class next spring through Sunday, Dec. 12

Alumni may audit one course per semester at a reduced rate of $100/credit hour – 44 courses are available to choose from for Spring 2011.  For more information about how to apply and to review the course list, go to http://www.wmitchell.edu/alumni/auditing.html.  Remember, you can apply for CLE credit for every hour of classroom instruction you …

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Event Codes for reporting your Mitchell CLE credits

Here are the event codes for four Mitchell Alumni CLEs from this fall: Truthful Practices in Legal Negotiations: 150487 U.S. Supreme Court Review:149650 Growing Your Firm in Changing Times: 150048 A Primer for Raising Capital (formerly Doing Deals): 150050 To report your credits, go to: http://www.mbcle.state.mn.us/mbcle/pages/home.asp

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Happy 110th Birthday William Mitchell!

One hundred and ten years ago today, five practicing attorneys from St. Paul founded the St. Paul College of Law (one of the predecessor schools to William Mitchell) to provide access to a law school education to those who needed to work full time to provide for themselves and their families.  Fast forward 110 years, and …

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Watch for info on alumni auditing opportunities in December eNewsletter

Interested in auditing a class at Mitchell this spring? We’ll have information about the registration period, costs, and courses available in the December eNewsletter. If you don’t receive it, sign up from the alumni page under the Stay Connected section on the right.

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Wow – this year’s Mitchell Mentors program is the largest ever!

More than 200 first-year students, 65 upper class student mentors, and 128 alumni mentors are participating in Mitchell Mentors this year, a program designed to help first-years make a successful transition to law school.  We  especially want to thank our alumni mentors (graduates from ’05-’09) for taking the time to help our students in such …

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Alumni Email Accounts Moving Sept. 20 to Windows Live

Beginning at 10am CST on Monday, September 20th, all alumni email accounts will be moved to Windows Live. Your email address will continue to be firstname.lastname@alumni.wmitchell.edu, but you will now access your email by going to www.outlook.com. You should login using your email address as the username and a password of wmxxxxxx where xxxxxx is …

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Mitchell’s Saturday Self-Help Legal Clinic Needs Volunteer Family Law and Criminal Expungement Attorneys

The William Mitchell Self-Help Clinic is currently seeking attorneys to volunteer a few hours each month helping litigants in the areas of criminal expungement and family law. The clinic is open on Saturdays from 2-4 PM (beginning on Sept. 11), and is run by Mitchell students and staffed by volunteer attorneys. (For more information on …

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Solo/Small Firm Lunch Discussion Series Continues Thursday, Aug. 12

Up for discussion this month:  websites and increasing your web presence.  Join us from noon to 1pm here at Mitchell.  Bring your own lunch -we’ll provide drinks and dessert.  Feel free to stop by, but if you let me know you’re coming we’ll make sure to have enough cookies!

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Five Mitchell alumni now blogging for new Minnesota Lawyer blog

Britt Ackerman ’04, Heather Diersen ’08, Jason Brown ’00, Francis Rojas ’08, & Leah Weaver ’05 are among the recent grads recruited by Minnesota Lawyer to contribute to its new blog: JDs Rising. Brown and Diersen’s first posts are up – read them here.

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Sending good wishes to all those sitting for the bar exam tomorrow and Wednesday.

Finish your studying this afternoon, then go have a nice, relaxing evening. Get a massage, walk around a lake, work out, whatever – just don’t keep at it all night! We’ll see you at the Swearing In Brunch in October . . .

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2004-09 Grads: We need you to be a Mitchell Mentor!

Pair up with another alumni mentor to help a group of three 1Ls learn the ropes about surviving and thriving in their first year of law school.  Each mentoring group will also include a student or peer mentor (2Ls and above).  We need about 120 alumni to volunteer just a few hours a month from Sept. …

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Congratulations to new alumni board members and thank you to outgoing board members

Congratulations to Alison Drichta ’09, Bernard Dusich ’80, Alex Kim ’06, and Chris Tymchuck ’08, who were unanimously confirmed as the newest board members at last night’s alumni board meeting.  And a huge thank you to Michelle Hatcher ’98, Mark Metz ’97, Bill Orth ’80, and Sylvia Zinn ’84, each of whom is leaving the board after nine …

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Interested in teaching a WRAP class? Applications being accepted through Friday, April 30.

