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Up & Coming Attorneys

Lara Glaesman – Leonard, Street and Deinard

As a paralegal, Lara Glaesman assisted attorneys in both environmental and bankruptcy cases, and she definitely preferred the former because the latter "was just about dollars." She changed her mind later, however, while interning for bankruptcy Judge William Houston Brown in Memphis as a law student.

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Stacia W. Driver – Walling, Berg & Debele

Choosing the somewhat esoteric area of adoption law as a specialty was a logical move for Stacia Driver; her father, Wright Walling, has practiced in family law since the late 1970s and co-founded Walling Berg & Debele in 1991. She also has an adopted sister, Bria.

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Colleen Daly – Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis

After 10 years as a social worker, working in child welfare, foster care and adoption, Colleen Daly made a career shift into law. Since 2007, she has worked as a consumer attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, which provides free civil legal services to low-income and senior residents in Hennepin County.

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Aakash Chandarana – Briggs and Morgan

As an associate in the business litigation section and energy law group at Briggs and Morgan, Aakash Chandarana has built a reputation for excellence in his legal practice. But very likely, he would have had a similar reputation no matter what field he chose.

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Christine Cassellius – Severson, Sheldon, Dougherty & Molenda

As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Christine Cassellius was not planning on a legal career. But majoring in criminal justice and sociology at UMD was good preparation for her current career: practicing family law and also handling routine criminal prosecutions as an assistant attorney for the city of Apple Valley and for the city of Coates in Dakota County.

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