Alumni Success Stories

Oct 03

Jeff Storms ('06) among “Elite Eight” at LA All Sports Film Festival and quarterfinalist in Chicago Screenwriter Network contest

Jeff Storms (’06), partner at Gaskins Bennett Birrell Schupp LLP, wrote a screenplay, "Throwing Gasolina," which was selected as one of the “Elite Eight” for the LA All Sports Film Festival in November. The screenplay also is a quarterfinalist in the Chicago Screenwriters Network competition. Read More

Oct 03

Skoby ('06) elected to Tempo Board

Rhonda Skoby ('06), shareholder at Kennedy & Graven, Chartered, has been elected vice chair of the Tempo Board of Directors. Read More

Sep 19

Cally Kjellberg-Nelson ('09) receives the MDLA’s Deb Oberlander Award

Cally Kjellberg-Nelson ('09) was honored with this year’s MDLA Deb Oberlander Award. The award recognizes Cally for her "professionalism, service, and contribution to excellence in the practice of law" as a new lawyer. Read More

Sep 10

Clyborne ('05) welcomed as new commander by Minnesota National Guard

Class of 2005 UST School of Law graduate Col. Johanna P. Clyborne assumed Brigade command of the Roseville-based 347th Regional Support Group on Sept. 7, 2013, during a ceremony at Camp Ripley. Clyborne is the first female in the Minnesota National Guard to assume a major command. Read More

Aug 21

Toni Peck (’05) named to the inaugural class of the Florida Bar Leadership Academy

Antoinette (Toni) Peck, a 2005 graduate of UST Law and a solo practitioner at Peck Law Office, P.A., was selected to be an Inaugural Fellow in The Florida Bar Leadership Academy. Read More

Aug 19

Haase ('06) quoted in MPR story about Obama Administration's call for sentencing reforms for non-violent drug offenders

Class of 2006 grad Mark Haase was quoted for a story published earlier this month by Minnesota Public Radio on U.S. Attorney Gen. Eric Holder's call for reforming sentencing for non-violent drug offenders. Read More

Aug 06

Nelson (’07) achieves membership in National Diocesan Attorney’s Association (NDAA)

Christopher Nelson (’07), was nominated by Bishop Quinn for inclusion in the National Diocesan Attorney’s Association (NDAA) and subsequently accepted as a member. Nelson will now be able to perform legal work for the Diocese of Winona. Congratulations, Chris! Read More

Aug 05

Nilan (’06) recognized as Up & Coming Attorney

Kate Nilan (’06), an associate at Gray Plant Mooty, was chosen as an Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer. Read More

Jul 24

Lukasavitz ('08) presents to Nigerian judges

Brian Lukasavitz (’08) conducted a 12 hour presentation on copyright law for a delegation of Justices and Judges from Nigeria. Read More

Jul 23

Paul ('08) named to Perpich Center Board

Christopher Paul (’08) selected to serve as a board member for the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, MN. Congrats, Chris! Read More

Jul 17

Boulette (’10) co-authors article in Bench & Bar

Michael Boulette (’10) co-authored the article Lien In: The Use and Abuse of Marital Liens in the July 2013 issue of Bench & Bar of Minnesota. Read More

Jul 16

Haase ('06) helps pass "Ban the box" legislation

Mark Haase (’06), vice president of the Council on Crime and Justice, recently published an article in MinnPost about the “Ban the box” legislation that signed into law in Minnesota by Governor Dayton on May 13, 2013. Haase’s work was instrumental in the passage of this legislation. Read More

Jul 16

Odette ('04) recognized as Up & Coming Attorney

Elizabeth Odette ('04), an associate at Lockridge Grindal Nauen, was chosen as an Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer. Read More

Jul 16

Clyborne (’05) promoted to Colonel

Johanna Clyborne (’05) was promoted to Colonel in the Minnesota Army National Guard on July 10, 2013. Clyborne is the second female Colonel actively serving in the Minnesota Army National Guard. Read More

Jun 13

Mission in Action: UST Law graduates recognized by MN State Bar Association for pro bono legal service

Many University of St. Thomas School of Law graduates have a passion and commitment to serving low income clients and providing pro bono service to the community. For the first time, the Minnesota State Bar Association recognized North Star Lawyers. North Star Lawyers each provided at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services in 2012. Thirty-one UST Law graduates were recognized as 2012 North Star Lawyers. Read More

Feb 01

Teddy Michel ('07) publishes an article titled "Collegiality: Now you know. And knowing is half the battle"

Class of 2007 Teddy Michel's article titled "Collegiality: Now you know. And knowing is half the battle" was published in the Summer 2012 issue of At Issue, a publication by the Young Lawyers Division of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Read More

