Minnesota Law

Spring 2022
Faculty Focus

Faculty News, Awards, & Grants

Professor Murray Honored with NACDL Champion of Legal Justice Award

Professor JaneAnne Murray received the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Champion of Justice Legal Award on February 26 during the Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Champion of Justice Awards are bestowed upon those individuals who—through legislative, journalistic, philanthropic, or humanitarian pursuits—have staunchly preserved or defended the constitutional rights of American citizens and have endeavored to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime.

Professor Gross Appointed Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Professor Oren Gross was named associate dean of academic affairs, starting this summer.

Gross, the Irving Younger Professor of Law, is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of international law and national security law. He is also an expert on the Middle East and the Arab- Israeli conflict.

Gross was a member of the faculty of the Tel Aviv University Law School in Israel from 1996 to 2002. He has taught and held visiting positions at Harvard Law School; Princeton University; Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; The Max Planck Institute for International Law and Comparative Public Law in Heidelberg, Germany; the Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast (while a British Academy visiting professor); Queen’s University in Belfast; the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain); and Brandeis University.

Gross has received numerous academic awards and scholarships, including a Fulbright scholarship and British Academy and British Council awards. 

Professors Meili and Zamoff Appointed to Named Professorships

Professors Steve Meili and Mitch Zamoff were appointed to named professorships.

Meili has been appointed to a newly created professorship,
the James H. Michael Chair in International Human Rights Law; Zamoff, a clinical professor of law, has been named the J. Stewart and Mario Thomas McClendon Professor in Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. 

The James H. Michael Chair in International Human Rights Law, created to support “a clinical professorship in international human rights,” was endowed as a memorial legacy to Jim Michael ’47.

Meili joined the Law School in 2008, became a tenured associate professor in 2018. He previously held the James H. Binger Professorship in Clinical Law (awarded in 2019). He writes and teaches about the rights of noncitizens, particularly those seeking asylum. He is also director of the Law School’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic. Meili was also recently named director of Law Clinics for the Law School.

Zamoff joined Minnesota Law’s faculty in 2017, and was promoted to clinical professor in 2021. He serves as director of the law school’s litigation program, chair of the civil litigation concentration, and co-director of the law in practice program.

He teaches and writes in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, civil procedure, evidence, evidence drafting, and law in practice. He is a two-time recipient of the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year Award (2016 & 2021). 

Professors Murray and Moriearty Recognized with ‘Attorneys of the Year’ Awards

The clinical work of Professors JaneAnne Murray and Perry Moriearty was recognized by Minnesota Lawyer at its annual Attorneys of the Year awards event.

In 2021, the Clemency project helped effectuate two sentence commutations on the state level and more than a dozen pardons on the federal level. In bestowing the award, Minnesota Lawyer cited the outstanding work of the project and Murray as its director.

Moriearty, along with Dan Guerrero ’89 of Meshbesher & Spence, was recognized for effectuating the release of Myon Burrell after 18 years in prison in a case that made headlines throughout the country. Burrell had been a juvenile when he was incarcerated with a lengthy sentence. The work was done through Minnesota Law’s Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic. 

Prof. June Carbone Elected to ALI Membership

Professor June Carbone, the Robina Chair in Law, Science and Technology, was elected to membership in the American Law Institute.

ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The ALI drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and Principles of Law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.

Carbone joins more than 20 current faculty members who have been elected to ALI membership.