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October 2012

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Congratulations to Dean Robert Vischer

Dean Rob Vischer sporting UST Law Admissions wearables

The Admissions staff is excited to congratulate Robert Vischer on his selection as Dean at UST Law. A press release about his appointment is here. Admissions works closely with the Dean throughout the application cycle and we have been lucky to work with current interim Dean Neil Hamilton, and his predecessor Tom Mengler. We look forward to working with Rob this year.  (And he was a great sport to pose for a photo in Grace’s office wearing some of our UST Law Admissions gear!)

Diversity

Growing your network

Twin Cities Diversity In Practice is an association of law firms and corporate legal departments devoted “to attract, recruit, advance, and retain attorneys of color in the Twin Cities legal community.” They are a great resource for tips for young lawyers on building a happy, successful career in the law.  One of the key components of a successful legal career is building relationships and networking. Check out Diversity in Practice’s latest Break into Law blog entry on 7 Ways to Have Fun and Make Your Network Grow. Another recent entry also provides you with 8 Tips for Success in Your First Year of Law School.

Faith, Student Perspective

Vatican II’s declaration of religious freedom: The view from Europe

Submitted by Lucas S., 2L Guest Blogger

The Most Reverend Charles Morerod, OP, was once at a religious conference in Geneva, Switzerland, when an African priest posed the question, “Should we allow people to change religions?” Bishop Morerod didn’t want to answer the question, and no one else did either, so the question went largely unanswered. “It is not obvious,” said Bishop Morerod, speaking on religious freedom at the law school last week, “even as Christians, to respect religious freedom.”Bishop Morerod specifically addressed Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Freedom.”

Most Reverend Charles Morerod, OP

Bishop Morerod specifically addressed Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Freedom. It has been especially difficult for the European mind to accept the concept of religious freedom. History has shaped the European attitude toward religious freedom. Historically, a European’s religion was decided by their birthplace. If you didn’t accept the official religion of your country, then you were in big trouble. The wars of religion in Europe were evidence of the danger posed by different religions co-existing in the same country. The power of the official state churches rivaled that of the governments. Even today, churches in Europe have a tight hold in their respective states. In France in 1905, cities were required, by law, to pay the expenses of all the church buildings in France built before 1905. Even today, the official churches of some European nations hold a large amount of secular influence. Continue Reading