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asylum or withholding of deportation based on changed circumstances arising in the country of nationality or in the country to which deportation has been ordered.” Law student Mary Georgevich ’18, working with Alexis Dutt ’18 and Tim Sanders ’18 and supervised by Binger Center director Ben Casper Sanchez ’97 and adjunct clinical professor Mirella Ceja-Orozco, spent several days during finals period creating a comprehensive database to track all 92 detainees and help coordinate the work of volunteer lawyers who converged at the ICE centers in Florida to screen detainees. The Minnesota team worked closely with two recent Binger Center

graduates, Andrea Crumrine ’16 and Alex DeLeon ’16, both postgraduate fellows at Americans for Immigrant Justice in Miami, one of the organizations that joined the litigation. Crumrine and DeLeon interviewed Somali detainees and developed declarations used in the lawsuit. Michele Garnet McKenzie ’96, deputy director of The Advocates for Human Rights, one of the Binger Center’s nonprofit partner organizations, gathered evidence on current conditions in Somalia for the lawsuit and helped coordinate the team’s responses to media inquiries. Another important figure in the effort was recent Law School

graduate John Bruning ’17, now with Kim Hunter Associates in St. Paul. In late November, just weeks after his admission to the bar, Bruning and Hunter filed five separate federal lawsuits in Minnesota on behalf of individual Somali clients who were slated to be on the Dec. 7 deportation flight. Bruning helped win court orders blocking ICE from putting three of his clients on that flight; his other two clients were in the Florida detention centers but protected by the Dec. 19 temporary restraining order. Bruning’s briefs from his five lawsuits now are being used by lawyers who will represent other Somali detainees in the next phase of the ongoing case. n


ARNE SORENSON ’83, PRESIDENT and chief executive officer of Marriott International Inc., will be the Law School’s 2018 commencement speaker. Marriott International encompasses more than 6,500 properties across 30 leading hotel brands spanning 127 countries and territories. In 2012, Sorenson became the third CEO in the company’s history,


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having held several positions since joining in 1996, including president and chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and president of continental European lodging. He was elected to Marriott’s board of directors in 2011. Sorenson co-founded Marriott’s Global Sustainability Council in 2007. The following year, he launched Marriott’s rainforest preservation partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation in Brazil. He also chairs Marriott’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council. Sorenson served as vice chair of the President’s Export Council and is the immediate past board chair for Brand USA, where he remains a member of the board. He is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., serving as chair of its Global Initiative, as well as a member of the Business Council, the board of the Warrior Scholar

Project, and the board of trustees for The Brookings Institution. In November 2017, Sorenson joined the Microsoft Corporation board of directors. Prior to joining Marriott, Sorenson was a partner with the law firm Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. “Arne Sorenson exemplifies the lawyer-leader that we aim to produce at the Law School,” said Garry W. Jenkins, dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law. “Through his analytic skills and his penchant for collaborative work, he has risen to the top of the hospitality industry. Just as important, he is an engaged civic leader, serving vital government and nonprofit institutions.” The Law School Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 12, at Northrop Memorial Auditorium. n

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