Spring Alumni Weekend
April 15-17, 2016

Each year the University of Minnesota Law School welcomes the entire community of alumni for a weekend of events and activities both at the Law School and around the Twin Cities, while hosting special reunion events for classes celebrating milestone anniversaries. While most of the action takes place on April 15 and 16, this year the Class of 1966 will be extending the Spring Alumni Weekend festivities to include a special brunch for their class on Sunday, April 17 as well. See below for a full schedule of events.

Friday, April 15, 2016

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Alumni and Student Networking Event (free)
Courtyard Marriott Minneapolis, 1500 Washington Avenue South (1 block from the Law School)

Kick off Spring Alumni Weekend by joining alumni and current students for an informal opportunity to discuss diverse careers in markets across the country. Alumni will be loosely grouped together by career type, allowing students to easily find alumni in the career they wish to learn more about. This is a great opportunity to pass on your knowledge and experience to the next generation of University of Minnesota lawyers. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided by the Office of Advancement.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Law School Community Reception (free)
Law School, Dorsey Foyer (1st Floor)

The festivities continue as the entire Law School community joins together to mix and mingle at a reception hosted by the Board of Advisors. Dean Wippman will be on hand and will share the latest updates on your alma mater and its direction for the future. This event is a great opportunity to network with fellow alumni and to socialize with current students, faculty and staff. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and an open bar will be provided by the Office of Advancement.

6:00 p.m.
Class of 1966's 50th Reunion Dinner ($50 per person)
The Minikahda Club, 3205 Excelsior Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN 55416

The Class of 1966 will be celebrating the Golden Anniversary of their graduation from the Law School with a reception and dinner at the Minikahda Club. More information is available on the Class of 1966's reunion page.

7:30 p.m.
Discounted tickets: Harvey, by Mary Chase ($20 per person)
Guthrie Theater, Wurtele Thrust Stage
After the reception, head a short way down Washington Avenue to enjoy a show at one of the country's finest theaters. Special group discounted rates have been secured for Law School alumni (regular priced tier 2 tickets for this show are $54). Please note that tickets are limited, and the special discounted price is available only through the Law School's Spring Alumni Weekend website. Information about the play is online here.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
CLE: The Vanishing Day in Court: Procedural Reform and Access to Justice (free)
Law School Room 25, Sub-Plaza Level, 1 CLE Requested

Renowned civil procedure scholar and former U of MN Law professor Arthur R. Miller will be joined by three other distinguished panelists to discuss and address judicial decisions that have given judges broader discretion to resolve cases prior to trial and screen cases out of court (e.g., dismiss on the pleadings, dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, require arbitration, etc.). Panelists include the following:
  • Arthur R. Miller, CBE, University Professor, New York University School of Law (click here for bio)
  • Susan Richard Nelson, Federal District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota (click here for bio)
  • Michael Ciresi ’71, Founding Partner, Ciresi Conlin LLP (click here for bio)
  • Roshan Rajkumar ’00, Partner, Bowman and Brooke LLP (click here for bio)

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Alumni & Faculty Luncheon and Dessert Reception featuring remarks by Professor Dale Carpenter: Supreme Court Year in Review
($25 per person)

Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Parkway
(across the Washington Avenue bridge from the Law School)

Faculty members and alumni of all class years are invited to attend a luncheon and hear Professor Dale Carpenter, a noted constitutional law scholar, provide a brief overview and analysis of major cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this year. In addition, Dean David Wippman will provide an update on the State of the Law School. Lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m., and the program will run from 12:45 – 1:30 p.m. A dessert reception will follow to allow time for alumni to reconnect with favorite faculty and to talk more casually about the developments presented.

A Complimentary shuttle will run between the Law School and the Weisman Art Museum before and after the luncheon, departing Mondale Hall at 11:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., and 12:00 p.m. with return trips departing the Weisman at 1:45, 2:00, 2:15 and 2:30 p.m.

Saturday Evening Class Reunion Events

For more details about each reunion, please visit each class's individual reunion page via the tabs at the top of this page.

1971 - 45th Reunion:

1976 - 40th Reunion:

1981 - 35th Reunion:

1986 - 30th Reunion:

1991 - 25th Reunion:

1996 - 20th Reunion:

2001 - 15th Reunion:

2006 - 10th Reunion:

2011- 5th Reunion:

TCF Bank Stadium, President’s Suite, Stadium tour at 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. cocktail reception, $80

Northrop, Lindahl Founders Room, 6:00 p.m., $80

Bell Museum, 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception, $75

Cosmos, 6:00 p.m. cocktail reception, $85

Prohibition, 7:00 p.m. cocktail reception, $70

Crave, 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception, $65

O’Gara’s, 7:00 p.m. cocktail reception, $40

Library Bar, Marin Restaurant, 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception, $75

The Bachelor Farmer, 6:00 p.m. cocktail reception, $60

Sunday, April 17, 2016

10:00 a.m.
Class of 1966 Brunch and Panel Discussion ($25 per person)
Nicollet Island Inn, 95 Merriam St., Minneapolis, MN 55401

The Class of 1966 will be celebrating the Golden Anniversary of their graduation from Law School with a brunch and panel presentation at the Nicollet Island Inn. More information is available on the Class of 1966's reunion page.

Traveling in from out of town? 
Special discounted hotel room rates have been reserved at several hotels for Spring Alumni Weekend. Click here for more information.
If you have any questions about the weekend, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at (612) 626-8670 or email lawalum@umn.edu.
We look forward to seeing you in April!


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