Minnesota Law

Spring 2021
All Rise

Law in Practice Holds its 2nd Annual LiPPY Awards

34 Students honored for their accomplishments; virtual evening event featured fun, celebrity cameos

On Monday, April 26th, the Law in Practice (LiP) program gathered virtually to celebrate outstanding student performance at the 2nd Annual LiPPYs (aka Law in Practice Awards).

The evening was kicked off with a welcoming address from Dean Garry W. Jenkins

The students' efforts and achievements were also applauded by special celebrity guests Anthony Anderson, star of "Blackish," and Gina Torres, star of "Suits," in virtual cameos.

During the awards ceremony:

  • 26 students were recognized for outstanding performance in lawyering skills; 
  • 4 students received awards for best performance in practical legal writing; and
  • 4 students were honored for best overall performance (see slides below for honorees).

In addition, three Law in Practice adjunct faculty, or practitioner instructors, were recognized for milestone years of service — Amber Brennan '98 (10 years), Paul Jones (10 years), and Anupama Sreekanth '12 (5 years).

The ceremony also highlighted the unique nature of the Law in Practice program at the Law School. Only a handful of law schools have a lawyering skills program. Started at Minnesota Law more than a decade ago, Law in Practice has been recognized for its innovative nature and practical-skills training for 1Ls.

During Law in Practice this semester, 208 students, making up 26 practice groups participated in 260 simulations totaling 520 simulation hours, with 29 practitioner instructors, 28 judges, and 28 mediators from the local legal community.

Congratulations to all involved in our LiP program, and special thanks to LiP faculty members Brad Clary '75Kim RonningRandall Ryder '09 and Mitch Zamoff