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Meet Minnesota Law’s Incoming Editors-in-Chief for 2024-25

Minnesota Law is excited to announce that four women will lead the University of Minnesota Law School’s law journals in the 2024-25 academic year. We asked them to share a little about their backgrounds, plans for the future, and what they are looking forward to leading their respective journals.

Incoming editors-in-chief for the 2024-25 academic year, include Fariza Hassan '25; Laura Reyes '25; Callan Showers '25; and Christhy Le '25.

Two Minnesota Law Mock Trial Competition Teams Named Regional Co-Champs, Advance to Nationals

This past weekend, Minnesota Law's intercollegiate mock trial competition teams became regional co-champions of the TYLA/ACTL National Trial Competition. The National Trial Competition is administered by the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) & the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) and is the largest mock trial tournament in the United States, drawing competition teams from

Two Minnesota Law Mock Trial Competition Teams dressed in professional attire, From L to R: Dominik Ruch '24; Diana Kawka '24; Simone Earle '24; Nathan Barry '25; An Duong '24; and Thaameran Sarveswaran '25

Bloomberg Law Honors Law in Practice for Overall Excellence in Practical  Skills Training for the Second Year in a Row

Adjunct Professor Imani Jaafar wasn’t surprised to learn that the Law in Practice (LiP) course at Minnesota Law earned national recognition from Bloomberg Law for the second year running. In her four years as an adjunct professor for the class, Jaafar has witnessed its innovative approach to teaching 1Ls the day-to-day skills they will need to practice law.

The LIP Program

Emanual Williams ’23 and the Clemency Project Clinic Successfully Advocate to Have a Client's Sentence Commuted

Emanual Williams ’23 had just graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School and was studying for the bar when he argued for and won a commutation from the Minnesota Board of Pardons (BOP) for the client he had represented as a student in the Law School’s Clemency Project Clinic. The client, Hansakda Souvannarath, had been the driver in a drive-by shooting when he was just 19 years old. In 1995, he was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole, followed by an additional sentence of 17 consecutive years.

Emanual Williams '23

Minnesota Law Mourns the Passing of Former Professor Dan L. Burk

The University of Minnesota Law School joins together with the University of California Irvine School of Law (UCI Law), colleagues, friends, family, and the legal community to mourn the passing of former Minnesota Law professor Dan L. Burk, who served on the Minnesota Law School faculty from 2000 to 2008. Professor Burk was a Distinguished and Chancellor’s Professor of Law and founding faculty member and the first Chancellor’s Professor at UCI Law. He passed away on Sunday, February 4.

Professor Dan Burk

Minnesota Law students from the Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic and the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic built a case in preparation for oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court

Has a noncitizen truly been notified of their immigration-related removal hearing if the federal government fails to follow its statutory requirements to provide written notice? In January, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the question of proper notification and whether the federal government may remove noncitizens in absentia if they were not duly informed of their hearing date.

Minnesota Law clinic teams posing outside SCOTUS after presenting their arguements

Clemency Project Clinic and Civil Rights Appellate Clinic Collaborate to Secure Major Victory in Tanya Wager et al. v. DOC

The University of Minnesota Law School’s Clemency Project Clinic—in collaboration with the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic, ACLU-MN, and Mitchell Hamline School of Law’s Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners Clinic—has secured a major victory for four individuals it was representing in a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections (DOC). In Tanya Wagner et al. v. DOC, the plaintiffs had challenged the DOC’s decision to return them to prison.

Emma Kruger ’24, Professor JaneAnne Murray, and Professor Elizabeth Bentley

Tribute: Minnesota Law Mourns the Passing of Michael Berman ’64

Michael Berman ’64 passed away earlier this month after a short illness at his home in Washington, D.C. He is survived by his beloved spouse, Debbie Cowan. Berman, a Minnesota native, notably served as deputy chief of staff and counsel to Vice President Walter Mondale ’56 and as a subsequent advisor to several elected officials.

Michael Berman