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Project Community Connect comes together with help from William Mitchell

The William Mitchell Community Development Clinic organized the legal section for the Scott-Carver Project Community Connect event on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Shakopee, Minn. The event brought together employment, housing, financial assistance, and other service providers to help individuals connect to the services they need. The clinic partnered with the William Mitchell Center for Law and Business, Volunteer …

Students pitch business plans to alumni panel on William Mitchell stage

Students in William Mitchell’s Start-Up Business Enterprise course met “the sharks” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, as they pitched their proposals to a panel of Mitchell alumni posing as venture capitalists. Modeled after ABC’s reality TV show “Shark Tank,” the event put students’ business acumen to the test. “In the Start-Up Business Enterprise course, which is …

Dean Eric Janus named among ‘Most Influential People in Legal Education’

William Mitchell President and Dean Eric S. Janus has been named one of the 25 “Most Influential People in Legal Education” by the National Jurist.   The National Jurist seeks nominations from every law school and then narrows the list of nominees down to 50 finalists. Law school deans, the magazine’s editors, and other influencers in legal education …

Study law abroad at Mitchell in London

Looking for an affordable way to study abroad in an extraordinary program? William Mitchell College of Law invites students across the country to study law at Mitchell in London, a four-week program offering credits in comparative international law. Registration Students may register online or by contacting Jennifer.Miller @wmitchell.edu or 651-290-6314. Mitchell in London website Mitchell in London runs June 23–July …

William Mitchell campus open during adverse weather, Monday, Nov. 10

The campus, including the library, will remain open for scheduled hours this evening, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Given the long distance some students travel, please use good judgment when making a decision about driving to campus. It may be in your best interest to avoid traveling because of weather conditions in your area. Cancellations and closings will be announced …

William Mitchell campus open during adverse weather, Monday, Nov. 10

The campus, including the library, will remain open for scheduled hours this evening, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Given the long distance some students travel, please use good judgment when making a decision about driving to campus. It may be in your best interest to avoid traveling because of weather conditions in your area. Cancellations and closings will be announced …

Watch a recording of ‘Hobby Lobby: What’s Next?’

On Thursday, Oct. 30, William Mitchell College of Law hosted an informal lecture and discussion exploring the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision. A recording of the event is now available for viewing. Event Video The event featured a distinguished panel of experts, including: Amy Bergquist, staff attorney at The Advocates for Human Rights and a former clerk for …

Joanna Woolman named executive director of the Child Protection Program

Resident Adjunct Professor Joanna Woolman has been named executive director of the Child Protection Program at William Mitchell College of Law. The Child Protection Program trains current and future attorneys in the area of child protection, and it is funded, in part, by the Justice Helen M. Meyer Endowment for Child Protection. The program’s mission is …

William Mitchell offers on-demand CLEs

Looking for a convenient way to get Continuing Legal Education credit? William Mitchell now offers on-demand CLEs, delivering online courses directly to your email. As of July 1, 2014, Minnesota attorneys may claim up to 15 hours of credit within the 45-hour CLE period through on-demand courses. The courses offered through William Mitchell are open to the public, and …

‘Eight Fascinating Court Decisions Affecting Indians and Tribes’

Stephen L. Pevar, author and national staff counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, will speak at William Mitchell College of Law from 5 to 6 pm Thursday, Nov. 6, in Room 323. Pevar will present “Eight Fascinating Court Decisions Affecting Indians and Tribes,” a presentation that covers court cases that have helped shape his nearly …

Five ways Mitchell alumni help students succeed

William Mitchell College of Law is proud of its alumni base—a powerhouse network of nearly 12,000 lawyers, judges, business leaders, and public servants who ardently support the law school and its students. Mitchell’s alumni are no strangers to campus. They teach. They mentor. And they take students into the field with them, imparting wisdom and insight to …

Faculty scholarship report now available online

William Mitchell professors are expert teachers—and practitioners and scholars. Professors’ practical experience and scholarly expertise enhances their classroom teaching abilities. And each year, Mitchell’s professors write and publish scholarly articles on a wide range of topics related to law, the legal profession, and legal education. Their research and scholarship helps judges make decisions, shapes public policy, …

Attorney Eric C. Tostrud joins William Mitchell as a distinguished practitioner in residence

William Mitchell College of Law President and Dean Eric S. Janus announced today that one of the region’s top commercial litigation attorneys will join its faculty. Eric C. Tostrud, a longtime partner with the law firm of Lockridge Grindal Nauen, will join the law school as a distinguished practitioner in residence beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Tostrud, who …

William Mitchell’s campus ranked among nation’s best

PreLaw magazine has ranked the William Mitchell College of Law facilities 21st out of more than 200 in a recent list of the “best law school facilities.” The rankings, released in the fall 2014 edition of the magazine, ranked law school facilities based on building aesthetics, feedback from students, square footage, library hours, the number of …

Teach-in will focus on Hobby Lobby aftermath

William Mitchell College of Law will host “Hobby Lobby: What’s Next?,” a teach-in focused on the impact of the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 30 in the law school’s Conservatory. Hobby Lobby: What’s Next? Thursday, Oct. 30 | 4:30–6:30 pm William Mitchell College of Law Conservatory 875 Summit Avenue St. Paul, Minn. The informal …

Teach-in will focus on Hobby Lobby aftermath

William Mitchell College of Law will host “Hobby Lobby: What’s Next?,” a teach-in focused on the impact of the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 30 in the law school’s Conservatory. Hobby Lobby: What’s Next? Thursday, Oct. 30 | 4:30–6:30 pm William Mitchell College of Law Conservatory 875 Summit Avenue St. Paul, Minn. The informal …

2014 Upper Midwest Law Fair

The fifth annual Upper Midwest Law Fair (UMLF) will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 11 am to 1 pm at William Mitchell College of Lawin St. Paul, Minn. Organized by the four Minnesota law schools, UMLF provides prospective law students an opportunity to meet with law schools from around the Upper Midwest region. The …

G.I. Jobs names William Mitchell a ‘Military Friendly’ school

For the third consecutive year, William Mitchell College of Law has been named a “military friendly” law school by G.I. Jobs magazine, which is dedicated to simplifying the military transition experience for veterans through education and employment tools. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list honors top colleges, universities, and law schools that are doing the most …

Shepherd Data Services presents Craig Ball on ‘the Shakespearean tragedy that is search in e-discovery’

If you’re interested in e-discovery, you’re going to want to mark Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 3 to 4 pm on your calendar.  That’s when Shepherd Data Services will bring Craig Ball, a Texas-based trial lawyer, computer forensic examiner, law professor, and noted authority on electronic evidence, to William Mitchell College of Law for a free, public …

William Mitchell Professor Sarah Deer named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow

William Mitchell Professor Sarah Deer, a national leader in the effort to protect Native women from sexual abuse, has been named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow by the MacArthur Foundation. MacArthur Fellowships are awarded to individuals who exhibit exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the …

Mitchell in London experience sends students soaring abroad

Students who participated in William Mitchell’s summer study abroad program walked away from the five-week experience with a wealth of knowledge, lifelong memories, and a copy of the U.S. Constitution signed by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr., who taught a class during the program.  Mitchell in London offered students from nearly …

‘The Case for Innovation’

William Mitchell College of Law is the first ABA-approved law school in the country to launch an innovative on-campus/online hybrid enrollment option, known as the hybrid program. Some of Minnesota’s most respected leaders shared their excitement for the new hybrid program in a recent issue of Mitchell on Law magazine. They applauded the program for its …