Mitchell is currently seeking part-time adjunct professors for three courses for the 2010-11 academic year: (1) Writing Professors teach first-year students about office memos, advice and demand letters, and motion practice memoranda in a year-long course; (2) Representation Professors critique first-year students in interviewing, counseling, negotiating, and oral argument exercises in a year-long course; (3) …

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Nominations Sought by Feb. 21 for Four Alumni Board of Directors Positions

Are you interested in getting more involved with William Mitchell? We’re looking for four engaged and enthusiastic alumni to join the 21-member alumni board for terms beginning in July. The alumni board provides guidance to the school on building alumni engagement and helps foster meaningful connections between students and alumni and among the alumni community. Board …

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Alumni volunteers help make pro se clinic pilot a success

Ten alumni volunteered almost 100 hours of their time this past fall at the self-help pro se clinic established by the Minnesota Justice Foundation student chapter and the staff of the Warren E. Burger Library.  The clinic was staffed each Saturday, on average, with ten student volunteers and three alumni volunteers, and assisted 45 patrons over the 10-week …

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Poem by Tim Nolan ’89 featured in “American Life in Poetry” column

A poem by Minneapolis attorney Tim Nolan ’89 entitled “At the Choral Concert” was featured in the American Life in Poetry column written by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate from 2004-2006.  The poem is from Nolan’s most recent book, The Sound of It, New Rivers Press, 2008.  Read the poem.

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Barbara Golden ’80 honored with an Outstanding Service to the Profession Award

Barbara Golden ’80, retired state law librarian, will be presented with an Outstanding Service to the Profession Award by Minnesota Lawyer “in recognition of her more than 25 years of service to lawyers and judges.”   Only one of five to receive this award, you can read more about this prestigious honor here.

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Congrats to the seven Mitchell grads named Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer

Minnesota Lawyer has announced the winners of its Attorney of the Year awards, and the group includes the following Mitchell alumni: Kenneth J. Abdo ’82, Alan G. Carlson ’71, John M. Degnan ’76, Michael K. Johnston ’95, Jan Symchych ’77, Lynne Torgerson ’90, and Kay Tuveson ’87. The awards are presented based on leadership in …

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Mike Koval ’85, profiled for work training and diversifying Madison’s police force

Considering a career with the FBI, Mike Koval ’85 came to William Mitchell for a law degree, but has since found his place recruiting and training new officers for the Madison, WI police department. Read the full article in the Isthmus.

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Companies run by Leon Steinberg ’80 (National Wind) and Susan Haigh ’77 (Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity) featured in Star Tribune

Organizations run by Leon Steinberg ’80 and Susan Haigh ’77 were both featured in the Star Tribune on Sunday. Steinberg is CEO of National Wind, a Minneapolis-based wind developer that just joined forces with a Montana wind company for a wind project in Montana that will provide power all the way to Las Vegas. Haigh …

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Project Homeless Connect once again a success thanks to Mitchell alumni and students

An impressive contingent of Mitchell alumni and students volunteered yesterday at the 9th Minneapolis Project Homeless Connect. This event, based on a nationally implemented best practice, is a one-stop-shop of support services, medical & dental care, and legal help to address the numerous and complex barriers that prevent homeless (and near homeless) individuals and families …

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Congratulations to Mitchell’s 395 “Rising Stars”

Almost 400 Mitchell grads were recognized as “Rising Stars” in the Dec/Jan edition of Minnesota Law & Politics, a distinction reserved for Minnesota lawyers 40 years old or younger or who have been licensed to practice for 10 years or less.  A full listing along with a description of the selection process can be found here.  A …

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Bridget Hayden ’03: Dorsey associate and Dagger Dolls skater

Read about Bridget Hayden’s alter-ego “Patently Offensive,” her rink name as a member of the MN RollerGirls’ flat track roller derby league team the Dagger Dolls.  Check it out here in the Dec. issue of The Hennepin Lawyer.   If you’ve got an unusual stress-busting activity, let us know by posting a comment.

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Mitchell Alums Robert Milavetz ’63 and Alan Milavetz ’84 headed to U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 1

Read about how Mitchell alumni Robert Milavetz ’63 and Alan Milavetz ’84 and their Edina, MN law firm of Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz are challenging the constitutionality of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act in a case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 1 in this National Law Journal article …

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William Mitchell is 109 and doing fine!

On Nov. 23, 1900, five working attorneys signed the incorporation papers for the St. Paul College of Law, which later became William Mitchell College of Law. Their vision was to make  a legal education accessible to those who needed to keep working at full-time jobs to support themselves and their families.  Up until 1978, when a full-time program …

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Peer recognition of alumni talent is source for new law school ranking

The release yesterday of new law school rankings by Super Lawyers provides another way to compare law schools, based at least to some extent on the accomplishments and reputation of its alumni. William Mitchell is ranked 52nd out of 180 law schools on the list. The rankings are based on the number of graduates who were …

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On the importance of lending a hand (or, it’s tough out there)

Last Friday, a number of proud Mitchell grads were sworn in as newly minted lawyers.  I had the pleasure of talking to many of them at the brunch we host before the ceremony for those planning to take the oath and their friends and families.  Happily, most of those I met were employed.  But then …

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Watch for the Fall edition of Mitchell on Law and the November eNewsletter

Arriving in your mailbox and inbox soon are the Fall edition of Mitchell on Law and the November eNewsletter, filled with the latest information about what’s going on at school, great articles about alumni whose practices have an international component or who are making it as solo practitioners, and other news you can use.  If you aren’t receiving …

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