Spotlight/Profiles

Ponderings on Being New to the Bench
I was sworn in as a Hennepin County District judge on September 8, 2014. Although this is a very serious job, I have  some amusing observations that I thought are worth sharing with the attorneys of Hennepin County.  Of course, you may not agree and you might wish to skip ....
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I Will Miss...
After nearly four years with the HCBA, I am moving on to lead the American Institute of Architects for the state of Minnesota and its three local chapters.
 
People ask me what I’ll miss about the HCBA. The fact is I’ll miss much more than I can articu....
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Hon. Paul R. Scoggin: New to the Bench
After working as an Assistant Hennepin County Attorney for 30 years, what led to your interest in serving on the bench?
I had been chief of the Criminal Division for ten years and decided to take a sabbatical which really ....
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Executive Perspective: An Intentional Future
I regularly meet with lawyers who fit the category of “up-and-coming,” our “rising stars,” within t....


Inside View: Family Lawyers, A Dying Breed?
Popular media abounds with statistics about the increasingly delayed age at which people are marrying for the first time; the increasing number of individuals who choose never to marry; and other stories that, if ta....


From Your President: Disability & Diversity: "I Didn't Know That."
Not so long ago (meaning, I’m rather new to this particular topic), I had the chance to pitch in on a few disability-related projects. Along the way, I kept saying to my new-found co-conspirators: “I did....


Executive Perspective: Diligence Trumps Quick Answers
There was water dripping through my kitchen ceiling. Again.
 
This past fall, I called in a contractor to figure out what was up with these fascinating pillows that were forming in the drywall dir....


Hon. Amy Dawson: New to the Bench
Did you have a connection to the law or the justice  system growing up?
Oberlin, Ohio was a really small town; I didn’t know any lawyers that well growing up, but when I was little....


Kate Fogarty Brings Experience to District Court Administration
Stepping Up
Kate Fogarty has the leadership skills and an entrepreneurial spirit that should fuel her
success as the new Fourth Judicial District Administrator.  Fogarty, who was ....


New to the Bench: Hon. Juan Guillermo Hoyos, Hennepin County District Court
Governor Mark Dayton appointed Juan Guillermo Hoyos as a judge of the Fourth Judicial District of Minnesota. Hoyos was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and was raised, until the age of twelve, in Medellin, Colombia. H....


New to the Bench: Hon. Diane Bratvold, Hennepin County District Court
Even after sitting through a long first day of classes for new Hennepin County judges, Judge Diane Bratvold’s naturally warm and open personality shines through as she navigates her still new and unfamiliar ch....


Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers Celebrates with Scholarship Gala
The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers’s (MABL) and the MABL Foundation invite you and your organization to attend the 2014 MABL Scholarship Gala on November 8. This year’s gala commemorates the 50

Meet Hennepin County Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty
Mary Moriarty has a lifetime of experience with the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office and a passion for justice that will serve her well as Chief Public Defender. Moriarty, the first woman promoted to t....


New to the Bench: Hon. Hilary Lindell Caligiuri
On August 1, 2014, Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Hilary Lindell Caligiuri as a district court judge to serve in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
 
Judge Caligiuri is excited about her appo....


New to the Bench: Hon. William Fisher
William Fisher has 29 years of experience practicing bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and commercial law and has been named a Super Lawyer every year for the last decade, but it only takes a few minutes....


Executive Exchange: In Defense of Lawyer-Lobbyists
Within the realm of the legal profession—a profession which, as we all know, too many Americans love to hate—there is a law-related subset that draws particular ire: that of the lobbyist.
 

New to the Bench: Hon. Tom Fraser
Judge Tom Fraser has practiced law for nearly four decades, but he hasn’t forgotten how it feels for the inexperienced to walk into a courtroom. After a long career as an attorney—including pioneering wo....


New to the Bench: Hon. Carolina Lamas
“It’s actually kind of hot under there,” Carolina Lamas said about wearing a robe in her new position as a Hennepin County District Court Judge. “But you definitely feel the responsibility wh....


New to the Bench: Hon. Bruce D. Manning
In the weeks leading up to his swearing-in, the soon-to-be Judge Bruce D. Manning was already making his chambers his own. Hung on the west wall of his new office in the Hennepin County Government Center is a collec....


New to the Bench: Hon. Marta Chou
Marta Chou exudes passion and energy from the first minute you meet her. Gov. Mark Dayton undoubtedly recognized those qualities when he appointed Chou to fill one of five vacancies in the Fourth Judicial District o....


New to the Bench: Hon. Nicole A. Engisch
Her new role of judge just might be the position that Judge Nicole Engisch was always meant to hold. Having had a strong interest in government and public service, Engisch knew she wanted to work in the public secto....


