SOL Magazine Spring 2023



Professor Carl Warren, 2L Isaac Schumacher, Professor Virgil Wiebe and Interim Dean Joel Nichols (pictured at right) attended the 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast in Minneapolis on January 16. The law school was also represented among the speakers. As part of the event, alumnus Abou Amara ‘19 J.D. (pictured above) moderated a conversation with keynote speaker Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama.

Warren, Schumacher, Wiebe and Nichols

Casey Matthiesen ‘20 J.D., (pictured center) an attorney at Robins Kaplan LLP and president of the Minnesota Native American Bar Association, spoke with law students during a Taco Tuesday event in the fall. The events are new this year and are sponsored by the law school’s Spiritual Life Committee.

Tommie Give Day 2022 was a big success for the law school thanks to an outpouring of support from our 3Ls, staff, faculty and alumni. Thanks to you we surpassed our goal of reaching 300 donors to unlock $50,000. AND, we more than doubled the Tommie Give Day participation of any other academic unit on campus. Thank you!

At last year’s Mission Awards event, the School of Law honored Adam Terwey ‘11 J.D. (pictured right) with a Living the Mission award. Terwey is the director at St. Croix Legal Services, a nonprofit firm that serves individuals and families of low-to-moderate income who may not otherwise have access to the legal system.

On Veterans Day, the law school’s Initiative on Restorative Justice and Healing (IRJH), in partnership with the Veterans Defense Project (VDP), held an event at the law school to honor those who served in our armed forces and highlight Minnesota’s Veterans Restora- tive Justice Act. Among the speakers and panelists were Ryan Else ‘11 J.D. (pictured right), Professor and VDP Vice Chair Hank Shea and Professor and Director of the IRJH Father Dan Griffith.

Last fall’s Alumnae Brunch included a discussion about the advancement of women in the legal profession. Alumnae panelists (from left to right) Molly Hough ’18 J.D. , Barb Weckman Brekke ’05 J.D., Pamela Steinle ‘11 J.D. (moderator) and Kelli Riley ’12 J.D. shared their experiences as women lawyers and business leaders and offered advice on how to intentionally create space for women to succeed.

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