Spotlight on the Judiciary
Bridging the Gap Between the Life Before and the Life After Phil Sieff ’85 and Chris Messerly ’86 from Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi were lead co-counsel of the I-35 Bridge Pro Bono Consortium, a group of 20 law firms that have provided pro bono legal services to the victims of the I-35 bridge collapse. All 179 claims filed with the state of Minnesota by I-35W bridge survivors settled on April 16, 2009. A Special Master Panel administered the $36-plus million survivor's fund set aside by the State Legislature last year. Steve Kirsch ’76 of Murnane Brandt was appointed to that panel. On October 1, Hamline University School of Law lauded them and the other alumni who gave so generously of their time as part of the Pro Bono Consortium. 1
1 Alumni who received awards for their pro bono service to bridge victims included (from left) Genevieve Zimmerman ’03, Chris Messerly ’86, Phil Sieff ’85, Steve Kirsch ’76, Bill Harper ’77, Mary Lockwood ’01 and Paul Peterson ’89. They are joined here by Dean Donald Lewis (right). Other alumni who volunteered on the Consortium but were unable to attend the reception include Mark Gruesner ’77 and Andy Noel ’02. 2 Outgoing DRI Director James Coben was recognized at the reception. He is shown here with Lela Love, Director, Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution and the Cardozo School of Law Mediation Center. 3 Chris Messerly (left) shares a light moment with Dean Lewis at the reception. Phil Sieff is second from left.
Table of Contents NEWS
4 From the Dean ALUMNI
6 Meet New MSBA President Leo Brisbois ‘87 10 Hamline Alums Join Forces EVENTS
12 Upcoming Fall 2009 and Winter 2010 16 Matt Miller to Headline the 2009 Dean’s Dinner FOCUS: SPOTLIGHT ON THE JUDICIARY
18 Leading Alumnus Donovan Frank ‘77 Sets the Bar High 19 Introducing the Hamline Dean’s Summer Fellows 20 Hamline Law Alumni among the Judiciary 22 Taking the Pulse of Minnesota’s Judicial Election System— A conversation with Jim Morrow UPDATE FROM THE INSTITUTES
26 Dispute Resolution Institute 30 Health Law Institute STUDENTS IN THE NEWS
32 Hamline Students Excel at Competitions FACULTY
34 New Law Professors Welcomed 36 Professors Kahn and Romero Promoted, Granted Tenure 39 Allen Blair Promoted to Associated Professor 40 Faculty in the News Media 42 On the Road—A Sabbatical Journey 44 Faculty Docket 52 CLASS NOTES ON THE COVER (left to right): Some of the participants in the 2009 Hamline Dean’s Summer Fellows program, including 10th Judicial District Judge Mary Yunker, student Matthew Thompson, 10th Judicial District Judge Sharon Hall, student Theresa Johnson, 10th Judicial District Judge John McBride, and student Keith Marnholtz.
FROM THE DEAN Dear Friends, This time last year, when I was still fresh in the Dean’s chair, we had yet to see the full depth of the startling decline in the markets. By late January 2009, its impact on lawyers was felt locally amid reports of layoffs and budget reductions at major law firms, non-profit legal service offices, and government agencies. Job prospects for students diminished. With the economic downturn, the legal profession confronted transformative forces to which we continue to respond as legal educators. Those who serve in the Minnesota state court system, hit with severe budget cutbacks, must now accomplish more with fewer resources. Hamline responded with an innovative volunteer program—the Hamline Dean’s Summer Fellows—which matched qualifying second-year law students seeking valuable legal experience with Minnesota judges seeking to alleviate the strain on the court system. Preparation met opportunity, and the program was an unqualified success. Read all about it on page 19. Thus, it has been a year filled with challenge but also promise for the judiciary, and we devote this issue of the Advocate to the work facing our judges. We witnessed a historic moment when the first Latina took her seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Earlier this summer, the high court considered the influence of campaign contributions on judicial impartiality: Senior Fellow/Professor of Law and Judge Jim Morrow comments on that decision (pgs. 22–25). We also tip our hats to the Hamline alumni who serve as judges (pgs. 20–21), including U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank ’77 (pg. 18). And we applaud Leo Brisbois as the first Native American and Hamline law alumnus to lead the Minnesota bar—the essential partner of the Minnesota “bench” (pgs. 6–9). Finally, this “re-invented” online version reflects our use of technology to communicate with you more effectively, and in ways that are “greener” and less costly. Let us know if it works. Change can be a good thing. Best wishes,
D ld M. M Lewis L i Donald Dean and Professor of Law 4
The Alumni Board and Twin Cities Public Television recently presented Cogito, a unique series on law and public policy focusing on “The Economics and Ethics of Health Care.” It was facilitated by The Honorable James Rosenbaum, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, (center) with Hamline Association Board member Jamal Faleel ’02 (left) and Dean Lewis. Watch Cogito on Hamline’s website or on TPTMN on Sunday, November 22, 8 pm and on TPTLife Sunday, November 29, noon. For TPT’s complete broadcast information, click here.
The entering class of 2009 brought 207 new law students to Hamline. Alumnus Bill Manning ’77 welcomed many of them with a reflective and inspiring luncheon speech. He is shown here (right) with Dean Lewis and Hamline University President Linda Hanson.
Robert “Tim” Coulter (left), founder and executive director of the Indian Law Resource Center, was the keynote speaker at the 2009 Anne Marie Fairbanks (Williams) Indigenous Law Forum at Hamline, which is established and supported by Marilyn (center) and Ron Mitsch. Listen to his speech online by clicking here.
It was cheers all around when Dean Lewis announced the promotion of assistant professor Allen Blair (left) to associate professor, the promotion of associate professor Tom Romero (second from left) to professor of law and the promotion of associate professor Jonathan Kahn (far right) to professor of law. Professors Romero and Kahn also were granted tenure (see related stories on pages 36–39).
Minnesota is home to 20,000 lawyers, four of whom—(from left to right) Patrick Sauter ’77, Bassford Remele; Robert Bauer ’92, Severson, Sheldon, Dougherty & Molenda; Philip Sieff ’85, Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi; Chris Messerly ’86, Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi—are Hamline alumni who were named “Attorneys of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer. They were honored at a dinner on February 24, 2009, shown here with Dean Donald Lewis.
Leo Brisbois ’87 took a moment to relax with Hamline alumni and friends, including Dean Don Lewis, at the Minnesota State Bar Association Convention in June. During the convention he was inaugurated as MSBA president—the first Hamline alumnus to serve in this distinguished capacity (see story on page 6).
Hamline Al umnus
Leo Brisbois ’87
is Newest MSBA President
On July 1, Leo Brisbois ’87 became president of the Minnesota State Bar Association. An impressive accomplishment for any attorney, but doubly so for Brisbois who is the first person of known American Indian descent — and the first Hamline alumnus — to serve in this distinguished capacity. “It’s an honor and a privilege,” he says. “I don’t want to let people down.” Brisbois credits his rise to the leadership of Minnesota’s top legal association to
“I don’t want to tell the members what they need, I want them to tell me what they need and then we will work together to satisfy those needs.” ~Leo Brisbois a strong family and cultural tradition of performing public service, along with the public service culture at both Hamline University—where he received his bachelor’s degree — and Hamline University School of Law. “It’s only natural that someone from Hamline would eventually be in this position. Maybe it’s unfortunate that 6
it didn’t happen before now because Hamline has graduated a tremendous number of talented and qualified people, many of whom are now state luminaries, including a federal court judge and state court judges. I’m really honored, though, that I’m the first Hamline graduate to become an MSBA president. It’s a privilege to represent Hamline in that regard,” he says. Brisbois brings a strong sense of cultural tradition and understanding of the state beyond the Twin Cities to his new role. He was born in Aurora on the Iron Range and moved to Hibbing in 1968, when he was seven. His father, Gabriel Brisbois, was raised on the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota, where Gabriel, his sisters, and his parents were all enrolled members of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. His mother, Mary Ann (Klinkhammer) Brisbois, grew up in the nearby Mahnomen area on a succession of rented family farms. Brisbois regularly spent part of his boyhood summers on the White Earth Reservation with his grandmother and recalls that the house had no indoor plumbing or running water until well into the 1970s. What really stayed with
him through the years, though, was a respect for the environment, for education and for public service. These are lessons he learned from his parents, grandparents and others in his extended family, many of whom were public school teachers or military service people. “One of the reasons I went to the JAG Corps right after law school was that sense of public service. I stayed in the [Army] Reserves for seven years after active duty for the same reason. I see the bar opportunity as another means of public service, and not just to improve the practice for attorneys but also because of the MSBA’s broader mission: to improve the administration of justice, access to justice, diversity on the bench to reflect society, diversity in law firms to reflect opportunities for people of color in the profession, and to advance the public good.” He says a Native perspective, which views leadership as centering on serving the needs of — as defined by — those being served, also influences his leadership style. “I don’t want to tell the members what they need, I want them to tell me what they need and then we will work together to satisfy those needs.”
Among the needs Brisbois sees in the current membership is a desire for more technological tools to improve the efficiencies of practice for individual members. He is excited about such recently provided MSBA services as FastCase, which is a free online computer 7
ALUMNI research tool, and mnDocs, an onlinebased automated document assembly program available for a small subscription fee, which allows members to obtain and prepare customizable standard legal documents.
“Both of these tools are good examples of how members can use their MSBA membership to save time and increase efficiency in their practice. We also provide listservs and other products that encourage members to talk with one another online.” 8
He’ll also continue the MSBA’s role of championing the importance of pro bono work and providing connections to legal aid offices for members who may want to assist them. And he will make sure the profession’s interests are protected and advanced through efforts to enhance
“As much as we’re trying to bring current technologies and current resources and tools to the membership, the actual physical association of attorneys is important too. ~Leo Brisbois MSBA resources in order to more effectively participate in the legislative process. Despite the increased use of technology in the MSBA’s future, Brisbois also emphasizes the importance of coming to meetings and events to meet fellow attorneys and to build professional relationships. “As much as we’re trying to bring current technologies and current resources and tools to the membership, the actual physical association of attorneys is important too. We don’t want to lose that because it directly contributes to maintaining professionalism and collegiality. If we lose those things, then we start fighting for the sake of fighting as opposed to [contesting only] those things that actually advance the cause of your client.”
He pauses and points to a dramatic framed print hanging behind his desk. It depicts three Indian men on horseback, among trees and hills. Brisbois says it is his touch point and helps him to stay grounded. “I always look at this picture and imagine these three men out doing things for their family and their community, but doing it in a way that’s not abusive to the environment. That, to me, is a good metaphor for what a good attorney should be. You’re doing things for your client and trying to do it in way that doesn’t leave scorched earth behind because that doesn’t help anybody.”
Brisbois also believes joining the statewide MSBA — and an affiliated local District Bar Association — is part of every attorney’s professional obligation. “We, as a profession, have a unique place in society. When we do our jobs professionally and ethically we help society to maintain respect and confidence and trust in the rule of law.” 9
Hamline Alums Join Forces to “Fight for Those Who Fought for Us” Don’t tell Sharon Clark-Williams ’03, John Baker ’03 or Adam Wadd ’03 that passion has no place in the practice of law. These Hamline alums founded their firm, Baker, Wadd & Williams L.L.P., in 2008 motivated by a passionate desire to serve people in and out of the military. Their firm is believed to be the only one of its kind in the country, with the partners focusing on the comprehensive legal needs of service members, veterans and their families — providing legal support on everything from veterans benefits, to child custody and divorce to bankruptcy and criminal problems. They’re also quite involved in helping veterans start businesses of their own. “Our firm is there for service members and veterans at every stage of their life,” explains Baker. “If they can’t afford our legal services we will find a resource for them, find a solution for them. We will never turn them away.” “This is more than just a business. It’s something we believe in,” says Wadd. “We definitely give everything we’ve got,” says Clark-Williams. “I’m exhausted at the end of every case because I take every case personally. Contrary to what you’re supposed to do (engage in professional detachment), everything is personal for me here.” Her partners share that same all-consuming level of dedication. Both Baker and Wadd are veterans and have personally experienced 10
some of the legal challenges faced by people in the military and veterans, including applying for disability benefits and working through a divorce while on active duty. “I was a submariner for about seven years and that’s when I went through a divorce,” recalls Wadd. “Part of the reason I became a lawyer was to help people in family law cases. Now I handle family law matters for veterans and service members. I can really relate to what these people are going through.” Baker has 22 years of experience in the Marine Corps. He retired from active service due to a medical discharge. “Retiring, and not by choice, was tough. I was a Gunnery Sergeant and I was the guy who took care of the troops. It was one of the best things I ever did in my life. Starting this law firm gave me a chance to serve again because now I can help the troops through any legal difficulties they have. It’s almost like getting to be a gunny again.” Clark-Williams is not a veteran but she comes from a family with a “rich military tradition.” She is a Blue Star mother and is married to a retired Marine; that would be retired Marine and fellow Hamline alumnus and firm partner John Baker, who she met in law school along with Wadd. (Clark-Willams and Baker credit Professor Larry Bakken with bringing them together.) While Clark-Williams has not served directly in the military, she does know something about
From left, Adam Wadd ‘03, Sharon Clark-WIlliams ‘03 and Adam Baker ‘03 hanging tough when the going gets challenging: she earned her JD at Hamline while raising four children as a single mother. Any comment on the enormity of that challenge, though, is quickly brushed away by Clark-Williams. “You just play the hand you’re dealt in life. I just tried to do the best I could do. My children weren’t a disadvantage to me in any way. I just had extra to do,” she says with a laugh. The “best she could do” included graduating from Hamline before going to work as a research attorney at Thomson West. Now she manages a full client load at Baker, Wadd & Williams and also handles the firm’s administrative and technology functions. Wadd focuses most of his time on family law and criminal defense cases and Baker practices business law and represents non-profit organizations. The firm has a growing list of clients in Minnesota, where the partners are licensed to practice family and criminal law. They also represent clients on veteran benefits cases throughout the U.S.
A major client, Families United for our Troops, is based in Washington, D.C. with members throughout the country. In addition to client service, Baker helped start the Veterans’ Initiative Center and Research Institute (VICTRI) to help veterans who want to start businesses. He’s also been active in a military action group that works with state representatives on legislation that supports vets. He helped author bills to give veterans preference in state employment and in obtaining state contracts as entrepreneurs. Baker is proud of a bill he has been involved with implementing, the Veterans Sentencing Mitigation Statute, that “helps open the lines of communication between the court system and the VA. It enables veterans to get some help if they have combat stress, instead of just incarcerating veterans like they did after Vietnam,” he says, adding, “Veterans don’t want a handout but they do deserve preference in recognition of their past service.” 11
FALL 2009 EVENTS
OCTOBER Health Reform Program from the Health Law Institute Interested in learning more about current health reform proposals in a non partisan environment? Join us on Wednesday, October 7 from 4:30–6:00 p.m. at the
“Community Conversation on Health Reform” sponsored by the Health Law Institute. The program will include experts from a variety of health are perspectives: physician, health plan, quality improvement, consumer, and hospital. The first part of the program will feature an update on the current proposals before Congress. Then a panel discussion will be held in response to questions from the audience. Question, learn, and form your own opinion about the best approach to reform our health care system. Please join us: Wednesday, October 7, 4:30–6:00 p.m. Klas Center, Kay Fredericks Ballroom Questions? Contact Cheri Harthaus at 651-523-2610 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CLE to Look “Beyond Pro Bono” to the role of “Citizen Lawyer” In cooperation with the MSBA’s Civic Education Committee, Hamline University School of Law will present
“Beyond Pro Bono: Citizen Lawyer” as a panel program. “Citizen Lawyers” are not satisfied with the status quo or the way things are as being “good enough” 1.5 ethics credits with institutions that served or now serve them. For them, have been requested. societal problems and political issues are not something to be ignored for someone else to resolve. Our Citizen Lawyer panelists have distinguished themselves as lawyers whose life’s work goes beyond their obligations to their employer. Each has demonstrated a sense of duty to give back to the institutions around him or her and is an engaged participant who exemplifies a civic culture of accountability involving actions designed to improve and enhance institutions, societal conditions, and our democracy. Citizen Lawyers among our alumni will share their stories of civic engagement. Dan Prokott ’01, an attorney with Faegre & Benson and co-chair of the MSBA’s Civic Education Committee, will serve as moderator for this program. Please join us: Thursday, October 8, 3:30–5:00 p.m. Hamline University School of Law, Room 101
Contact Anne Markus at 651-523-2943 or email@example.com
$10.00 (includes reception). No charge for Hamline faculty, staff and students
It’s Reunion Time On the Fives Fall leaves are changing color and it’s time for what surely will be another wonderful On the Fives Reunion. This year the classes of 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, and 2004 will be celebrated: Friday, October 9, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Peterson Lounge and Law School Atrium
Prepare to reminisce with fellow classmates and alumni as well as Hamline faculty and staff, enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, and smile at the array of picture boards from the good ol’ days!