Meet Eric T. Cooperstein, 2013-2014 HCBA President
How did a person born in Queens and who grew up in Long Island become the president of the HCBA? It is a journey that has shaped Eric into the person he is today: literally a lawyer’s lawyer. Many HCBA members....


HCBA Executve Committee Welcomes New Members
HCBA Secretary Paul Floyd and New Lawyers Section Chair Jen Olson
 
Two new members are joining the HCBA Executive Committee. Paul Floyd begins a five-year leadership track as....


New to the Bench: Hon. Pamela G. Alexander
Hon. Pamela G. Alexander. 
 
Education:
1977     J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
1974     B.A., Augsburg....


New to the Bench: Hon. Kristin Siegesmund
Hon. Kristin Siegesmund
 
Education:
1980      J.D., with honors, University of Michigan Law School
1974     ....


Insights from David R. Brink, HCBA Past President, 1967-68
“I regard it as a large part of my job to be a futurist, if you will, to recognize or anticipate changes before they become problems and to attempt to deal with problems before they become crises.”&n....


The Biking Bar: Lawyers Jump on the Bike-Commuting Trend
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like.
—Queen
 
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New to the Bench: Hon. James Moore
 
Judge James Moore had always wanted to be a lawyer. Ever since junior high, when a field trip to the courthouse gave him a front row seat to a criminal trial, Moore says he’s had the legal itch.<....


Hon. Elizabeth V. Cutter
Judge Elizabeth Cutter has a strong commitment to community service that has been evident throughout her legal career. After graduating from William Mitchell College of Law with honors in 1980, she wor....


New to the Bench: Hon. Lois Conroy
After spending years as a prosecutor in Minneapolis, Judge Lois Conroy knew that a city couldn’t arrest or prosecute its way out of a crime problem.
 
Tha....


New to the Bench: Hon. Edward T. Wahl
Judge Edward “Ned” Wahl is a life-long learner. He demonstrates this quality when he speaks about the reasons why he is excited to be a judge. After 29 years in practice, he is eager to be learning entir....


New to the Bench: Hon. Martha Holton Dimick
When Judge Martha Holton Dimick was growing up, she never imagined she would become a judge. As a girl from Milwaukee’s inner city in the ’60s, she simply didn’t consider that an option. “I n....


Pro Bono Profile: Brooke Swenson Shows that Work isn't Just Done in the Courtroom
Most pro bono work that gets acknowledged by the legal industry involves complicated lawsuits and a lot of time on the attorney’s part. While these larger-scale representations are no doubt significant, it&rsq....


New to the Bench: Hon. Luis Bartolomei
“The place where conflicts come to die.” With these dynamic words, newly appointed Judge Luis Bartolomei describes his courtroom’s purpose.
 
Bilingual in Spanish and English, Ba....


Outside the Law: Meet Les Pico of the Minnesota Vikings
He doesn’t go to court, arbitrate or mediate, draft wills, structure transactions or engage in the day-to-day practice of law. His workday is not spent in a high-rise office tower or a building with “gov....


New to the Bench: Hon. Nancy E. Brasel
Judge Nancy Brasel hasn’t quite settled into her new office yet, but she already feels fortunate to be there.

“Being a judge has been something I thought about, but I didn’t really t....


New to the Bench: Hon. Philip C. Carruthers
Philip C. Carruthers was sworn in as a judge of the Fourth Judicial District on Oct. 17, 2011. Gov. Mark Dayton believes Carruthers will be an outstanding judge.  In announcing the appointment, he....


Ready to Answer the Call: Call For Justice hires CEO opens office
After years of planning and fundraising, the Call For Justice legal service hotline will soon be up and running. This new service for the entire metropolitan area will provide an effective and reliable telephone leg....


New to the Bench: Hon. Jamie Anderson

Judge Jamie Anderson welcomes her new position as a Hennepin County District Court Judge with enthusiasm and optimism.   Direct interaction with people has always been a significant part of Anderson&....


New to the Bench: Hon. Lyonel Norris

“One’s experiences, one’s life, informs how one thinks about the given set of issues. For good and for bad,” said Judge Lyonel Norris.  “Living in vacant buildings changes th....


New to the Bench: Hon. Jacqueline Regis

“Surreal” is the word Judge Jacqueline Regis uses to describe her journey from Haiti to Minnesota District Court judge. Sitting in her new chambers, Judge Regis has a hard time believing her own li....


Esther Faces Life: Reflections from the Hon. Esther M. Tomljanovich

On August 7 at the ABA Annual Meeting, former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Esther M. Tomljanovich was among five women to receive the Margaret Brent Award recognizing the remarkable achievements and accompl....


New to the Bench: Hon. Patrick Robben

Three posters hang in Judge Patrick D. Robben’s office in the Hennepin County Government Center.  The first, a mural in the Kansas State Capitol of abolitionist John Brown, tells of Robben’s K....


