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Monday, June 8, 2015

Local Human Rights Advocate Nominated as Ambassador to Norway

Samuel D. Heins, human rights champion in Minnesota and supporter of the Human Rights Program, was recently nominated by President Obama as the next ambassador for the United States to the Kingdom of Norway.

Heins, who received both his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Minnesota, has built an important legal practice in anti-trust and shareholder litigation. Heins is internationally renowned for his role in promoting human rights. In 1983 he co-founded the Advocates for Human Rights, serving as the first chair of its board. Just two years later, he helped establish the Center for Victims of Torture, also serving as board chair. Additionally, he served on the Board of Governors of the Endowment Campaign of the Law School as well as the board of the ACLU of Minnesota and, most recently, on the board of the human rights organization, Witness.

He has continued his involvement in human rights efforts through advocacy of academic and hands-on experience for students of the subject. He is a longtime sponsor of the Human Rights Center in the University of Minnesota Law School, and he has been highly involved in the Human Rights Program as well, providing various forms of assistance, such as support for internships, to undergraduates and graduates of the Program.

We congratulate Samuel Heins on his nomination, and we look forward to his further achievements and contributions in the field of international diplomacy and human rights.