Compete in the 41st Annual Alumni Golf Tournament

Join friends, classmates, colleagues, and others on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at Bearpath Golf & Country Club in Eden Prairie for 18 holes of fun, during the 41st Annual Alumni Golf Tournament. Originally scheduled to take place in May, the Alumni Golf Tournament was canceled due to weather. Now, alumni and students have another chance to join us on the …

Professor’s research inspires community, leading to historical designation

The former home of Arthur and Edith Lee was added to the National Register of Historic Places in July, after research confirmed that the modest clapboard house marked a turning point for the civil rights movement in Minneapolis. William Mitchell’s Professor Ann Juergens published the initial research over a decade ago, revealing that the African-American …

Ralph Nader to speak at Mitchell

Consumer advocate, lawyer, and author Ralph Nader will speak at William Mitchell College of Law from 11 am to 12:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 9. The crusading attorney who has been called “one of America’s most effective social critics” is in town to help Foley & Mansfield celebrate its 25th anniversary year. During his visit to the …

Ralph Nader to speak at Mitchell

Consumer advocate, lawyer, and author Ralph Nader will speak at William Mitchell College of Law from 11 am to 12:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 9. The crusading attorney who has been called “one of America’s most effective social critics” is in town to help Foley & Mansfield celebrate its 25th anniversary year. During his visit to the …

Campus closed and website outage Saturday, Aug. 2.

We’ll be doing some server maintenance in the near future, and our website may be inaccessible—for part of a day. Our IT Services Department will be relocating the data center, causing the Mitchell website to go offline on Saturday, Aug. 2. Please note the planned maintenance schedule: Data center relocation will occur during the weekend of Aug. 2–3, …

Judges reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

William Mitchell College of Law will host an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 from 5:30 to 8 pm Wednesday, July 23, in the law school’s Auditorium. “Key Reflections from Minnesota Judges” will feature four members of the state’s judiciary: Chief U.S. District Judge for the District of Minnesota Michael J. …

Judge Mark S. Wernick and his wife Nancy Entwistle make leadership gifts to support public service careers at two local law schools

Recently retired Hennepin County District Court Judge Mark Wernick and his wife Nancy Entwistle have made leadership gifts to establish the Judge Mark S. Wernick and Nancy Entwistle Public Interest Scholars Assistance programs at the University of Minnesota Law School and William Mitchell College of Law. The funds, created through estate gifts, will provide scholarships to …

William Mitchell names three to board of trustees

William Mitchell College of Law’s Board of Trustees elected three new members, bringing the total number of trustees to 30. Each was elected to serve a three-year term, beginning July 1, 2014. The new trustees, all alumni of Mitchell: Christine Chalstrom ’91 is president and CEO of Shepherd Data Services, a technology company she founded in 2002 that …

#MitchellinLondon

When students and faculty from 12 law schools traveled to England this summer for Mitchell in London, we asked them to share their experiences on social media. The results are brilliant! #MitchellinLondon Twitter photos #MitchellinLondon Facebook album Using the hashtag #MitchellinLondon, students, faculty, staff, and partner institutions are posting about the international program on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The …

Prof. Byrne talks food labels: the good, the bad, the legal

William Mitchell Professor Donna Byrne recently went shopping with Star Tribune reporter Kim Ode. They talked about what consumers need to know about food labels.  Byrne, who teaches food law at Mitchell, provided valuable insight into the law behind behind many of the claims made on labels, including: organic no artificial hormones cage-free good excellent rich healthy. Read the story in the Star Tribune  

U.S. News & World Report covers hybrid enrollment: ‘… the one program that fits my life.’

U.S. News & World Report recently posted a feature story about the one-of-a-kind hybrid enrollment option at William Mitchell. The story includes comments from two students who have been accepted to hybrid program, including Jessica Islas, a 31-year-old mother and full-time commercial escrow officer.  “When the hybrid program came along, it was kind of a no-brainer for me; …

Mitchell students place in the MSBA Food, Drug, and Device Law Section writing competition

Two Mitchell students placed in the writing competition held by the Food, Drug, and Device Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Nadja Baer, 2L, and Maya Missaghi, 3L, were honored at the section’s annual meeting on Thursday, May 22. Each year, the Food, Drug, and Device Law Section invites law students in Minnesota to …

Entertainment law paper sends Mitchell student to GRAMMY’s

When Mihajlo Babovic entered the Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) Writing Competition last year, the second-year student at William Mitchell could only dream it would earn him a seat at the 2014 GRAMMY’s. He was dubbed one of five finalists for his paper on sustainability for noninteractive webcasts, winning a scholarship and an expenses-paid trip to …

Tobacco Control Legal Consortium garners smoke-free support award

The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, housed in The Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell, became the first recipient of the 2014 Brian Early Mattone, Esq. Legal Counsel Smoke-free Support Award in April. The Consortium received the award for its outstanding smoke-free legal service and ongoing contributions to smoke-free environments that promote public health. Presented by …

Robyn Meyer-Thompson receives Student Award of Merit

With a devotion to public service and immigrant rights, Robyn Meyer-Thompson ‘14 is the May recipient of the 2014 Student Award of Merit. The William Mitchell Alumni Association awards the Student Award of Merit, along with a $2,500 scholarship, to a graduating student who has demonstrated strong personal character, dedication to the law school, leadership and …

Q&A: Hybrid Program Academic Director Duhl answers common questions about hybrid enrollment

Applying to Mitchell William Mitchell’s hybrid enrollment option is a first-of-its-kind, innovative approach to legal education. It’s a part-time enrollment option that combines the best of in-person teaching with the best of e-learning tools to offer students a new way to earn their J.D. degrees from an ABA-accredited law school. Recently, Professor Greg Duhl, who is the Hybrid …

Mitchell announces committee and firm to oversee search for new president and dean

William Mitchell College of Law has announced the members of the search committee and the consulting firm that will lead the search for the new president and dean of the college. This followed the announcement in April that Eric S. Janus will conclude his role as president and dean of the college in June 2015 …

Mitchell students partner with NAACP and Saint Paul teachers union for 60th anniversary of Brown v. BOE

Mitchell law students have teamed up with the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers and the NAACP to provide curriculum on segregation to Saint Paul Public Schools and schools across the nation on Friday, May 16, ahead of the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court declared separate public …

‘If Not for Mitchell’ Campaign already 90 percent to goal

William Mitchell’s “If Not for Mitchell” Campaign has reached another milestone. The largest fundraising effort in the history of the law school is 90 percent to its $25 million goal. Giving to Mitchell More information about different types of future gifts at wmitchell.edu/giving Make a Gift Today In just four years, alumni, friends of the college, faculty, students, and …

‘Open Doors to Federal Courts’ program brings Minneapolis students to William Mitchell to study Dred Scott case

Students from Minneapolis Public Schools will spend a half-day at William Mitchell College of Law on Friday, May 16, to learn about the federal court system from prominent members of the Twin Cities legal community. The event is part of the “Open Doors to Federal Courts” program, a program sponsored by the U.S. District Court …

Survey: William Mitchell graduates ‘best prepared’ for practice

According to a recent survey of attorneys in Minnesota, William Mitchell College of Law students are the best prepared to practice law upon graduation. The survey, administered by the market research firm Anderson, Niebuhr & Associates, asked more than 7,100 attorneys to rate the preparedness of graduates from the state’s four law schools. More than 1,750 …