New to the Bench: Hon. David Piper

David Piper greets his new position as Hennepin County District Court judge with pride, excitement, and humility.  Having worked as a family court referee for the past several years, Piper embraces his ro....


New to the Bench: Hon. Jamie Anderson

Judge Jamie Anderson welcomes her new position as a Hennepin County District Court Judge with enthusiasm and optimism.   Direct interaction with people has always been a significant part of Anderson&....


New to Bench: Hon. Mary Vasaly, Hennepin County District Court

Given her history of service to the legal profession and the community in

Pro Bono Provides Chance to Serve and to Gain Valuable Experience

Michael Wilhelm, a fourth-year associate attorney at the Briggs and Morgan law firm, knows how rare it c....


DeConcini Demonstrates That There is Transactional Pro Bono Work

Gina DeConcini is busting the myth that transactional attorneys can’t find pro bono work in their ....


Lisa Lamm Bachman Takes Pro Bono Work to Heart

When it comes to pro bono work, Lisa Lamm Bachman’s advice to lawyers interested in getting involved is simple.  “Just try it…ask for help…look for mentors.  Those of us who....


New to the Bench: Hon. Frank Magill Jr.

From his new office on the 13th floor of the Hennepin

New to the Bench: Judge Joseph Klein

Drawn to the bench by an incre....


Outside the Law: Dorsey Associate Regularly Sharpens Her Elbows

Bridget Hayden is rumored to have received her....


MABL Holds Annual Gala

The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (M....


New to the Bench: Judge Karen Janisch

Judge Karen Janisch has been on the bench for ju....


Meet Chris Morris: 2009-2010 HCBA President

Chris Morris, with Bassford Remele, becomes the president of the H....


Thomas D. Jensen Steps onto the Leadership Track

Lawyers need advocates, too. That is why the Hennepin County Bar Asso....


New Lawyers, New Leaders

In a nontraditional move, the ever-flexible New Lawyers Section (NLS)....


New to the Bench: Judge Thomas Sipkins

Transitioning from being a leading attorney at Maslon Edelman Borman ....


Farewell to Colleagues

On April 22 judges, attorneys, and friends and families of decease....


New to the Bench: Judge Jane Ranum

No one could figure out why he was always so dirty.Honoring Pro Bono Recipients

The following awards recognize exceptional pro bono service to the comm....


Spotlight on the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association

Reaching a milestone birthday, Laurie Miller decided it was time to take a c....


Introducing Magistrate Judge Jeffrey R. Keyes

It’s a rainy October afternoon and Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Keyes’....


Meet Mary Vasaly, 2008-2009 HCBA President

M....


Spotlight on Legal Services: Mid Minnesota Legal Assistance

Editor’s Note:  With this article, The Hennepin Lawyer is beginning a ....


New to the Bench: Judge Tamara G. Garcia

Tamara Garcia started honing her legal skills at a....


New to the Bench: Judge Anne McKeig

Anne McKeig takes the bench with authority and efficienc....


Attractive Nuisance Tour 2008

The Attractive Nuisance Tour (ANT) was once again....


MABL Holds Annual Gala

The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) ....


New to the Bench: Judge Fred Karasov

Fred Karasov was in the middle of his law school career, and was stil....


New Leaders Join HCBA Executive Committee

Outside the Law



Recognizing Pro Bono Honorees



National Asian Pacific American Bar Association - Minnesota Chapter

NAPABA-MN (the Minnesota Chapter of the Na....


New Court of Appeals Judges

Governor Tim Pawlenty appointed two

Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers is Still Celebrating

The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) was organized in....


¡Vamos! It’s Time for the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association’s Gala

On February 21, the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA) will....


Outside the Law

We’ve all seen the la....


New to the Bench: Judge WIlliam Koch

In speaking with Judge William H. Koch (pr....


New to the Bench: Judge Peter Cahill

Were it not for a bad case of mononucleosis, Peter Cahill might be....


Outside the Law: The Common Law of Urban Farmers

This leads to the furt....


New to the Bench: Judge Ivy Bernhardson

Announcing Ivy Bernhardson’s appointment to the bench, Gov. Tim Pa....


Leading by Example: Introducing Sonia Miller-Van Oort

Those of us who kn....


New Leaders Join HCBA Executive Committee

New to the Bench

Susan M. Robiner real....


New to the Bench: Judge Jay Quam

Jay Quam, age 44, was sworn in as a ....


New to the Bench: Judge Ronald Abrams

“Be flexible. 

Recognizing Pro Bono Honorees

The Pro Bono Publico awards, recognizing service to the community, are....


New to the Bench: Judge Kerry Meyer

In early 2006, just months prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Kerry Meyer, the....


