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Prof. Francis Shen and Prof. Susan Wolf Lead a National Working Group that Released Landmark Ethical Guidance for New Portable MRI Brain Research

MRI has transformed neuroscience research over the past 50 years, but research participants have had to travel to the scanner. With the advent of highly portable magnetic resonance imaging (pMRI), the scanner will now come to them. This portable technology will allow for more inclusive research with new communities and will enable researchers without access to conventional MRI to study the brain.

An doctor assessing a patient with an MRI machine

From Minnesota Law to Federal Courts: Tyler Blackmon’s Journey to Securing Two Federal Clerkships

In the legal profession, few accomplishments rival the prestige and significance of securing a judicial clerkship. It’s a pinnacle achievement that sets the stage for a promising legal career, offering invaluable experiences, mentorship, and insights into the inner workings of the judicial system. With a limited number of state and federal judgeships, securing a judicial clerkship is immensely competitive.

Tyler Blackmon

Tribute: Minnesota Law Mourns the Passing of William J. Lockhart ’61, Son of Former Dean William B. Lockhart

William J. Lockhart ’61, passed away on April 16, at age 90. Lockhart was born in Los Altos, Calif., and later moved to Minneapolis. His father was William B. Lockhart, who was dean of the Law School from 1958 to 1972. He graduated from the University of Minnesota before serving three years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, with two of those years as supply officer on a destroyer in Asia. He earned his J.D.

William Lockhart

Clemency Project Clinic Successfully Advocates for the Shortening of Prison Sentences

In the fall of her 2L year, Amy Cohen ’24 took Professor JaneAnne Murray’s evidence class. At the time, Cohen was weighing her clinical choices and Murray encouraged her to consider the Clemency Project Clinic, which advocates for individuals serving disproportionately long prison sentences.

“JaneAnne said to me, ‘There are many people are serving longer-than-needed sentences,’” recalls Cohen. “That stuck with me and drew me to the clinic.”

Amy Cohen ’24, Professor JaneAnne Murray, and Maggie Kovach ’24

Professor Kristin Hickman Named Associate Dean for Faculty and Intellectual Life

Professor Kristin Hickman has been named Minnesota Law's Associate Dean for Faculty and Intellectual Life, beginning this summer. Hickman is the McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, and the Harlan Albert Rogers Professor of Law. She is a leading authority in the fields of tax administration, administrative law, and statutory interpretation.

Professor Kristin Hickman

Minnesota Law’s New Gender and Sexuality Moot Court Competition Team Wins Top Honors

2Ls Leah Kanihan ’25 and Madeleine Kim ’25 joined Minnesota Law’s Gender and Sexuality Moot Court team, fueled by a passion for advocating for people affected by this deeply personal area of law. So, Kim was disappointed when she learned that their team would represent the petitioners, requiring the pair to make the case for something they do not support.

Director of Minnesota Law's Moot Court program Prof. Randall Ryder '09, Coach Mark Ficken '20, Coach Katja Lange '23, David Lindgren '25, and Kaz Lane '25, Leah Kanihan '25 and Madeleine Kim '25

Minnesota Law Students Win the Jeffrey Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

Three 2024 Minnesota Law graduates capped their law school experience with a first-place finish in a prestigious national moot-court competition.

Maria Pfister ’24, Poojan Thakrar ’24, and Hanna Weil ’24 were members of the Minnesota Law team that took away top honors at the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Pace University in New York. The team competed against 53 other teams in the largest event of its type in the U.S.

Director of Moot Court programs Prof. Randall Ryder'09, Coach Emily Polachek, Hanna Weil ’24, Maria Pfister ’24, Poojan Thakrar ’24, and Coach Rachel Kitze-Collins ’14