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Reception Celebrates Recent Accomplishments at Hamline

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Dean Garon Announces Myriad Achievements at Overflowing Mid-Winter Reception

The nearly 200 people who attended Hamline's Mid-Winter Reception -including members of the bench and bar, alumni, faculty members, staff and friends - enjoyed a delightful evening of conversation, connection, and of course, delicious food and ample refreshments. There was much to celebrate at this year's reception, as was described by Dean Jon Garon in his annual reception remarks. He described Hamline's July bar-passage rate, which climbed above 93 percent and the school's improved placement rates, with more than 94 percent of Hamline law students securing positions within nine months of graduation.

Dean Garon also highlighted the school's new joint degree programs with Hamline's Graduate School of Liberal Studies and the Graduate School of Management, both of which will begin enrolling students in fall 2008. Building on the successful launch and operation of the Dispute Resolution Institute and the Health Law Institute, Dean Garon announced that the Law School will launch the Hamline Business Law Institute later in 2008.

Hamline law faculty members were lauded for their ongoing commitment to excellence in scholarship and teaching, with a special congratulatory note to Professor Larry Bakken who is observing 25 years with Hamline this year. Dean Garon also announced that Professors John Weeks and Michael Scherschligt are retiring at the end of this academic year, although Professor Weeks will continue to teach in the weekend program. An opportunity to celebrate the long and illustrious careers of Professor Scherschligt and Professor Weeks will be announced to alumni before the end of spring semester.