New to the Bench: Judge Kevin G. Ross

“Will I have the courage to risk a break in course from time to time, if need b....


New to the Bench: Judge Gina M. Brandt

On June 7, 2006, Gina M. Brandt was sworn in as a judge of the Fourth Judicial Dist....


The Role of Referees in District Court

Hearing and resolving thousands of cases a year, referee....


New to the Bench: Judge Daniel C. Moreno

Judge Daniel C. Moreno’s parents, Celia and Delphino, held....


Judicial Candidates Seek Your Vote

On the following pages you will find information about the four candidates in the two contested races this year for J....


Judge Robert M. Small

The Hon. Robert M. Small was appointed on Feb. 1, 2006, to the Fourth Judicial District....


A Conversation with Incoming HCBA President Michael W. Unger

In ....


New HCBA Secretary: Christopher Morris

Though he was born in

New NLS Chair: Elizabeth Larsen

Congratulations to Elizabeth A. Larsen (nee Moffit), who has been elected chair of the New Lawyers Section for....


Judge Jeannice M. Reding

On Jan. 19, 2006, Gov. Pawlenty appointed the Hon. Jeannice M. Reding to the Fourth Jud....


Judge Toddrick S. Barnette

His face resting thoughtfully in the palm of his hand as he works his way through a full docket of misdemeanor....


Professional Association Offers Encouragement and Support to Black Women Lawyers

To enhance the profile of black women....


M.A.O. Legal Services Offers Help

“Can you help me?  No o....


Legal Community Honors Chief Justive Blatz

Judge Lorie Skjerven Gildea

As this issue of THL goes to press, Gov. Tim Pawlenty has appointed Judge Gildea as an Associate Justice of the....


Judge Jeanne J. Graham Moves to the Federal Bench

On Sept. 27, 2005, Chief U.S. District Court Ju....


Introducing Marlene Garvis: HCBA President 2005-2006

On July 1, Marlene Garvis became the 87th president of the Hennepin County Bar Association. Michael Krauss sat down with Marlene for an i....


Rediscovering Riesenfeld: The Minnesota Years

The number of readers of this journal who took classes from Stefan Riesenfeld in 1938, the year he joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School, are very few, and thos....


New to the Bench: Judge Susan Nolting Burke

Education
1990:  J.D., ....


New Chief Judge Hits the Ground Running

Ask any Hennepin County judge, and they will probably tell you that the chief judge has an impossible task. The chief judge must organize, motivat....


Hon. Catherine Anderson: ABA Criminal Justice Section Chair

In August 2004, the Hon. Catherine Anderson, Hennepin County District Court judge, became chair of the ABA’s Criminal Justice ....


Outside the Law

This Outside the Law features Robert Gunderson, a partner in the Edina law firm of Thiel, Campbell, Gunderson & Anderson, P.L.L.P. Volu....


Judicial Candidates Want Your Vote

The primary election has narrowed the field of contestants for Hennepin County judicial seats. Three races will be determined by voters at the Nov....


Outside the Law: Fair Staple

In the June issue, "Outside the Law," attorney William D. Foster took us on a journey to visit his Costa Rican coffee plantation. This month, "Out....


Judge Belois Recognized for Service on Mental Health Bench

Civil commitment is a highly emotional area for those who are being committed and those who are seeking commitment. A tri....


Kathryn Davis Messerich Appointed to the Dakota County Bench

Hennepin County lawyer Kathryn Davis Messerich was sworn in April 23, 2004, as the newest judge in Dakota County Court. She replaces Judge Thomas ....


The Routman for the Job

On July 1, Brent Routman became the 86th president of the Hennepin County Bar Association. On behalf of The Hennepin Lawyer, Stacy Lynn Bettison caught up with Brent for an intervie....


Outside the Law:

William D. Foster, Attorney and Sometime Coffee Grower

When the Hennepi....


Judge Raymond Krause

The Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings welcomes the Hon. Raymond Krause as the newly appointed chief administrative law judge. Gov. Tim P....


A New Voice for VLN

Brad Thorsen’s continuing legal education has always involved a "major" in bar association activities. Often described as the "quintessential volunteer," Brad h....


Anne Henry Inducted into the Public Interest Hall of Fame

The Hennepin County Bar Association salutes Anne L. Henry, staff attorney with the Minnesota Disability Law Center in Minneapolis since 1975, who was inducted i....


William H. Rehnquist Award Honors Chief Judge Burke

District Court Chief Judge Kevin S. Burke has been named recipient of the 2003 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence by the National Center for State Courts. One of the mo....


Introducing John Dornik: HCBA President 2003-04
On July 1, John Dornik became the 85th president of the Hennepin County Bar Association. He welcomes the challenges of this position, and he will focus the organization to the goal of bringing value to its members.