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The Official Publication of the Hennepin County Bar Association

Since 1933, The Hennepin Lawyer has been a respected resource for articles about the legal profession and developments in the law—particularly as they relate to practice in Hennepin County, as well as providing news on the local legal community and bar association. The Hennepin Lawyer magazine is published six times per year. A subscription to the publication is included with HCBA membership.
Profiles in Practice: Amran Farah
Nora Huxtable
Nov 01, 2019
It’s rare to meet an optimistic attorney. Most are known for, and indeed succeed by, worrying about everything that could go wrong and foreseeing every calamity. Amran Farah is not like most attorneys. “I never really get stressed out,” she laughed during our recent interview.
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Profiles in Practice: Christopher Fowlkes
Joshua Franklin
Nov 01, 2019
Christopher Fowlkes is a seasoned attorney and litigation partner at Barnes & Thornburg in Minneapolis. When Fowlkes is not hard at work, he is on the sidelines of one of his three kids’ sports games cheering at the top of his lungs. Fowlkes lives by the principal “work hard, and play just as hard.”
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Profiles in Practice: Nadine Graves
Nick Ryan
Nov 01, 2019
Nadine Graves is living out her passion to advocate for individual and systematic changes in policies that contribute to the criminal justice gap.
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Profiles in Practice: Val Jensen
Lisa Buck
Nov 01, 2019
Whether she’s helping corporate managers develop a diversity plan, coaching employees about implicit bias, or teaching law students about race relations, Val Jensen’s message is clear: “To break down barriers, we need to get to know each other beyond the resume.”
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Profiles in Practice: Pharaoh Lewis
Aaron Frederickson
Nov 01, 2019
Be yourself; be authentic!” That is the advice Pharaoh Lewis wants to share with new attorneys. Lewis works in the product liability/mass tort and business litigation practice groups at Nilan Johnson Lewis.
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Profiles in Practice: John Medeiros
Eder Castillo
Nov 01, 2019
Only three days after being sworn in to the Minnesota bar, John Medeiros became a partner at the Myers Thompson law firm. He had earned it the hard way. “It was a long road to becoming a lawyer, but a very short road to becoming a partner,” said Medeiros. His journey was anything but traditional
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Profiles in Practice: Allyson Petersen
Alice Sherren
Oct 31, 2019
What do mid-distance sprinting and an interest in sociology have in common? If you ask Allyson Petersen, a labor and employment litigation attorney at Nilan Johnson Lewis in Minneapolis, both help a person prepare for a career in law.
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Profiles in Practice: Saraswati Singh
Satveer Chaudhary
Oct 31, 2019
I love being a prosecutor. It’s an especially exciting time to be one. People are having serious discussions on what it means to be a good, fair, and just prosecutor. And—this is the most exciting part—talk is turning into action.
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Profiles in Practice: Sheri Stewart
Nick Ryan
Oct 31, 2019
I am living my dream right now. I told my friends and family 10-12 years ago that I was going to go to law school and be an attorney. And those words have come to life, I want to live it to the fullest.”
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New Lawyers Spotlight: What are your best or worst habits?
Oct 31, 2019
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50 Years of Minnesota Law
Fred L. Morrison
Oct 31, 2019
Editor’s note: In honor of the HCBA’s 100th anniversary, THL wanted to highlight stalwarts of the local legal community. Professor Morrison has taught at the University of Minnesota Law School for 50 years. We're happy to share Professor Fred Morrison’s lecture from September 16, where he talked about changes in the law over the last 50 years.
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Meet Judge Sara West: Hennepin County Bar Foundation 2019-2020 President
Oct 31, 2019
Judge Sarah West is the president of the Hennepin County Bar Foundation (HCBF), which serves as the charitable arm of the HCBA. She is a judge with the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County.
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New. Now. Next.
Jeff Baill
Oct 31, 2019
I don’t know what the task force recommendations will be, but I am confident that the HCBA will be at the forefront of positive change for our industry.
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With Whom Are You in Relationship?
Eric T. Cooperstein
Oct 31, 2019
So much of what we do—as lawyers, as bar associations, as business owners, as partners, as friends, as family—is about relationships. As Val Jensen says in this, our fourth-annual Profiles in Practice issue, “To break down barriers, we need to get to know each other beyond the resume.”
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Making Media Appearances and Public Advocacy as an Attorney
Sandra Feist
Oct 31, 2019
Media appearances can increase organically, as long as you allow yourself to take hold of opportunities to lead and to speak up.
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10 Questions: Sahr A.M. Brima
Oct 31, 2019
Becoming the first Sierra Leonean-American to be admitted to the US Supreme Court Bar was easily one of the most significant events of my career so far.
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HCBA Centennial Pro Bono Challenge
Jun 25, 2019
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