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Up & Coming: Sybil Dunlop

When she was in high school, Mr. Welsh had Sybil Dunlop play the prosecutor in a mock trial of President Harry Truman for war crimes, and she won. Strategizing, arguing, research and writing—it all clicked with her personality.  The folks at Greene Espel get it, and in 2015 made her a partner.

Dunlop received a B.A. in government from Smith College in 2001 and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was Order of the Coif and senior notes editor on the law review. Between college and law school she worked for EMILY’s list, raising money for women political candidates. A job clerking for retired U.S. District Court Judge James Rosenbaum brought her to Minnesota.

Rosenbaum said Dunlop was a wonderful clerk and wasn’t intimidated by a new area of law. People are drawn to her, even her opponents. “She’s fabulous. Sybil has an unbelievably good mind, she works like a dog and everybody loves her,” Rosenbaum.

In turn, Dunlop likes pretty much everything about practicing law. “I love sitting down with the other side’s brief and writing in the margins. I like appearing in court. I would be a Broadway star if I could sing or dance,” Dunlop said.

Dunlop’s clients are from the public and private sectors — school districts, cities, businesses and some individuals. She calls that “cross-pollinating,” which is fun and energizing.

Dunlop is a scholar and teacher as well.  She collaborated with U.S. District Court Judge Joan Ericksen on the hearsay chapter of the courtroom evidence desk book, and is working on an update. She is particularly interested scholarship about court rules because she likes rules.

“They level the playing field for the younger attorney. They make it fair,” she said.

Broadway’s loss is Minnesota’s gain.

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