In college, Haaland was considering a career in counseling or the law after researching relationship and family dynamics in different cultures. She chose law because it goes beyond conversations to taking action to help people move forward with their lives.
Haaland regularly gives free legal advice to low-income clients through the Volunteer Lawyers Network Family Law Clinic. She serves on VLN’s board and family law and external affairs committees, and she recruits lawyers to VLN. She is also the co-chair of the Hennepin County Bar Association Family Law Section.
What do you find the most rewarding or love best about working in the legal profession?
Helping clients move forward. There is nothing greater than to see a client transition through the process and come out on the other side, paving their new path forward with peace of mind and the confidence that they will be secure financially.
What’s the best piece of advice that you ever received?
My small-town South Dakota upbringing taught me to invest my time in people and relationships. Always take the time to have a genuine how-are-you conversation. This has been invaluable to me personally and professionally.
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
My stained-glass work. I really like tangible art projects. I started doing stained glass artistry in law school because I needed some outlet. So I took some classes and have made a number of pieces since. I find it really relaxing and fulfilling to create a beautiful end product.
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