Jan 22

Kathy Klos '07 assists with Abuelos y Nietos Juntos

Kathy Klos '07 assisted with Abuelos y Nietos Juntos, a project that aims to reconnect families with American-born children of Guatemalan ancestry to their families in Guatemala. Read More

Jan 22

Brian Lukasavitz '08, publishes article titled "Blues Law: A Little Bird Told Me about Cover Versions"

Brian Lukasavitz '08 recently published an article in American Blues Scene magazine titled "Blues Law: A Little Bird Told Me about Cover Versions." Read More

Nov 30

Kettwick '10 is one of two finalists competing for MN Wild emergency goalie spot

Treye Kettwick ’10 was one of two finalists competing to become the Minnesota Wild's new emergency goalie. Read More

Nov 07

Michael Lawyer ('09) nominated as a rising star in federal government

Michael Lawyer ('09), a Program Analyst for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was nominated by FedScoop as an "Up & Comer." Read More

Jul 18

Super Lawyers Named Thirty University of St. Thomas School of Law Graduates as "Rising Stars"

The University is pleased to announce that 30 University of St. Thomas School of Law graduates were recognized by Super Lawyers as "Rising Stars" in Minnesota. Read More

Jul 18

Minnesota Lawyer names Sharon Roberg-Perez ('05) as an Up & Coming Attorney

Sharon E. Roberg-Perez (’05), an Associate at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., was named by Minnesota Lawyer as one of this year’s Up & Coming Attorneys. Read More

Jul 10

Alicia Long ('10)Co-Authors Book "Capitol Hell"

Alicia Long ('10) co-authored the book "Capitol Hell," which will be released on September 4, 2012. Read More

Jun 07

Graciela Gonzalez (’09) Recognized for Community Leadership

On June 6, 2012, during a ceremony at CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio), Graciela Gonzalez (’09), along other Latino community leaders, received two "Certificates of Recognition." Read More

Jun 01

Mary Szondy ('04) Receives 2012 Service to MWL Award

Mary Szondy ('04) was presented with the 2012 Service to Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) Award during the MWL’S 40th Annual Meeting on May 9, 2012. Read More

May 10

Jessica Slattery Karich's ('06) Article Published in Volume 114 of The West Virginia Law Review

2006 UST School of Law graduate Jessica Slattery Karich's article "Restoring Balance to Checks and Balances: Checking the Executive's Power Under the State Secrets Doctrine" was published in volume 114 of The West Virginia Law Review. Read More

May 04

Nick Halbur ('06) teaches national teleconference on defense against nursing home collection efforts

Nick Halbur, Law Class of 2006, taught a national teleconference CLE on representing residents and families in law suits for the collection of debt to nursing homes and other long term care providers. Read More

May 01

Michael Lawyer ('09) Publishes an Article on Time Management

Michael Lawyer's ('09) article on time management is the cover story for the ABA's Law Practice Magazine. Read More

Apr 23

International Parental Child Abduction: Essential Principles of The Hague Convention, by Allison Maxim ('05) is the cover story of the April 2012 Bench & Bar of Minnesota.

Allison Maxim ('05), a family law attorney at Walling, Berg & Debele, P.A., in Minneapolis, is the author of this month's Bench & Bar of Minnesota cover story titled "International Parental Child Abduction: Essential Principles of The Hague Convention." Read More

Mar 27

Stuckey ('08) speaks on panel during the 2012 Harvard Sports Law Symposium

Shawn Stuckey ('08) spoke on a panel titled "The Concussion Crisis in Professional Sports" during the 2012 Harvard Sports Law Symposium. Read More

Mar 26

Law graduate, Michael Kemp (’09), among this year’s Mission Award recipients

On March 26 the School of Law presented this year’s Mission Awards. The recipient of the Alumni Living the Mission Award was Michael Kemp (’09). Read More

Mar 11

Heidi Wegleitner ('05) Seeking an Open Seat on the Dane County (WI) Board District 2

Heidi Wegleitner ('05) is one of two candidates seeking a position on the Dane County Board District 2(Madison, WI). Read More

Feb 01

Representation by Klaas ('08) in Zombie Debt Case Highlighted

As part of his broader practice, Oscar Klaas ('08) was highlighted in an article on Zombie Debt. Read More

Jan 19

Vatsaas ('11) writes article for Isanti County News

Christopher Vatsaas ('11) wrote an article titled “Unless You’re a Superhero, You Need an Estate Plan!” for the Isanti County News. Read More

Jan 09

Stuckey ('08) Named to Advisory Committee

Shawn Stuckey ('08) was named to the advisory committee of the UST Center for Academics and Sports. Congratulations! Read More

