Adjunct Faculty, Attorney at Tolzmann and Nordell, LLP
J.D., University of St. Thomas School of Law
B.A., University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management
Loddy Elizabeth Tolzmann has been practicing law for over eight years, particularly in the field of immigration, of which she currently serves as “Of Counsel” with local immigration firm, Davis and Goldfarb PLLC. Loddy previously was the managing partner of her own law firm, Tolzmann and Nordell LLP for over three years prior to merging with Davis and Goldfarb, where she had worked as an Associate Attorney for three years after law school. She has extensive and well-rounded experience in employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, consular-based processing, and deportation defense. She has represented clients before U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services, the local immigration courts, and U.S. embassies/consulates worldwide. Loddy also served as the U.S. Branch Manager of a leading international-based immigration and visa consult firm in London, England.
Loddy currently works for the City of Brooklyn Park as a Community Engagement Coordinator. The City of Brooklyn Park is the second most diverse and sixth largest city in Minnesota. Loddy oversees project teams in the key areas of resources, diversity, and youth that seeks to engage and leverage the resources of the diverse community; to engage the diverse community to enhance acceptance and understanding of one another; and to ensure the success of all the youth by engaging and optimizing community assets. In her role, she has helped the community and city of Brooklyn Park achieve a national cultural diversity award by the National League of Cities and the Brooklyn Park Human Rights Commission achieve a national Winds of Change award for raising awareness, demonstrating sustained support, and being a catalyst for change in diversity/inclusion issues in the workforce. Her legal education has also enhanced her writing abilities that has resulted in the City of Brooklyn Park being selected to attend trainings/conferences and considered for several prestigious grants nationwide based upon the city’s innovative and sustained efforts in community engagement in the three key areas mentioned above.
She is also active on the “Recruiters Team” where she works to enhance workplace diversity through recruitment, retention, mentorship, and professional development. Loddy has participated in several interview panels and the overall human resource process and training including handling change, development people, and management skills. She has also fulfilled the Mastery level requirements in the ToP® (Technology of Participation) Facilitation Methods and Strategic Planning from the Institute of Cultural Affairs, a structured planning process which incorporates facilitation methods into productive action and concrete accomplishments through focused conversations, consensus workshops, and action planning.
Loddy received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2005 and Bachelor’s degree in Business/Marketing from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota in 2001. She is licensed in the states of Minnesota and Nevada (inactive). At the University of St. Thomas School of Law, she has served as a Board Director for the Alumni Board and mentor for the law school's mentor program. She is a 2009 recipient of the University of St. Thomas School of Law Alumni Living the Mission Award and has attained St. Thomas' Society of the Arches Socius Approbtus status for her contributions of time and talent to the University community.
Loddy is also a Board Member of Mines Advisory Group (MAG), a non-profit and non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC, whose mission is to clear the remnants of armed conflict from some of the world's poorest nations; educate and employ local people; and help provide solutions for those trapped by poverty and economic devastation through no fault of their own. She has volunteered for the Tubman Safety Program and served as a legal advocate for domestic abuse victims in Hennepin County. Loddy is fluent in the Laotian language.
Loddy is an avid boxing fan and has been involved in the sport professionally through promotion, marketing and negotiation of boxing contracts. She has facilitated the professional sports of visas of several athletes including her sponsorship of an orphan from Uganda who is now an undefeated professional boxer. She has previously started a grass-roots non-profit amateur boxing gym that served at-risk youth in North Minneapolis.