Heins Named Ambassadør

From Minnesota Alumni Magazine Summer 2016

In February, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Samuel Heins (B.A. ’68, J.D. ’72) as the new American ambassador to Norway.


As a student at the U, Heins was an editor, along with Garrison Keillor (B.A. ’66), of the undergraduate literary magazine Ivory Tower. After earning his J.D., he embarked on a legal career that spanned more than 40 years. Until 2013, he was a partner at Heins Mills & Olson, P.L.C., in Minneapolis, where he specialized in complex litigation, particularly securities fraud and antitrust class actions.

One of Minnesota’s most dedicated champions of international human rights, Heins cofounded the Advocates for Human Rights in 1983 and served as its first board chair. In 1985, he played a pivotal role in establishing the Center for Victims of Torture and chaired its inaugural board. He has also been a longtime advocate of the Human Rights Center at the Law School, where he has established endowed funds to support fellowships and research conducted by students on topics related to the advancement of international human rights.


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