Dean’s Message

It is with great pleasure that I look forward to serving as Dean of ACTLM this year.  We have a wonderful year of events planned. The officers have continued to meet regularly and confer frequently.  Our Board members are committed and prepared to make this a very successful year. The officers have been focusing on membership, website and branding, and sponsorships for our events, all of which will be discussed at the Spring meeting, which is scheduled for May 11 at the Radisson Blu.  The meeting is going to be outstanding.  Dean-elect Candy Dale has assembled an excellent group of speakers and program will be stellar.  You will not want to miss this event.  Kristi will provide additional details in the near future.

Thanks to the initiative of Jim Lavoie the Academy has become an integral part of the MSBA Mock Trial Program through its sponsorship of scholarships.  Our director, Kristi Paulson and I were invited to judge the final mock trial between teams at the Federal District Courthouse on May 2nd.  Both teams were extremely well prepared and did an excellent job in all trial phases.  The final rating of the team performances by the “jurors” was extremely close, with Nova Classical Academy judged to be the winner.  The Nova Classical Academy students were very grateful for the Academy’s financial support.

The details for the annual meeting scheduled for November 8 are complete.   The event will be at the Town and County Club in St. Paul. F. Lee Bailey will be out guest speaker for the evening.  Judge Ann Montgomery will be recognized as the 2018 Distinguished Jurist. Make sure you have registered for this event – you will not want to miss it.

Bruce Rivers
ACTLM Dean