Class of 1979 30-Year Reunion The following events are scheduled for the Class of 1979 surrounding the 2009 Alumni weekend: Friday, October 9, 5:30–7:30 p.m. On the Fives Reunion Reception Peterson Lounge and Law School Atrium Saturday, October 10, 2:30–4:30 p.m. Saint Paul Art Crawl
Saturday, October 10, 6:00–9:00 p.m. Reception and Dinner W.A. Frost, Fireside and Sophie’s Rooms (www.wafrost.com)
Sunday, October 11, 11:00 a.m. Brunch Great Waters Brewing Company (www.greatwatersbc.com) R.S.V.P.: Contact Anne Markus at 651-523-2943 or firstname.lastname@example.org This schedule is subject to change. For updates: www.hamline.edu/law/events/2009_reunion_events.html
FALL 2009 EVENTS
OCTOBER 19th Annual Journal of Law and Religion Symposium This year’s symposium focuses on
“The Global Economic Crisis, Law and the Religious Traditions” and plumbs the practices of legal institutions and private communities as they grapple with perennial economic problems. It explores ancient wisdom about economic life as well as emerging thinking about the ways in which religion can inform legal regulation of the economy, and law can shape the ethical practices of local and global communities on economic relationships between human beings. Since its inception, the Journal of Law and Religion has sought to bring academic learning and historical practice from within many jurisprudential and religious traditions to the task of understanding contemporary social dilemmas. By putting insights from intellectuals and practitioners of law and religion together, the Journal aims to foster a dialogue that fairly acknowledges the diverse, contentious and complex world that demands our committed response, while making a space for insights to converge in identifying constructive ways forward from our current situation. Please join us: Thursday, October 15, 5:15 p.m. Hamline University, Sundin Music Hall Library
Friday, October 16, 8:00 a.m.–4:40 p.m. Hamline University School of Law, Klas Center, Kay Fredericks Ballroom
For information: Contact Linda Berglin at email@example.com or www.hamline.edu/law/jlr
5.5 CLE credits applied for.
2009 Swearing-In Breakfast Please join us for a breakfast prior to the Swearing In ceremony for attorneys who pass the Minnesota State Bar exam in July. Please join us: Friday, October 30, 8:30–10:00 a.m. St. Paul River Centre, Grand Ballrooms E-F 175 West Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul
NOVEMBER The H1N1 Pandemic: Lessons for the Future
Hamline’s Health Law Institute will present a conversation with Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota.
Every aspect of the health care delivery system will feel the effects of the H1N1 Pandemic. . . . Are you prepared? Dr. Osterholm’s presentation will tackle the H1N1 Pandemic with candor and expertise. Lawyers, compliance officers, and other health care professionals will get up-to-the-minute information on the state of the pandemic. Dr. Osterholm will highlight system vulnerabilities and offer detailed guidance that can be translated into critically important tactics and strategies to best protect your organization and the people it serves. Please join us: Thursday, November 12 4:00–6:00 p.m. Presentation and Q&A East Hall, Room 106
6:00–7:00 p.m. Reception, Law School Atrium To Register:
Contact Cheri Harthaus at 651-523-2610 or firstname.lastname@example.org
$35.00 (No charge for students)
CLE and CEU credits have been requested.
Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota
Dr. Osterholm is an internationally renowned expert in public health. He serves as director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), a global leader in addressing public health preparedness and emerging infectious disease response.
Six-Minute Social Come meet Hamline’s current motivated students and let them know where your professional path has taken you. Please join us: Thursday, November 19, 6:30–9:00 p.m. University Club, Saint Paul 15
FALL 2009 EVENTS
Leading Political & Business Thinker
Matt Miller to Headline 2009 Dean’s Dinner The 2009 Dean’s Dinner, to be held November 18 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, will feature keynote speaker Matt Miller. Miller has been called one of the “most original thinkers” in journalism by television’s public affairs program, The McLaughlin Group. He is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, “The 2% Solution: Fixing America’s Problems in Ways Liberals and Conservatives Can Love,” which includes agenda-setting ideas and creative, common-sense solutions for some of America’s biggest political problems. Miller writes a monthly column for Fortune magazine and is an award-winning contributor to The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly and other national magazines. He is a commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition
and hosts “Left, Right & Center,” a political week-in-review program aired on public radio stations across the country. He is a senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company and to the McKinsey Global Institute, the firm’s in-house think-tank. Miller also is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. The annual Hamline University School of Law Dean’s Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception, with dinner and the keynote presentation to follow. For more information, contact Hamline Alumni Director Susan Stephan at 651-523-2338 or email@example.com.
Keynote speaker for the 2008 Dean’s Dinner was Charles J. Ogletree (left), the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. Professor Ogletree discussed how the election of U.S. President Barack Obama might impact equal rights in America. Ogletree, a distinguished scholar on issues of criminal justice, race and the law, and legal education, was a classmate of Hamline Law Dean Don Lewis at Harvard Law School. After becoming a professor at Harvard, Ogletree taught two (now) famous students: Michelle and Barack Obama. Listen to Ogletree’s ‘08 Dean’s Dinner address.
Annual Mid-Winter Reception Thursday, January 21, 2010
Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy Symposium “Opening Our Eyes to Health Disparities: A Look Through the Lens of Critical Race Theory” Friday, March 12, 2010
Annual Juris Fiesta Friday, April 9, 2010
Hamline Law Review Symposium on Trade Secret Law This Symposium will recognize the 30th anniversary of the Uniform Trade Secret Law and is being presented in collaboration with an IP-focused Hamline Alumni CLE. More details will be forthcoming, including an IP reception on April 15. Friday, April 16, 2010
Veteran’s Benefits Regional Moot Court Competition Tuesday, April 20, 2010, Hamline West
Alumni Golf Tournament Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Please watch for additional events and date/location updates in the Advocate Online and on the Hamline University School of Law web site at www.hamline.edu/law 17
SPOTLIGHT ON THE JUDICIARY
Leading Hamline Alumnus
Judge Donovan Frank Sets the Bar High Serving as a judge is a high honor and an outstanding opportunity for community service. Many Hamline University School of Law alumni have distinguished themselves through service on the bench (see pages 20-21 for a complete listing), including the Honorable Donovan W. Frank ’77. Judge Frank was appointed District Judge in the United States District Court by President Bill Clinton in 1998. He is the only Hamline alumnus to serve on the federal level. Judge Frank received the Federal Bar Association’s Elaine R. “Boots” Fisher award in 2006 in recognition of outstanding public service and dedication to diversity in the legal community. He is a 2000 recipient of the Hamline University School of Law Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Law School’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 1995 in recognition of his contributions toward ending domestic violence. Judge Frank also was named the Minnesota Trial Judge of the Year from the Conference A frequent visitor at of Chief Judges in Hamline, Judge Frank was 1996. on campus most recently to swear in new citizens as part of a citizenship naturalization “I received a high quality education ceremony in Sundin from Hamline Music Hall in September. 18
University School of Law,” said Judge Frank. “In the process, I received much support from the law school faculty. I left Hamline University School of Law with a deep sense of justice and a responsibility to give back to the community.” He recently participated in the new Hamline Dean’s Summer Fellows program. His Hamline clerk through the program, ‘3L Karly Kauf, who also serves as editor-and-chief of the Hamline Law Review, said working with Judge Frank was a transformative experience for her. “He really cares about what I think,” Kauf said. “He made himself available to all of his interns to an incredible degree. He wanted to make sure we learned everything we could. I now know I want to work in government and I hope to work for a judge again.” Judge Frank’s commitment to mentoring the next generation of legal leaders is clearly evident. “It is really a privilege to work with law students like Karly. It is wonderful to see her passion for serving the public and justice,” he said.
Introducing the Hamline Dean’s Summer Fellows The state budget shortfall is challenging the Minnesota court system to accomplish more with fewer resources. Students are working harder, too, to secure professional work and volunteer opportunities in the current economic downturn. In response, Hamline University School of Law has developed an innovative pilot program—the Dean’s Summer Fellows—to help qualifying second-year law students gain valuable legal experience with a Minnesota judge while providing volunteer clerks to alleviate the strain on the court system. Each Summer Fellow performed 150 hours of volunteer work for one of the participating judges, and received a $1,500 stipend. The program primarily is funded through gifts to the Student Karly Kauf with U.S. District law school. Judge Donovan Frank ’77 “The Dean’s Summer Fellows program promotes the public service values of our law school,” said Hamline Law Dean Donald M. Lewis. “It allows us to reward students by providing them with critical legal experience and an opportunity to serve the courts and the community.”
MN Court of Appeals Judge Gordon Schumaker with student Benjamin Petersburg
Here’s what students say they learned through the Hamline Dean’s Summer Fellows Program: “This has certainly given me exposure to different kinds of courts and how the process can be very different depending upon the judicial setting.” “I’ve realized how well my classes have prepared me for a lot of the issues that have come up in the ‘real world,’ and it’s nice to have that kind of reinforcement.” “I have learned that I have a lot to offer, even to a judge!” “It has made me realize that even though I have a lot more of the law part to learn, I am smart enough and capable enough already and can do a lot things really well.” “Being a good lawyer is about being prepared and knowing the law, but it’s also about knowing how to talk with people … especially the judge.” “This program is wonderful and very unique. I’ve seen the hiring process and realize how important networking is. Most of the clerkships are not advertised.” 19
SPOTLIGHT ON THE JUDICIARY
Hamline University School of Law Alumni Judges
Janet Barke-Cain ’89 Judge, Carver County
John Bastian ‘82 Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge, Corson County, South Dakota
Timothy Blakely ‘92 First Judicial District Court Goodhue County
Tanya Bransford ‘83 Fourth Judicial District Court Judge, Hennepin County
John Brinckman ‘81 Municipal Judge
Nancy Bostrack ‘91 Assistant County Attorney State of Minnesota-Winona County
Susan Carlson ‘83 Juvenile Court Judicial Referee Hennepin County 20
Don Courtney ‘76 Third Judicial District of Iowa State of Iowa
Joseph Cox ‘97 Unemployment Law Judge MN Department of Employment & Economic Development
Clayton Crane ‘75 Circuit Court Judge Cook County, IL
Mark Decaria ‘81 2nd District Court Judge Weber County
Michelle Dietrich ‘94 Fifth Judicial District Judge Lincoln and Lyon County
William Dixon ‘76 Reemployment Insurance Law Judge, Economic Security
Marybeth Dorn ‘76 District Court Referee Hennepin County
Michael Dorsky ‘76 Administrative Law Judge New York State Department
Kenneth Duren ‘86 Administrative Law Judge State of Wisconsin-Department of Health & Services
Harlan Dyrud ‘78 Magistrate, retired North Dakota District Court
Susan Fallek ‘88 Attorney and Adm. Law Judge, Children Support Section
Donovan Frank ‘77 Federal District Court Judge State of Minnesota
Michael Gableman ‘93 Supreme Court Justice Wisconsin Supreme Court
Daniel Glaeser ‘78 Municipal Court Judge City of Manitowoc, WI
Richard Glynn ‘77 Attorney/Law Trained Magistrate Holland, Brantseg & Glynn
Michael Grigsby ‘79 Judge, Marysville Municipal Court
Bruce Gross ‘77 District Judge Windom, Minnesota State of Minnesota
Sharon Hall ‘79 District Court Judge State of Minnesota
Charles Halverson ‘88 Unknown
Eugene Harrington ‘78 Circuit Judge State of Wisconsin
Ronald Holt ‘76 Administrative Law Judge State of Minnesota
Jenny Jasper ‘87 10th District Court Judge State of Minnesota
Gregg Johnson ‘83 2nd Judicial District Trial Judge State of Minnesota
William Johnson ‘79 Administrative Law Judge State of Minnesota
Ann Knox-Bauer ‘91 Circuit Court Judge Taylor County
Randy Koschnick ‘85 Judge, Jefferson County Circuit Court
Mike Mayer ‘85 First Judicial District Court Judge, State of Minnesota
William McBee ‘76
John McBride ‘77 District Court Judge State of Minnesota
Anne McKeig ‘92 Assistant County Attorney Hennepin County
Wayne Miller ‘77 Judge Florida State Court System
Kathleen Mottl ‘89 Judge 10th Judicial District
Rosanne Nathanson ‘80 District Court Judge State of Minnesota
Steven Nordquist ‘77 Associate Circuit Judge State of Illinois
David Ortley ‘83 Flathead County Justice Flathead County- Montana
Gary Pagliaccetti ‘79 Judge of District Court State of Minnesota
Skipper Pearson ‘78 District Court Judge Benton County
Ronald Pirrello ‘81 Circuit Judge, State of Illinois
LeAnn Prock ‘83 Administrative Law Judge Wisconsin Deptartment of Industry & Labor
R. Joseph Quinn ‘78 Tenth Judicial District Trial Court Judge, retired Anoka County
Robert Rancourt ‘76 Judge Chisago County Courthouse
Jane Ranum ‘79 District Court Judge Hennepin County
District Judge for 5th Judicial District, James Reuter ‘80 Magistrate Court of Lea County Judge Pine County Courthouse
John Rodenberg ‘81 District Court Judge State of Minnesota
Louis Schiff ‘80 Judge State of Florida
Thomas Schroeder ‘76 District Judge Becker County
Gary Schurrer ‘78 District Court Judge Tenth Judicial District Washington County
Hilory Seaton ‘78 Commissioner’s Representative
Joanne Smith ‘78 Judge-R C District Court 2nd Judicial District
Michael Sovis ‘75 District Court Judge Dakota County
Jack St. Arnold ‘76 Circuit Court Judge State of Florida
Diane Townsend-Anderson ‘78 Chief Judge Townsend-Anderson, PA
William Walker ‘76 Seventh District Court Judge State of Minnesota
Grant Wegner ‘77 Circuit Judge 16th Judicial Circuit
Robert Weisel ‘76 Judge United States Department of Justice
Sandy Williams ‘83 District Attorney Ozaukee County Attorney’s Office
Jodi Williamson ‘83 District Court Judge Olmstead County 21
SPOTLIGHT ON THE JUDICIARY
Taking the Pulse of Minnesotaâ€™s Judicial Election System A conversation with Jim Morrow This June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a West Virginia supreme court justice should have recused himself from a case involving a party from which he had received substantial contributions to his re-election campaign. As the case was pending before the high court, the Minnesota legislature was considering the recommendations of the 2007 Quie Commission on judicial elections. It seemed a good time for The Advocate to query Hamline Senior Fellow/Professor of Law Jim Morrow for his thoughts on the impact of elections on the impartiality of the judiciary. Judge Morrow is among the most respected of Minnesotaâ€™s trial court judges, and is regarded nationally as one of the best teachers of judges. He has taught courtroom procedure, judicial decision making and evidence to new and experienced trial judges at the Minnesota New Judges School, throughout the United States at the National Judicial College, and at institutes in other nations. Morrow was selected as the 1999 Trial Judge of the Year by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and as a 2002 Trial Judge of the Year by the Minnesota Judges Association. 22
There have been many predictions to the contrary, but Jim Morrow says Minnesota’s judicial elections have remained fair and relatively free from controversy despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2002 decision in Republican Party of Minnesota v. White that Minnesota’s code of judicial conduct could not restrain candidates for judgeships from discussing political issues during an election campaign. “I’m very positive about the state of Minnesota’s judicial election process and would say we definitely rank among the top ten best states in this area,” he says. “Former Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz and former Chief Justice Russell Anderson were leaders in communicating to the media, decision-makers and the people that we need to maintain Minnesota’s tradition of strong, independent and nonpartisan judges.” Despite his upbeat assessment, Morrow concedes that “fear is still there that Minnesota will end up like other states, such as Illinois, Texas and West Virginia.” He says that in those states, outrageous spending in judicial elections has clouded the perception of judicial independence, if not the actual impartiality, of justices. Morrow cites an article this spring in The Wall Street Journal entitled “Justice for Sale.” The story details a case in Illinois involving State Farm Insurance contributing more than $350,000 directly, and an additional $1 million indirectly, to the election campaign for a state supreme court justice. Later, that justice was involved in a controversial ruling that benefited State Farm Insurance to the tune of $456 million.