William Mitchell law professor garners writ of habeas corpus for Minnesota prisoner

In an unusual case, Professor Bradford Colbert ’85 convinced a federal court to grant a writ of habeas corpus. The resident adjunct professor, who has worked at William Mitchell law school for 27 years, has argued cases at the Minnesota Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to directing the Legal Assistance to Minnesota …

World Without Genocide program receives ‘Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award’

For three years, high school students have been forgoing part of their summer vacations to participate in World Without Genocide’s Summer Institute. The students have studied the effects of bullying, human trafficking, and genocides from the past in order to learn skills designed to help them stand up against human rights violations in the future. The …

World Without Genocide program receives ‘Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award’

For three years, high school students have been forgoing part of their summer vacations to participate in World Without Genocide’s Summer Institute. The students have studied the effects of bullying, human trafficking, and genocides from the past in order to learn skills designed to help them stand up against human rights violations in the future. The …

First-year student runs in historic Boston Marathon

William Mitchell student Kelley Fermoyle took to the streets of Boston on Monday, April 21, 2014, to run “Boston Strong” in the race that has become a symbol of national strength and fortitude. The first-year student finished 45th in his gender, out of more than 17,000 male runners. He ranked 56th overall, competing against 32,000 runners …

William Mitchell president and dean announces plan to return to teaching; search to begin for new law school leader

Eric S. Janus has announced that he will conclude his role as president and dean of William Mitchell College of Law in June 2015 to return to the Mitchell faculty. He will have served as president and dean for eight years, and as a member of the Mitchell faculty for more than 30 years. Janus was …

Patterson Thuente IP convenes roundtable forum on ‘patent trolls’

A Thoughtful Dissection of “The Good. The Bad. And the Ugly.” On Thursday, April 24, William Mitchell College of Law and Patterson Thuente IP will host a rousing roundtable on the issue of patent trolls, convening top minds on the issue, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, Federal District Court Chief Judge Michael Davis, 3M Chief Patent Counsel …

Mitchell Team Wins Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association Cup

Third-year Mitchell students Kyle Helgemoe and Dan Parrish won first prize in the 2014 Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA) Cup IP Moot Court Competition.  William Mitchell, which has won the MIPLA Cup four times, is the only Minnesota law school to have placed a team in the final round of the MIPLA Cup Competition each …

Mitchell launches Legal Residency Program for students

This spring semester, William Mitchell College of Law launched its inaugural Legal Residency Program in criminal law and family law for students in their final semester of law school. The Legal Residency Program is a collaboration between Mitchell and the area’s legal practitioners. Its goal is to better train and prepare law students for the practice …

Symposium explores ways to improve responses to children and families at risk

William Mitchell College of Law will host an all-day symposium based on an upcoming, special issue of the William Mitchell Law Review (Volume 40, Issue 3), which is focused on issues related to child protection and families at risk: “A Critical Look at Child Protection: Improving Responses to Children and Families at Risk” will take place …

Mitchell team wins national NALSA moot court competition

After weeks of intense preparation, two full days of oral arguments, and several riveting performances, William Mitchell students Ryan McCarthy and Joshua Peterson won the annual National Native American Law Student Association moot court competition. This year’s competition was held in the heart of the original Indian Territory at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. It …

Annual Tea for Women in Law CLE will focus on marriage equality

The highly anticipated Justice Esther M. Tomljanovich ’55 Tea for Women in Law returns to William Mitchell on Wednesday, April 23. Once again the annual event will include a celebration of women working in the legal profession, an opportunity for people to support scholarships for women studying the law, and a CLE.   This year’s CLE …

World Without Genocide partners with History Theatre to present workshop on Women in War

World Without Genocide World Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law promotes education and action to protect innocent people, prevent genocide, prosecute perpetrators, and remember those affected by genocide. World Without Genocide and The History Theatre of St. Paul have partnered to sponsor a workshop on Women in War: Exploring Issues of Sexual Harassment, Violence, and …

Dreasher named assistant dean and director of multicultural and international inclusion

Dr. Luiza Dreasher has been named assistant dean and director of multicultural and international inclusion at William Mitchell College of Law. Dreasher brings more than 20 years of experience working in multicultural and international student relations to William Mitchell. She comes to the law school from Iowa State University, where she has worked since 1992, most …

Krelitz to serve as assistant director of Intellectual Property Institute

Adjunct Professor Susan Prohofsky Krelitz ’90 has been named assistant director of the Intellectual Property Institute at William Mitchell College of Law. In 2011, Krelitz developed curriculum for a course at William Mitchell on Intellectual Property Asset Management. She has been teaching the course since 2012, helping students understand how intellectual property law intersects with business …

Mitchell hosts a book signing and celebration of the life of Rosalie Wahl ’67

William Mitchell College of Law will host a book signing with author Lori Sturdevant at 7 pm Tuesday, March 18. Sturdevant will speak and sign copies of her new book, “Her Honor Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement.”The book details the life and career of Rosalie Wahl ‘67, set against the backdrop of the …

New scholarships available for people in rural America, small towns, and Indian reservations

William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn., is offering a new type of scholarship for people committed to practicing law in rural areas of the United States, including in small towns and on Indian reservations. The new North Star Scholarships will provide $10,000 a year to students who enroll in the law school’s Hybrid …

William Mitchell volunteers help minority populations with small businesses and home ownership

Law students and attorneys from William Mitchell contributed their time, and expertise in January, as they brought legal resources to Asian and Pacific Islanders living in Minnesota. The First Annual Asian and Pacific Islander Small Business and Housing Resources Fair was held at Anderson Center in St. Paul, Minn., with the goal of connecting local communities, …

Thinking about law school? Attend a William Mitchell information session

William Mitchell College of Law will host an information session from 9 am to 1 pm Saturday, Feb. 22, for people thinking about enrolling in law school. The event is free and open to prospective students. Topics covered will include: The law school application process Financing a legal education Mitchell’s flexible scheduling options, which include traditional full- and part-time …

Application for the Hybrid Program will be available Saturday, Feb. 1

People interested in applying to the new, first-of-its-kind William Mitchell College of Law Hybrid Program will be able to do so on the law school’s website starting Saturday, Feb. 1. The Hybrid Program is the first on-campus-online J.D. program at an ABA-accredited law school that allows students to study the law from anywhere in the world. The …

Baylea Kannmacher receives Student Award of Merit

Baylea Kannmacher ’14 completed her law degree in just two-and-a-half years, a feat that she said William Mitchell made possible. She graduated with a J.D. from William Mitchell on Jan. 18, 2014, receiving the Student Award of Merit. The William Mitchell Alumni Association presents the Student Award of Merit, along with a $2,500 scholarship, to a …

More than a decade of Mitchell Law Review issues to be distributed

The William Mitchell Law Review has come a long way since 1974, growing from a single issue with six student comments and no lead articles, to a quarterly publication cited by state and federal courts. Now a resource of national prominence, the Law Review is celebrating its fortieth anniversary in 2014. From Friday, Jan. 24 to Sunday, …

World Without Genocide presents ‘The Murder of Emmett Till’

World Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law and Penumbra Theatre will sponsor a workshop examining key issues for African Americans since the murder of a black teenager by two white men in Mississippi inspired the Civil Rights movement nearly 60 years ago. “The Murder of Emmett Till: Beyond the Legacy” will be held from …

