Minnesota Law

Fall 2021
For the Record

In Brief

News from around the Law School

Dean Garry W. Jenkins, Delta Chief Legal Officer and EVP Peter Carter, and Professor John Matheson

Delta Chief Legal Officer Peter Carter ’91 Headlines Inaugural Matheson Lecture

Peter Carter ’91, executive vice president and chief legal officer & corporate secretary of Delta Air Lines, was the keynote speaker for the inaugural Matheson lecture on Oct. 18. The topic of Carter’s address was “Navigating Uncharted Skies: Corporate Leadership in a Time of Crisis,” centering on leadership strategies and lessons learned during the pandemic.

The Matheson lectureship series was created with a gift from Dean ’08 and Diana Matheson to honor Dean’s father, Minnesota Law professor John Matheson, and to highlight the valuable work being done within the Law School’s Corporate Institute.

Medtronic Establishes Scholarships Honoring Trailblazing Jurists

With a generous gift from Medtronic, Minnesota Law established scholarships named in honor of pathbreaking judges Pamela G. Alexander ’77 and Michael J. Davis ’72. The two scholarships will support law students who show a commitment to social justice and exhibit outstanding potential for legal work as civil rights or public interest attorneys.

“These scholarships recognize two champions of justice in the Minnesota legal community,” says Michelle Miller ’86, Medtronic vice president and senior counsel of employment law. “By meeting game-changer challenges with courage and compassion, Judge Pamela Alexander, now retired from the bench but not the work, has modeled the power of conviction as she steadfastly works to improve the legal system for all. And a fierce advocate for justice, Federal District Court Judge Michael J. Davis, who is currently on chief status, has continued to strive to make the court system fairer and more accessible to the underrepresented and poor.”

Additional gifts for the fund are still being accepted. For more information or questions about making a gift, contact Paul Ogren at pogren@umn.edu or 612-626-1888.

Law School’s Driven to Lead Campaign Raises More Than $100M

The Law School’s Driven to Lead fundraising campaign ended after a highly successful run, surpassing not only its original $80 million target, but also its $100 million stretch goal.

The money raised is being used for scholarships, professorships and faculty research, student support and fellowships, clinical programs and experiential learning, leadership programming, and the annual fund. The campaign, which had its public launch in September 2017, concluded on June 30.

“We are so grateful to the thousands of dedicated supporters who have contributed to the Law School during this campaign and positioned the Law School for continued excellence,” said Garry W. Jenkins, dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law. “Their generosity has helped ensure that Minnesota Law remains a powerful force in legal education and in the global legal community.I am enormously grateful to our alumni and friends for their partnership and confidence in our future.”

Even with the sunset of the Driven campaign, the Law School will continue to seek support to expand access to legal education, drive innovation, and meet the challenges of this time, all while continuing its mission of education, outreach, and service. More information is available at www.law.umn.edu/giving.