Thanos Zygnas looks out from the terrace of the Bernardi Campus in Rome.

When (Not) in Rome: An Oral History of the Decision to Close Bernardi Campus

As COVID-19 spread throughout Italy, university officials wrestled with the decision of whether to close the Bernardi Campus. St. Thomas was the first program in Rome to close its operations … and just in time. Here’s an oral history of the decisions to close the Rome campus.
Engineering Professor Dr. Katherine Acton prepares online learning lessons in the STELAR Media Studio. Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas

Zooming into Online Learning

Since March 12, more than 900 St. Thomas faculty members taught more than 2,000 courses to more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. This summer another 450 courses will be taught.
Trevor Brink, right, is a St. Thomas law student and a National Guard officer.

School of Law Student at the Heart of Minnesota’s PPE Distribution

St. Thomas School of Law student Trevor Brink has been working since April 9 as the executive officer of his National Guard company and in charge of managing the Minnesota Department of Health’s personal protective equipment (PPE) distribution warehouse.

The Hard Work Ahead

Our community and our nation are experiencing immense distress and pain over all that surrounds the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis policemen. George Floyd – one more black man in generations of black people who have been victims of systemic and relentless racism. And while this time it is under our noses in the Twin Cities, it’s rampant and persistent across our nation, and yet again we resoundingly say, “Enough is enough!” How many times can we say this? Have we lost our credibility? Where is our humanity?
Archbishop Ireland Justice Fellow Jessica Melheim ’15, left, and Emily Ginsburg ’18, right, pose for a portrait with Central Minnesota Legal Services Executive Director Jean Lastine, middle.

School of Law Archbishop Ireland Justice Fellows Help Bridge the Justice Gap

Hiring a lawyer is out of reach for more than 60 million Americans. Measured against any disease, environmental crisis or national emergency, the justice gap is an epidemic, according to Lisa Montpetit Brabbit, associate dean for external relations and programs at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. That’s why the School of Law is working hard to find ways to close the gap.
Dean Robert Vischer speaks during the University of St. Thomas School of Law Living the Mission Law Mission Award Ceremony in Schulze Atrium in the School of Law Building on April 11, 2017 in Minneapolis.

Our Mission at St. Thomas Law Compels Us to Tackle the Justice Gap

As a Catholic law school, what is our responsibility? Pope Francis has urged all of us to recognize our “duty to hear the voice of the poor.” As lawyers, we not only have the duty to hear the poor, we have the power to lift the voices of the poor, to ensure that they are heard by the legal system’s decision-makers.

Update on George Floyd Case Response and Curfew Information

As we head into the weekend, we want each of you to know that our community is here for you as we collectively reel from and grieve the tragic death of George Floyd. Violence against black communities lives in our history, and racial injustices perpetuate today. This behavior is unacceptable and leaves us concerned for the emotional and physical well-being of our students, staff and faculty.