Gundersen National Child Protection Center to host three events at Mitchell

The Gundersen National Child Protection Center in Winona, Minn., has announced that it will hold three events at William Mitchell College of Law in 2014. The center, which has a partnership with William Mitchell, works to end child abuse, neglect, and other forms of child maltreatment through education, training, and advocacy. In addition, it provides affordable …

Professor Gregory M. Duhl named academic director of new hybrid program

William Mitchell College of Law Professor Gregory M. Duhl has been named academic director of the law school’s new hybrid program. In his new role, Duhl will lead the academic program design and implementation for the new hybrid option, a first-of-its-kind program that allows students to earn their J.D. from an American Bar Association-accredited law school …

ABA approves variance allowing William Mitchell to offer ‘hybrid’ on-campus/online J.D. program

Starting in 2015, William Mitchell College of Law will offer the first hybrid on-campus/online J.D. degree granted by an ABA-approved law school. The first-of-its-kind program will feature two interrelated elements: Intensive, in-person, experiential learning and online coursework that integrates foundational doctrine and skills. Learn more about the program Click for more about the new program—complete with videos, …

Alumnus and business executive donates $1 million to William Mitchell

Louis L. Ainsworth, a 1977 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law and formerly senior vice president and general counsel of Pentair, has donated a total of $1 million to the law school.  The gift will create an endowed professorship in law and business, the first in this field at the college, and also includes …

Alumnus and business executive donates $1 million to William Mitchell

Louis L. Ainsworth, a 1977 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law and formerly senior vice president and general counsel of Pentair, has donated a total of $1 million to the law school.  The gift will create an endowed professorship in law and business, the first in this field at the college, and also includes …

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. and partners donate more than $1 million to William Mitchell

The law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., along with two of its partners, have donated $1.125 million to William Mitchell College of Law. This is the largest gift from a law firm and its partners in the college’s 113-year history, and is given in honor of the firm’s 75th anniversary. The gifts establish two …

Prof. Heidenreich to give winter commencement address

Professor Doug Heidenreich ’61 will be the commencement speaker at William Mitchell College of Law’s 2014 winter graduation. WATCH LIVE Saturday at 2 pm The event in the law school’s auditorium starts at 2 pm Saturday, Jan. 18, and will be streamed live at wmitchell.edu. For more than 50 years, Professor Heidenreich has been part of the William …

Richard Susskind shares his vision for future of the legal profession

Author, professor, and futurist Richard Susskind visited William Mitchell on Wednesday, Nov. 20, to share his vision for the future of the legal profession. An overflow crowd of lawyers, business professionals, professors, and students listened as Susskind discussed the major drivers of change in the legal profession, recent trends, and what the future looks like for …

Mitchell team advances to ABA National Negotiation Competition

A team of William Mitchell College of Law students has advanced to the final round of the American Bar Association’s National Negotiation Competition. Students Kathryn Kimball and Perry Egertson teamed up to win the Region 7 competition, which was held at William Mitchell Nov. 9 and 10 and included 24 teams from law schools across the …

Mitchell student wins national writing competition

Fourth-year William Mitchell student Rachel Vesely has won a national writing competition sponsored by the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern University School of Law. The competition solicited papers from law students across the country on topics related to human rights or human rights-based approaches to social justice. Vesely’s paper, which she originally …

Leader of global fight against modern slavery to speak at Mitchell

He’s been honored by the U.S. Attorney General for leading the largest slavery prosecution in the history of the United States. He’s received the Paul & Sheila Wellstone Award from the Freedom Network for his work on behalf of victims of human trafficking. In 2009, President Obama asked him to coordinate U.S. government activities in …

Minnesota Justice Foundation honors three from Mitchell

Three members of the William Mitchell community have received awards from the Minnesota Justice Foundation for their work providing legal services to people in need.   Mitchell graduate Christy Snow-Kaster ’04 is the recipient of the Direct Legal Service Award. She is currently the managing attorney of the Minneapolis office of the Central Minnesota Legal Services, …

Panelists named for discussion on future of legal education following Susskind lecture

After professor, author, and futurist Richard Susskind presents his vision for the future of the legal profession at William Mitchell on Wednesday, Nov. 20, a panel of practitioners will take the stage to share their ideas and answer questions from the audience. The panel will include: Christine Chalstrom ’91, president and CEO of Shepherd Data Services, a …

Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr., to teach with William Mitchell in London

Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr., will teach for William Mitchell College of Law’s international program in London this coming summer. He will serve as a 2014 faculty member for Mitchell in London, teaching a course called The Supreme Court of the United States in Historical Perspective. Mitchell in London is a …

Mitchell to host ‘Conversation about people who have committed sex offenses’

William Mitchell College of Law will host “Management, Treatment, and Prevention … a Conversation about People who have Committed Sex Offenses” from 11 am to 1:30 pm Friday, Nov. 8. The free, public event is a meeting of the Sexual Violence Prevention Network, a group of lawyers, scholars, public servants and others who are interested in …

Author and futurist Richard Susskind to discuss the future of the legal profession

If Professor Richard Susskind is correct, the legal profession will soon be dominated by legal knowledge engineers, online dispute resolution specialists, legal technologists, dispute containment, dispute avoidance, and legal health promotions. The profession, he says, will change more in the next two decades than it has in the last 200 years. And that’s just the beginning. On …

Professor brings Mitchell’s practical wisdom to Hong Kong

Mitchell’s hands-on approach to law education has gotten the attention of educators halfway across the world. Professor John Sonsteng has been invited to Hong Kong to speak at a legal education conference on Oct. 26, 2013. Sonsteng will present at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Law Faculty’s summit on “Legal Education in …

Marshall-Brennan program gets strong support from Nilan Johnson Lewis

For the fourth consecutive year, Nilan Johnson Lewis has made a significant contribution to help fund the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at Mitchell. In the program, law students teach a class on constitutional law for nine weeks at a local high school. The high school students can then take part in a moot court competition. The law …

Thinking about law school? Attend an information session

William Mitchell College of Law will host an information session from 10 am to 1 pm Saturday, Oct. 12, for people thinking about enrolling in law school. The event is free and open to prospective students. Topics covered will include: Creating a successful law school application Financing your legal education Mitchell’s flexible scheduling options Mitchell’s practical, hands-on curriculum. A panel of …

Indian Law program expanding much-needed services

Mitchell’s highly-regarded Indian Law program has received a major grant from the federal government. A U.S. Department of Justice grant of more than $280,000 will allow the program to provide even more help for Minnesota and Wisconsin Indian tribes and more experience for law students. The grant will provide funds for two different clinical programs. It …

Externship program gives Mitchell students a leg up and a foot in the door

If it’s in Minnesota and has a legal department, there’s a good chance it also has a Mitchell student learning the ins and outs of the organization. Thanks to Mitchell’s beefed up externship program, students are getting more opportunities than ever to gain valuable practical experience in many legal settings, including government, nonprofits, and corporations. In …

A leader of the American Civil Rights Movement tells Mitchell students ‘there is more to do’

He told stories that were at the same time emotionally deflating and inspiring. He captivated a standing-room only audience of students, professors, alumni, and staff. By the end of his hour-long lunch meeting with the William Mitchell community, Julian Bond, a patriarch of the American Civil Rights Movement, had made his point: Progress has been …

William Mitchell faculty in the News

William Mitchell faculty frequently share their practical wisdom with the public. Here’s a look at some of the faculty who were quoted  in the news, Sept. 2013. Dean Eric Janus was quoted in a Politics in Minnesota story about settlement negotiations in a suit involving Minnesota’s sex offender program and a Star Tribune story about the …