Hamline Senior Fellow/Professor of Law and Judge James Morrow “There’s tremendous fear that it’s going to happen in Minnesota,” says Morrow. “I teach judges from all over the country and some seem like politicians. Not that politicians are bad, but they are folks who advocate for their constituents. They have a point of view and they’re pushing it. Judges, of course, should never be like that.” A case similar to the situation with State Farm Insurance recently occurred in West Virginia. In that state, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin, who was elected with more than $3 million in contributions from coal mining executive Don Blankenship, twice voted with a 3-2 majority to overturn a $50 million verdict against Blankenship’s company. The case, Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co., Inc., prompted the U.S. Supreme Court to rule (continued on next page)
SPOTLIGHT ON THE JUDICIARY on June 8 that the due process clause required the West Virginia justice to recuse himself from participation in the case. Justice Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion, was careful to note that the high court believed that the case was “exceptional.” “Not every campaign contribution by a litigant or attorney creates a probability of bias that requires a judge’s recusal, but this is an exceptional case,” wrote Justice Kennedy. “We conclude that there is risk of actual bias—based on objective and reasonable
it is necessarily enough to preserve the judiciary’s impartiality—or at least the appearance of that impartiality. He said the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business supported 13 statewide elections in 2004, with 12 of the candidates it supported winning election. “It’s still an open question whether any of those judges will recuse themselves from cases involving business interests,” he says. “Effective recusal depends on the judicial canons in the state, how they’re interpreted, and, in many
“... the fear is still there that Minnesota will end up like other states, such as Illinois, Texas, and West Virginia.” ~ Jim Morrow
perceptions—when a person with a personal stake in a particular case had a significant and disproportionate influence in placing the judge on the case by raising funds or directing the judge’s election campaign when the case was pending or imminent.” The American Bar Association has promised to “refine the standards by developing recommended guidelines for recusal. In a statement immediately following the Caperton ruling, ABA President H. Thomas Wells Jr., said: “The ABA amicus brief identified factors that could be considered to determine when judges ought to withdraw from ruling on a case. We agree with the court that the size and importance of a contribution, the timing of a gift, and the relationship between the donor and a pending case all are significant.” While Morrow welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on recusal, he does not believe 24
cases, the consciences of individual judges.” He points to a case in which U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia did not recuse himself, even though it involved a lawsuit against someone with whom he personally associated: former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. Three weeks after the case was filed in U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Scalia was Cheney’s guest on a hunting trip, with transportation provided courtesy of the vice president’s government jet. “I can’t think of a judge in Minnesota who would do that,” Morrow notes. Another safety net exists in Minnesota against possible judicial bias: the Rule 63 notice to remove. However, Morrow says it rarely is invoked and he does not believe it addresses the issue of perceived bias because it can be used for any reason, such as to get a
Hamline’s Practicum Makes Judicial Process a Practical Reality After many grueling hours in the classroom, library and study groups, Hamline law students have the opportunity to see the law “come alive” through participation in a judicial practicum. Noted one student upon completion of a judicial practicum, “I feel renewed energy about going back to school in the fall. I have context and a picture in my mind of how all of this law gets made…The variety of experiences has been amazing. It has helped to clarify for me why I want to be a lawyer. The next time I am sitting up late fighting my way through some challenging legal doctrine, I will have these experiences to remind me why it all matters to me.” In addition to the critical work with a judge, magistrate judge or referee in the state or federal court system, students participate in six classroom meetings. The meetings focus on various aspects of the internship experience and allow students to discuss such topics as ethics, good and bad lawyering, judicial decision making, and settlement and bias in the courtroom. They also complete written assignments, including a journal. Nearly 20 percent of Hamline judicial interns parlay the experience into a full-time job upon graduation. “Students have widely varying experiences in the Judicial Practicum,” notes Professor and Judge James Morrow.” Judges have different approaches to working with interns. Some ask interns to do a great deal of research and writing, while others prefer their interns to do just a few writing assignments. Regardless of these variances, all student judicial interns have the valuable opportunity to observe a judge in the courtroom and in chambers, as well as to see courthouse staff in action.”
continuance because another judge is not available.
allow for the appointment of trial judges and court of appeals judges.
“We want people to have faith in the fairness of the judiciary,” he says.
“The process should be rigorous, fair and free from politics,” he says.
And, in Minnesota anyway, he believes—for now—they still do.
On the subject of racial and gender equity among Minnesota’s judiciary, Morrow believes the state has made a lot of progress but “still has a long way to go.” He is heartened, however, by President Obama’s appointment this year of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
“Minnesota’s governors, going all the way back to Al Quie, have done a great job appointing outstanding lawyers to be judges, Morrow says.” Still, with the potential for abuses lingering in the cases where judges campaign for election, Morrow would like to see a change in the state constitution that would
“She’s much more representative of most Americans and she’s brilliant,” he says.
UPDATE FROM THE INSTITUTES
New Director Sharon Press Joins Hamline from the Florida Dispute Resolution Center Innovative … Collaborative … Practical… Global … these are the hallmarks of Hamline’s Dispute Resolution Institute (DRI), which has been ranked among the top five alternative dispute resolution programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for nine consecutive years, including 2009. Under the most recent direction of Hamline Law Professor James Coben, DRI has gained national and international recognition and respect for its strong academic underpinnings, innovative programs and commitment to preparing lawyers to be effective problem-solvers. On July 1, Professor Coben turned the DRI leadership reins to Sharon Press, who most recently served as the director of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center and as an adjunct professor at Florida State University College of Law. Coben, who became DRI Director in 2000, eagerly embraces his return to full-time teaching at Hamline, and he promises to remain actively involved in many of the DRI programs that he has helped to develop and champion during the past decade. “I’m delighted to welcome Sharon to our faculty and to DRI,” said Hamline Law Dean Donald M. Lewis. “Her experience as both an educator and an institute leader will allow her to build on DRI’s excellence 26
and national reputation. Hamline’s DRI has achieved prominence, thanks, in large part, to the leadership and vision of Jim Coben over the last decade and the hard work of other Hamline faculty. I’m confident that under Sharon’s able direction, Hamline will lead the way to new and creative approaches to dispute resolution in a global context.” Press also has been warmly welcomed by Coben and others at Hamline who know her well from her past work as a visiting professor and for her high standing in the alternative dispute resolution field. “We weren’t actually interviewing Sharon for the position, as much as recruiting her,” said Coben with a smile. “When
we received her application we realized that her experience made her the perfect person for this role.” Press recalls dreading the day-and-a-half of revolving interviews for the position but that quickly changed. “After the first day here, I was so energized by all the conversations I had with the faculty and staff. I was extremely impressed by seeing everyone’s involvement and hearing about all of the interesting work being done…this really is a dream job for me and I couldn’t be more excited.” The first order of business for Press is strategic planning for the Institute. “DRI has grown so quickly over the years that there has not been a lot of time to sit back and think, ‘Where should we be going? What should we do doing? How does this fit in the big picture?’” she said.
Press is quick to note, however, that highly regarded DRI programs—such as the “Developing Second-Generation Global Negotiation Project,” ADR study abroad programs, competitions including the elite International Chamber of Commerce Mediation Representation and Willem C. Vis International Arbitration moots, clinics and the certificate programs—will continue. “My philosophy is ‘don’t mess with success,’” she said with a laugh. Press adds that she hopes to involve Hamline alumni more directly in the life of the Institute going forward.
Florida Dispute Resolution Center Creates Sharon Press Excellence in ADR Award Hamline’s Dispute Resolution Institute Director Sharon Press was honored at the Florida Dispute Resolution Center’s (FDRC)18th Annual Conference with the establishment of an annual award honoring her work as the longtime FDRC Director. Beginning this year, the Annual Sharon Press Excellence in ADR Award will be bestowed annually to an individual who demonstrates the qualities that Sharon Press embodies: “visionary leadership, professional integrity and unwavering devotion to the field of alternative dispute resolution.” At the closing plenary of the FDRC Conference, in the presence of more than 800 attendees, the inaugural Annual Sharon Press Excellence in ADR Award was presented to The Honorable Shawn L. Briese, Circuit Judge, Seventh Judicial Circuit, who has been involved with virtually every ADR rule, policy, and statute creation and revision since 1988.
UPDATE FROM THE INSTITUTES A long-standing commitment to collaborate with many of the leading professionals in the alternative dispute resolution field while providing “practical value” to the profession is at the heart of the Second-Generation Global Negotiation Education project underway at Hamline’s Dispute Resolution Institute (DRI).
“Through the Second Generation project we have brought together a group of leading institutions and a wide-ranging group of scholars, teachers and trainers from all over the world,” says Coben. “We’re looking at how to teach negotiation effectively today in light of all this new information and understanding.”
“From the beginning, we made sure this is not something that just happens as an
The ambitious project will span three years and three countries: Italy, Turkey
Dispute Resolution Institute Leads Project to Develop “Second-Generation Global Negotiation Education” academic exercise,” explains Professor James Coben. “In fact, the overall success of the Dispute Resolution Institute lies in the balance between theory and practice in all of our activities. That commitment was there when Professor Bobbi McAdoo got the Institute off the ground in the early 1990s and I know it will continue under the leadership of the DRI’s new director, Sharon Press.” Most of the teaching models for negotiation education were developed nearly 30 years ago. Thanks to globalization and a host of other factors, the science of contemporary negotiation has become far broader, nuanced and complex in the intervening years. DRI is hosting a series of global academic conferences focusing on the delivery of negotiation education with the goal of helping to create cutting-edge curriculum that reflects the changes in the field of negotiation during the past three decades. 28
and China. The first stage was the initial event held last May in Rome, Italy, which assembled more than 50 internationally renowned scholars from around the world, including professors of negotiation in American and international law and business schools. “We wanted to be multi-disciplinary in our approach because lawyers increasingly are working in cross-disciplinary teams,” Coben says. “Whether you’re engaged in transactions, regulatory compliance or even litigation, you need to be a problemsolver and you need to collaborate, often in interdisciplinary teams.” Participants in Italy first observed a stateof-the-art negotiation training organized by Hamline for European business executives and then spent two days critiquing the training. Hamline’s new DRI Press has published the emerging scholarship from the event: RETHINKING
Professors James Coben and Bobbi McAdoo NEGOTIATION TEACHING: INNOVATION FOR CONTEXT AND CULTURE (see related sidebar story on DRI Press on pages 30-31). Harvard’s Negotiation Journal also published post-conference scholarship in a special section devoted to the project. Coben served as guest editor, a rare honor, and he co-wrote the section introduction. The special section also contains an article co-authored by Professor Bobbi McAdoo. “It sets the baseline for critiquing what generation 1.0 looks like,” Coben explains. “At the end of the project, which will include an event this October in Istanbul and a third-year event in Beijing in 2011, our hope is to deliver a fully formed version of negotiation training 2.0. The intent is to provide state-of-the-art curriculum for delivery of negotiation education in a global business environment. Of course, we will be drawing heavily on this effort as we refine
our teaching and training at Hamline for our own students.” Coben is convinced that a global approach to teaching negotiation will aid lawyers engaged in work here in Minnesota. “All of the work we’ve been doing internationally, at the law school generally and specifically as it connects to alternative dispute resolution in topics like mediation and negotiation, it all comes out of a fundamental belief that globalization touches everything. The average Hamline law student who is going to be delivering legal services in our community needs to be much more sensitive to cultural difference than ever before because the world is so interconnected now.” 29
UPDATE FROM THE INSTITUTES
Health Law Institute Honored for Health Care Compliance Program Hamline’s Health Law Institute and its Health Care Compliance Program have been recognized as leaders in the compliance and ethics profession with the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics’ fifth annual “International Compliance and Ethics Award.”
This award pays tribute to organizations and individuals making significant contributions to strengthen the corporate compliance and business ethics profession. The Health Law Institute was chosen for its work in helping
to further compliance and ethics in health care careers. Hamline Health Law Institute Director Lucinda Jesson (pictured above) traveled to Las Vegas on September 14, 2009 to accept the award on behalf of the Hamline University School of Law. “Preparing ethical leaders has been at the forefront of a Hamline education for more than 150 years,” said Jesson. The Hamline Health Care Compliance Program was accredited by the Compliance Certification Board in the spring of 2008. It is one of just four such accredited programs in the nation and the only one in the Upper Midwest. In its first year, 20 students received the certificate. For more information about the program: http://law.hamline.edu/health/corporate_ compliance_certificate_program.html
DRI Press—The Dispute Resolution Institut Newly formed DRI Press has published RETHINKING NEGOTIATION TEACHING: INNOVATION FOR CONTEXT AND CULTURE. The book is the first of three anticipated editions to result from the Hamline-sponsored Second Generation Global Negotiation Education Project’s three conferences–Rome in May 2008, Istanbul in October 2009 and Beijing in May 2011. This first edition has 22 chapters, authored by 43 contributors representing 15 different countries, including an introduction co-authored 30 by Hamline Law Professor
Jim Coben and chapters by Hamline charge at the Hamline University Law Professors Ken Fox and Bobbi School of Law website. McAdoo. DRI Press also has published The JAMS Foundation, the largest A HOUSE WITH TWO ROOMS, the for-profit provider of neutral services 610-page Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of in the world, awarded Hamline the Liberia Diaspora Project. This is $30,000 to produce and dissemthe result of hearings that were inate the book—which is the first held at Hamline University in June publication of the newly created 2009. Some 1.5 million Liberian DRI Press. The first edition was in citizens fled their country during English but soon translations will be available in Arabic, Chinese and a 27-year civil war, beginning in 1979, that left 250,000 Liberians Turkish. Copies may be purchased through amazon.com The text also dead and forced nearly half of the country’s population from their is available for download at no
Professor Jonathan Kahn
Receives Major Grant to Fund Book Project Professor Jonathan Kahn was awarded a three-year grant totaling $124,000 by the National Library of Medicine to research and write a book titled, “Race in a Bottle: Law, Commerce and the Production of Racial Categories in Biomedicine.” The aim of the project is to provide a book-length treatment of the emergence of race as a central organizing concept in the development of pharmaceuticals and related biotechnological innovations in a post-genomic age. The grant will supply funding for three summers of work to complete this book. The study will be built around a case study of BiDil, the first drug ever approved by the FDA with a race-specific label for the treatment of heart failure in a “black patient.” Professor Kahn will situate this extended case study within a larger context of the emergence
of race-based medicine and the continuing, indeed increasing, use of racial categories in biotechnological research and product development. He also will explore how the use of race in biomedicine is shaped by a complex interplay among commercial, legal, political and scientific forces and elaborate upon the complex double edge of using race in such contexts. “Many people using race in biomedical research and product development are doing so with good intentions but without sufficient care to understanding the potential of such use to reify race as genetic and/or reinforce stigmatizing racial stereotypes,” Professor Kahn said.
te’s Latest Venture Already Yields Two Books homes and their country to escape the violence and destruction. Many Liberian refugees came to the United States because of strong historical ties between the two countries, with more than 30,000 Liberians eventually coming to Minnesota and forming the largest Liberian community outside of Liberia.
Reconciliation Commission Project is a new model of transitional justice. This represents the first concerted effort to solicit from Diaspora communities both their personal accounts of what happened, as well as their recommendations for reconciliation and systematic change.
and also to make it available free of charge online. Hamline also donated the time and expertise of Legal Research and Writing Instructor Mary Dunnewald who proofread the 610-page report.
“We played a small but very satisfying part in a huge project,” Professor Fox says. “The final report and the Diaspora hearings A HOUSE WITH TWO ROOMS is the While more than 30 countries have compilation of the hearings, which on which the report is based were organized by the Advocates are significant because they are implemented some form of truth important steps in healing and reconciliation after periods of for Human Rights. Hamline Law deep social wounds.” Professor Ken Fox spearheaded conflict and gross human rights 31 the effort to publish the report violations, the Liberian Truth and
STUDENTS IN THE NEWS
Students Excel at Competitions 2008–09 was a particularly successful year for Hamline University School of Law
Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Competition The goal of the Vis Moot is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of business disputes. It is one of the largest and most prestigious moot court competitions. Hamline University School of Law placed first in the Willem C. Vis Moot International Hamline students (above) emerged as final four finalists at the Commercial Arbitration Willem C. Vis Competition in Hong Kong and triumphed over nearly 150 other teams at the related competition in Vienna. Pre-moot competition in They were coached by Neda Shahghasemi ’09 (standing left) Chicago. Hamline students, and Professor Joe Daly (standing second from left.) John Thiede won “Best Oralist” and John Edison was named ABA Representation in the “Second Best Oralist.” In April, the teams Mediation Competition from Hamline traveled to related competitions in Vienna and Hong Kong. John Thiede and The team of Karly Kauf and Whitney-Mari Ann Johnson competed in Vienna against more Bostick emerged as finalists at the Regional than 200 teams from around the world. They ABA Representation in Mediation Competition were coached by 3L students Jared Kemper and hosted by Michigan State University. The team Neda Shahghasemi. With 64 other teams they of Ben Reber and Sara Lauthen also represented made it to the first round of final competition. Hamline University School of Law. The ABA’s In Hong Kong, the team of Doug Edelstein and Representation in Mediation Competition John Edison placed within measures how well students model appropriate the “final four,” ahead of preparation for and representation of a client 60 teams from around in mediation and provides students a valuable the world. They were opportunity to experience the mediation coached by Neda process. The team was coached by Hamline Law Shahghasemi ’09 and Professor Jim Coben and 2001 alumna and Professor Joseph Daly. adjunct faculty member, Jessica Kuchta-Miller. 32
Hamline Law Team Emerges as Finalist at Prestigious Mediation Competition in Paris Hamline law students Mike Cavallaro and Sarah Belz emerged as finalists earlier this year at the prestigious International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Mediation Representation Competition in Paris. As competition finalists, they were both awarded coveted internships this summer. Sarah interned at the ICC in Paris; Mike at the international law firm Clifford Chance. They were coached by Hamline adjunct faculty member Jessica Kuchta-Miller, who accompanied them to the competition in Paris.
competition is an impressive accomplishment. We are extremely proud of them.”
