School of Law

Berina Altshuler

Public Interest Law Fellow: Berina Altshuler, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City

In February, 2L Berina Altshuler received two pieces of exciting news. She learned she had been chosen for a Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF) Public Interest Law Fellowship (PILF) and that she would spend her summer as a legal intern with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York City.
An aerial view of the lower quad. (Photo by Mike Ekern '02)

Academic Convocation: Gratitude and Hope for 2020-21

Nearly 600 St. Thomas community members gathered virtually over Zoom for the 2020-21 academic convocation, in which two important topics – the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice – were frequently addressed.
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.
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.
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School of Law Celebrates 171 Students Earning Degrees

The University of St. Thomas School of Law conferred degrees to 171 students on May 16. Among them were 133 students earning their J.D. – four of whom earned a joint degree – 18 earning an LL.M. in U.S. Law, and 20 earning a master’s or LL.M. degree in organizational ethics and compliance.
A prison yard.

School of Law Helps Develop, Support Minnesota Prisoners Medical Release Program

On March 27, School of Law Professor Mark Osler wrote an editorial column in the Star Tribune calling on local, state and federal officials to “take action now if we are to avoid catastrophic illness and death in those [prison and jail] facilities as COVID-19 inexorably advances." The state listened.