Mondale Hall at sunset


Minnesota Law Mourns the Passing of Mahlon Floyd Hanson ’69, Former Judge

Mahlon Floyd Hanson ’69, a former judge for the Minnesota Workers Compensation Court of Appeals and the Miami Immigration Court, died on Dec. 29 at the age of 77.

Hanson received both his bachelor of arts and law degrees from the University of Minnesota. In addition to his judicial service, he served as an assistant counsel for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in Minnesota and later in Miami. 

Hanson also served as a Staff Judge Advocate Officer in the U.S. Army on active duty and as a reservist. He retired as a Colonel. 

Mahlon Floyd Hanson ’69

Advocacy in Action:  2L takes advantage of Minnesota Law’s programs to champion human rights around the world

Suzanne Mead, a 2L at Minnesota Law, has big plans to pursue a career in international human rights law advocacy after graduation. Mead chose this area of work because it combines her immense passion for helping people with her interest in the Mandarin language, which she has studied for well over a decade. Because of Minnesota Law’s reputation of public interest law programs and the notoriety of the Human Rights Center (HRC), it was Mead’s first choice when picking a law school. 

Student Suzanne Mead working at the Human Rights Center

Clinic Helps Innocent Spouse Obtain Relief from Ex’s $335K Tax Debt

A woman was absolved of liability from a more than $335,000 federal tax liability accrued by her ex-husband thanks to students in Minnesota Law’s Ronald M. Mankoff Tax Clinic.

Different students have worked on the case since the beginning of the 2019 academic year, according to Associate Clinical Professor Caleb Smith, who oversees the Tax Clinic. In addition to the federal tax savings, a clinic student’s persistent efforts saved the woman nearly $24,000 in state taxes.

Amber Peterson '19. Prof. Caleb Smith, Erin Petersen '20, and Xiaoyuan (Sharon) Zhou, 3L.

Minnesota Law School to Launch Gun Violence Prevention Clinic  

Minnesota Law School will launch a Gun Violence Prevention Clinic in January 2023. The clinic is believed to be the first in-house law school clinic in the nation with a focus on promoting gun violence prevention through strategic litigation.

Megan Walsh

Minnesota Law Mourns the Passing of Julian Edward Collins ‘78, Retired Florida Circuit Court Judge

Julian Edward Collins ‘78, a retired circuit court judge, died on December 1 at the age of 78.

Collins was elected to the bench of Columbia County in Florida in 1988. After 11 years on thje Columbia County bench, he was appointed a Circuit Court judge. Collins held that seat for the next 14 years, until he reached the state’s mandatory judicial retirement age of 70. He served about four of those years as chief judge,

Julian Edward Collins ‘78, a retired circuit court judge

Students Discuss Native American Heritage Month and Building Capacity for NALSA

November is Native American Heritage Month. Four Minnesota Law students, who are members of the Native American Law Student Association (NALSA), answered questions about what Native American Heritage Month means to them and about building capacity for the newly re-formed NALSA affinity group. 

What does Native American Heritage Month Mean to You?

Members of the Native American Law Student Association