Category Archives: Congrats

Ellen Sampson ’84 Honored with Leonard Lindquist Distinguished Service Award

Sampson, a member of Mitchell’s Board of Trustees, was recognized by the MSBA’s Labor and Employment Section for her years of service to clients, the bar and the community.  The award honors those who have demonstrated commitment to maintaining the highest standards of civility, morality, honesty and ethics and to improving the practice of labor …

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Steve Bergerson ’74 recognized as an Alumnus of Notable Achievement by the University of MN’s College of Liberal Arts

Bergerson is an attorney with Fredrikson & Byron. The ANA recognition is given by the College of Liberal Arts to alumni whose individual achievements, leadership and contributions have brought distinction to their professions, their communities and their college, as well as to honor the collective depth and breadth of their interests, talents, career paths and …

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The Honorable John P. Smith ’75 named to Minnesota Court of Appeals

Congratulations to Judge John P. Smith ’75, who was appointed by Governor Dayton to an at-large seat on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Judge Smith will be replacing The Honorable Wilhelmina M. Wright (former Mitchell Trustee), who was appointed earlier this year to the Minnesota Supreme Court. Read the full press release.

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Nine Mitchell Grads Named 2012 Attorneys of the Year; Justice Meyer honored for Outstanding Service to the Profession

Congratulations to the nine Mitchell grads just named 2012 Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer: Paul Cady ’88, Jonathan Schmidt ’03, Tara Reese Duginske ’08, James Behrenbrinker ’87, Carrie Daniel Russell ’02, James Fleming ’87, Robert A. McLeod ’92, Peter M. Reyes, Jr. ’97, and Andrew Sorensen ’89. And former Justice Helen Meyer ’83 …

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Congratulations to the Mitchell grads named Top Women in Finance for 2012!

Congratulations to the four Mitchell graduates who have been named Finance & Commerce’s Top Women in Finance: Nancy Elias Anderson’91; Vicki L. Bailey ‘83; Michelle R. Jester ‘94; and Michele D. Vaillancourt ‘81. Both Jester and Vaillancourt were also named to the Circle of Excellence since this is the second time they have been honored. …

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Congratulations to all 506 Mitchell Super Lawyers and Rising Stars!

Hats off to the 329 Mitchell grads named as Super Lawyers and the 177 named as Rising Stars for 2012!  There are too many to list, so check out all the Mitchell grads who received this honor online here.  Most are right here in Minnesota, but we can boast of a few each in AZ, …

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Loretta Frederick ’78 selected to receive national award in recognition of her career working with battered women

The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence selected Loretta Frederick ’78 as the recipient of the 2012 Sharon L. Corbitt Award. Created in 2008, the award recognizes service by lawyers who demonstrate exemplary service to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking, in the spirit of Sharon L. Corbitt, who made …

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Congratulations to Mitchell alumni named Up & Coming Attorneys by Minnesota Lawyer!

Minnesota Lawyer has announced the honorees for this year’s Up & Coming Attorneys, and the list includes the following Mitchell grads: Michael R. Carey ’07, an associate with Bowman and Brooke; Nancy A. Haas ’03, attorney with Messerli & Kramer; Jane Holzer ’08, supervising attorney at the Foreclosure Relief Law Project/Housing Preservation Project; and Bryan …

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Hats off to Holly Iverson ’07 for being a 2012 Leader in Public Policy

Politics in Minnesota and the Capitol Report announced that Holly Iverson ’07  has been named one of the 2012 Leaders in Public Policy in the Top Legislative Staffer category. Iverson is the Committee Administrator for the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee. Congratulations!

