An undercurrent of excitement was palpable at last night’s Welcoming Reception for the 2012-2013 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows at the University of Minnesota Law School. Following an exhilarating month and a half of orientation and adjustment for the fellows in Minnesota and at the Law School, the event celebrated the official beginning of the Humphrey Law fellowship program. The event featured speeches by Law School Dean David Wippman, Judy Gibson, Director of the Humphrey Fellowship Program, Institute of International Education, and Professor Kristi Rudelius Palmer, Co-Director of the Human Rights Center. After these presentations, the 12 Humphrey Law Fellows took the main floor, giving brief, eloquent speeches about their own personal narratives as well as their plans for the year. While the fellows will be pursuing professional development, community networking and academic studies in the areas of Human Rights and Law as a unit, in their presentations they highlighted specific items of interest and how they planned to optimize their learning in order to enrich and empower their respective communities. The night ended on a successful note, with closing remarks given by Professor David Weissbrodt, Co-Director of the Human Rights Center.