Last night I attended the Learners to Leaders event hosted by the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. Each student that was in attendance was nominated to participate in the program because of their excellence and interest in continuing their education after completing their undergraduate degrees. We were welcomed by the Dean of the Business School, Christopher Puto, Ph. D. and the Assistant Dean of the MBA programs, Bill Woodson.
The Annual Chili Cook-Off was held last week in the Atrium of the law school. The funds raised will benefit the Minnesota Justice Foundation Student Chapter summer clerkship program.
There were over 20 entries from students, staff and faculty members and over $400 was raised at the event. The winner was Nick (3L) with his “Martha Stewart Chili” recipe. He received a Best Buy gift card and the Golden Ladle award!
To learn more about the Minnesota Justice Foundation, visit their website.
Salena Tumini (2L), President of the UST Law Democrats, Guest Blogger
We’re the St Thomas Law Democrats. The goal of our organization is to give students on campus an opportunity to incorporate their political leanings into their legal education, encourage the exchange of ideas and support active citizenship.
In the past year the Law Dems have hosted a variety of speakers and events. Last year we had seven candidates for the DFL endorsement and nomination for Governor come in throughout the semester to speak with us about their candidacy. We also held a candidate mixer at a nearby restaurant for students to talk and mingle with candidates for Governor, County Attorney, and more.
This past semester the Law Dems and Law Republicans organized a voting registration drive in the weeks before the November elections. During Women’s History Month we cosponsored a movie night with the Women’s Law Student Association and watched “Iron Jawed Angels,” a film about the women’s suffrage movement. Just last week we had a pizza party at school to watch the President’s State of the Union Address. We held our annual elections in November and were excited to welcome new 1Ls to our board. In the coming months we hope to have Representatives come in to give a legislative session recap and preview, we’ll be hosting a President’s Day happy hour, and much more.
We look forward to meeting you. If you have any questions about the UST Law Democrats feel free to contact Salena Tumini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courtney Moran (3L), ELS Co-Chair, Guest Blogger
The Environmental Law Society is dedicated to raising awareness to the increasing number of environmental issues we are facing today. By providing volunteer opportunities and hosting a variety of speakers, the Environmental Law Society highlights the legal aspects of environmental issues.
For the past several years, ELS has volunteered with Great River Greening, a local non-profit organization working to restore the metro area with native plant species. Through Great River Greening we have participated in planting events as well as brush clean-up events. For Earth Day, ELS has volunteered with the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board to help clean-up the banks of the Mississippi River. We have a lot of fun at our volunteer events, meet local environmentalists, learn about the area in which we live, and relieve a little law school stress along the way.