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Mitchell alumni remain at the helm of both the HCBA and RCBA

The two largest bar associations in Minnesota are welcoming new presidents, and for the second year in a row, both organizations are led by Mitchell grads.  At the Hennepin County Bar Association, outgoing president Jewelie Grape ’99 transferred leadership duties to Thomas Jensen ’78.  Across the river, Shawn Bartsch ’82 is handing the presidency of …

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Congratulations to Erin Sullivan Sutton ’86 on receiving national recognition for improving child welfare practices in Minnesota and across the country

The American Public Human Services Association has selected Minnesota Department of Human Services Assistant Commissioner Erin Sullivan Sutton ’86 as the 2012 Outstanding Member Award winner for contributing to the transformation of human services and advancing the mission of the association.  Sullivan Sutton was selected for her work to improve child welfare practice in Minnesota …

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Carol Hooten ’78 appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals

Congratulations to Judge Carol Hooten ’78, who was appointed by Governor Dayton on Friday to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.  Judge Hooten has been serving on the First Judicial District bench since 2002, and joins fellow Mitchell alumni Matthew Johnson ’92 (Chief Judge), Heidi Schellhas ’80, Renee Worke ’83, Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks ’85, and Michelle …

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Congratulations to the 11 Mitchell Alumni named “Attorneys of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer!

The following 11 Mitchell alumni (spanning graduation years from ’65 to ’08) were named Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer for their leadership in the profession, involvement in a major or newsworthy case, excellence in corporate or transaction services, and service to the profession or the judicial system:  Sam Hanson ’65, John Harper III ’77, Elizabeth …

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Mitchell students and alumni help 100s at Project Homeless Connect!

Once again, the Mitchell turnout at Project Homeless Connect was impressive! At the Minneapolis event on Monday, Dec. 12, 11 Mitchell law students (more by far than from any other law school) and at least 15 Mitchell alumni were among the volunteer legal team who provided assistance in almost 400 cases.  The teams addressed civil, …

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Congratulations to Judith Payne ’97 and Marna Anderson ’94- 2011 Judicial District Pro Bono Award Winners

Thanks to Judith Payne’97 (First Judicial District) and Marna Anderson ’94 (Tenth Judicial District) for being named winners of the 2011 Judicial District Pro Bono Awards for their many hours of pro bono service to their communities.  The awards are administered by the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee, and the …

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Schwegman doubles its participation rate to become the 2011 Mitchell@Work Challenge Champion!

Under the leadership of Team Captain Tim Bianchi ’95, the Mitchell alumni at Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner staged a come-from-behind victory to take the 2011 Mitchell@Work Challenge Championship! To take the top spot in alumni participation, Schwegman alumni doubled their giving to Mitchell from 42% in 2010 to 84% in 2011. More than nine firms …

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Congratulations to Jewelie Grape ’99, incoming HCBA president

Jewelie Grape ’99 assumes the presidency of the Hennepin County Bar Assocation on July 1, the latest Mitchell grad to take the helm of the largest county bar association in Minnesota. Outgoing president Courtney Ward-Reichard is also a Mitchell alum from ’92, and Thomas Jensen ’78 will become president-elect.

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Congratulations to Ross Kramer ’74, a 2011 Leaders in Public Policy award winner as an Unsung Hero

Capitol Report and Politics in Minnesota recognized Mitchell grad Ross Kremer ’74, founder and shareholder of the Saint Paul law firm Messerli and Kramer, for the key role he has played in several projects, ranging from the Twins ballpark efforts, the Mall of America development, the Hiawatha Corridor LRT line and the expansion of the …

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Congratulations to the eight Mitchell grads named Attorney of the Year for 2010!