With a view towards training lawyers to better meet the dispute resolution needs of today’s cross-cultural market, the competition gives students an opportunity to test their problem“This is an incredisolving skills in “The support of the Hamline community bly tough compea moot internareally helped motivate us throughout tition judged by the tional mediation. the competition.” ~Mike Cavallaro best lawyers and More than 85 mediators in the world. I know Mike and Sarah legal experts with a diverse range of expertise were honored to have been selected as one of participate as volunteer mediators and judges. only eight American teams invited to participate The competition final was filmed and will be in this prestigious competition,” said Professor used as a training DVD and distributed to law James Coben, director of Hamline’s Dispute schools throughout the world. It is available Resolution Institute. “So emerging as one of online by clicking here. the two best teams in the entire international
Hamline Team Places in Semi-Finals at National Negotiation Moot Court Competition Hamline law students Char Hunter and Pat Zitek advanced to the semi-final round at the national Negotiation Moot Court Competition in Boston on February 13–14. This ABA-sponsored competition focuses on legal negotiation skills and provides a means to practice and improve a problem-solving approach to representing clients in both transaction and settlement negotiation situations. More than 220 teams from more than 100 North American law schools annually compete. The Hamline team placed first at the
regional competition and advanced to the national finals with 23 other teams from across North America. They were coached by Hamline Law Professors Ken Fox and Marilynne Roberts. 33
New Law Professors Welcomed Faculty and staff recently gathered to officially welcome three new faculty members—Katrina Angela Pagonis (seated, left), Sharon Press (third from left, standing) and Morgan Holcomb (right, seated)— and visiting assistant professor Mary Szto (second from left). They each bring strong professional and academic experience to the Law School faculty: Assistant Professor Pagonis joined the Health Law Institute faculty on July 1, following two clerkships for federal judges based in Nevada: U.S. Circuit Judge Procter R. Hug., Jr. of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Judge Edward C. Reed, Jr. She was a teaching fellow at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law in 2007–08 at Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned her JD in 2005. She also earned an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School, an MPH degree from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a BA from the University of 34
California, Berkeley, where she majored in both political science, and molecular and cell biology.
Associate Professor Press also joined Hamline on July 1 as Director of the Hamline Dispute Resolution Institute. Professor Press served for 18 years as director of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center. She has been an adjunct professor, teaching mediation theory and general ADR survey courses at Florida State University College of Law, Hamline University School of Law, Capital University Law School and the
University of Nevada Las Vegas Law School. She is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Mary Parker Follett Award for Excellence and Innovation in Dispute Resolution presented by the Association for Conflict Resolution and CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution’s Special Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field and Future of Dispute Resolution. Professor Press is a Florida Supreme Court certified county and family mediator and also has mediated in a number of community mediation centers in Florida and New York.
Assistant Professor Holcomb joined Hamline on a full-time basis after completing one year as a visiting professor. She teaches Individual Income Tax, Tax Policy, Agricultural Law, and Taxation of Business Entities. She previously was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Law School from 2006–2008, where she taught State and Local Tax, Tax Policy, and Individual Income Tax. She also has worked as an associate at Maslon, Edelman, Borman & Brand. Professor Holcomb clerked for the Hon. John R. Tunheim on the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. She received her JD magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was the lead Note and Comment Editor for the Minnesota Law Review and the recipient of the Hon. Edward J. Devitt Award for Excellence in the Study of Federal Law and Practice. Professor Holcomb earned her BA in English from Grinnell College, where she graduated with honors. Visiting Assistant Professor Szto brings extensive teaching experience to her current position at Hamline. She most recently served as a visiting associate professor at Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, New
York, where she taught courses on Business Organizations and Property. She was a visiting associate professor at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts (2007–2008), at Santa Clara University School of Law in Santa Clara, California (2005–2007), at Xiamen University School of Law in Xiamen, China (Spring 2005) and at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in Detroit, Michigan (1993–1994). She served at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Huntington, New York as Co-Director, Summer Law Program, and has served as an Associate Professor at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia (1998–2003) and at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California (1994–1998). She began her teaching career at City University School of Law, in Flushing, New York, as an Adjunct Assistant Professor (1992–1993) and earlier worked as an adjunct professor at Nyack College, in Nyack, New York (Fall 1992). Professor Szto has lectured and written on a variety of matters dealing with both the Chinese and American legal systems. She is co-authoring two books on Chinese law for Carolina Academic Press. Her research interests include gender and the Chinese legal profession; and the relationship between Chinese ritual and law. Professor Szto’s educational background includes Columbia University School of Law, New York, New York, J.D., 1986; Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M.A., Religion, 1983; Chinese University, New Territories, Hong Kong, International Rotary Fellow, 1981–1982; and Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, B.A., English, 1981. 35
Jonathan Kahn and Tom Romero Promoted, Granted Tenure
Associate Professor Jonathan D. Kahn and Associate Professor Tom I. Romero II have been granted tenure by the Hamline University Board of Trustees and promoted to Professor of Law. In making the announcement, Dean Donald Lewis noted the “effective teaching, remarkable scholarship and service to the academy, legal profession and Hamline University” on behalf of both professors that were compelling factors in the decisions. Professor Jonathan D. Kahn Professor Kahn joined the Hamline law faculty in August 2004 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in August 2007. Professor Kahn earned his undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) from Yale University, and his J.D. in 1988 from the University of California, where he graduated Order of the Coif. He also holds a Ph.D. in history from Cornell University. Professor Kahn is an internationally recognized expert in race-specific medicine, bioethics, genetics and law. His expertise involves a variety of legal disciplines, including constitutional law, torts, and administrative law. His publications cross disciplines and audiences, and range from first-tier law reviews, peerreviewed medical and health law journals, to Scientific American and other popular periodicals, web journals, and civilliberties encyclopedias. He has published a book (recently translated into Chinese and published by the Shanghai People’s Press), articles, book chapters, book reviews, comments and correspondences. 36
Professor Kahn has made multiple presentations at important venues of intellectual note, including the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology, Simon Frazier University, Tilburg Institute of Law and Technology, Universite de Paris, University of Alberta, University of Edinburgh, among others. Professor Kahn had extensive teaching experience before he came to Hamline and also served as an associate attorney at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C. At Hamline, he has taught Constitutional Law I and II, Torts II, Genetics: Law, Ethics and Policy, Regulation of the Health Care Industry, Public Health Law and “Law and Human Genetics.” An active member of Hamline’s Public Law Community, he has presented at symposia, conferences, and other forums organized by the Health Law Institute and others. He has provided substantial service to the legal profession, including active involvement in the health law section of the American Association of Law Schools, and is a founding member of an AALS
Professor Tom I. Romero II Professor Romero joined the Hamline faculty in 2004, and was promoted to associate professor in August 2007. He received a B.A. from the University of Denver, and graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2000. Professor Romero also holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan. At Hamline he has taught first year Property, Property II, Legal History, and seminars in Legal History (Latinos and the Development of Law), Interdisciplinary Studies (Law and Religion), and Property (Metropolitan Development since World War II).
From left, Allen Blair, Tom Romero and Jonathan Kahn celebrate their promotions with a special cake during a faculty-staff reception in their honor. working group that hopes to create a new bio-law section within the association. He participates in the American Bar Associationâ€™s science and technology section; speaks at its conferences and is a peer reviewer for an ABA-related journal. He is a member of the American Society on Law, Medicine and Ethics, a multidisciplinary non-profit entity in whose journal he published a co-authored article on the FDA and the drug BiDil. Most recently, he received a grant from the National Library of Medicine to fund the research for a book about racial categories and biomedicine (see story on page 31.)
â€œHe is a demanding, intellectuallystimulating professor who effectively utilizes technology, relates well with students, teaches a substantial menu of courses, and is passionate about teaching future lawyers,â€? according to Dean Lewis. Students also give him high marks for his accessibility outside the classroom. During his time on the Hamline law faculty, Professor Romero has developed and carried out an ambitious scholarly agenda and has developed a local and national reputation for his work on race, property and civil rights. Specifically, his work explores racial transformation in relation to law and jurisprudence in the post-World War II urban United States, and focuses on the relationship between land use, metropolitan development, local government, and its impact on multiracial communities. He has authored three articles and two essays that are published (or are in production) in the New Mexico (continued on next page)
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Law Review, Utah Law Review, Journal of Gender, Race & Justice, Oregon Review of International Law and Berkeley La Raza La Journal. He also has co-authored with a noted legal historian a book chapter on Latinos in Colorado that is forthcoming in a 50-state multivolume work, and he is completing a book manuscript on the legal history of multiracial post-World War II Denver. Both his published and unpublished scholarship has been cited in a recent amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as in a variety of law reviews. Professor Romero has been an exceptionally active member of the law school community, serving on various committees and as advisor for Hamline’s Latino Law Student Association, and as primary advisor of the Journal of Public Law and Policy. He was instrumental in the planning, development and implementation of the Journal’s two-day international symposium, “Children and their Protection in Law,” which resulted in the largest circulation of published scholarship from Hamline University School of Law to date. Professor Romero’s service and leadership in the administrative and intellectual life of the University has been extraordinary and resulted in his spring 2008
nomination for a John Wesley Award. He recently was promoted by President Linda Hanson to the university-wide Diversity Integration Steering Committee, and he provided leadership of the “Strength Through Diversity” Strategic Planning Framework for Hamline University. Professor Romero also has been actively engaged in legal issues beyond the Hamline campus and has been particularly devoted to serving communities of color. He has been involved in the work of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA) and was a key organizer with the National Hispanic Bar Association (NHBA) of the National Moot Court competition, held in Minneapolis in March. He served on the MHBA committee that successfully petitioned the NHBA to hold its 2010 annual meeting in the Twin Cities. Professor Romero has served on the board of Centro Legal and on the advisory board of El Fondo de Nuestra Comunidad (one of only seven Latino-based philanthropies in the United States). He as recognized by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as one of the “25 rising Lation/a change agents in Minnesota.”
Professor Blair Recounts Pro Bono Victory
On September 15, 2009, one of my pro bono clients was granted asylum. The client, a woman from Kenya, had been subjected to female genital cutting and then forced into marrying a man who wound up physically and emotionally abusing her. After her husband brought her to the United States, where he was working, the pattern of abuse became more severe. Ultimately, my client left her spouse and sought refuge at a domestic abuse shelter in Boston. From there, she eventually found her way to Minnesota and sought the assistance of the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. I took the case in May 2008 and worked with the client to prepare an affirmative asylum application. After a hearing before an asylum officer, my client’s application was approved.
Allen Blair Promoted
to Associate Professor, Voted “Professor of the Year”
Assistant Professor H. Allen Blair has been promoted to Associate Professor at Hamline University School of Law. He also has received the student-voted honor of “Professor of the Year.” In recommending Professor Blair for promotion, the Tenured Faculty Subcommittee of the Appointments, Tenure and Promotion Committee noted that Professor Blair “is an extremely productive faculty member. His teaching, scholarship and service to the school, bar and community are of excellent quality, meeting or exceeding the standards for promotion to Associate Professor.” Professor Blair began his service at Hamline as a visiting assistant professor in the fall semester of 2005–06 and was appointed to the tenure track beginning in the fall semester of 2006–07. He received his B.F.A. (magna cum laude) from the University of North Dakota and his J.D. from Hamline University School of Law. He received his LL.M. as a Kent Scholar (highest honors) from Columbia University School of Law. Professor Blair began his legal career as a law clerk for Federal District Court Judge Paul Magnuson and later was an associate at Greene and Espel, a prominent Twin Cities law firm, where he focused on complex business litigation in the legal courts.
At Hamline he has taught and published in the Contract, Federal Courts, and Commercial Law areas. He has provided exemplary service to the Law School and the University, serving on various Law School and University Committees, acting as a co-coach and co-advisor for the Admiralty and International Moot Courts teams, teaching orientation and ASP workships, judging the first-year oral argument honor round, and serving as an advisor for various independent study projects. The committee members who visited Professor Blair’s classes all rated his teaching as excellent. “Students were attentive, engaged and stimulated to participate. Also, Professor Blair drives students to analyze problems deeply and critically,” they noted. Not surprisingly for a faculty member voted “Professor of the Year,” Professor Blair’s student evaluations have been uniformly high every year. He also is highly regarded for his open door policy and for effectively using technology for all classes that permit students to conveniently access him via computer with questions.
As experts in their fields, Hamline University School of Law faculty members frequently are contacted by members of the news media for perspective on the news and events of the day. Here is a recap of some of the news stories that have included quotes from our faculty. Larry Bakken was featured in a major article about Hamline’s Norway program in Viking magazine, October 2009. Joe Daly commented in an Associated Press article about the Minnesota Senate recount, which has appeared in numerous Minnesota newspapers. Professor Daly also was quoted in the Star Tribune in July 2009 regarding a St. Louis Park company that was recently accused of fraud. Read the story by clicking here. Ken Fox was a featured guest on the October 2008 Air America program “Considering Faith.” The one hour program focused on the topic “The Gifts and Challenges of Controversy: Tools for Deep Connection.” Morgan Holcomb co-edited “Tax Notes & Trends” for the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Bench and Bar magazine.
Mary Jo Hunter was quoted in the Maryland Daily Record in July 2009 regarding whether Maryland law and federal Indian law require the government to make the same efforts to return neglected children to their parents. Read the story by clicking here. Lucinda Jesson was quoted in the story “Conflicting Minnesota law on who will judge election contest between Norm Coleman and Al Franken,” on Minnesota Public Radio in December 2008. She also was quoted in the story “Health care providers anticipate challenges as scrutiny increases,” in Minnesota Lawyer and Finance and Commerce in January 2009. Professor Jesson also was a source in the national newspaper USA Today in June 2009 for the story “Companies Pushing Wellness Must Step Lightly with Workers.” Jonathan Kahn was interviewed by the BBC World Service for a radio program on the use of racial categories in medical practice and drug development in May 2009.
David Larson was interviewed by the Pioneer Press in December 2008 regarding the suspension of Minnesota Vikings football players Pat and Kevin Williams. The story is available by clicking here. Douglas McFarland was a guest on WCCO Radio as part of a program discussing the appointment process to the Supreme Court of the United States in May 2009. He also was quoted in an Associated Press article that appeared just before the Republican National Convention in the Pioneer Press, which included quotes about Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger. The article was widely reprinted across the country, including in USA Today and on the CNN web page. Mary Jane Morrison was interviewed by WCCO Radio concerning the Minnesota Supreme Court’s decision about the validity of a conviction obtained by a prosecutor whose license to practice law had expired for failure to meet CLE requirements. Joseph Olson was interviewed in July 2009 on Access Minnesota Online regarding Second Amendment issues. Story is available online. He also was interviewed on WCCO Radio about a recent White House policy statement during the Steele Talkin’ program in August 2009. Carol Swanson was the featured speaker on WCCO Radio’s “Steele Talkin” Show discussing “fast track” mergers and acquisitions.
Hamline Faculty Rank High on SSRN Scholarly articles written by Hamline law faculty members David Larson and Angela McCaffrey are among the most often recently downloaded articles in their topic areas on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). SSRN offers thousands of full-text documents for downloading and “is devoted to the rapid and worldwide dissemination of social science research.” The SSRN eLibrary includes an Abstract Database with more than 250,000 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers, and an Electronic Paper Collection containing more than 206,000 downloadable full text documents in Adobe Acrobat full text format. Visit www.ssrn.com to browse the SSRN eLibrary, view the top papers or search the electronic library by title, author or journal/ topic. Be sure to look for the following:
David Larson—Complete copies of his articles from the last two-and-a-half years have been downloaded more than 1,100 times from the Social Science Research Network. According to SSRN, his articles have been downloaded more times than the articles of 92% of the other 111,858 authors who have posted articles (top 8%). Angela McCaffrey—Her article, “Roleplays as Rehearsals for Doing the Right Thing: Adding Practice in Professional Values to Moldovan and United States Legal Education,” was recently listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for Business & Professional Ethics. The paper is available on SSRN online.