Jan 02

Three Graduates to Speak at MDLA Conference

Three law graduates, Amy Lanser ('11), Jessica Megorden ('10), and Michael Will ('06) will be speakers at the MDLA 2012 Mid-Winter Conference in February 2012. Read More

Jan 02

Will ('06) Receives Deb Oberlander New Lawyer Award

Michael Will ('06) was awarded the Deb Oberlander New Lawyer Award from the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association. Congratulations! Read More

Jan 02

Molly Hamilton ('05) Attorney of the Year

Molly Hamilton ('05) was named one of the 2011 Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer. Congratulations, Molly! To learn more, please view the announcement from Messerli & Kramer, P.A. Read More

Dec 12

Demers and Berg Start Solo Spectacular Blog

Sarah Demers and Rita Berg started a blog about their experiences establishing solo law practices. Read More

Nov 22

Wessman ('04) Creates a Foundation/Ministry

Cory Wessman ('04) and his wife, Heather, recently created a new ministry/foundation known as Hope for the Mourning. Read More

Nov 14

Sprecher ('07) Involved with Filing of Civil Rights Complaint

Megan Sprecher ('07) recently was involved with filing a civil rights complaint against the Cleveland School District on behalf of parents that had significant language obstacles in dealing with the district. Read More

Sep 28

Callahan ('07) Involved in Creation The Great Comeback

Christine Callahan ('07) and others created a nonprofit organization called The Great Comeback. Read More

Sep 27

Klein's (09) Chicagoist Blog

Caitlin (Roth) Klein ('09) contributes a once-a-week feature blog on the Chicagoist. Read More

Sep 26

Slattery Karich ('06) Contributes to OCEANS Network Magazine

Jessica Slattery Karich ('06) contributed to the OCEANS Network magazine. Read More

Sep 26

Law Graduates Reflect on School of Law's Mission

Donovan ('04), Vielma ('05), Haase ('06), Colgan ('07), Green ('08), Wimmer ('09), and Aba-Onu ('10), reflect on integrating the school's mission into their personal and professional lives. Read More

Aug 16

Smith ('04) Creates "Picture a Hero" Organization

In June 2010, Susan Shogren Smith ('04), along with other family members, started a non-profit organization known as "Picture a Hero." Read More

Aug 05

Specht ('06) Recognized as "New Rotarian of the Year"

Andrea Specht ('06) was recognized as the "New Rotarian of the Year." Read More

Jul 17

Aba-Onu ('10) Receives 2012 ABA Diversity Fellowship

The Diversity Committee of the ABA selected Frank Aba-Onu ('10) as a 2012 ABA Diversity Fellow for the GP-Solo and Small Firms Division. Read More

Jul 15

Eleven School of Law Graduates Recognized as "Rising Stars"

The University is pleased to announce that eleven St. Thomas School of Law graduates were recognized as "Rising Stars" in Minnesota. Read More

Mar 17

Wheaton ('08) establishes ConsumerESQ Blog

Christopher Wheaton ('08) established the ConsumerESQ.com blog. Read More

Mar 14

Feldhaus (’06) and Hammargren (’08) Named "2011 Up & Coming Attorneys"

Bryan Feldhaus (’06), who works for Abdo, Cole, King and Stageberg, and Laura Hammargren (’08), who works for Dorsey & Whitney, were named "2011 Up & Coming Attorneys" by Minnesota Lawyer. Read More

Feb 28

Colgan ('07) Featured in Argus Leader

Sister Erin Colgan (’07) was featured in an Argus Leader article and video. Read More

Feb 02

Hanson ('05) Completes Appalachian Trail Hike

The Star Tribune features Mike Hanson ('05) in article titled “Proving his point: Blind hiker Mike Hanson demonstrated grit and independence on the Appalachian Trail and earned a CEO position as a result.” Read More

Jan 18

Green's ('08) Blog Named Top Blog

Epilawg, a collaborative blog by started by 4 lawyers, including 2008 law graduate Maggie Green, was named by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a top blog in “The Top 25 Minnesota Blawgs, 2010 Edition.” Read More

Jan 14

Gonzalez ('09) Named 2010 Volunteer of the Year

Graciela Gonzalez (’09) received the Legal Rights Center’s 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award. Read More

Dec 20

Bigham Contributes to JDs Rising

Kellie Bigham ('10) contributed to the Minnesota Lawyer blog JDs Rising with the post "To flat fee, or not to flat fee?" Read More

Dec 10

Tinucci ('09) Named Press Secretary for Governor Dayton

Katie Tinucci ('09) was named the Press Secretary for Governor Mark Dayton. Read More

Nov 30

Tolzmann ('05), Lomhar-Exel ('05), McGuire ('07), Roberg-Perez ('05), Zanner ('08), and Professor Receive Recognition from The Advocates for Human Rights.

