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Prior to becoming associate editor, Barbara L. Jones was a contributing writer for Minnesota Lawyer for more than a year. A 1982 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, Jones practiced law in the private sector from 1983 to 1999. She focused primarily on family law, but also handled cases in a variety of other areas, including bankruptcy and civil litigation.
Jones is a member of the adjunct faculty at Hamline University School of Law and is co-chair of the Minnesota Women Lawyers communications committee.
Patrick Thornton joined Minnesota Lawyer as a reporter/ special sections editor in December 2009. Previously, he was a communications specialist with the DFL Caucus for the Minnesota House of Representatives.From 2005-08 he covered local and state politics and the courts and crime beat for Gannett Central Wisconsin Newspapers. He reported on state and national elections, budget deficits, statewide smoking ban debates and jail overcrowding issues. He has interviewed John McCain, John Edwards, Walter Mondale and the two-time Wisconsin state karaoke champion at Partner’s Pub in Stevens Point, Wis. He also worked as an editor at a weekly paper in Brooklyn Park, Minn. and as a staff writer for the Hibbing Daily Tribune in Hibbing, Minn.
Thornton graduated from Drake University with BAs in journalism and mass communication and English. He lives in St. Paul. His wife, father, father-in-law and several friends are attorneys. He is not.