Lawyer Magazine_Winter 2020

Notes from our Alumni CLASS ACTION

Class of 2004 Send your 2004 class notes and photos to Liz Odette ( or Susan Beltz (beltzsm@gmail. com). Elizabeth Odette is now an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil,Wage Theft &Antitrust Division of the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General. Class of 2005 Send your 2005 class notes and photos to Kerry McAndrew ( Is this the first parent-child UST Law pair? Anna Brekke ‘23, daughter of Barb Brekke , began her legal career as a 1L at St. Thomas this fall.We wish Anna the best and know she will make an impact! Pictured below is Anna at Barb’s law school graduation in 2005.

On February 26, 2020, Scott Swanson CPSY ‘08 bumped into Karl Sevig at the MSP airport in the wee hours of the morning (pictured below). A quick hello between old friends, a photo, and then off to different destinations.

judicial officers and opposing counsel; interviewed with a panel of current fellows; and completed a comprehensive national exam. AAML fellows are recognized as preeminent family law practitioners with the highest levels of knowledge, skill and integrity.

We have several great updates for this issue. AdamBrown joined Cousineau, Waldhauser & Kieselbach as a shareholder and director of professional development. Adam’s position is structured so that he will handle all aspects of workers’ compensation matters for clients, and he will also have the time and capacity to provide individual coaching, training, real-time feedback, and skill-building support for associates and other legal professionals at the firm. In addition, he will provide business development support and assist with integral firm systems. Before starting at CWK Law, Adam spent nearly six years at St. Thomas Law where he served as the assistant director of career and professional development, managed the law school’s externship program, and taught courses in the externship andmentor programs. Adam is continuing to teach the advanced externship course. Through his work at CWK Law, Adam is building a model to help improve and personalize the way we support newer professionals in the legal industry. Adamwould be happy to connect with you and discuss further. Please give him a call at (952) 525-6947. Kaarin Nelson Schaffer recently helped to found the firm of Conard Nelson Schaffer, a boutique trial firm that helps other firms and attorneys take their cases to trial. Kaarin’s practice focuses on litigating for employees in employment

Melanie McMahon was appointed in July as the Executive Project Lead for Redevelopment to drive progress on eight key real

estate projects within the City of St. Paul. Melanie’s most recent position prior to her promotion was as a Legislative Aide in the Saint Paul City Council Ward 3 Office. Congratulations, Melanie! Matt Schultz was promoted to Commander in the Navy Reserve JudgeAdvocate General’s Corps. Johanna Clyborne ,Major General, Asst. Adjutant General MNNG, served as his promotion officer in a virtual promotion ceremony, pictured below and also attended by 2005 alumnae Barb Brekke and Becky Ribich .

Mariana Vielma was appointed to a judgeship in the 17th Judicial District, servingAdams County, Colorado.Mariana had previously been working as a County Court andDistrict Court Magistrate in the 17th Judicial District. Congratulations to Judge Vielma! Class of 2006 Send your 2006 class notes and photos to Ian Dobson ( Greetings class of 2006! I hope all is well with each of you. I also hope that you are all healthy – both physically and mentally – as we work through these challenging times together, while appropriately socially distanced.

Congratulations to Johanna Clyborne , who is now a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers! AAML fellows have practiced law for at least 10 years, five of those primarily in family law; received recommendations from

Matt is currently assigned to the National Security LawUnit out of the Pentagon.When he’s not doingwork in the reserves, Matt is working at the Tennessee Department of Human Resources as the Deputy General Counsel. Congratulations,Matt!

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