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August 2012

Diversity, Student Perspective

Native American Law Student Opportunity: Udall Fellow

Travis C., Guest Blogger, 2L UST Law student

Travis standing outside of the Supreme Courthouse before the AHA ruling. He was able to go inside and watch the Justices deliver the opinion.

This past summer I was a Udall Fellow in Washington D.C.  The Udall Foundation was created in honor of Congressman Morris K. Udall and his brother, Secretary of the Interior Stewart L. Udall.  Every year the Foundation selects 11 Native American students from around the country to participate in a summer long paid internship working in Washington D.C.  In addition, the Foundation also pays for all airfare to and from D.C., housing costs, as well as food and incidental costs.

Once I arrived in D.C., I was assigned to the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, which is the legal counsel for the Secretary of the Interior.  Specifically, I worked in the Solicitor’s Division of Indian Affairs.  Essentially, we were the division which dealt with any and all Indian law related issues.  Continue Reading

Student Perspective

Opportunities outside the Twin Cities

Holli M., Guest Blogger,  2L UST Law Student

This summer I had the opportunity to work with a great group of people at the Mower County Attorney’s Office in Austin, Minnesota.  To be honest, I did not consider a future in criminal law until this exposure.  But it has shown me an entirely different career option that is highly rewarding and very interesting!  Not only have I gained valuable experience, but I have also used my legal research and writing education from the 1L Lawyering Skills classes at UST School of Law.  It is true that law school teaches you to think like a lawyer, and I put that education to good use this summer.  I have used other important skills and admirable attributes of UST as well, including professionalism and service.  My summer internship at the Mower County Attorney’s Office was a volunteer position, but it was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.  It is encouraging to know that my legal education at UST School of Law is, and will continue to be, put to good use!


Pre-Orientation Public Service Days with the Class of 2015

Felix and Courtney and their cleaning supplies.

The week before orientation the Admissions office took a group of incoming students to the Ronald McDonald house to volunteer. One of our 2L students, Max, who is on the Public Service Board set up the events for us.  After touring the facilities we helped deep clean kitchens for the 48 families that are staying there while their children are in treatment. We also helped disinfect the castle in the children’s play room.  Continue Reading


Meet your student government

President Vince Gemerek

President Vince Gmerek

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Undergrad institution: Butler University

Undergrad major: Philosophy and Political Science

Favorite thing about UST Law: The UST Law Community

Advice to prospective students/1L: Get involved early! Good friends are the key to conquering law school.

Vice President Jenna Haler

Vice President Jenna Haler

Hometown: Hastings, MN.

Undergrad institution: College of Saint Benedict

Undergrad major: Political Science

Favorite thing about UST Law: Being part of the UST community.

Treasurer Sam Johnson

Advice to prospective students/1L: Remember to breathe and indulge in your time here by getting to know your fellow classmates, the staff, and the faculty because you are surrounded by some incredible and inspiring people everyday day.



Treasurer Samuel Johnson

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Undergrad institution:  Macalester College

Undergrad major:  Biology (Pre-Med)

Favorite thing about UST Law: Sense of Community and Being Downtown

Advice to prospective students/1L:  Enjoy your time here.  It goes by fast.


Judicial Chair Natolie Hochhausen

Judicial Chair Natolie Hochhausen

Hometown: Potosi, WI

Undergrad institution: University of Wisconsin- Madison

Favorite part of UST Law: UST Law has a great collection of professors who are genuinely invested in the students’ education and growth.

Advice to prospective students/1L: Don’t save your upper level writing requirement for your final semester.


ABA Representative Matt Limoges




ABA Representative Matthew Limoges

Hometown: Apple Valley, MN

Undergrad institution: North Dakota State University

Favorite part of UST Law:  UST Law is a great place to meet new people with similar interests.

Advice to prospective students/1L: Make friends with the people who aren’t in your year in school.  They will come in handy someday!


Next up:  Meet your student government class representatives

Study Abroad

Guest speaker: William Nardini

Andrew R., 2L

“At this, my master turned his head around
and toward the right, and looked at me and said:
‘He who takes not of this has listened well.’”

Inferno XV.97-99.

Trastevere, July 18, 2012.

William Nardini

The staff at John Cabot went out of their way to provide us with extracurricular activities and opportunities. Many of them had to do with Rome itself – touring the museums, churches or landmarks of the city. But others were more particular to the program itself. Lawyers, academics and priests came to speak or give lectures on occasion, both in and outside of class.

Given his connections and subject matter of what he was teaching, Prof. Wulf Kaal’s International Finance class probably got the best cut overall of these speakers, or at least the most numerous.

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Study Abroad

A farewell

by Andrew R., 2L

“You new have seen, my son, the temporal
and the eternal fire, you’ve reached the place
where my discernment now has reached its end.”
                                                            –Purgatorio XXVII.127-129.

