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May 2011

Faculty Perspective

Celebrating Community: Reflections on Justice, Service and Leadership

Artika Tyner, Esq., Interim Director of Diversity & Clinical Law Fellow, Guest Blogger

In celebration of community, the University of St. Thomas School of Law welcomed to our campus. Dr. Cahn is an attorney, law professor, author, creator of Time Dollars and president and founder of TimeBanks USA.

Dr. Edgar Cahn

Dr. Edgar Cahn

Cahn has committed his life to serving as an engineer of social change. A few of his notable accomplishments include:

  • Serving as the co-founder with his late wife Jean Camper Cahn of the Antioch School of Law, UDC-DCSL’s predecessor; the first law school in the United States to educate law students primarily through clinical training in legal services to the poor;
  • Founding and directing the Time Dollar Youth Court, in which teen juries judge cases of teens arrested for the first time for non-violent offenses;
  • Serving as one of the co-founders of the National Legal Services Program.

As a part of his keynote address, he discussed what inspired his work and what led to the creation of timebanking. His purpose in life is to serve. According to Cahn, the most important part of life is “getting up with a purpose.” He Continue Reading


Congratulations to the Class of 2011!

Commencement for the Class of 2011 was held on Saturday afternoon at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis.  The celebration started in the morning in the law school atrium with a Baccalaureate Mass followed by a breakfast for the graduates and their guests. 


As the students lined up for the processional, you could feel the excitement in the air.  Family and friends came from all over the country to see the graduates take their momentous steps across the stage!  The commencement speakers were full of excitement as they talked to the graduates about life after law school.  The admissions office and the rest of the UST Law community would like to once again say congratulations, Class of 2011!!

Student Activities, Student Perspective

Law School Student Appointed to ABA Student Lt. Governor Team

juno pic 1UST School of Law student Juno Nayagam has been appointed Lt. Governor for 8th Circuit Events for the ABA’s Law Student Division.  As a part of the 8th Circuit Lieutenant Governor Team for 2011-2012, Nayagam joins law students from 14 other law schools who were appointed based on their qualifications, leadership skills, and desire to serve the law students of the 8th Circuit.  The 8th Circuit includes the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

The ABA website indicates that the Law Student Division section focuses on practical and professional skills development for law school students and provides assistance in the search for jobs, both during and after graduation from law school. Additionally, the Division offers leadership training, public service opportunities, career development programming, and practical skills competitions.  The Law Student Division is comprised of fifteen circuits (not to be confused with the federal judicial circuits) to better serve the needs of students on a regional, as well as national level.

Nayagam looks forward to representing the UST School of Law as he works with the Lieutenant Governor Team to coordinate circuit events for ABA Law Student Division 8th Circuit members.

Faculty Perspective

Yes, we can make a difference in the lives of Black males

Artika Tyner, Esq., Interim Director of Diversity and Clinical Law Fellow, Guest Blogger

In honor of Black History Month, the University of St. Thomas School of Law welcomed an esteemed guest, Jackson picture_Artika BlogDr. John Jackson (President and CEO of The Schott Foundation) on February 28, 2011.  Dr. Jackson provided a keynote address to the UST Law community and other community members related to the Schott Foundation’s report entitled: Yes We Can: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males 2010.  This report provides a state-by-state comparative analysis of the academic achievement of Black males in public education and offers practical solutions for promoting successful educational outcomes for all students. This report frames educational disparities experienced by Black males as a civil rights issue and advocates for national policy reform with the goal in mind of helping to build a positive future for Black boys.[1]

The mission of the Schott Foundation is to uphold an “Opportunity to Learn” frame on educational policy, which focuses on ensuring that resources are provided for all students to have an equitable opportunity to learn and produce high achievement outcomes. The furtherance of this mission is evidenced by its’ launching of the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign and publishing of cutting-edge research on early childhood education.

Dr. John Jackson and Artika Tyner

Dr. John Jackson and Artika Tyner

During his address, Dr. Jackson provided a call to action for each attendee. He challenged each member of the community to play a key role in furtherance of the message of ‘Yes we can.’ At the core of Dr. Jackson’s values is the commitment that all children can learn. Based upon this commitment, Dr. Jackson motivated the law school community and greater community to become actively involved in chartering a new course for the future of education for Black males.
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[1] Excerpt from Jackson analyzes education disparity(Insight News, Maya Beecham)