“Clients don’t necessarily understand the process,” she said, “so a lot of the job is guiding them through that and explaining what to expect — everything from meeting with creditors to collecting documents to provide to the trustee. There’s a lot of hand-holding through the process.”
A native of Columbia Heights, Kulbeik started her legal career in 1994 as an office assistant and receptionist at the firm of Dunkley, Bennett, Christensen & Madigan. Working with the attorneys there sparked her interest in becoming a paralegal. Before joining Cozen O’Connor in 2013, she worked at two other Minneapolis firms, Hinshaw & Culbertson and Mansfield Tanick and Cohen.
Kulbeik derives great satisfaction in donating hundreds of hours of pro bono work each year. For more than 10 years, she has performed pro bono work for the University of St. Thomas Law School’s Bankruptcy Clinic, which helps individuals involved in bankruptcy who cannot afford an attorney. For more than five years, she also has performed pro bono work for the University of St. Thomas Law School’s Bankruptcy Litigation Clinic, which involves representing indigent parties in Federal Bankruptcy Court.
Kulbeik also helps train second- and third-year law students at the University of St. Thomas in document preparation and filing, as part of a class offered twice a year by the Volunteer Lawyers Network.
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