Mitchell once again named ‘Military Friendly’ school

William Mitchell’s commitment to recruiting and assisting military students has again earned it national recognition: For the second year in a row, the college has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine. The distinction is based on a survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide. Mitchell scored well in the survey for its …

Student’s water shortage solution impresses scholarship judges

A creative solution to the world’s water shortage problem has earned second-year Mitchell student Stephen Hanson runner-up honors in a scholarship contest. The Future of Water Scholarship campaign, which drew about 150 entrants, is sponsored by WaterFilters.net, a clean-water distribution business founded and run by Jamin Arvig ’07. Hanson’s entry was in response to a question …

Mitchell to host highly regarded advocacy program

Attorneys from across the country will head to William Mitchell this fall to work on their deposition skills, trial skills, and their use of technology. They’ll be part of “The Complete Advocate,” a National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) program hosted by Mitchell Sept. 14-20. Last year’s event drew dozens of attorneys from 23 states and …

Leading businesses to provide a look behind the IP portfolio management curtain

In a first-of-its-kind event, lawyers from three Fortune 500 companies will provide the public with a behind-the-scenes look at how they manage their companies’ intellectual property portfolios. “Managing IP Assets at the Speed of Business” 8 am – 5 pm Friday, Oct. 4 William Mitchell College of Law Rooms 123 and 125 Register Intellectual Property attorneys with 3M, Cargill, and IBM will …

Dorsey Lecture to feature Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster

William Mitchell College of Law presents the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation Lecture featuring Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery at 7:30 pm Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the law school’s Auditorium. Laster will present “From the Boardroom to the Courtroom: Litigation Tips for Directors and their Advisors.” From the Boardroom to the Courtroom: …

E-Discovery experts to tackle tough e-discovery issues at seminar

Attend “You Love it, You Hate it. Now You Have to Live With it: E-Discovery” and you’ll hear a variety of perspectives on what e-discovery requires in litigation and the latest nuances in the e-discovery world. Speakers and panelists include in-house and outside counsel, judges and technology experts. “You Love it, You Hate it. Now You Have …

New clinics enable students to help veterans, gain experience

Mitchell students have a new opportunity to help veterans while gaining real-world experience. This fall, Mitchell’s Veterans Assistance Organization (VAO) will begin a collaboration with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV), offering free follow-up legal help to veterans who are referred to them from the MACV’s free drop-in clinics. “There are gaps in veterans’ services,” …

Fuith joins Center for Law and Business

Leanne Fuith ’10 is the new assistant director for Mitchell’s Center for Law and Business (CLB). Fuith will split her time between administrative duties at the CLB and teaching. She is a visiting assistant professor, currently teaching three classes at Mitchell: Agency, Partnerships and LLCs, Transactions & Settlements and Deals & Dispute Resolution. “Leanne is going to be …

Indian Law Clinic represents tribes in first trial

Mitchell’s Indian Law Clinic has finished its first major trial. The clinic represented the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, the Sokaogon Chippewa Indian Community, and the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in a case before Judge Barbara Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin. The case centered on the …

Congratulations to the Mitchell alumni who made the 2013 Super Lawyers list

William Mitchell alumni are once again well-represented in Super Lawyers magazine’s annual list of top attorneys. Super Lawyers rates lawyers from more than 70 practice areas ”who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.” The selections are made by a process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of …

Mitchell to screen groundbreaking documentary on rape in U.S. military

The William Mitchell community will have a unique opportunity to investigate what has been called one of America’s most shameful secrets: the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military. Mitchell will host a free screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “The Invisible War” at 9 am Friday, Sept. 20 in the law school’s Auditorium. The event is …

William Mitchell names three to board of trustees

William Mitchell College of Law’s Board of Trustees elected three new members, bringing the total number of trustees to 30. Each was elected to serve a three-year term, beginning July 1. The new trustees, all alumni of Mitchell: Karen Park Gallivan ‘83 is vice president, general counsel and secretary for Graco, a provider of pumps and spray …

Ainsworth to lead Mitchell’s Center for Law and Business

William Mitchell College of Law is proud to announce Louis L. Ainsworth ‘77 as the college’s new director for the Center for Law and Business. Ainsworth, who will also serve as a visiting professor of law, succeeds Jann Olsten ’74, who played a critical role in founding the center. From 1997 to 2010 Ainsworth was senior …

Mitchell to host Patent Cooperation Treaty seminar

For two days this summer, some of the nation’s leading intellectual property experts will gather at William Mitchell to share their knowledge of the Patent Cooperation Treaty. Mitchell will host the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s 17th Annual Patent Cooperation Treaty Seminar, July 22-23. The seminar is designed for practicing attorneys, patent agents, paralegals and administrators …

Mitchell students and alumni provide services for homeless

It was a day set aside to help people who can’t always access services they can really use. Several Mitchell students and alumni offered their assistance May 20 as part of Project Homeless Connect, providing free legal advice and guidance in a number of areas. For many students, it was an eye-opening event. “I’m very glad I …

Mitchell students develop app to help first responders with elder abuse cases

William Mitchell Elder Justice & Policy Scholars have developed a mobile app designed to provide support and guidance to first responders when addressing cases of elder abuse and financial exploitation. MN S.A.F.E Elders includes a video featuring the stories of Minnesota seniors who have been abused or exploited, a website, and the mobile app created by …

Child Protection Clinic growing with help from state of Minnesota

As it begins its third year, William Mitchell’s Child Protection Clinic is again receiving a vital grant from the state of Minnesota to help expand its services and provide assistance for even more parents. The two-year, $75,000 grant is a part of the state’s court improvement project funding. Through the clinic, certified student attorneys work with …

Watch a replay of USPTO Acting Director’s speech at Mitchell

Teresa Stanek Rea, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent & Trademark Office, spoke at the 4th Annual Patterson Thuente IP Lecture Tuesday, May 21. During her remarks before an audience of law school students, lawyers, inventors, and business leaders at William Mitchell College of Law, Rea, …

Prof. Erstling is lead author of new patent law guide

Intellectual property attorneys and students who are looking for some help navigating the international patent system can turn to a new guide from Professor Jay Erstling. Erstling is the lead author and editor of “The Practitioner’s Guide to the PCT,” which has just been published by the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law. The PCT (Patent …

Expert Witness Training Academy earns high marks, extended funding

Many of the nation’s top scientific minds will once again spend part of their summer at William Mitchell learning how to communicate more clearly: Mitchell’s one-of-a-kind expert witness training program has received funding for at least two more years from the National Science Foundation (NSF). In approving the grant for the Expert Witness Training Academy, …

Mitchell students get ‘once-in-a-lifetime experience’ with Chinese law moot court

When it comes to a law school experience, it’s hard to beat arguing a case in front of a Minnesota Supreme Court justice. Last month students from William Mitchell and the University of Minnesota faced off in a moot court case in front of Justice Paul Anderson and a team of law professors and senior …

Supreme Court Justice Wright to speak at spring commencement

Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Wilhelmina Wright will be the commencement speaker at William Mitchell College of Law’s 2013 spring graduation. The commencement ceremony is 2 pm Sunday, May 19, at RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd. in St. Paul. Wright has been an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court since last September, when she was appointed …