FACULTY SABBATICAL Following the conclusion of my service as the ninth dean of Hamline University School of Law, I had the privilege to undertake a year-long sabbatical designed to reengage my scholarship by writing and lecturing internationally. Through trips to Europe, Asia and the Middle East, I learned about some of the critical questions facing international intellectual property law enforcement and gained new insights into my duties as a lawyer, law professor and author.
Following Prague, I was joined by my wife and two sons in a nearly two-month journey in China from Beijing south to Hong Kong. The travel included two overnight trains to visit Xian, home of Emperor Qin’s Terra Cotta Warriors; a walk across the border to Macau; and working visits at the large underground or black markets in order to observe the effectiveness of intellectual property enforcement efforts. My sons learned sophisticated negotiation skills honed in dozens of open-air markets. We observed the challenge
On the Road— A Sabbatical Journey
At the outset, let me also admit that the year had two other salutary effects. First, it provided me with a year to spend with my wife and children away from the demanding professional schedule of the deanship. Second, it provided my successor, the inestimable Donald Lewis, an opportunity to chart his personal path as dean without his predecessor providing unwelcome suggestions from the backseat. But while these goals were easily met, it was the experience on the ground that meant the most to me. I began my sabbatical year with an opportunity to write and present a law review entitled “Reintermediation” at the Third International Conference on Legal, Security and Privacy Issues in IT (LSPI) and Second International Law and Trade Conference (ILTC) in Prague, Czech Republic in September 2008. The conference was host to nearly one hundred academics from around the globe, and I was doubly fortunate to have my paper selected as “best academic paper.”
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facing trademark holders and copyright owners of policing their brands and discussed the difficulties of stopping counterfeit goods from entering the manufacturing processes. Near the end of our China visit, I spent a week teaching at United International College, Zhuhai, China, one of the few English language liberal arts colleges in China, and a partner with Hamline University. In every school, the students were devoted to their studies and willing to engage in the hard work necessary to learn in a foreign language and better understand the global world in which they live. In the spring, my sabbatical brought me to Israel, where I served as a visiting professor at Haifa University, teaching International Entertainment Law in its Global Studies program. Like my students in China (and in the U.S.), the Israeli students were diligent and engaged. But unlike other students I have taught, these students brought a different level of maturity to the classroom. Except for some of my Arab students, almost all had spent time in the Israeli military
Sabbatical scholarship and presentations: and most continued in reserve duty status. As a result, they were older before they began their studies, and all had a profoundly different life experience than those in the U.S. This life experience and culture of debate ingrained in Israeli society created a wild, dynamic classroom experience. As in China, I am sure that I learned more from my students than I could ever hope to impart. In addition to my course, I presented a series of lectures at other universities throughout Israel. When not on campus, the entire region served as a classroom for our family. We traveled from one end of the country to the other, enveloping ourselves in two thousand years of world history from the perspective of its intersection of Israel, the Middle East and the Holy Land. Through time spent actively participating in an architectural dig, we gained appreciation of the scientific and cultural research being conducted throughout the country. We observed and participated in conversations about the political future of the region and learned how those same debates have echoed for three thousand years, since the founding of Jerusalem. We also visited resettlement camps for Ethiopian émigrés and alternative high schools funded by St. Paul charities in Israel. After returning home, everything seemed a bit anticlimactic, but I did manage to finish my other major writing project of the year, completing the second edition of my book, THE INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER’S LAW & BUSINESS GUIDE. As teachers, we are always in the process of discovering knowledge and sharing our discoveries with our students. This past year has allowed me to share that life with my sons and
THE INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER’S LAW & BUSINESS GUIDE— FINANCING, SHOOTING, AND DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT AND DIGITAL FILMS (Second Edition, A Cappella Books/Chicago Review Press, June 2009). Article, Reintermediation, 2 INT. J. OF PRIVATE LAW 227 (2009) (republished in SYNERGIES AND CONFLICTS IN CYBERLAW (2008) (Sylvia Kierkegaard, Ed.). Guest Visiting Professor at Haifa University, Israel (April–May 2009); United International College, Zhuhai, China (November 2008). Presenter, Redefining Consumer Relationships in the Semantic Web, College of Management Academic Studies, Law School, Rishon Lezion, Israel (May 2009). Presenter, Building Value: The Hidden Economics of Intellectual Property, Jerusalem College of Technology, (May 2009). Presenter, Reintermediation, Relationships, and Regulation—Managing the Semantic Web, Hebrew University Faculty of Law (April 2009). Presenter, Creativity, Commerce & Culture: Expanding through Intellectual Property, University of Hong Kong (November 2008). Presenter, Creativity, Commerce & Culture: Expanding through Intellectual Property, East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai (November 2008). Presenter, An Overview of International Intellectual Property Law, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing (November 2008). Presenter, Reintermediation, The Third International Conference on Legal, Security and Privacy Issues in IT (LSPI) and Second International Law and Trade Conference (ILTC), Prague, Czech Republic (September 2008).
my wife as well. Whether walking the Great Wall, cooking from a hot-pot on a crowded overnight train, exploring the archeological ruins under the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, standing at the bank of the Jordan River, or walking through the open-air markets, we learned about ourselves and the world in which we live. I know these experiences have reshaped our lives, and I hope that I bring some of that experience into my classroom each day. I cannot wait for the journey to continue. 43
FACULTY DOCKET LARRY BAKKEN Presented “The Changing Face of Entrepreneurship in America” at the Fulbright Association of Norway, May 2009. Taught American Legal Systems, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Comparative Constitutional Law to students from ten European countries at the University of Bergen, spring 2009.
LEN BIERNAT Completed a 2009 update for “West’s Federal Administrative Process” supplement in Federal Funding for Education. Published the chapter, “Increasing the School Year for Some, But Not All Children: Constitutional Barriers” in the book, Our Promise: Achieving Educational Equity for America’s Children, Carolina Academic Press, September 2009. Presented “Adding a Distance Education Component to a Family Law Course” at the Future of Family Law Education Conference at William Mitchell College of Law, June 2009. Completed “Adoption Law,” an online CALI Standard Family Law Lesson, for the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction. 44
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which is responsible for proposing new standards or changes Published to existing standards for ABA “A Matter of accreditation of law schools. Trust: Should No-Reliance JAMES COBEN Clauses Bar Claims for Co-edited Fraudulent Rethinking Inducement Negotiation Marquette Law Review (Volume Teaching: 92, 2009). Innovations for Context Presented “Boundaries of the and Culture. Sun: Medellin v. Texas and the The book Challenges of Supranational is the first of three anticipated Adjudication” at the Central editions (see related story on States Law Schools Association pages 30-31). Annual meeting, October 2008. Also presented this paper at Served as a guest editor and Columbia Law School in New co-wrote an introduction for York, April 2009. a Special Section “Second Generation Global Negotiation Education,” published in ED BUTTERFOSS Negotiation Journal, Volume Published 25, Number 2 (April 2009), five lessons published by the Program on in criminal Negotiation at Harvard Law procedure School. The Special Section for CALI, the contains an article co-authored Center for by Professor Bobbi McAdoo. ComputerAssisted Presented the plenary Legal Instruction. address at the Florida Dispute Presented “A New Place for Flexible Programs: Weekends” and “The Evolution of J.D. Programs: Is Non-Traditional Becoming More Traditional?” at the Southwestern Law Review Symposium in Los Angeles, February 2009. Served as chair of the ABA Site Team conducting the sabbatical inspection of Pennsylvania State University-Dickinson School of Law, March 2009. Served as a member of the ABA Standards Review Committee,
Resolution Center’s 17th Annual Conference for Mediators and Arbitrators in Orlando, FL., August 2008; and served as a workshop leader on mediation case law and as a panelist in a closing ethics plenary. Presented on mediation advocacy at the 10th Annual Bench and Bar Retreat in Lenox, MA, sponsored by the Federal Bar Council of the Second Federal Circuit, October 2008. Made two presentations at the Tenth Annual AALS ABA Legal
September 2008–August 2009 Educator’s Colloquium, held in conjunction with the ABA ADR Section Annual Meeting in New York, NY., April 2009 Gave a plenary presentation on mediation law to federal magistrate judges at judicial education trainings sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center in Redondo Beach, CA, April 2009 and in Milwaukee, WI., July 2009. Panelist on “Evaluating Our Students’ Performance” at a Mediation Pedagogy Conference in Boston, MA, sponsored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, May 2009. Taught a teleseminar “Beyond the Negotiator’s Fieldbook: The ‘Negotiation Teaching 2.0’ Initiative”, sponsored by the Commercial Law section of the Association for Conflict Resolution, May 2009.
DAVID COBIN Co-edited “The Law of Slavery, Casebook and Materials” with Paul Finkelman, accepted for forthcoming publication by Carolina Academic Press.
KEN FOX Presented “Advocacy: Facts and Arguments That Match” at the Labor Arbitration Institute,
September 2008. Presented “Arbitration Update” at the Minnesota State Association CLE, October 2008. Taught “Negotiation” in Ho Chi Minh City [Saigon]. Also taught a five-day course in “Business Ethics” at the National University of Hanoi, Vietnam, May 2009.
MARIE FAILINGER Published “A Truly Good Work: Turning to Restorative Justice for Answers to the Welfareto-Work Dilemma,” 15 Geo. J. Pov. L. & Pol’y 209 (2008). Published “The Lesser Violence than Murder and the Face-toFace: ‘Illegal’ Immigrants Stand Over American Law,” Essays on Levinas and Law: A Mosaic (Palgrave MacMillan Press, 2009, ed. Desmond Manderson). Published “Sex and the Statehouse: The Law and the American Same-Sex Marriage Debate,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology (2009).
Provided keynote speech on the “The Gifts and Challenges of Controversy: Tools for Deep Connection” at a conference co-sponsored by the Interfaith Bridging Initiative and the Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota, October 2008.
JON M. GARON Published the second edition of his book, The Independent Filmmaker’s Law & Business Guide – Financing, Shooting, and Distributing Independent and Digital Films (A Cappella Books/Chicago Review Press), June 2009. Contributing author in the Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments 2006–2008, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (2009) (George Jordan, Ed.). Panelist on Intellectual Property and Communications Norms in the Internet Age, Second Annual Conference on Innovation and Communication Law at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in August 2009. Appointed to serve as Chairperson of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Law School Admini45
FACULTY DOCKET stration Committee, addressing issues for improving law school administration. See page 43 for additional scholarship and presentations by Professor Garon.
MORGAN HOLCOMB Published “Tax My Ride, Taxing Commuters in our National Economy,” 8 Florida Tax
Presented on the use of ESL techniques and methodology in the legal writing classroom at the Lone Star Regional Research and Writing Conference, Texas Tech University School of Law, May 2009; and at the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference and Association of Legal Writing Directors Scholars’ Forum held at Stetson University in Gulfport, FL, September 2009.
Presented “Learning is Social” with Mary Pat Byrn and Sally Zusman at the Institute for Law Teaching & Learning Conference hosted by Gonzaga University School of Law and Washburn School of Law, summer 2009
Presented on the use of listening exercises in the legal writing classroom to demonstrate effective communication, Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, March 2009.
KIMBERLY Y.W. HOLST
MARY JO HUNTER
Wrote chapter on Intellectual Property Issues in Real Property Transactions for the INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DESKBOOK FOR THE BUSINESS LAWYER, 377 (Sharon K. Sandeen ed., ABA 2009).
Panelist, “If I Knew Then What I Know Now; Lessons from Experienced Clinical Faculty,” at the 23rd Annual Midwest Clinical Law Conference held at the Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, IN., November 2008.
Presented on the use of wellknown fairytales to teach legal advocacy at the Northwest Regional Legal Writing Conference, University of Oregon School of Law, Portland, OR., August 2009. Presented on research regarding 46
drug courts in the United States and abroad at the Legal Writing Institute’s Writer’s Workshop, Nashville, IN, July 2008.
Panelist on Guardian ad Litem experiences at the Indian Child Welfare Act Training for Guardian ad Litems, December 2008. Elected treasurer of the AALS Section Indian Nations and
Indigenous Peoples for 2009.
LUCINDA JESSON Published “My Lawyer told Me to Say ‘I’m Sorry’: Doctors, Lawyers and Medical Apologies,” William Mitchell Law Review; also presented it at the William Mitchell Law Review Symposium, April 2009. Presented “Dispute Resolution in Health Care: How PatientCentered Health Care and Relational Conflict Resolution May Change ADR Practice, ABA’s Institute on Dispute Resolution, April 2009. Presented “Complementary and Alternative Medicine and New Models of Regulation,” American Society of Law Medicine & Ethics Conference, June 2009. Presented “Caselaw Highlights” and also moderated the lunch panel discussion at the Health Law Institute Minnesota CLE, June 2009. Chaired the Advisory Committee formed by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar to assist in recommending Minnesota’s U.S. Attorney to President Obama. Elected to the Board of Directors of Stratis Health for a three-year term, May 2009. Elected Secretary of the MSBA’s Health Law Governing Council, June 2009.
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of Minnesota, February 2009.
Published “Exploiting Race in Drug Development: BiDil’s Interim Model of Pharmacogenomics.” 38 Social Studies of Science 737-758. (2008).
Presented “Race, Medicine and Money: Contextualizing the Emergence of ‘Ethnic’ Drugs,” University of Minnesota School of Medicine, March 2009.
Published “Patenting Race in a Genomic Age,” a chapter in Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age ( New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2008). Published “Race and Ancestry in Biomedical Research: Exploring the Challenges.” 1 Genome Medicine 8 (2009), co-authored with Timothy Caulfield et al. Published “Race, Genes, and Justice: A Call to Reform the Presentation of Forensic DNA Evidence in Criminal Trials.” 74 Brooklyn Law Review 325–375 (2009).
Presented “The Persistence of Race in Biotech Patenting and Drug Development,” 21st Annual St. Louis University Health Law Symposium: “Living in the Genetic Age,” St. Louis, MO., March 2009. Presented “Think-Tank Meeting on Race and Ethnicity in Cardiovascular Clinical Trials: Historical Disparities, Current Barriers and Future Opportunities,” Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University Medical Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pentagon City, Arlington, VA., April 2009.
System: The Deaf Community is Well Prepared and Can Lead by Example,” Volume 10, Number 1, Cardozo Journal on Conflict Resolution (2008), coauthored with Paula Gajewski Mickelson. Published “Technology Mediated Dispute Resolution and the Deaf Community,” Volume 3, Number 1, Health Law and Policy (2009), coauthored with Paula Gajewski Mickelson. Presented “Technology Mediated Dispute Resolution (TMDR) and the Deaf Community: A Community Prepared to Both Receive and Lead” at the United Nations-sponsored 2008 International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution, June 2008. Presented “Millennial Students” at the 2008 Thomson Reuters National Academic Meeting, June 2008.
Presented “Technology Mediated Dispute Resolution—ADR in the 21st Century,” for the Section of Alternative Dispute Resolution’s Presented “The CSI Experience” program “Envisioning Dispute on Race and Forensic DNA Resolution in 2050 (or even Evidence at the Minnesota 2025),” Association of American DAVID LARSON Museum of Science, October Law Schools 2009 Annual 2008. Published National Meeting, San Diego, “Conflicts of CA., January 2009. Panelist for the Conference on Interest and DNA, Race and History at the Disclosures: Presented “Technology Can Center for Race and Ethnicity Are We Facilitate the Incorporation at Rutgers University in New Making a of Dispute Resolution Into Brunswick, NJ, November 2008. Mountain Society,” at Symposium “The Out of a Future of ADR: Incorporating Presented a seminar on Race, Molehill?” Volume 49, Issue Dispute Resolution Into Society,” Science and Law at the Center No. 4, South Texas Law Review sponsored by the Journal of for Research in Law, Science and (2008). Conflict Resolution, Ohio State Technology at the Université de University Moritz College of Law, Paris, France, December 2008. Published “Technology Mediated Columbus, OH., February 2009. Dispute Resolution Can Improve Guest lectured “Life for Sale” for the Registry of Interpreters Global Studies 3305, University for the Deaf Ethical Practices Panelist on “Race and Ethnicity in Medicine: Law and Policy Implications,” Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Denver, CO., May 2009.
