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Breaking the Ice

Pat Martin
Jan 19, 2023

Breaking the Ice: Attorney’s call brought national firm to Minneapolis

Pat Martin has gone from making a cold call that prompted Ogletree Deakins to open its Minneapolis office to leading the location as office managing shareholder.

Sarah Brenes
Jan 12, 2023

Breaking the Ice: Efforts continue for New Americans center director

Sarah Brenes is continuing her focus on immigration law as executive director of the James H. Binger Center for New Americans at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Julie Jonas
Jan 5, 2023

Breaking the Ice: Work on wrongful convictions brings honors

University of St. Thomas School of Law professor Julie Jonas has received special recognition for her continued efforts to overturn and prevent wrongful convictions.

Ashley Bennett Ewald
Dec 29, 2022

Breaking the Ice: IP work a better fit for born advocate

Ashley Bennett Ewald is happier as an intellectual property partner at Lathrop GPM than she would have been practicing medicine — if she could have done the math required for medical school.

Erikka Ryan
Dec 22, 2022

Breaking the Ice: MSBA’S DEI leader seeks systemic change

Erikka Ryan, director of equity, inclusion and foundations for the Minnesota State Bar Association, said the murder of George Floyd motivated her to focus her DEI efforts on the legal profession.

Casey Matthiesen
Dec 15, 2022

Breaking the Ice: MAIBA president seeks scholarship growth

Minnesota American Indian Bar Association president Casey Matthiesen is leading efforts to expand the organization’s scholarship program. 

Kim Vu-Dinh
Dec 8, 2022

Breaking the Ice: Professor continues economic equity focus

Professor Kim Vu-Dinh prioritized addressing economic equality after working as a public defender in Alaska.

Brian Batzli
Dec 1, 2022

Breaking the Ice: Association president seeks patent law clarity

As the new president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Brian Batzli, a partner in Merchant & Gould’s Minneapolis office, is working to help clarify what is patent eligible and who can challenge patents.

Christopher Jison
Nov 23, 2022

Breaking the Ice: Bar president seeks to reciprocate welcome

Christopher Jison appreciates the welcome that the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association gave him and wants to do the same for others.

Miguel Alexander Pozo
Nov 17, 2022

Breaking the Ice: Litigator focuses on employment, IP law

Miguel Alexander Pozo has concentrated on employment law and trademark and IP law throughout his career.

Professor Kate Kruse, co-director of Mitchell Hamline’s Clinical Education Program, has worked in clinical legal education throughout her career.
Nov 10, 2022

Breaking the Ice: Prof’s students examine wrongful conviction claims

Professor Kate Kruse is leading students who are investigating possible wrongful convictions in a new clinic this fall at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Susan Link
Nov 3, 2022

Breaking the Ice: Maslon board member adds to ‘mix of people’

Maslon partner Susan Link says the face of the profession has changed since she began practicing, and her election to the firm’s new board of directors takes that a step further.

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