Law and Business Lunch explores technology, the law, and business

This year’s Center for Law and Business Lunch will feature a panel of successful business leaders discussing how the rapid growth of technology has impacted their enterprises. Celebrate the Center for Law and Business What Two-Year Anniversary Lunch When 11:30 am-1:30 pm Thursday, May 16 Where William Mitchell Auditorium RSVP Maureen.McGinn @wmitchell.edu Technology and the Law: How technology is impacting the legal affairs of business Thursday, …

Prof. Steenson honored by former, current law review editors

In 1972, a student-faculty committee at William Mitchell recommended starting a law review. Surprisingly, the idea was controversial. Law reviews, many believed, would be too much work for the Mitchell students—all of whom attended part-time, many of whom worked full time. Luckily, the William Mitchell Law Review had a champion in Professor Mike Steenson. Under his leadership, …

Energy and the Environment Conference drills deep into natural gas policy

A full house packed the Mitchell auditorium April 12 to hear lively discussion and thought provoking discourse on the future of inexpensive natural gas and its environmental impacts. The Fourth Annual Energy and the Environment Conference drew 180 people from state and local government, law, business, and the general public—all interested in exploring how the domestic …

Fellowships allow students to do valuable human rights work

Students working on crucial human rights issues through World Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law are now eligible for the new Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowships in Law and Human Rights. The fellowships provide financial support for internships at World Without Genocide. Students will work on core areas of human rights advocacy, including research, policy …

Minnesota DHS commissioner to observe National Healthcare Decisions Day at Mitchell

William Mitchell’s National Healthcare Decisions Day event will include a special guest: Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, who will join attorneys and law students Tuesday, April 16, to provide free assistance to anyone who wants to complete an advance health care directive. Jessen will stop by the Kelley Boardroom at 1 pm; the event runs …

First-year Mitchell students enjoy big career development advantage

First-year law students have plenty of new experiences to deal with, so thinking about where they’ll end up after law school might not be their top priority right off the bat. But at William Mitchell, the wheels are already in motion before they walk through the door. Mitchell Career Office Students and alumni will find an array …

Director of Public Health Law Center, other public health leaders urge FDA to act on menthol cigarettes

Leading national public health advocates, including Doug Blanke, director of the Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell, filed a Citizen Petition urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prohibit the use of menthol as a characterizing flavoring in cigarettes. The historic menthol petition was delivered to FDA offices today (Friday, April 12)…

Director of Public Health Law Center, other public health leaders urge FDA to act on menthol cigarettes

Leading national public health advocates, including Doug Blanke, director of the Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell, filed a Citizen Petition urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prohibit the use of menthol as a characterizing flavoring in cigarettes. The historic menthol petition was delivered to FDA offices today (Friday, April 12) by …

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis to speak at Mitchell

Michael J. Davis, chief U.S. district judge for the District of Minnesota, will speak at a free, public event in William Mitchell College of Law’s Kelley Boardroom from 5:30 to 7 pm Thursday, April 11. He will discuss his time on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and the importance of judicial review in the …

Michael D’Antonio, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, to speak at Mitchell

Michael D’Antonio, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of the recently released “Mortal Sins,” will sign copies of his book and speak at a reception in William Mitchell College of Law’s Kelley Boardroom from 4 to 6 pm Friday, April 19. D’Antonio is a former reporter and features writer in New England, Washington D.C., and …

Mitchell to offer unique Law and Business Certificate

Law students who are also interested in business can now take advantage of a new certification program at William Mitchell College of Law and earn a Law and Business Certificate. Students can earn the certificate, which is unique to Mitchell, through the school’s Center for Law and Business. The certificate program supplements the law school’s practical, …

Mitchell students offer free assistance with advance health care directives

If something unexpected happens and you can’t communicate your health care wishes, how will your loved ones know what to do? A completed advance health care directive can help ensure there will be no questions about what you want, and William Mitchell students and alumni are offering free assistance with legally documenting your wishes during National …

Students explore the America Invents Act with USPTO staff

Six William Mitchell College of Law Intellectual Property Institute students recently traveled to Washington D.C. to receive a firsthand look at the inner workings of the USPTO. Students Scott Berger, Kristen Clark, Satoko Furuya, Steph Hilstrom, Andrew Schmid, and Andy Schofield made the trip, which was funded by the Intellectual Property Institute and designed to introduce …

Mitchell wins national championship

William Mitchell students Caitlin Grom and Peter Snyder used their deal-making skills to win the Transactional LawMeet®  competition Friday, March 29, at Drexel Law School in Philadelphia. The competition is the premiere “moot court” experience for students interested in a transactional practice, presenting essential challenges in transactional problem solving–the very type that corporate departments at…

More mock trial success for Mitchell

Mitchell teams have once again gone into a national mock trial competition and come out with a strong finish. Two Mitchell teams finished in the top six at the Phil Alpha Delta 2013 Law Mock Trial Competition earlier this month in Washington, D.C. Thirty teams from law schools from across the country competed in the…

Mock trial team wins Regions, heads to Nationals

Mitchell’s mock trial team will compete for a national title next month in New Orleans, after winning the Ohio regional of the National Student Trial Advocacy Competition. The team, Thomas Priebe, Cory Gagne, Nathan Lockwood, and Jessica Rajtar, prepared by scrimmaging against another Mitchell team on the weekends leading up to the competition. “We also…

Mock trial team wins Regions, heads to Nationals

Mitchell’s mock trial team will compete for a national title next month in New Orleans, after winning the Ohio regional of the National Student Trial Advocacy Competition. The team, Thomas Priebe, Cory Gagne, Nathan Lockwood, and Jessica Rajtar, prepared by scrimmaging against another Mitchell team on the weekends leading up to the competition. “We also…

Mitchell teams successfully take on 19th century law at competition

The topic was one of the most complicated in American law– aboriginal title–but Mitchell students were undaunted, placing four teams in the top 16 at the national Native American Law Students Association’s (NALSA) moot court competition, with one of the Mitchell teams finishing third overall. In the individual competition, Mitchell students took second and third…

Mitchell Team Earns Third Place Brief Honors at National Tax Moot Court

    Congratulations to Stephen Ward and Lynn Linné whose brief scored the third highest overall in Buffalo SUNY Law School’s Albert R. Mugel National Tax Moot Court held in Buffalo, New York, Feruary 28-March 2. Well done to Stephen and Lynn and their coach, Molly Gage ’05.

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Child abuse response conference draws experts from around country

A day-long examination of the way our institutions deal with child abuse drew more than 175 people to the Mitchell campus February 22. The conference, “Failure to Protect: Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse,” organized by Professor Phebe Haugen, featured experts from diverse institutions and organizations, who explored the successes and failures of churches, schools,…

Public Health Law Center puts students on front lines of improving country’s health

Mitchell students who are looking for a career that combines law and public health have a nationally-recognized resource right on their campus. The Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell College of Law focuses on encouraging healthier lives, by working to reduce the harm caused by tobacco use, prevent childhood obesity, support healthy eating, and…

Mitchell Self-Help Clinic: Students build skills, provide community service

It’s only been around for three years, but the student-run William Mitchell Self-Help Clinic has become a popular place for students to get hands-on experience while teaching people how they can help themselves. Mitchell students and alumni provide people representing themselves in court—called pro se litigants—with access to legal support. Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Justice…

Mitchell named as a Fulbright ‘Top Producer’

Strong mentorship and a successful campus program have led to William Mitchell being named a “Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students.” The distinction comes from The Chronicle of Higher Education, which makes the designation every year based on numbers of Fulbright applications and scholars. As an independent law school, Mitchell is in the specialty category,…

