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Dean Donald Lewis


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Hello!  Let me first promote my Dean's Forum that's coming up this Thursday, April 23rd at 11:00am in Room 105.  This is the second forum I've held this semester with the law students; one last time for you to visit with me before finals about anything that's on your mind.  I'm sure we're going to talk about economic conditions affecting the law school and how it affects planning and budgeting.  We have new faculty coming on board this fall, rolling out a new course schedule.  Perhaps you're interested in developments in career services.  I'm going to be there to answer any questions that you have, so please attend my forum this coming Thursday.

Throughout my first months as Dean, as long as we're talking about career services, I've emphasized the importance of networking as a path to legal employment.  You're going to have an opportunity to practice those networking skills at the Six Minute Social event, which is sponsored by the Alumni Relations Office, in conjunction with the Law Alumni Association Board, at Gabe's Roadhouse on Thursday, April 30th.  You'll have six-minute opportunities to meet and strike up a conversation with various law alums.  I've never witnessed this myself but people describe it as a form of speed dating.  It's an excellent setting for you to promote yourself and network with practicing lawyers.  So I cannot overemphasize the importance of networking skills and attending events like this; you never know when lightening might strike.

We have had some very significant student successes in Moot Court and Arbitration competitions this year.  Last time I spoke to you about our final four appearance in Hong Kong; we also had a strong showing earlier this month in Vienna.  Out of more than 200 law school teams, the Hamline Arbitration team survived to get into the first round of the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Competition in Vienna.  Our 3Ls, John Thiede and Ann Johnson, competed in the big dance, if you will.  These events allow not only our law students to hone crucial legal skills, but they make global connections and get very positive attention to Hamline and its reputation in far away places.  So congratulations to John and Ann, to student coaches Jared Kemper and Neda Shahghasemi, and faculty coach and advisor Joe Daly for this success.

I've always felt that our Legal Research and Writing Program is the best among all of the law schools in this state.  The judges and lawyers that I talk to frequently comment that Hamline law grads hit the ground running and are strong writers.  So please take some time to come and view the best of the best at the Legal Writing Honor Round on April 23rd in the afternoon in the Moot Court Room.  You're going to have a chance to see ten of law school's best oralists competing before a distinguished panel of judges on April 23rd.

There are many more future events, more than I can talk about in this brief post.  I've never been busier in my first year as Dean than in April and May as we approach year end, and commencement appears to be even busier.  I will highlight some of these key events in future blog posts, but be sure to continue to connect with The Connection, and also with the events link on the law school's home page.  I'll see you next week.

Posted by Zoe Miron at 08/25/2010 11:35:50 AM