Dean David Wippman: Strong leadership in a challenging time

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1771-1788
Number of pages18
JournalMinnesota law review
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2018

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law; law, science, and technology; criminal justice; and law and business—came through generous support from the Robina Foundation. The gift to the Law School from the Robina Foundation was extensive but also required a sustained engagement with the unusual trust established by Law School alumnus and supporter Jim Binger.57 Mr. Binger graduated from St. Paul Academy in 1934, from Yale University in 1938, and completed his LL.B. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1941.58 He was a dedicated but quiet philanthropist whose commitments to a variety of social justice causes shaped the Twin Cities throughout his lifetime.59 In 2004, he established the Ro-bina Foundation60 as a private grant-making foundation and named the Law School as one of the four named recipients.61 The goal of the foundation is to “positively impact critical social issues by encouraging innovation and financially supporting transformative projects of its four institutional partners.”62 The Robina Foundation and its work with the Law School is one of the abiding legacies of Dean Wippman’s tenure, thanks to the deep relationship of mutual respect and engagement between the Robina Foundation and the Dean. Dean Wippman’s capacity to engage precisely the range of social issues that were central to Jim Binger’s vision was extraordinarily fortuitous for the Law School at a critical juncture in its development of the strategic plan.

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103. See generally Burl Gilyard, The Legal Market Is Changing. Can Minnesota’s Law Schools Adapt?, MINNPOST (June 20, 2016), https://www.minnpost .com/twin-cities-business/2016/06/legal-market-changing-can-minnesota-s-law -schools-adapt (describing the financial environment for law schools and the Law School’s efforts to raise funds). 104. Our Faculty: June Carbone, UNIV. MINN. LAW SCH., (last visited Apr. 18, 2018). 105. Id. 106. Id. 107. Our Faculty: Paul Vaaler, UNIV. MINN. LAW SCH., (last visited Apr. 18, 2018). 108. Id. 109. Id.

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