FACULTY DOCKET Presented “ADR in the 21st Century: How Technology Can Assist & Improve Dispute Resolution,” a three-hour Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program, Ramsey County Bar Association, March 2009. Presented “Consumer Arbitration: The Arbitrator’s Perspective,” United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, D.C., April 2009. Spoke at the program titled “Protecting Consumers in Debt Collection Litigation and Arbitration: A Roundtable Discussion,” presented by the Federal Trade Commission in cooperation with the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL., August 2009. Track Chair for the International and Comparative ADR track of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Eleventh Annual Spring Conference, New York City, NY., April 2009
BOBBI McADOO Published “Teaching for Implementation: Designing Negotiation Curricula to Maximize Long-Term Learning,” Negotiation Journal 195, with Manwarring, April 2009 Published “Negotiating Learning 48
Environments: Improving Adult Negotiation Education Through Classroom Process, Design and Re-Design,” Rethinking Negotiation Teaching, Honeyman, Coben and De Palo, eds. (2009), with Nelken and Manwarring. Co-presented “What Do They Say About Us? Real People Talk About Their Mediation Experiences” with Hamline Mediation Center Director Aimee Gourlay, MSBA ADR Institute, October 2008.
Manila, Philippines, December 2008. Presented “Presenting Evidence,” Minnesota Legal Services Coalition CLE on Strategies for Unemployment and other Administrative Hearings, March 2009. Presented “Telling the Client’s Story Effectively: A Model for Direct Examination Preparation for Law Students,” Applied Storytelling in Law Conference, Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, OR., July 2009.
Presented “Appellate Family Mediation,” MSBA Annual DOUGLAS McFARLAND Family Law Institute,March 2009. Published a memoir, Few Presented “Evaluating ADR Are Chosen: Programs,” ABA Annual A Campaign Conference of the Dispute Memoir, Resolution Section, April 2009. detailing his Presented “Better Late Than run for the Never: Appellate Family Republican Mediation,” Association of Party’s nomination as the candiFamily and Conciliation Courts date from Minnesota for the U.S. annual conference, May 2009. Senate.
ANGELA MCCAFFREY Co-authored “Roleplays as Rehearsals for ‘Doing the Right Thing: Adding Practice in Professional Values to Moldovan and United States Legal Education,” 28 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, 141 (2008). Co-presented “Interviewing Persons Who Have experienced Trauma,” Global Alliance for Justice Education conference,
Published the fourth edition of Minnesota Civil Practice. Presented on jurisdiction and venue at a national seminar for 125 state appellate court judges, National Foundation for Judicial Excellence, Chicago, IL., July 2008. Consulted with the California Law Revision Commission in its evidence study, which led to that state’s adoption of a present sense impression exception to the hearsay rule.
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MARY JANE MORRISON
Published an article entitled “The Digital Divide: Left Behind on the Other Side” in the University of La Verne Law Review.
Named the 2008 Minnesota ESGR Ombudsman of the Year for her volunteer work mediating disputes between employers and members of the Guard and Reserves.
Presented on the value of library consortia and served as a panelist concerning the future of libraries at the 2008 ETTLIS (Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services) International Symposium in Noida, India in December 2008. Published a chapter, “Library Consortia: A Valuable Partnership for Reaching Out to the World,” in Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services. Presented on Advanced Legal Research and on the Legal Research and Writing program at Hamline with Professor Mary Trevor, Lone Star LRW Regional Conference, May 2009. Co-presented on an innovative use of software for promoting law library usage on the web with Megan Jens at the CALI Annual Meeting in Boulder, CO, June 2009.
Appointed to the Minnesota State Bar Association’s 2008– 2009 “Civil Gideon” Task Force, focusing on the ancient English practice of providing attorneys in civil cases, and re-appointed for 2009–2010.
Chair, ABA, Education Subcommittee for the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (COLAP), August 2008. Attended an ABA COLAP National Conference and Committee Meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas, October 2008. Taught “Evidence” to 150 judges at the Iowa Judicial Conference in Des Moines, IA in June 2008 and at the Montana Judicial Conference in Whitefish, MT in April 2009.
Taught “Advanced Evidence” at the National Judicial College, Nevada, November 2008; taught “Evidence in a Courtroom Setting,” March 2009; “Evidence and Effective Courtroom Appointed to the Minneapolis Management,” Minnesota New “Chicken Work Group,” charged Judges School, October 2008; with examining that city’s ordi“Evidence, Effective Courtroom nance on backyard chickens. Management and Criminal Law,” March 2009. Served as pro bono chair, Human Rights and Research Committee Taught “Judicial Decision of The Phoenix Residences, Inc., Making” to 150 judges at the which operates group homes for Missouri Judges Conference in developmentally disabled adults. St. Louis, MO in August 2008; at
JAMES MORROW Elected Chair of Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) in July 2008, serving lawyers and judges on chemical dependency and mental health issues. Organized a day-long event for Romania/Lithuanian judges to visit Anoka County Court system and Corrections Department, July 2008.
the National Judicial College in Monterey, California and at the Missouri Judges Conference in Kansas City, MO in September 2008; at the Montana Judicial Conference in Helena, Montana in October 2008; and at the National Conference for Federal Disability Administrative Law Judges in San Francisco, CA in July 2009. Guest lecturer, National Institute of Trial Advocacy Court, William Mitchell College of Law, September 2008; May 2009.
FACULTY DOCKET Presented “Appellate Advocacy,” MARILYNNE ROBERTS William Mitchell College of Law, Presented a October 2008. graduation workshop on Lectured on the Judiciary “Negotiating to Bethany Academy in Difficult Bloomington, MN in March Conversa2009. tions” for Partners in Created a new two-day Trial Policymaking, May 2009. Advocacy Program CLE for the Criminal Justice Institute, August Presented, along with Professor 2009. Romero and Professor Sandeen, at the Legal Education at the Coached the Meadow Creek Crossroads v. 3.0 Conference High School Mock Trial Team, on Assessment, University of which made it to the State Denver, Sturm College of Law, Finals, November 2008– September 2009. March 2009.
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JOSEPH OLSON Published “Gun Control: Political Fears Trump Crime Control” with Clayton E. Cramer, Maine Law Review.
JAMES PIELEMEIER Published “Why General Personal Jurisdiction Over ‘Virtual Stores’ Is A Bad Idea,” Quinnipiac Law Review (2009).
Published “No Brown Towns: AntiImmigrant Ordinances and Equality of Educational Opportunity for Latina/os,” Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 13 (Fall 2008), which will be reprinted in the second edition of Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, The Latino Condition: A Critical Reader.
Presented “Law and Cultural Studies: Understanding AntiImmigration Ordinances and Latinos as Racial Subjects Across Spatialities” at the Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association in Albuquerque, NM., October 2008. Presented “The Social Function of Property: On Denver and the Making of a Multiracial Metropolitan Heterotopia 1940–1975” at LatCrit Study Space and Faculty of University of Denver, December 2008. Panelist on “Unequal Educational Outcomes: Is Achievement Tracking a Source or Perpetrator of Racial Discrimination Within Schools?” at the University of Minnesota/SMRLS CLE on Latinos and Inequality of Educational Opportunity, February 2009.
Presented “Work-in-Progress: The Release of the Brown Buffalo: Water Rights, Metropolitan Development and the Color of Law and Local Government”at the UCLA Published “Kelo, Parents and the Critical Race Theory Workshop in Spatialization of Color (blindMarch 2009, and at the Critical ness) in the Berman-Brown Race Theory at 20, University of Metropolitan Heterotopia,” 2008 Iowa, April 2009. Utah Law Review 947 (Winter 2009). Panelist on “Celluloid (non) Presented “Becoming Latino: Law and Social Change in the United States,” at the Rotary Club of St. Paul, MN, July 2008. Presented “Confessions of a Brown Buffalo: Water Rights,
Special Use Districts, and Color Representation in the Metropolitan West” at the 14th Annual LatCrit Symposium in Seattle, WA, October 2008.
Citizenship and Sovereignty: Multiracial Imaginaries Between and Beyond the Legal Border” at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association in Denver, CO., May 2009.
September 2008–August 2009 Presented, along with Professor Roberts and Professor Sandeen, at the Crossroads v. 3.0 Conference on Assessment at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, September 2009.
Denver, Sturm College of Law, September 2009.
BRENDA TOFTE Presented on teaching professionalism and cultural competency to law students at the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, Stetson University, Gulfport, Florida, September 2009.
Selected as Planning Team Member of Study Space, a joint project of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, with Georgia State University College of Law and LatCrit, Inc. Study Space is a series of intensive workshops held to acquire a deeper understanding of the Participated in the Association legal policy and human challengof Legal Writing Directors es posed by the global growth of (ALWD) Scholar’s forum on megacities. issues facing women incarcerated in the federal prison system, Member of Hispanic National Northwest Regional Legal Bar Association 2010 Annual Writing Conference, Portland, Conference CLE Committee OR, September 2009. (selected as Chair of Dispute Resolution track of program).
HOWARD J. VOGEL
Appointed Board Member of Affordable Housing Connections, Inc.
Selected by the United Theological Seminary (UTS) Alumni Council as this year’s Distin-
SHARON SANDEEN Presented recent research concerning Article 39 of the TRIPS Agreement, New York University School of Law workshop on Trade Secrecy, February 2009.
Presented, along with Professor Roberts and Professor Romero, at the Legal Education at the Crossroads v. 3.0 Conference on Assessment at the University of 51
CLASS NOTES Dear Alumni: As we settle into another fall full of engaged students and myriad alumni events, I want to thank the many alumni who have been instrumental in the continuing growth and success of Hamline University School of Law. I have been honored to work with those who lead the Dean’s Board of Advisors and the Law Alumni Association Board for the past five years, and I continue to be grateful for the invaluable dedication and support of our Board volunteers. I want to thank our wonderful Board of Advisors Chair, Paul Gatto ’76, Alumni Board President Curtis Zaun ’96, Vice President A.L. Brown ’03, and all of our Board members for your support. I also want to thank all our alumni volunteers, including CLE presenters, Moot Court coaches and judges, all those who attend and volunteer at events, and everyone else who gave of your time and resources to further the goals of our school. You make all the difference to our community. The Alumni Board’s inaugural Cogito program on September 17 brought us the first in a series of unique and thought-provoking discussions on issues of law and public policy. The inspiration of Alumni Board Vice President A.L. Brown and the result of the hard work of A.L. and the rest of the Board, Cogito will air throughout the year on Twin Cities Public Television as a reminder of Hamline’s place among thought-leadership within and outside the legal community. October events and CLEs, including the tribute at the W Minneapolis to our Dispute Resolution Institute leaders and our alumni involved in pro bono efforts surrounding the 35W bridge collapse, presented another opportunity to recognize excellence within our Hamline community. And the Alumni weekend reunion celebrations of the classes of 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, and 2004—with special events for the Class of 1979’s 30-year reunion—present the chance to reminisce and network with other members of the Hamline community. Yet to come this fall, our 2009 Dean’s Dinner is just around the corner on November 17. Our headline speaker will be Matt Miller, host of public radio’s weekly program “Left, Right & Center,” author of THE 2% SOLUTION and THE TYRANNY OF DEAD IDEAS, and a frequent writer and commentator “from the center” on controversial current affairs issues. I hope you are able to join us as a sponsor or guest for this one-of-a-kind celebration of legal theory and discourse. Finally, we look forward to another successful Six Minute Social on November 19 at the University Club in Saint Paul. Come meet Hamline’s current motivated students and let them know what your path has looked like after law school. We look forward to a continued partnership with you, our alumni, the most valuable resource in our Law School community. As always, feel free to contact me at 651-523-2338 or sstephan01@hamline. edu to find out about upcoming events, services and programs, and other ways to get involved. Regards, Susan Hayes Stephan ‘92, Director of Alumni Relations
P.S. If you would like to nominate a member of the Hamline community as a member of our circle of Distinguished Alumni, please click here to fill out a nomination form. 52
1977 Joseph J. Dudley, Jr. ’77 has been appointed by the Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA) Board of Advisors to serve on a newly created Judicial Election Campaign Conduct Committee. The committee has been formed to monitor and comment on judicial campaign conduct for the purpose of encouraging responsible campaign behavior, assisting voters to reach an informed decision on the candidates for judicial office, supporting appropriate conduct by individuals running for judicial office, and keeping judicial elections fair and nonpartisan.
1978 David L. Ayers ’78 has been selected by his peers for inclusion in both ATLA’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Minnesota and The Best Lawyers in America. He continues to office in Mendota Heights, Minnesota and can be reached at daveayers@ ayersriehm.com. Marc Christianson ’78 has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a partner with Maschka, Riedy & Ries, PLLP and a litigator with particular expertise in the area of personal injury. Harlan Dyrud ’78 recently retired after more than 30 years as a magistrate in the Grand Forks County District Court in North Dakota. As a magistrate he handled divorces, first appearances, child support cases, small claims cases, and juvenile cases, and also signed search warrants— sometimes in the middle of the night. “The cops are nice enough to turn the lights off when they come into the driveway so the neighbors don’t think we’re having a domestic,” he said. Pamela M. Harris ’78 was reappointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty to the Minnesota Commission on National and Community Service, also known as the ServeMinnesota Commission, as a representative of local-elected officials. Currently, she is an attorney and partner with the Martin and
Squires law firm in St. Paul, and is a member of the Falcon Heights City Council. James D. McCabe ’78, senior vice president and private client advisor with Wells Fargo Investments as a part of the Wells Fargo Private Bank in Beverly Hills, has been named by Worth magazine in its October/November issue as one of the “Top 250 Wealth Advisors” in the United States. He is a financial services veteran with more than 30 years of experience advising affluent and ultra-affluent clients—20 of those years with Wells Fargo. He has also been honored on Barron’s “Top 100” lists of financial advisors for three years, and is a member and past president of the Beverly Hills Estate Planning Council.
1979 Robert “Gundy” Gunderson ’79 lost his courageous battle with cancer the morning of Sunday, July 12, 2009. He had taught business law, business finance, and consumer economics for Hamline’s management and economics department, graduated from the school of law in 1979, and was married to Professor Beth Gunderson, a long-time Hamline University School of Business faculty member. As a Hamline men’s hockey coach, he led the Pipers from 1976–80 and took the 1978–79 team to a third place finish in the NCAA DII Western Division. He exemplified all the qualities one could want in a Father, Husband, Brother, Son, and Friend; and had the attitude of a champion as he fought the good fight. He will be missed dearly. The Honorable Jane Ranum ’79 was recently appointed to the 4th Judicial District Court Bench in Hennepin County.
1980 Glen E. Schumann ’80 has been appointed as an Adjunct Director for 2009 at his firm of Moss & Barnett, A Professional Association. He is a member of the firm’s intellectual property practice group. He will serve a one year term while 53
CLASS NOTES continuing to practice law on a full-time basis.
Gerald B. Yost ’80 was recently chosen by his peers as a 2009 Super Lawyer as a business attorney to be published in Minnesota Law & Politics, Twin Cities Business and Minneapolis Saint Paul Magazine. It was his sixth selection. Only five percent of the attorneys in the state are named to the list.
Steven G. Hoffmeyer ’82 was appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty to head the state’s Bureau of Mediation Services. He has been with the Bureau of Mediation Services since 2002, starting out as a mediator and hearing officer. He was promoted to the position of Deputy Commissioner in October 2003 by Commissioner Cunningham. As Deputy Commissioner, he currently supervises the Bureau’s mediators, hearing officers, and support staff, and is actively involved in all current decision making processes.
1981 Ed Cassidy ’81 was recently elected as a new shareholder in Fredrikson & Byron’s Employment & Labor Group. He is a litigator with more than 25 years of experience in workers’ compensation, employment law, state and federal OSHA litigation, and civil litigation. His workers’ compensation practice focuses on advising and representing employers in all phases of risk assessment and management, implementation and maintenance of modified duty programs, defending worker’s compensation matters and related civil claims, such as employment, subrogation, and third party matters. Mark DeCaria ’81 was recently appointed by Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. as a 2nd District Court judge in Weber County. He has practiced law in the area for 28 years, serving as Weber County attorney for the past 15 years. He has also worked as a deputy Weber County attorney, Ogden City prosecutor and in private practice. Janet C. Fesler ’81 died July 10, 2009. She is remembered as a super lawyer guided by fairness, integrity, laser focus on client needs and giving back through her pro bono work on ethics and legal services to the poor. Her glorious spirit embraced everything she did 120%—whether it be her love of cars, to her love of dogs, to her love of her family. She was an unforgettable and generous spirit that made the world a better place.
1983 Kathryn Cooper Stahnke ’83 was recently honored as SCBA 2008 Attorney of the Year. Her law firm, Stahnke & Associates, Legal Services for Children, exclusively represents abused and neglected children who are placed under the Juvenile Court’s protection. Over the years, she has served several community organizations and committees related to Solano’s children, among them: Children’s Network, CASA, Foster-A-Dream, Solano Family and Children’s Services, Solano Adolescent Health Committee, Solano County Child Welfare Redesign, Solano Foster Parent Associations, and Solano Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. In 2003, the Solano County Child Abuse Prevention Council presented her with the “Henry Bergh Award as Practitioner of the Year” for “outstanding service and sensitivity to the needs of Solano County children.” In 2006, she became one of only 80 attorneys in the nation who successfully passed the first examination offered to become certified as a specialist in child welfare law. Stephen R. Nicol ’83 was recommended by the Commission on Judicial Selection, and accepted by Governor Tim Pawlenty, as a finalist for one of the three Tenth Judicial District trial court bench vacancies in the city of Anoka in Anoka County.
