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The Impact of Scholarship Support: Helen Winters

While there are a number of reasons why Helen Winters, a current 3L, chose to attend Minnesota Law specifically, she lists scholarship support as the number one reason and deciding factor. Winters shares, “I am the first person in my family to attend law school, and I knew that I would not be able to afford law school without support. Due to COVID, I had little prospect of getting a job out of college, and so I chose to apply right away, meaning that I had no money from working to support me.”

Helen Winters, 3L

Together, We Support the Next Generation of Lawyer-Leaders: A Letter from Dean Garry W. Jenkins

Dear Alumni and Friends of Minnesota Law:

As we begin another academic year, a new class of incredible 1Ls (with the highest academic credentials on record!) will begin their studies at Minnesota Law, eager to join our community and ready to take advantage of our world-class legal education. By choosing the University of Minnesota Law School, these exceptionally bright students have started on a path that will shape their future and allow them to make a positive difference in their communities across the globe. 

Dean Garry W. Jenkins

Minnesota Law Partners with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid for Community Fellowships

The Community Legal Fellows Initiative, funded by The Minneapolis Foundation, provides much-needed legal support for low-income persons in North Minneapolis and the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. Through a community partnership model with a civil legal aid organization and community health clinics, the initiative supports Minnesota Law graduates working with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid to expand service capacity to clients in need while simultaneously training new public service lawyers in Minnesota.

Joe Hamaker, 3L, Adam Johnson ’21, and Gabrielle Maginn, 3L

Law School to Launch Sports and NIL Clinic  

A new clinic Minnesota Law will launch next fall will offer name, image, and likeness (NIL) legal assistance to students with NIL needs, including college athletes and social media influencers of all types.

 Created in partnership with the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron, the Sports and NIL Clinic will help its student clients navigate the tricky legal waters of sponsorships, endorsement deals, and image licensing. 

Fredrikson & Byron attorney Chris Pham, Tarun Sharma, 3L,  and Colton Messer, 3L

Minnesota Law to Launch Racial Justice Law Clinic  

 A new legal clinic at Minnesota Law aims to target deeply embedded, systemic racial inequalities and discrimination while training future lawyers to make an impact on this critical work.  

The Racial Justice Law Clinic will launch in fall 2022, serving as an avenue for Minnesota Law students and faculty to tackle discriminatory practices and fight for individuals and communities facing race-based oppression.

Liliana Zaragoza

A Legacy of Generosity and the Power of Scholarship Support: Maysa Alqaisi

Maysa Alqaisi, a 2L at Minnesota Law, dreamed of becoming a lawyer and advocate from an early age. A first-generation law student and U.S. immigrant, she earned a degree in finance at the University of Texas-Austin. She got her first taste of Minnesota when she interned at Target corporate headquarters as an undergraduate and subsequently applied to Minnesota Law to pursue her goal of becoming a lawyer.

Maysa Alqaisi

The Impact of Scholarship Support: Benjamin Cooper

Benjamin Cooper, a current 3L at Minnesota Law, has always had a deep interest in legal policy and its impact on communities. 

After graduating from St. Olaf College, Cooper moved to Minneapolis and began work as a Legal Services Coordinator at Tubman, a nonprofit organization that helps people who have experienced relationship violence, elder abuse, addiction, sexual exploitation or other forms of trauma.  

Benjamin Cooper

Medtronic Funds Scholarships Named for Pioneering Judges Pamela Alexander '77 and Michael Davis '72

Thanks to a generous gift from Medtronic, Minnesota Law has created two new scholarships named after trailblazing alumni. The Judge Pamela G. Alexander ’77 Scholarship and Judge Michael J. Davis ’72 Scholarship were established to support law students who show a commitment to social justice and exhibit outstanding potential for legal work as civil rights or public interest attorneys.

Judge Pamela Alexander '77 and Senior Judge Michael Davis '72

Law School’s Driven to Lead Campaign Surpasses Goal, Raises More Than $100M

The Law School’s Driven to Lead campaign has not only surpassed its original $80 million fundraising goal, but exceeded its $100 million stretch goal, raising more than $100 million in total for scholarships, professorships and faculty research, student support and fellowships, clinical programs and experiential learning, leadership programming, and the annual fund.

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