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2021 Unsung Legal Heroes

Who are the unsung heroes? It’s the administrator from one of Minnesota’s largest law firms, who in a normal year takes on the number of challenging tasks to maintain the day-to-day operations of the firm so partners “can focus on providing legal services to clients.”

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But when the pandemic hit, that included an entirely new set of challenges: managing a contact tracing initiative, developing guidance on remote work environment setup, providing well-being resources and developing policies and procedures for a return to work in the office. All of it done with safety for workers and visitors as the guiding principle.

The unsung hero is also a relatively new team at the St. Paul City Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Team, featured on our cover, that works to protect the rights of victims throughout the criminal justice process, which includes everything from gathering information so that an individual might be able to collect restitution to being that source of comfort and assurance to guide a victim of violent crime through a stressful circumstance. “Victims appreciate being included and informed,” says a team member in our profile.

These are but only two of the stories you will find in the following collection of profiles of those whose work and passion should finally get their due, along with those whose talent shines bright, even at the beginning of their careers. Their work is inspirational.

 Joel Schettler, editor

Honorees

Kerry Conboy

Tonya Cooper

Marina Davis

Karen Deneen

Bao Chau Espenson

Nancy Fraser

Shelli Haag

Kim Hansen

Nancy Jaeckels

Nikki Krahler

Fred A. Levy Haskell

Kelsey Lund

Merchant & Gould Service Center

April Paul

Ann Potter

Marissa Powers

Saint Paul City Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Team

Jennifer Stegora

Susan Trombley

Dawn Van Alstine

Karen Westwood

Brandy Wolf

NOTE: Unless noted, photos in this section by Sarah Morreim Photography

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