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Meet Emily Cooper: ‘I get to help people every day’

Emily K. Cooper (Cooper Law LLC) is a 1996 honors graduate from the University of Minnesota Law School. In her 22 years of practice she has worked with clients and companies at all levels. She has practiced in the area of civil litigation and family law at a major law firm in Ohio and spent […]

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Meet Tom Leighton: ‘An entirely new legal environment’

TOM LEIGHTON is vice president of content acquisition and judicial relations at Thomson Reuters Legal in Eagan, Minnesota. He started at West Publishing in 1989 as a headnote editor and has had a series of interesting and challenging roles in the succeeding 28 years as the company has evolved. He and his wife Jeanette have […]

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Meet Amanda Heinrichs-Milburn: ‘I saw a need for an outstate voice’

You currently serve on the MSBA Outstate Section council. Tell us about your involvement on the council and any projects or initiatives you’re working on. I saw that there was a need for an outstate voice at St. Thomas, so I founded a student group, the Outstate Practice Cooperative, during my first year at St. […]

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Meet Liz Kramer: ‘I really love to win’

Why did you decide to go to law school? Originally I dreamed of a career in politics. When I was working at a think tank in Washington, D.C. after college, one of my mentors convinced me that law school would open up lots of potential paths for me (beyond just politics). He was right. I […]

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Meet Thomas Winters: ‘I fell in love with the community’

THOMAS P. WINTERS is a general practitioner at Ramstad, Skoyles & Winters in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, where his practice is focused mostly on estate planning and probate. A 2009 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, he and his wife, Erin Winters, have a one-year-old son and another child on the way.  Tell us about […]

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Meet Lisa Kallemeyn: ‘Tech has made all the difference’

LISA KALLEMEYN has been exclusively practicing family law and ADR for more than 23 years. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Family Lawyers, and the American Bar Foundation. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis and Judicare of Anoka County […]

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Meet Melitta Drechsler: ‘Being a business lawyer means thinking like a business person’

MELITTA DRECHSLER (formerly Melitta George) is an assistant Ramsey County attorney in the office’s Civil Division. She drafts, reviews, and negotiates Ramsey County’s high-dollar-value procurement contracts. Melitta is currently the president-elect of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Prior to joining the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, Melitta was corporate counsel for Taylor Corporation in […]

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Meet Heidi Hovis: ‘Rural communities have opportunities for new lawyers’

HEIDI HOVIS worked as an Ameri-Corps VISTA and licensed social worker before going to law school. As an attorney, Heidi practiced in White Earth Band of Ojibwe’s tribal court before becoming a legal aid attorney in rural Minnesota. In her current role, Heidi is an enforcement officer with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.  Tell […]

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Meet Greg Bucher: ‘I enjoy the diversity of a rural practice’

GREG BUCHER is a native of southwest Minnesota. After graduating from Southwest State University (now Southwest Minnesota State University) he worked several years in agricultural equipment finance. He obtained his J.D. from William Mitchell in 1999, and eventually escaped the Twin Cities metro area to join Stoneberg, Giles & Stroup, P.A. in 2005. Greg, his […]

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Meet Jeanine Hill: ‘If only I could be in two places at once…’

JEANINE HILL is an experienced general practice attorney with the law firm of Meyer & Njus, P.A., in downtown Minneapolis. She is also a judge for the Sokaogon Chippewa Community located in Crandon, Wisconsin. Jeanine has a passion for helping others in the legal and general community due in part to her diverse background. She […]

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