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In Minnesota Law’s Newest Clinic, Students Seek Clemency for Clients with Excessive Sentences

Seven years ago, professor JaneAnne Murray was tapped for the steering committee of Clemency Project 2014 (CP2014), a national effort by lawyers and advocates to provide legal assistance for people given excessively harsh prison sentences seeking clemency from President Barack Obama. She thought that to make this work meaningful, she should take on a few clemency cases with her students.

Appearing with Professor JaneAnne Murray (center, front), are (left to right): Alayna O’Bryan, 2L, Alex Feltes, 2L, Lanie Krause, 2L, Hannah Schacherl, 3L, Kendra Saathoff, 2L, Emanuel Williams, 2L, and student director Emily Doyle, 2L.

Students Author Report on LGBT Conditions in Honduras

Four Minnesota Law students’ work on a recently released report on the conditions faced by members of the LGBT community in Honduras may prove helpful in establishing claims for asylum.

State, religious, and social forces in Honduras, one of the most violent countries in the world, make life extremely difficult for members of the LGBT community. As a result, some flee and seek asylum in the United States.

Working with ORAM, Minnesota Law students researched and authored a 39-page report on "Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression in Honduras."

Professors Cox ’90 and Moriearty Named Co-Directors of Law Clinics

Professor Prentiss Cox ’90 and Professor Perry Moriearty were recently appointed co-directors of Law Clinics.

The two-year appointment, which took effect on July 6, runs through the summer 2022.

Laura Thomas, who previously directed the Law Clinics, was sworn in as a Hennepin County District Court judge on Monday.

Professor Laura Thomas Appointed to Hennepin County District Court Bench

Governor Tim Walz has appointed Professor Laura Thomas as a District Court judge in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. Thomas will be chambered in Minneapolis in Hennepin County.

“Laura Thomas has been a beloved teacher, an exemplary faculty colleague, and a key architect of our leading clinical program,” said Garry W. Jenkins, dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law. “We will miss her enthusiasm and dedication. Yet, it is always a point of great pride when a member of our community is called to the bench. I am confident that she will be a wise and even-handed jurist.”