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Two Law and Leadership presentations this spring: Columbus Law Dean Miles and MN Supreme Court Sam Justice Hanson


The Hamline Law and Leadership program features prominent leaders in the legal community who provide reflective analysis of the profession's leadership opportunities and obligations. Continuing in this tradition, Veryl Miles, dean and professor at The Catholic University's Columbus School of Law, will be joining the Hamline community on February 28, 2008 and recently retired Minnesota Associate Justice Sam Hanson will speak on March 27. Both presentations will be at 11 a.m. at Hamline University and are free of charge and open to the public.

Dean Miles' address will focus on the importance of educating law students about their pro bono commitment in law school and beyond. She also will explore the impact pro bono opportunities can have in forming the service leadership it is hoped students will assume as practitioners.

Veryl Victoria Miles is a graduate of Wells College in Aurora, New York and a law graduate of The Catholic University of America. She teaches consumer bankruptcy and several courses in commercial law. Much of her scholarship has been devoted to the subject of consumer bankruptcy law. She has taught at the Columbus School of Law since 1987. During the years of 1997-1999, Dean Miles served as the associate dean of Academic Affairs at the law school.

Prior to joining the faculty at CUA, Dean Miles was on the law faculty at George Mason University School of Law. She also has taught in the summer school program at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, and served as an adjunct professor at the American University of Law in Washington, D.C. Dean Miles served as the Deputy Director of the Association of American Law Schools from August 2001 to August 2003. She was named dean of the Columbus School of Law in 2005.

sc_hanson_0Former Minnesota Associate Justice Sam Hanson will speak on March 27 on "Guardians of the Common Law: The Fine Line Between Judicial Responsibility and Judicial Activism". He will review decisions that implicate separation of powers concerns in the expansion or contraction of the common law.

Hanson served as an Associate Justice on the state's highest court for five years when he retired from the bench on January 1, 2008. Upon leaving the court, he returned to private practice with Briggs & Morgan. Prior to his service on the court he served as a judge on the Court of Appeals for two years. Governor Jesse Ventura appointed Justice Hanson to the Court of Appeals in 2000 and to the Supreme Court in 2002.

Hanson received his B.A. from St. Olaf College, and attained his LL.B. (cum laude) from William Mitchell College of Law. He was a law clerk for the Honorable Douglas K. Amdahl, then on the Hennepin County District Court, in 1964-65, and for the Honorable Robert S. Sheran on the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1965-66. Justice Hanson began the practice of law with the firm of Briggs and Morgan in 1966 and continued there for 34 years, serving at various times as the chairman of the litigation department and president of the firm.

All Law and Leadership presentations are free and open to the public. Questions may be directed to Deb Lange at 651-523-2122