Piazza Farnese, July 12, 2012

Only two-thirds of the way through the semester and already we’re starting to have to say our good-byes. Prof. Michael Moreland, our teacher for State, Society, and Economics, was handing over the reins to his friend and colleague Prof. Patrick Brennan before returning to Villanova to deal with his duties as newly-elected vice dean of the law school. Prof. Brennan, who had recently completed a conference in Milan, would begin his part of the course the following Monday, building on the weeks spent covering the political writings of Augustine and Thomas Aquinas with more contemporary Church texts from Leo XIII, John Paul II, and Jacques Martain. Continue Reading

Study Abroad

Church and state

by Andrew R., 2L

Caravaggio’s Madonna di Loreto as seen in the Basilica di Sant’Agosto

“The one sun has put out the other’s light;
the sword is now one with the crook – and fused
together thus, must bring about misrule,
since joined, now neither fears the other one.”

Purgatorio XVI.109-112.

Basilica di Sant’Agostino, July 10, 2012.

During summer school at least, hours of class time and lectures are best punctuated with the occasional class trip. This time, in tandem with our subject matter for Prof. Moreland’s State, Society, and Economics class, we went out to the Basilica di Sant’Agostino, about a fifteen minute walk north of John Cabot, just off the Piazza Navona.

The Church is home to Caravaggio’s painting of the Madonna di Loreto (also known as Our Lady of the Pilgrims), an image known to raise an eyebrow or two in its day. Crowned with a halo that’s hardly even noticeable and holding a child against what could be a door at the end of any alley in Rome, Continue Reading

Study Abroad

The running of the bulls

by Andrew R., 2L

“And as a bull who’s snapped his harness ropes
when the deathblow’s already set him reeling–
he cannot charge, but bucks this way and that –
so did I see the furious Minotaur.
‘Run to the gap,’ the wary poet cried,
‘better go down while he is blind with rage!’”
Inferno XII.22-27

Pamplona, July 8, 2012.

Our company arrived at Pamplona to certain news. That morning, a young participant from Japan had been caught through his neckerchief by the horn of a charging bull and dragged for thirty yards before he was dropped at the entrance of the roaring stadium. Within the same three minutes, a 73-year-old man was gored while at least four others required medical attention. Continue Reading

Student Perspective

Not a 1L anymore

Kelly G., 2L, Guest Blogger

Wednesday, August 1, the admissions staff, Dean Vischer, Professor Jerry Organ and a smattering of other current students besides myself had the pleasure of taking a group of 30 or so incoming 1L’s to a Twins game.

As we gathered up in the Atrium, I tried to remember back just one short year.  I still enter the building daily and feel a mild sense of wonderment at the awesomeness of our building – the never-ending wall of glass that lets the sunlight into our tightly wound and crowded lives.  We do not starve for Vitamin D at our school, and for that I am grateful.  However, I’m used to it now, and it doesn’t provide that same tingle of fear and awe that I can see in the eyes of these young adults.  What will this year entail?

UST Law on the jumbotronI’m standing in the office, trying to look like I am not a new student by talking to Scott Swanson and laughing just a little too loud… I wanted the honor of being perceived as someone who “survived being a 1L”, Continue Reading

Study Abroad

Independence Day

by Andrew R., 2L

“You drew me out from slavery to freedom
by all those paths, by all those means that were
within your power.”

Paradiso XXXI.85-87.

View of the Tyrrhenian Sea from the beach at Santa Marinella

Campo de’ Fiori, July 4, 2012.

How do Americans celebrate the 4th of July in Italy? Like Italians, I guess. Or at least a bad imitation of them. Around here, the recreational activity of choice seems to be beach time. Lots and lots of beach time. And how could it not be? The enduring Roman heat and sunshine doesn’t offer much relief throughout the day – unless, of course, you’re willing to shut yourself in a closed room with the A/C on. But to do that would be like admitting defeat.

Instead, the order of the day was a mass migration to the seacoast. A number of our group took the bus up to Santa Marinella, a small beachside town just northwest of Rome that was used in ancient times as something not too different from a bathing resort. These days, not much has changed. The beach (like most everything around the city) was packed, but the sand was hot and the water was cool, making for a good combination all around.

That evening, we toasted to American Independence at Scholar’s Lounge, a local Irish Pub in the center of Rome and one of the biggest English-speaking social hubs in the city, and later at Campo de’ Fiori, a square just across the river from Trastevere. Two establishments around the square, the Drunken Ship and Sloppy Sam’s (the respective names of which having no connection to the nature of the activities contained therein), were lined with American flags and buntings, advertising drink specials for the holiday. Just as late evening set in, hordes of American expats, students, and visitors flooded the two bars, and soon the entire square was filled with what seemed like more than its fair share of Bruce Springsteen and red, white and blue outfits. Apparently, even when they’re away from their native soil, Americans have little trouble flying their colors high on the Fourth of July. God bless the U.S.A.