Is now a good time to go to law school? Find out at an Information Session Saturday, Feb. 16

Anyone interested in learning more about William Mitchell College of Law is invited to drop by the college from 10 am to 1 pm Saturday, Feb. 16, for an information session. Life at Mitchell: How Mitchell students get real-world experience Mitchell student partners with Anoka County to start a teen court Star Tribune Mitchell students…

Mitchell students awarded clerkships, gain hands-on experience

Mitchell students frequently secure judicial clerkships with the college’s help, part of Mitchell’s tradition of giving its students excellent opportunities to succeed. In 2013, several current or former students are, or will be, clerking, with two of them landing coveted federal clerkships. Brittany Lawonn and Jeff Holth will be working for Judge Myron Bright on…

Mitchell hosts ‘law school for legislators’

For the past 15 years or so, newly elected Minnesota legislators and House and Senate leaders have often spent a day at William Mitchell College of Law learning about the upcoming session’s key legal issues. “Law School for Legislators,” also known as the Civil Law Symposium, is a chance for lawmakers to tap into experts…

Student Award of Merit winner makes her mark in the classroom and the community

Enrolling at Mitchell, Cecilia Knapp ’13 expected to accomplish many things, but her main goal was to graduate a truly well-rounded lawyer. After her first semester, when she experienced the disappointment that many new law school students have upon receiving their grades, Knapp saw an opportunity. With her unshakable optimism, improving those grades became another challenge…

Mitchell professor advising Department of Justice on sexual assault issues

Mitchell Professor Sarah Deer has been named chair of a U.S. Department of Justice federal advisory committee designed to develop protocol for responding to sexual assault in tribal communities. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Deer chair of the Office for Victims of Crime’s “National Coordination Committee on the American Indian/Alaska Native Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual…

Prestigious playwright to be part of special Mitchell event at History Theatre

at a special event for Mitchell students and alumni at the History Theatre. The event will immediately precede the March 1 preview performance of Blessing’s play “Courting Harry,” which explores the lifelong friendship between Burger and Blackmun, two best friends who grew up in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood in St. Paul. A reception will begin…

Symposium explores past, future of Minnesota Criminal Code

Fifty years ago, the Minnesota Legislature enacted the Minnesota Criminal Code. The 1963 Code was the culmination of a major legislative reform effort spearheaded by an appointed advisory committee of experts. The committee, led by former William Mitchell Professor Maynard Pirsig, spent years looking at every aspect of the criminal law and making recommendations for changes,…

Chief counsel for Minneapolis FBI is commencement speaker

Kyle Loven ’92, supervisory special agent and chief division counsel for the Minneapolis division of the FBI, will deliver this winter’s commencement address at 2 pm Saturday, Jan. 19 in the Mitchell auditorium. Loven has been with the FBI since 1995, investigating a wide variety of crimes including corruption, government fraud, and computer-related crimes. In…

Celebrate Prof. Heidenreich’s 50 years of service to Mitchell

In 1963, a Mitchell graduate with a couple of years of legal experience joined the faculty of the college. Two years later he became the acting dean. Flash forward to 2013: Professor Doug Heidenreich ’61 is marking half a century at William Mitchell, and everyone is invited to help celebrate. The celebration of Heidenreich’s 50…

Honor Dr. King’s legacy by helping the community

William Mitchell College of Law will once again devote a week in January to building community while serving the community. Mitchell’s Second MLK Week of Service, Jan. 21–31, will include a variety of volunteer opportunities for students, staff, faculty, alumni and their families, and community members. Although members of the Mitchell community volunteer throughout the…

Honor Dr. King’s legacy by helping the community

William Mitchell College of Law will once again devote a week in January to building community while serving the community. Mitchell’s Second MLK Week of Service, Jan. 21–31, will include a variety of volunteer opportunities for students, staff, faculty, alumni and their families, and community members. Although members of the Mitchell community volunteer throughout the…

Thank You Ken!

Please join me in thanking Ken Halverson for his service and dedication over the past four months to William Mitchell as our payroll specialist.  Coming out of retirement, Ken stepped up to  fill a critical role in the finance team (making sure we all get paid)  for which I am grateful.  His last day on…

Join us in honoring Justice Rosalie Wahl ’67 at a free screening of ‘Girl from Birch Creek’

William Mitchell College of Law and Minnesota Women Lawyers will present a free screening of “Girl from Birch Creek,” a 58-minute film about Rosalie Wahl ’67, Minnesota’s first woman Supreme Court justice, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 at 4 pm in the William Mitchell College of Law Auditorium. “Girl from Birch Creek,” which gets its title from the area of Kansas…

Students get experience, a non-profit gets legal help, and Bolivians get badly needed supplies

This semester 11 Mitchell students are doing work that will have an impact five thousand miles away. They’re part of Professor Chris Ver Ploeg’s seminar, “Advising the International and Humanitarian NGO,” in which they gain experience serving as legal advisers to a major international non-profit organization. The organization, Mano a Mano, helps the people of…

Arbitration Competition team makes final four in regionals, gains valuable experience

The students representing William Mitchell at the recent ABA Regional Arbitration Competition in Chicago made a strong showing while coming away with an unforgettable experience. The Mitchell team of Alexandra Habicht, Blake Bauer, Kem Tae Lynch, and Ronald Schultz narrowly lost in the regional semi-finals to Louisville. Eighteen law schools competed in the regionals. The competition…

Mitchell presents art by Greg Stenmoe ’81:The Famous, the Forgeries, and the Fantastic

William Mitchell College of Law is proud to present the artwork of Greg Stenmoe ’81 in the law school’s Art Gallery now through Dec. 20, 2012. Stenmoe is a shareholder at Briggs and Morgan, where he serves on the management committee and chairs the firm’s Litigation Department. He’s a former chair of Mitchell’s board of trustees…

Mitchell presents art by Greg Stenmoe ’81:The Famous, the Forgeries, and the Fantastic

William Mitchell College of Law is proud to present the artwork of Greg Stenmoe ’81 in the law school’s Art Gallery now through Jan. 7, 2013. Stenmoe is a shareholder at Briggs and Morgan, where he serves on the management committee and chairs the firm’s Litigation Department. He’s a former chair of Mitchell’s board of trustees…

William Mitchell honored for its commitment to diversity in all its forms

William Mitchell College of Law believes that diversity, in all of its forms, benefits the classroom, the college, and the legal profession.  And recently, the law school was honored as a recipient of the first Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award, which recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity…

‘Tis the season to drop the resentment and pass the mashed potatoes

It’s holiday season, a time of joyful family get-togethers and warm companionship with loved ones. Or is it? Holidays can be extra stressful on families for any number of reasons: long-standing feuds, perceived slights, tension because of changes in relationships—the list goes on. While the easy path might be to ignore the grudge-holding elephant in…

Networking event ideal for job-seekers and practices looking to grow

A free event hosted by Mitchell’s Recent Grad Committee will provide practical advice and face-to-face networking opportunities for recent graduates and anyone who wants to expand their client list. “Successful Networking in the Real World: Advancing your Career One Connection at a Time” will feature a panel of recent grads focused on real-world tips and…

High school students take on free speech in Marshall-Brennan moot court at William Mitchell, set sights on D.C.

