Minnesota Law

Spring 2021
Faculty Focus

Faculty News, Awards, and Grants

Linus Chan was appointed the Law School’s Vaughan G. Papke Research Scholar. This title recognizes and celebrates important scholarly contributions by the Law School’s clinical faculty who have and continue to produce important and substantial scholarship. 

Jill Hasday testified before the Minnesota House Judiciary Committee on Finance and Civil Law in support of HF403, a bill that aims to address the wage gap in Minnesota by prohibiting employers from asking about prospective employees’ past pay. 

Garry W. Jenkins, dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law, was been named to the board of directors of Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization that supports law students and lawyers in launching public interest legal careers.

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, U.N. special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, has been a part of several events surrounding security and human rights. She was panel chair at the Paris Peace Forum, a panelist at the Global Security Forum, and a featured speaker for the Center for Strategic & International Studies. 

Alan Rozenshtein served as a panelist during the Law Library of Congress’ Human Rights Day Event. This year, the event focused on contact tracing and the right of privacy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and featured a panel of distinguished legal experts. 

Francis X. Shen won the American Law Institute’s Early Career Scholars medal. This award is presented every other year to one or two outstanding early-career law professors whose work has the potential to influence improvements in the law. This is the third time that a Minnesota Law professor has received the prestigious honor, more than any other law school faculty in the nation. The other two Minnesota Law professors who received the medal are Daniel Schwarcz (2017) and Amy B. Monahan (2013). 

For the keynote presentation at the 2020 Midwest IP Institute, Christopher Turoski ’98 interviewed his Law School classmate, Yen Florczak ’98, who is chief IP counsel at 3M, about future opportunities for Minnesota companies and innovation in challenging times, among other topics. Turoski also received a key endorsement from the National Association of Patent Practitioners for comments he submitted to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office advocating for greater student participation and diversity in the patent practice bar by opening up more opportunities for those not in traditional J.D. programs.

Mitch Zamoff’s Georgia Law Review article, “Assessing the Impact of Police Body Camera Evidence on the Litigation of Excessive Force Cases,” was named a “must read” article by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Academic Advisory Board of the Getting Scholarship into Court Project.