Minnesota Lawyer just announced the winners of the Attorney of the Year award, made each year to honorees chosen for their leadership in the profession, involvement in major cases or other newsworthy events, excellence in corporate or transactional services, and public service. The following Mitchell grads were among those honored: Jim Behrenbrinker ’87; Allan Caplan …

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Five of eight 2010 Judicial District Pro Bono Award Winners are Mitchell Alumni!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2010 Judicial District Pro Bono Awards, including the following Mitchell grads: 3rd Judicial District: Melanie J. Leth ’01 – Weber & Leth 5th Judicial District: Daniel L. Giles ’79 – Stoneberg Giles & Stroup 7th  Judicial District: Thomas J. Reif ’73 – Thornton Reif Dolan Dowen & Klecker 8th Judicial District: Sarah L. Klaassen – …

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Congratulations also to Mitchell grads assuming presidencies of the HCBA and RCBA

Courtney Ward-Reichard ’92 (of Nilan Johnson Lewis) recently stepped up to become president of the Hennepin County Bar Association, and Paul Godfrey ’84 (Votel, McEachron & Godfrey), just took over the presidency of the Ramsey County Bar Association from another Mitchell alum – Juan Hoyos ’92.

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Congratulations to Terry Votel ’68, new president of the Minnesota State Bar Assocation

Terry Votel ’68, of Votel, McEachron & Godfrey, assumed the presidency of the MSBA on July 1.   Votel is a Division Attorney for the Midwest Division of the Claims Litigation Department of Los Angeles based Farmers Insurance Group of Companies.   As president, Votel will work closely with another Mitchell alum – Tim Groshens’ 80 –  who …

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Report by Department of Interior Acting Inspector General Mary Kendall ’83 details cozy relationships between offshore drilling agency employees and industry staff

Mary Kendall ’83, the DOI Acting Inspector General, told Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that, given the oil spill in the Gulf, she felt “compelled” to release a report that details disturbing relationships between staff at the minerals agency that regulates the offshore drilling industry, including apparently illegal and unethical actions.  Read the full AP story …

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The Mitchell alumni community welcomes 245 new grads!

At the Commencement ceremony at RiverCentre this afternoon, 245 happy and relieved former 3Ls and 4Ls made the transition from Mitchell students to Mitchell graduates.  An impressive 62% had completed 50 or more hours of pro bono service either through the Minnesota Justice Foundation or through one of Mitchell’s many clinics, where they gained practical legal skills and …

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Congratulations to new alumni board members and thank you to outgoing board members

Congratulations to Alison Drichta ’09, Bernard Dusich ’80, Alex Kim ’06, and Chris Tymchuck ’08, who were unanimously confirmed as the newest board members at last night’s alumni board meeting.  And a huge thank you to Michelle Hatcher ’98, Mark Metz ’97, Bill Orth ’80, and Sylvia Zinn ’84, each of whom is leaving the board after nine …

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Congratulations to all the Mitchell grads who were sworn in this morning!

Despite the rain, the mood was sunny at our swearing in brunch this morning as graduates, friends, and family celebrated the accomplishment of those who just passed the bar. We wish them great success with their legal careers and urge them to stay in touch!

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Kevin Goodno ’99 and Ahn Le Kremer ’02 Named Minnesotans on the Move by Finance and Commerce

Two Mitchell alumni were among the 38 honorees named by Finance and Commerce as Minnesotans on the Move. Goodno ’99, is a shareholder with Fredrikson & Byron; Kremer ’02, is a shareholder with Leonard Street & Deinard. From a quick scan of the list, it appears only three attorneys were included among the honorees, which …

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Congratulations to Tammera Diehm ’03 on Being Named a 40 Under Forty Winner!

One of only a few lawyers honored by the Mpls/St. Paul Business Journal as having become successful and established leaders in the Twin Cities before turning 40, Tammera Diehm ’03, a Shareholder at Winthrop & Weinstine, was recognized for her service on the Columbia Heights City Council, her law degree (from Mitchell, summa cum laude, …

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Almost Half of 25 Up & Coming Attorney Honorees are Mitchell Grads

Congratulations to the 11 Mitchell alumni named as 2010 Up & Coming Attorneys by Minnesota Lawyer for their achievements in the legal profession within 10 years of passing the bar: Elizabeth Sorenson Brotten ’06 (Foley & Mansfield); Charlie Delbridge ’06 (Christensen & Laue); Samuel Edmunds ’07 (Campbell Knutson); Matthew Gollinger ’03 (Zelle Hofmann); Anh Le …