The problem: A high school student is suspended for posting a message critical of the principal on the school’s on-line message board. The solution? That’s up to the two dozen high school students taking part in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Moot Court Competition held this fall at William Mitchell. As part of the Marshall-Brennan…

Dr. Frederick Mostert receives Paul A. Welter Award for Excellence in Trademark Law

William Mitchell College of Law and Merchant & Gould have named Dr. Frederick Mostert 2012 winner of the Paul A. Welter Award for Excellence in Trademark Law. Mostert is the chief legal counsel of Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA and considered one of the world’s leading experts on intellectual property law. He holds a Master’s degree…

Mitchell students publish patent law pro bono handbook written by top intellectual property attorneys

Students studying intellectual property law at William Mitchell  published a comprehensive guide to setting up patent law pro bono programs written by  top intellectual property lawyers from the law firms Patterson Thuente IP and Lindquist & Vennum. “Patent Law Pro Bono: A Best Practices Handbook” is designed to help lawyers set up pro bono programs…

Briggs and Morgan, Xcel Energy fund an endowed chair in energy and environmental law at William Mitchell

William Mitchell has created the Briggs and Morgan/Xcel Energy Chair in Energy and Environmental Law as a result of generous gifts from both Xcel Energy and the law firm of Briggs and Morgan, P.A. “We are grateful to Briggs and Morgan, our alumni at the firm, and to Xcel Energy,” said Eric S. Janus, president…

William Mitchell to host ‘Marriage Amendment Debate 2012’ Tuesday, Oct. 30

William Mitchell College of Law, its Student Bar Association, and Leonard, Street and Deinard will present “Marriage Amendment Debate 2012” from 7 to 8:30 pm Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the law school’s Auditorium. The free, public event will feature amendment supporters and opponents debating its legal merits. Mitchell President and Dean Eric Janus will moderate,…

New veterans law program is one way to ‘give a little back’

As the number of military veterans returning to civilian life increases, so does the need to help them with a wide array of issues. That need prompted Professor David Prince to develop Mitchell’s first Veterans Law Externship, which is having its initial trial run this semester with two students. The course requires that the students…

Professors from two hemispheres work to create international experience for students

The day is coming when a student who studies law at William Mitchell will also have the opportunity to study at a major university in China. Making progress on an exchange program was on Professor Ken Port’s agenda on his recent trip to Beijing, where he met with the dean and associate dean of the…

Dean Eric Janus named to sex offender civil commitment panel

William Mitchell President and Dean Eric Janus is part of a new task force that will look into the processes related to the civil commitment of sex offenders. Janus is one of 15 members named to the Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force by Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. The group, which will be chaired by retired Minnesota…

Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Helen Meyer ’83 and Bill Bieber give to ensure best outcomes for children in the courts

Recently retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Helen Meyer and her husband business executive Bill Bieber have created a $1 million endowed chair at William Mitchell College of Law in child protection. The Justice Helen M. Meyer Chair in Child Protection is dedicated to advancing the protection and best outcomes for children and families in the…

Before you put out that ‘Practice for Sale’ sign…

You’ve decided it’s time to transition out of your practice, but aren’t sure of the next steps. Or maybe you’d like to expand your practice but don’t know how to go about acquiring additional clients. The Hachey Initiative presentation, “Law Practice for Sale: Strategies for Sellers and Buyers,” may have the answers. The presentation by…

Mitchell honors two graduates with annual alumni awards

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, William Mitchell College of Law honored two exceptional alumni by presenting them with awards at the annual DeParcq Leadership Celebration. Once again this year, the honorees are impressive, both as community members and legal professionals. One has served William Mitchell in many ways since graduating. The other has dedicated her…

U.S.-Dakota War to be focus of symposium at William Mitchell

One hundred fifty years ago, hundreds of people were killed as Minnesota became a battleground during the six-week U.S. – Dakota War. The war and its historical ramifications will be the subject of a symposium Friday, Oct. 26, in the William Mitchell Auditorium. The all-day symposium will feature speakers and panelists from a variety of…

Faculty in the news, September 2012

Members of the Mitchell community shared their legal expertise with media outlets across the country in September: Professor Daniel Kleinberger  is quoted in the Chicago Tribune about the certification of companies for their efforts to do social and environmental good. Read the Chicago Tribune article.   Professor Brad Colbert was interviewed for a WCCO-TV story…

Center for Law and Business gives students crucial skills and added marketplace value

A one-of-a-kind program is giving Mitchell students even more essential tools as they prepare for a career in law, business, or both. The Center for Law and Business recently began its second academic year of offering students courses with a non-law business curriculum, along with traditional business law courses. The focus of the new curriculum…

Mitchell remembers former trustee Thomas Conlin ’58

The William Mitchell community is mourning the loss of longtime friend and supporter Thomas Conlin, who passed away Sept. 23. After graduating from William Mitchell in 1958, he embarked on a highly successful 45-year career with the St. Paul, Minn., law firm of Murnane Brandt (formerly Murnane, Conlin, White & Brandt), where he tried more…

Dean Eric Janus to host community screening of powerful documentary

“With Impunity,” a documentary that focuses on the beliefs that lead men to exploit and abuse women, will be screened at a free community event hosted by William Mitchell President and Dean Eric Janus from 7 to 8:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Mitchell Auditorium.Along with the screening of “With Impunity,” Dean Janus will lead a discussion featuring…

Attorneys from across the country sharpen their skills in advocacy at Mitchell

The National Institute for Trial Advocacy, combined with William Mitchell’s strength in advocacy, drew dozens of attorneys from across the country who were looking to improve their deposition skills, trial skills, and their use of technology. “The Complete Advocate,” a National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) program hosted by Mitchell Sept. 15-21, drew participants from…

William Mitchell College of Law named one of the nation’s most ‘Military Friendly’ schools

William Mitchell’s commitment to recruiting and assisting military students has earned the law school national recognition: The college has been named a Military Friendly School for 2013 by G.I. Jobs magazine. Mitchell is the only law school in Minnesota to receive the distinction, which is based on a survey of more than 12,000 schools nationwide.Mitchell…

‘Courthouses of Minnesota’ coming to Mitchell

William Mitchell College of Law will celebrate the opening of “Courthouses of Minnesota,” a photo exhibit featuring the work of Doug Ohman, from 5 to 6:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 6. Ohman is one of the region’s top photographers. His work is featured in the Minnesota Historical Society’s  ”Minnesota Byways” series of books, which includes Barns of…

National child protection group to hold conferences at Mitchell

With all the attention focused on what was and was not reported in the Penn State child molestation scandal, the question has repeatedly surfaced: Do today’s professionals know how to appropriately respond to questions of child abuse? A new partner of William Mitchell, the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), is working to ensure that…

President and Dean Eric Janus honored for work with low-income community

William Mitchell College of Law President and Dean Eric S. Janus has received a prestigious honor from Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS), which provides free legal assistance for low income people. SMRLS named Janus its 2012 21st Century Leadership Award winner. The award is given to a member of the broader community who has…

Human rights leaders-of-the-future get their start at summer institute

High school students don’t typically spend part of their summer learning about atrocities from around the world and ways they can lead the fight for human rights. But this summer 20 students will get firsthand accounts of genocide and its repercussions as part of a summer institute presented by World Without Genocide at William Mitchell…

Supreme Court Justice Helen Meyer joins William Mitchell as a distinguished jurist in residence

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Helen Meyer ’83 will join William Mitchell College of Law this fall as a distinguished jurist in residence. Meyer, who will resign from the state’s high court Friday, Aug. 10, has spent the past three decades working as a civil trial lawyer, mediator, jurist. At Mitchell, she will have an office, mentor students, and work…