Loddy Elizabeth Tolzmann ('05), Kathleen Lomhar-Exel ('05), Sarah McGuire ('07), Sharon Roberg-Perez ('05), Jenny Zanner ('08), and Professor Virgil Wiebe were recognized in various ways by The Advocates for Human Rights. Read More

Nov 18

Geyen ('09) Contributes JDs Rising Blog

Monica Geyen ('09) contributed to the Minnesota Lawyer blog JDs Rising blog. Read More

Nov 15

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Welcomes Burnett ('10)

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi welcomes new associates, including Audrey Burnett ('10). Read More

Nov 12

Gray Plant Mooty Welcomes Kantke ('10)

Gray Plant Mooty welcomes six new associates, including Meghann Kantke ('10). Read More

Nov 10

Martin ('07) Joins Lawyerist

Graham Martin ('07) joined Lawyerist as a regular contributor to Lawyerist.com. Read More

Sep 28

Geyen ('09) Features Guest Post on Minnesota Lawyer

Monica Geyen ('09) featured a guest post on Minnesota Lawyer. Read More

Sep 14

Zelle Hofmann Announced that Geyen ('09) Joined the Firm

Zelle Hofmann announced that Aarthi Monica Geyen ('09) joined the firm's Minneapolis office. Read More

Sep 14

Wehrly ('10) Featured in Star Tribune in "So I Say Yes"

John Wehrly ('10) was featured in September 14, 2010 Star Tribune article titled "So I Say Yes." Read More

Sep 03

Kieffer ('08) Co-Authors Article Published in Bench & Bar

Shauna Faye Kieffer ('08) co-authored the article Padilla Motions: Effective Assistance of Counsel Where Pleas Mandate Deportation, with the Hon. John L. Holahan. Read More

Aug 23

Martin ('07) Posts "Marketing Monday"

Graham M. Martin ('07) featured a guest post titled Marketing Monday on August 23, 2010, on Lawyerist. Read More

Aug 17

Green ('08) Posts "Solo Practice: Three Tips for Getting Started"

Maggie Green ('08) featured a guest post titled Solo Practice: Three Tips for Getting Started on Lawyerist. Read More

Jul 28

Green ('07) and DeMarco Recognized by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recognized law alumni Ryan Green (’07) and Alex DeMarco (’06) as up-and-coming young professionals during the Twin Cities 25 Finest event. Read More

Jul 09

Fricke's ('10) Run for Minnesota Senate

Joe Fricke's ('10) run for the Minnesota Senate featured in a July 9, 2010 article in Politics in Minnesota. Read More

Jun 28

Fink's ('05) Work Highlighted in Legal Aid Annual Report

Lisa Fink's ('05) work with the Legal Services Advocacy Project is highlighted in the 2009 Legal Aid Annual Report. Read More

Jun 09

Hanson ('05) Feature of Article "Blind Hiker Battles Hardships on Appalachian Trial, Updates Facebook"

Mike Hanson's ('05) hike on the Appalachian Trail featured in article titled "Blind Hiker Battles Hardships on Appalachian Trial, Updates Facebook." Read More

Apr 27

Brenner ('04) and Swenson ('07) Receive Alumni Living the Mission Award

This year, Victoria Jacobson Brenner (’04) and Brooke Swenson (’07) were awarded the 2010 Living the Mission – Alumni Award. Read More

Apr 27

Brown ('06) and Felhaus's ('06) Coaching Leads to Success

Adam Brown (’06) and Bryan Feldhaus (’06), coached the UST School of Law Moot Court Team, comprised of third year law student Mikiesha Terrell and second year law students Amy Lanser and Sean Cahill. Read More

Mar 29

Brenner ('04) and Kettleson ('06) Named as 2010 Up and Coming Attorneys

Victoria Jacobson Brenner ('04), an associate at Collins, Buckley Sauntry, & Haugh, PLLP, and law alumnus Thomas Kettleson ('06), an associate at Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd., were named as 2010 Up and Coming Attorneys by Minnesota Lawyer. Read More

Mar 17

Gruber Receives Republican Endorsement for District 60A

Brian Gruber received the Republican endorsement in the District 60A race for the Minnesota House of Representatives. Read More

Feb 26

Hanson ('05) Featured in Star Tribune Article

Mike Hanson ('05), who lost his sight at birth, will begin a seven-month hike of the Appalachian Trail on Monday. His story is featured in the Star Tribune. Read More

Feb 01

Trojack's Publishes Article in Bench & Bar

Law alumnus Joseph Trojack's article "Getting Your Appellate Ducks in a Row: Preserving Issues Subsequent to Trial" was published in the January 2010 Issue of Bench & Bar of Minnesota. Read More