2020 Spring

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.