Burnham “Bud” Philbrook ’83 was chosen by Agricultural Secretary, Tom Vislack, to be Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services in charge of international affairs. Since 1994, he has been president and CEO of Global Volunteers, an organization that sends Americans on volunteer vacations on American Indian reservations and 21 countries overseas. The Minnesota native also practiced law, served in the state House, and worked as assistant commissioner in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. As Deputy Undersecretary, he will oversee USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, and cover trade and food aid issues. Terry Paul Race ’83 died on June 24, 2009 at Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital. He practiced law in Whitewater, WI and retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Major after 20 years of service to his country. He served with the Gulf Company and served in Desert Storm and Iraq. He was a volunteer ombudsman for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. He enjoyed biking, reading, his dogs, and had a passion for cooking. His greatest rewards came from helping others. Sandy A. Williams ’83 was recently elected to the Branch III circuit court bench as the first female judge in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. She spent 26 years in the district attorney’s office, the last 22 as the county’s first elected female district attorney, prosecuting criminals and working with their victims. She will begin her six-year term on June 1, 2009.
1984 Barbara Miller ’84 and Daniel Murray ’93 have formed the law office of Miller and Murray, S.C, in downtown Hudson, WI. The firm is committed to representing individuals and small businesses in the following areas: personal injury, civil litigation, family law, criminal law, mediation, and agricultural damage claims.
Alumnus Named to U.S. Department of Agriculture Earlier this summer, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the names of five additional people who will hold staff positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including alumnus Michael Martinez ’08 who was named Special Assistant for Natural Resources Conservation Service. “This is a policy and administrative appointment; I’m leading teams working on Climate Change and the Recovery Act. Also known as President Obama’s Stimulus Initiative, our work is intended to stabilize at-risk sectors of the economy, invest strategically in infrastructure, preserve and create jobs, and protect the environment. I still have opportunities for legal research and writing, statutory interpretation, real estate transactions, contract writing, and litigation. Who could ask for more?” said Martinez. Martinez has served at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in a variety of roles, including project and team management, environmental policy, and real estate program administration. In addition to his JD from Hamline, Martinez earned a B.S. degree in natural resource recreation planning and management from the University of Illinois, and an M.A. in environmental studies from Northeastern Illinois University.
1985 Sidney F. Ansbacher ’85 continues to be a senior shareholder with GrayRobinson, one of the largest statewide firms in Florida. He has been listed in Florida Super Lawyers as recently as 2009, as well as in Best Lawyers in America for 2009. He continues to practice administrative, land use and environmental law. His biggest victory in the past year was successful representation of the Chartwells/Thompson Group, including successful defense of a bid challenge regarding a $46.6 million food services contract with a local school district. His son, Benjamin, continues to play a pretty high level brand of ice 55
Dear Alumni and Friends, I have been with the Hamline Law School for just over a year now. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet with many of you and look forward to talking with many more of you in the months and years ahead. The past year has been a challenging and trying time in our nation with many uncertainties, and yet many of you continued to support the Hamline Law School. Thank you for the financial support that each alumni and friend of the Law School has made during the past year. These gifts enable the Law School to provide scholarships to students and enhance programs and offerings so that we can continue to provide excellent legal education. In the year ahead, I challenge each of you to think about ways in which you can help continue the Law School’s remarkable success. The Dispute Resolution Institute is yet again ranked in the top five in the country and we are excited to have Sharon Press with us as its new director. Soon, we will launch the Business Law Institute, which will further help to distinguish Hamline as a renowned and exceptional law school. Your continued support is critical to these endeavors. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about supporting and giving back to the Hamline Law School. On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, thank you. Sincerely, Hans Thomsen Fund Development Director
hockey, at least by Florida standards, and starts at the local Bishop Kenny High School this fall. Jamie (Russ) Jensen ’85 has moved to Seattle for his wife’s health (she has MS). With only one kid left at home he got bored and took the Washington Bar Exam, passed, and in November is taking over the real estate department of a small law firm in the Seattle area. In the 12 years since he last practiced law he developed residential real estate, but had time to build cedar strip canoes and ash snowshoes, become a ski patroller and an instrument pilot and teach Real Estate Law and Real Estate Development at the University of St. Thomas. 56
Rosemary Kassekert ’85 was recently reappointed to a four-year term as a public member to the Minnesota Board of Social Work by Governor Tim Pawlenty. She is a retired attorney and published author. Debra E. Yerigan ’85 has been named a 2009 Minnesota Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law & Politics. She joined Messerli & Kramer in May of 2007, was named shareholder in January 2008, and was most recently made Chair of the Family Law practice group in August 2008. She has extensive experience representing clients in marriage dissolution, child custody, child support, parenting time, spousal maintenance, property
division, post-dissolution, paternity, domestic abuse, and antenuptial matters.
1986 Suzanne Bollman ’86 was recommended by the Commission on Judicial Selection, and accepted by Governor Tim Pawlenty, as a finalist for one of the three Tenth Judicial District trial court bench vacancies in the city of Anoka in Anoka County. Reid Trautz ’86 has co-authored the book The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Success: Essential Tips to Power Your Practice, published by the American Bar Association.
1987 Leo I. Brisbois ’87 became President of MSBA on July 1, 2009. Scott D. Reep ’87 received the honor of Solano County Bar Association 2008 Law Firm of the Year for his firm of Gizzi & Reep, LLP. He has served as the President of the Contra Costa Barristers’ Association and as President of the Benicia Rotary Club. He is a founding member and past director/officer of the The Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court, The Contra Costa County Bar Association Litigation Section and The Law Center, a non-profit organization providing pro bono legal services to the working poor. In 2005, he was recognized as Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in Contra Costa County . In addition to his active practice, Scott currently serves as director/general counsel for the Benicia Education Foundation, as a trustee of the Benicia Library Foundation and as Vice-President of the Benicia Bocce League. James C. Snyder, Sr. ’87 is one of eight lawyers competing for a rare open judgeship, with the retirement of Judge John T. Finley, in Ramsey County.
1988 Steven Stromberg ’88 now works on the global account team for Exhibitgroup/Giltspur (EG), a leading experiential marketing agency known for creating meaningful and memorable brand experiences. Based in the Minneapolis client care center, he will be responsible for coordinating business development efforts and managing trade show programs for EG clients. As a published author and workshop leader, he has been a prominent figure in the exhibit industry for more than ten years.
1989 Lynn M. Lahti ’89 of Menomonie passed away, at the age of 48, due to a two-vehicle crash. Working in private practice as an appellate attorney, she is remembered as being an excellent and resourceful attorney, especially in the area of family law. She was polite, friendly, and extremely diligent. She will be sorely missed. David Ujke ’89 and Amy Douglas were married on April 11, 2009. David continues to work as Tribal Attorney for the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. Kurt Tourdot ’90 and his wife Rachel welcomed the arrival of their son, Judah on July 16, 2009. He joins his excited big sister, Alyssa (13) into the family.
1990 Patrick Charles Smith ’90 has been appointed to the Minnesota Association of Realtors Forms Committee, which provides all state approved real estate transaction forms utilized.
1991 Lee Bjorndal ’91 was recently hired as the new Albert Lea city attorney. He is active on the 10th District Ethics Committee, Mower County Bar Association, and Minnesota State Bar Association, 57
CLASS NOTES serving as a contributing editor for their “Bench and Bar” publication. Allen Eskens ’91 has been named a finalist by Governor Tim Pawlenty for the trial court bench vacancy in the 1st Judicial District in Le Sueur County. Eskens is an attorney and senior partner with the Eskens, Gibson and Behm law firm in Mankato. Phillip Trobaugh ’91 and Elizabeth Lake Trobaugh welcomed the arrival of their daughter, Olivia Mary Lake Trobaugh on August 19, 2009.
1992 Bob Oleisky ’92 has been given the 2008 Jewish Family and Children’s Service Award. A criminal defense attorney in Minneapolis, he has been volunteering for JFC for 13 years. He has volunteered for many projects and organizations including the JFC Citizenship Celebration, Sholom Home, STEP, People Serving people, and the Hennepin County Bar Association Misdemeanor Defense Panel. David Schultz ’92 has been appointed by the Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA) Board of Advisors to serve on a newly created Judicial Election Campaign Conduct Committee. This year he also was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure.
1993 Commander Dale Harris ’93 was appointed by the Judge Advocate General of the Navy as a reserve judge on the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals. He was sworn in on January 12, 2009 for a four-year term. The court, located in Washington, D.C., reviews courts-martial for all Navy and Marine Corps personnel who received a punitive discharge or confinement in excess of one year at trial, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 866. In civilian life, he continues to serve as an Assistant St. Louis County Attorney in Duluth. 58
Dan Homstad ’93, after 15 years in the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office, became a prosecutor in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. Currently he handles both juvenile and adult prosecutions.
1994 Jeannette Imani Appold ’94 has started a nationwide adoption coaching business (www.adoptionplancoach.com) to guide potential adoptive parents through the non-legal aspects of the adoption process. She is also married to Kevin Appold ’94 who is a Sr. Director of New Product Development at West, a Thomson Reuters company. They have a 6 year old son, named Sean, and a 3 year old daughter, named Aaliyah, and will celebrate 12 years of marriage this August. Brett Perry ’94 and Angela Douglas were married on July 26, 2008.
1995 John Choi ’95 will be awarded the Joseph I. Mulligan Jr. Distinguished Public Service Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association in October for his work last year that included developing local and national foreclosure strategies; leading a community process to develop an implementation plan to improve opportunities for small and women- and minority-owned contractors; and working at the Legislature to develop and implement public safety tools including civil gang injunctions to combat criminal gang activity and a driver diversion program to decrease the revolving door issue and provide drivers a responsible path to pay their fees and get their licenses reinstated. Patrick T. Harrigan ’95 has been appointed as Senior Vice President of M& I Exchange Services LLC. He will be responsible for the Minneapolis market.
Daniel Lew ’95 was recently appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty to serve on the Commission on Judicial Selection. He has served as a Board Member of the State of Minnesota Ombudsperson for Asian Pacific American Families, and as a Minneapolis Civil Rights Commissioner. He is also a past President, and active current member, of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Jim Tanner ‘95 has written a book titled Vintage France: Adventures Along the French Wine Route. The book came out in 2002 and still remains in the top 5% of sales at Barnes and Nobels. He was also recently interviewed on Bergman’s Bourgogne: Appetite for Burgundy http://www. bourgogne-info.eu/ and was awarded best website design by the Chambre de Metier (the French equivalent of the Chamber of Commerce).
1996 John Bloomer ’96 has recently joined the Dallas Law Firm of Curran Tomko Tarski, L.L.P. as a part of their Real Estate & Finance Section. His practice focuses on sophisticated commercial real estate transactions. For over eleven years, he has worked with owners nationwide regarding acquisition, development, leasing, financing, operation, and management of all kinds of real estate, ranging from raw land to luxury apartments to senior living centers to shopping centers. He has also represented banks and other financial institutions regarding multi-million dollar real estate transactions. Chris Carlson ’96 and his wife, Jessie Seehof Carlson, announce the birth of their daughter, Isabelle Lynne Carlson, born on July 6, 2009 at 1:50 a.m. She weighed 7 lbs, 13 oz and measured 19.5 inches. Paul Moe ’96 and Wade Walton ’08 are pleased to announce the formation of a Professional Corporation Moe & Walton, PC with offices at 5200 Willson Road, Suite 150, Edina, MN
55424, 952-836-2733. The focus of the firm is Wills, Trusts, Estates and Small Business and Entrepreneurial Law. Thomas Scott Montgomery ’96 died unexpectedly on June 25, 2009 at the age of 55. Ted Olsen ’96 announces his return to private practice after 10 years as a Personal Trust Officer with U.S. Bank. He is practicing as Theodore O. Olsen, Attorney at Law, at 420 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102. He can also be reached at 651-209-8025 or Ted@TOlsenLaw.com. His areas of practice include Estate Planning, Trust Administration and Probate. He is also Co-Chair of the Ramsey County Bar Association’s Estates and Trusts Section. Bethany O’Neill ’96 and her husband, Jeffrey Commisso, have a new baby boy: Joseph Alexander Commisso, born April 13, 2009. Mary Schwind ’96, shareholder at Leonard, Street and Deinard, was recently elected chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Construction Law Section. The section comprises of attorneys practicing in all areas of construction law, both plaintiff ’s and defense counsel in commercial and residential construction.
1997 Caryn A. Boisen ’97 has become a partner at Larson • King. She is an experienced business litigator and focuses her practice in the areas of construction, commercial and insurance litigation. Elizabeth Feyrer Bagley ’97 was named a Wisconsin Rising Star 2008 by Super Lawyers Magazine. She is a partner at Flanner, Stack, Fahl & Bagley, LLP in Brookfield Wisconsin and her practice is exclusively family law.
1998 Kaarin K. Foede ’98 has become an associate with the Waconia law firm of Melchert Hubert Sjodin, P.L.L.P. She is a member of the American 59
Alumni Golf Tourney: Another M Four Hamline Law School students—Brian Rochel, Amy Schwarz, Jada Lewis and Lyndsay Capeder—each received a $3,000 scholarship from the Alumni Association as part of this year’s annual alumni golf tournament. In addition to raising money for these important student scholarships, the tournament was a delightful summer activity for all who participated. Hitting some balls and enjoying a perfect June day with alumni, faculty and staff was its own reward, but a few also picked up an award for their prowess on the green. It’s not too soon to plan on attending next year’s tournament, which is set for June 1, 2010. In the meantime, take a moment to savor scenes from this year’s tournament at beautiful Prestwick Golf Course in Woodbury by clicking here.
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CLASS NOTES Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, Eighth District Bar Association, American Agricultural Law Association and Minnesota Women Lawyers. Stephanie A. Miller ’98 has been appointed Human Resources Director at Metropolitan State University. She is a member of the president’s senior leadership team, and is also a member of the vice president for administration and finance’s leadership team. In her new position, she will assume responsibility for all human resources policies and practices.
1999 Angela Beranek Brandt ’99, a partner with Larson King in St. Paul, was recently elected to membership in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. FDCC membership is limited and selective. Its membership is composed of recognized leaders in the legal community who have achieved professional distinction. She also has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Ramsey County Bar Association’s Board of Directors. Earlier this year she and her husband Davin Brandt welcomed twin boys, Luke and Leo, on February 3, 2009. The twins join 3-year-old brother John. Christina (Garner) Hensler ’99 and Jon (CLA ’99) are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Marie, who was born on July 14, 2009. They are very happy and blessed to have her in their lives. Joy Isler DiMucci ’99 of Plymouth, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 13, 2008 at the age of 50. As a dedicated and passionate social worker and attorney, she was a role model, mentor and friend to those whose lives were touched with her strong presence. Joani C. Moberg ’99 has been elected as a shareholder of Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd. She currently practices family law and handles a variety of legal matters relating to 62
marital dissolution, child custody, child support and spousal maintenance, paternity cases, property divisions, settlement negotiations, premarital agreements, litigation and appeals. She also has consecutively been named a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine since 2002, is the current Co-Chair of the Executive Committee for the Hennepin County Bar Association Family Law Section, and serves as Co-President for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota. Rob A. Stefonowicz ’99 has been elected as a shareholder of Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd. He focuses his practice in real estate litigation and construction litigation, representing developers, contractors, and property owners in condemnation, property tax and special assessment matters. He has been named a Rising Star since 2005 by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine. He is a member of the American Bar Association Construction and Litigations Forums and is licensed to practice in Minnesota and North Dakota. Dule Vicovac ’99 has left the United Nations to take up a position with the Danish Refugee Council in Serbia as Senior Legal Advisor in the “Legal Assistance Programme to the Institutions of the Government of Serbia dealing with Refugees and IDPs,” funded by the European Union.
2000 Sally Ackerman ’00 and her husband George announce the birth of their daughter, Sophie, on October 15, 2008. She was 7lbs 11oz and 19½ inches long. Todd J. Anlauf ’00 was elected to serve a 3 year term on the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is a partner in the Commercial Practice Group at Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly, LLP practicing in the areas of commercial real estate finance and commercial real estate transactions.
Candice (Roark) Ciresi ’00 was recently elected by the Corporate Counsel Association’s Board of Directors to serve as a Director of the Corporate Counsel Association (CCA) and has also been invited to serve on the Executive Leadership Team for the Go Red For Women, a national movement founded by the American Heart Association to help fight the No. 1 killer of American women. Michael Collyard ’00 has been named partner in the Minneapolis office of the national law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and business litigation.