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Jay Klaphake ’95 writes in Japan Times about the country’s need to embrace international students and faculty

Jay Klaphake ’95, an associate professor at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, writes about the country’s less-than-successful attempts to “internationalize” its law schools and universities. As Klaphake writes: “To put it simply, the fundamental barrier to world-class status for Japanese universities is that many faculty members just aren’t that enthusiastic about welcoming large numbers of …

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Jeff Anderson ’75 in the midst of latest priest abuse scandal

Jeff Anderson’ 75, longtime crusader for victims of sexual abuse by priests, is back in the news.  A New York Times article titled “Vatican Declined to Defrock U.S. Priest Who Abused Boys” reported that it made use of interal church documents provided by Anderson.   Another story appears in the Star Tribune:  “Priest abuse scandal spreads“.

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Welcome Home to Lt. Col. Fred Karasov ’83 and Capt. Jennifer Beck-Brown ’03!

Mitchell grads Hennepin County Judge Fred Karasov ’83 and Assistant Hennepin County Attorney (and alumni board member) Jennifer Beck-Brown ’03 are thankfully back home safely from their service as JAG officers in Iraq. Read more here (password protected) or in Monday’s edition of Minnesota Lawyer.

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Renee Maher ’97, lobbies Washington legislature on behalf of local law enforcement families

Read about how Renee Maher ’97 uses her legal training and experience as a prosecutor in the Hawaii Attorney General’s office to lobby for legislative reform in her role as executive director of the Coalition for Metropolitan Police and Sheriffs in Olympia, Washington.

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Russ Doty ’74 writes opinion piece on why malpractice suits aren’t behind high health care costs

Russ Doty ’74, now the CEO/General Counsel of New World WindPower LLC in Billings, Montana, writes in the Billings Gazette about his experience with medical malpractice litigation and argues that such lawsuits have little to do with the cost of health care.

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Stacey Thunder ’98 honored as a Native American 40 Under 40

Lawyer, business owner, volunteer, actress, and mother of three Stacey Thunder ’98 was honored by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, with a Native American 40 Under 40 Award for her role in helping to shape the future of Indian country.  Read about her accomplishments here.

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Rozanne Andersen ’83 interviewed about new role as CEO of ACA International

After 14 years with the trade group representing the debt collection industry - ACA International – Rozanne Andersen ’83 was recently appointed its CEO.  Read her interview about the state of the industry and challenges faced by likely increased regulation and a down economy in the Star Tribune here.

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Brad Colbert ’85 discusses his recent Supreme Court victory and the loss of civility in the corrections field

Alum and adjunct professor Brad Colbert ’85 was profiled in the Southwest Journal about the changes (for the worse) he’s seen in the Minnesota prison system and our perception of criminals and inmates since he started practicing 25 years ago and why he felt compelled to fight for his clients’ right not to be charged for …

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End of year shout out to our amazing alumni adjuncts!

As another semester and year come to a close, I’d like to take just a minute to say a huge “thank you” to the 120 or so alumni who give back to the school by sharing their expertise with students as adjunct professors.  Alumni make up about one-half of Mitchell’s amazing adjunct faculty, and the school …

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Congrats to the seven Mitchell grads named Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer

Minnesota Lawyer has announced the winners of its Attorney of the Year awards, and the group includes the following Mitchell alumni: Kenneth J. Abdo ’82, Alan G. Carlson ’71, John M. Degnan ’76, Michael K. Johnston ’95, Jan Symchych ’77, Lynne Torgerson ’90, and Kay Tuveson ’87. The awards are presented based on leadership in …

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Congratulations to all our Mitchell grads who just passed the bar!

Time to celebrate!  For 2009 grads, watch the mail for your invitation to the Swearing In Brunch before the ceremony . . .we hope you can join us.  And for everyone who took the bar in other states and is still waiting for results, keep the faith!

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