2001 May C. Lee ’01 moved back to Minnesota from Maryland in August 2008 and joined FairMarket Life Settlements Corp. as Associate General Counsel. Theresa Pomahatch Neo ’01 works for Indian Legal Assistance Program in Duluth, Minnesota. It is a public defense corporation that provides criminal and civil legal services to low income clients. Also working there are Dori Smith ’07, Jennifer Barry ’07 and Christopher Sailors ’07.
Debra A. Filteau Begley ’00 and Bruce Begley were married on May 26, 2007 in Duluth, Minnesota. Bruce is a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy and is currently stationed at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. In July Debra started working as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice Civil Division, Office of Vaccine Litigation in Washington D.C. Her and her husband live in Springfield, Virginia.
Dana Reicks ’01 passed away at his home on September 18, 2008 at age 36 from colon cancer. He enjoyed discussing and reading about history and politics. He traveled extensively, was an avid Cyclone Fan, and possessed a unique sense of humor. His greatest pleasure was spending time with family and friends. He will be remembered for his warm-hearted personality and positive outlook on life. Dana was an inspiration to all the people whose lives he touched.
Kimberly G. Behm ’00 has joined Champion Law, LLC. She focuses her practice on personal injury.
Karin Simonson ’01 and her husband Brian welcome the birth of their second child, daughter Alicia.
Kermit Nash ’00 has joined the Minneapolis office of Gray Plant Mooty as a principal. He will practice in the firm’s entrepreneurial services group, focusing in energy law, agribusiness, and mergers and acquisitions.
Bryant D. Tchida ’01 has been elected as a shareholder at Leonard, Street and Deinard. He currently focuses his practice in complex business and class action litigation.
Suzanne Senecal-Hill ’00, an appellate attorney at the Minnesota State Public Defender’s Office, argued a first-degree murder case in front of the Minnesota Supreme Court in September 2007 when the court was at Hamline University School of Law. The United States Supreme Court granted her petition for a writ of certiorari in State v. Moua Her and remanded the case back to the Minnesota Supreme Court for further review.
Kelly M. Wagner ’01 has joined the firm of Baudler, Baudler, Maus and Blahnik, LLP, as an associate. She will focus her practice in probate, estates and trusts, real estate and municipal law.
2002 Erika Anderson ’02 and her husband, Eric Klawiter, welcomed a baby girl named Liv Isabel on May 11, 2009. Erika is a partner at the firm of Dowd Bennett, LLP in St. Louis, MO.
CLASS NOTES John Dexter ’02 has been accepted into the Army JAG Corp and will be starting this October. Jamal Faleel ’02 was recently elected as a new shareholder in Fredrikson & Byron’s Litigation Group. His practice focuses on assisting clients in a wide range of complex business disputes, including contract matters, business torts, employment litigation, shareholder matters, and medical practices litigation. He has a special interest in international commercial contract disputes and antitrust litigation. Jonathan M. Fritz ’02 was recently elected as President-Elect of the Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association and to the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors. He currently focuses his practice on intellectual property law in the Madison, WI office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Kevin M. Mosher ’02 has been named the newest shareholder of Wessels Sherman Law Firm. He practices employment and workplace immigration law in the firm’s Minneapolis office. Mary Rose Orcutt ’02 and husband Rob Orcutt ’02 announce the birth of their son, William Geimer Orcutt, born on January 9, 2009. The family currently lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Rob is an attorney for the Oneida Tribe and Mary is in private practice focusing in elder law. Jamie (Sandler) Sather ’02 has joined the legal department of Eden Prairie based Kroll Ontrack Inc. She will be primarily responsible for negotiating contracts on behalf of Kroll Ontrack. Bob Tess ’02 has recently been elected to serve a three-year term on the Arthritis Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is currently an attorney with O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong, S.C. and is a member of the Planning Commission of the Village of West Milwaukee where he lives with his wife Kristen and their two sons. Tifanne E. E. Wolter ’02 has joined the St. Paul based family law firm of Butler, Huson & Allen, P.A. 64
2003 Stephanie Haedt ’03 has recently been named one of the Up and Coming Attorneys by Minnesota Lawyer. She is currently a shareholder at Peterson, Savelkoul & Benda Ltd. where she advises clients on employment and business decisions, including personnel issues and revising employee handbooks and policies. She also practices in the areas of family law and civil litigation, and currently serves on the Human Rights Commission in Austin while volunteering as an attorney for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. Charlene K. Quade ’03 was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 2003. She went on to apply, test, and be admitted to the Idaho Bar in September of 2004. In June of 2004, she moved with her daughters to Idaho to work as an Associate and Of Counsel in the Law Offices of Richard Cummings in Boise, Idaho. In December 2006, she established C.K. Quade Law, LLC. Her practice includes: special education law, elder law, estate planning, special needs trusts, and guardianship and conservatorship. A founding board member, she continues as a member of the Idaho Guardianship and Fiduciary Association, and serves as a board member of the Trust Estate Professionals of Idaho. In December of 2007, she moved from solo practice and engaged an associate to include advocacy in the area of elder law. In May of 2008, honored to be asked, she submitted her resume and agreed to serve on then Senator, and now President-Elect, Obama’s National Disability Committee. Jonathan Trexler ’03 has been named a candidate for LL.M. in Taxation at New York University School of Law.
2004 Katy Bowen McCampbell ’04 passed away on Friday, August 14, 2009 in Baltimore, MD from complications following surgery. She practiced law at Ross, Earle and Bonan, P.A. in Stuart, FL, was a
member of the Florida Bar and the Martin County Bar Association, and was an active member of the Junior League. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed tennis, Pilates, traveling, and fine wine. Nicole (Strand) Bangasser ’04 was married to Mike Bangasser on October 4, 2008 in Minnetonka, Minnesota. She currently works for Wells Fargo & Company in their Corporate Finance—Enterprise Contracts Group. Charles E. Cheney ’04 died September 12, 2009. Toward the end of his career, Chuck took up the practice of law, obtaining his law degree at the age of 61. He did most of his work pro bono, tirelessly helping friends, family, and very often near strangers in difficult situations calling for the commitment and expertise he brought to his entire professional life. Chuck’s family and many friends sadly bid farewell to a truly exceptional man. Sarah Dunn Rohne ’04 is serving as the New Lawyers Section Chair on the 2009–2010 Executive Committee of the Hennepin County Bar Association. Jennifer (Natzke) Gaecke ’04 and husband Jeffrey Gaecke are excited to announce the birth of their first child, Alexander Jeffrey Gaecke born June 12, 2008. Megan Kraby ’04 and her husband, Brian, welcomed their third child, a boy, Logan Nicholas Kraby, born October 4th, 2008. Logan joins sister Lauren, 3, and brother Joshua, 1½. Heidi Nau ’04 became a member of the State Bar of California in 2007. She currently works at Haight, Brown & Bonesteel, LLP in Los Angeles, CA. Phillip Quintana ’04 and his wife, Adrienne Quintana, recently welcomed a new addition to their family: Eve Gabrielle Quintana, born May 24, 2009. Eve joins older siblings Jake (7), Marina (4), and Vivienne (2).
Sarah (Frisque) Schmitz ’04 and her husband announce the birth of their new daughter, Jillian Ruby Schmitz. Jillian arrived on April 8, 2009 at 11:13 a.m., weighing in at 7lbs, 2oz and 20 inches long. All is well with mom, baby, and dad.
2005 Christine A. Bosquez ’05 passed away on March 5, 2009 at age 44. She was a loving wife, mother of four, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. Heaven has a new pitcher for their softball team! Jennifer M. Gibson ’05 has been elected to Officer status at Cousineau McGuire Chartered. She devotes her practice solely to defending employers and insurers in workers’ compensation matters. Jessica Intermill ’05 has joined the law firm of Jacobson Buffalo Magnuson Anderson and Hogen. She represents Indian tribes, tribal members, and businesses in litigation regarding sovereignty, taxation, reservation boundaries, and tribal jurisdiction. Daniel M. Key ’05 has established The Key Law Firm, LLC in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. The firm focuses on medical malpractice, product liability, and criminal defense litigation. www. thekeylawfirm.com. Elizabeth Lambrecht ’05 has joined the firm of Parker & Wenner in Minneapolis as an associate. She represents small business clients in corporate formation and risk management and commercial litigation. John W. Sadowski ’05 and his wife Sherry had their second child in September; a beautiful baby girl named Willow. They have one son, Jonah, who is now two. John is a public defender in Ramsey County and Sherry is an ER nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center. Kristy A. Saum ’05 has joined the firm Messerli & Kramer P.A.’s Business Litigation Group. She 65
CLASS NOTES focuses her practice on general litigation. Her experience includes real estate matters involving construction defect claims. Jasper Schneider ’05 has been chosen by the White House as the new State Director of USDA Rural Development in North Dakota. He currently serves in the North Dakota House of Representatives and represents District 21. In addition, he is a member of Senator Conrad’s Fargo staff where he serves as legislative counsel, responsible for legal research and analysis on health care reform, the flooding response, and other issues. Jeremy Westendorf ’05 and his wife announce the birth of their new son, Jason, born November 11, 2008. He currently practices personal injury in Waterloo, Iowa.
2006 Heidi Andres ’06 has been serving as a Trial Counsel on active duty in the U.S. Army Jag Corps for the past two and a half years. She will be deploying to Iraq for one year with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, where she will be practicing international and operational law and military justice. Jill K. Baker-Jueneman ’06 has been in private practice at the law firm of Blethen, Gage & Krause in Mankato since graduation, where she practices primarily in the areas of corporate law, real estate, and employment. She also recently accepted an adjunct teaching position in the College of Business at Minnesota State University Mankato where she will be teaching business law. She is still enjoying running and bicycling and participated in her first triathlon this summer! Megan Brennan ’06 has joined the firm Nichols Kaster, PLLP as an associate attorney. She will represent employees on a variety of employment issues including multi-plaintiff class and collective actions involving overtime and minimum wage violations, and individual employment discrimi66
nation, retaliation, and sexual harassment claims. Reginald W. Bowerman ’06 has been appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of DiaMedica Inc., a drug discovery and clinical development company focused on novel treatments for type 2 diabetes. Michael S. Gaarder ’06 joined the St. Cloud law firm of Pennington, Lies & Cherne, P.A. in September 2007 after completing judicial clerkships with Judge Fred Casey and Judge Richard Zimmerman in Crow Wing County. He is currently practicing in family law, criminal defense, personal injury, employment law, and civil rights/police misconduct. Brian Gryth ’06 and Stacie announce the birth of their daughter, Lydia Armstrong Gryth, born July 31, 2008 at 11:27 a.m. She weighed 10 lbs. 2 oz. and was 20½ inches long. Patty Houser ’06 and Jess Houser welcomed their new daughter, Avery Nicole Houser, on June 16, 2009 at 1:58 p.m. Avery is 7 pounds 6 ounces and 19.25 inches. Kathryn Lammers ’06 recently joined the law firm of Germscheid, Heimerl & Lammers, with locations in Maplewood and Edina. She will focus her practice in general civil litigation and family law. Melisa Lopez Franzen ’06 was appointed as the Hispanic National Bar Association’s National Representative to the Young Lawyer Division of the American Bar Association. She is also the Senior Specialist for Government Affairs with Target Corporation, President-Elect of the MHBA, and recent recipient of the 25 on the Rise award from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota. Margaret P. Moss PhD, JD, RN ’06 is currently in residence in Washington DC as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, the only one ever from Hamline. http://healthpolicyfellows.org/ profiles_currentfellows.php. She will be placed in
a Congressional Office or Committee following her orientation for the 111th Congress. She will also be inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing at their November Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ. Sara Nachtman ’06 was recently hired as an associate attorney by the Duluth law firm of Reyelts & Bateman. Gail R. Prock ’06 was recently honored as a Cabot Executive during the closing keynote lecture of the 25th Anniversary of the Arthur R. Cabot Executive Residency at UW-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin. After graduating from Hamline, she began a family business, Pine Harbor Holding Co., with her husband to manufacture and sell the ShadowShield, a portable and lightweight shield that her husband developed to use for hunting and stalking game. Noel C. Stahle ’06 was appointed Interim Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies at William Penn University, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Ryan P. Thompson ’06 recently joined the firm Silton Seifert Carlson, S.C. The firm focuses on business law and his practice will still primarily focus on employment law, and maybe a bit more business litigation as well. Amy Hunt Tjornhom ‘06 and her husband, Tad Tjornhom, are excited to announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Ava Ruth Tjornhom. She was born on March 7, 2008.
2007 Thomas L. Borgen ’07 and his wife welcomed the birth of their new daughter, Elizabeth. He was also recently hired as a new associate attorney at Nierengarten and Hippert, Ltd. in New Ulm, Minnesota, where his family now resides.
Dustin Bower ’07 was recently featured in an article in Minnesota Lawyer magazine about opening up his own law office in Bloomington. His practice focuses on transactional business matters and bankruptcy. He was also recently a volunteer foreclosure attorney at the 2009 SMRLS Senior Law Fair, a panelist on “Careers in the Law” at the 2009 Legal Expo, and a presenter on “The 21st Century Law Office” at the Inver Hills Community College Student Success Day. Meghan (Gaspar) Goldammer ’07 has joined Sanford Health based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Sanford Health is an integrated health care delivery system that serves the five-state region of South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and North Dakota. She will focus her practice in health care policy. Nathan Hansen ’07 is a judicial law clerk on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals with Judge Terrence O’Brien who is chambered in Cheyenne, WY. Tricia M. Niebuhr ’07 has joined the New Ulm law firm of Berens, Rodenberg & O’Connor as an associate. Prior to joining the firm, she served as law clerk for the Honorable Terri J. Stoneburner, judge for the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Annie Paruccini ’07 currently Director of Board and Commission Appointments, will be moving to the State Federal Affairs office in Washington, D.C. to become director of that office effective July 1, 2009. Kristy A. Saum ’07 has recently joined the firm Messerli & Kramer, PA in their business and litigation group. Chad A. Staul ’07 has joined the law firm of Wessels Sherman as an associate attorney practicing out of their Minneapolis office. He will focus on employment related litigation and counseling business clients.
Lindsay Brice ’07 just accepted a job with the Rochester City Attorney’s Office. She will start as their newest Assistant City Attorney in early May. 67
CLASS NOTES Sonny Zhan ’07 has recently joined Welch Allyn, Inc., located in New York, as an in-house patent counsel.
2008 Joshua A. Dorothy ‘08 recently completed a clerkship with Judges Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks and Louise Dovre Bjorkman of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and is now an associate attorney with Gregerson, Rosow, Johnson & Nilan, Ltd. in Minneapolis. Kate Hannaher ’08 has accepted a position as a law clerk to Hennepin County District Court Judge Tony Leung. She will be working out of the Juvenile Justice Center in downtown Minneapolis. Laura M. Johnson ’08 was recently hired by Olson & Price, Ltd. as and associate attorney. She works directly with contractors to document their claims and to promptly and cooperatively contract disputes. Kelly M. Klun ’08 has joined Klun Law Firm, P.A. Since 1979, Klun Law Firm has represented individuals, governments, and businesses on the Iron Range and across Minnesota. She will practice primarily in the areas of estate planning, family law, business law, real estate, and municipal law. Joshua Larson ’08 recently completed a clerkship with Judge David Minge at the Minnesota Court of Appeals and is now a prosecutor in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. Brad Pederson ’08 has joined the firm Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP in the business and securities practice group. Callie Schmitt ’08 passed the Iowa bar and is currently working at Reynolds & Kenline, L.L.P. in Dubuque, IA. It is a general practice firm and she came on as the 8th attorney in the firm. She is
currently applying for admission on motion to the Minnesota bar as well. Charles Schwartz ’08 wrote an article, “Thy Will Not Be Done: Why States Should Amend Their Probate Codes to Allow an Intestate Share for Unmarried Homosexual Couples”, which was published in the Spring 2008 issue of the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal. Dena M. Sonbol ’08 has recently joined Leonard, Street and Deinard as a practicing attorney. She focuses her practice on commercial real estate. John B. Sprenzel ’08 has joined the law firm of McCartyWinkler LLP, an Illinois law firm with offices in Chicago and Schaumburg, as an associate attorney. His practice areas include general business planning, commercial and residential real estate, real estate tax appeals, and general estate planning. Amy E. Thompson ’08 has joined the firm Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A. where she specializes in insurance defense and litigation. Joshua Townsend Sr. ’08 has been admitted to the Idaho Bar and is currently an associate of Blackburn Law P.C. in Meridian, Idaho. His focus is on Family Law and Criminal Defense.
2009 Michael Goodwin ’09 begins a new job at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) this fall as an americorps attorney with Lilian Ejebe, a HUSL adjunct professor in the education law clinic.
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