Law Alumnae Brunch: Leadership at Your Best

Join us for the 6th Annual St. Thomas Law Alumnae Brunch. This great event brings together St. Thomas School of Law women graduates, faculty, and students.

Date & Time:

Saturday, November 12, 2016
8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, November 12, 2016


Alumni: $15 plus small administrative fee, through Oct. 21. After Oct. 21: $25 plus a small administrative fee. The final RSVP deadline is Nov. 4 at noon. Students: $5. We will apply for 1.5 Professional Development CLE credits.


University of St. Thomas School of Law

Brunch Agenda

9:00 am         Check-In and Networking

9:20 am         Brunch Buffet

9:40 am         Welcome by Dean Robert K. Vischer

9:45 am         Presentation of Alumna Leadership Award

Recipient: Julia Offenhauser '04, Gray Plant Mooty, Principal, GPM Foundation Committee Chair

Julia Offenhauser focuses her practice in the areas of general business law, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. She also has experience in public bond financing and working with starts-ups and emerging companies.

Previous to her employment with Gray Plant Mooty, Julia worked as an associate at a large law firm in New York City, where she worked on various legal matters for corporate and litigation practice groups. She also worked as a pro bono attorney for the New York Legal Assistance Group, where she assisted the Special Litigation Unit with Medicaid/Medicare cases.

While in law school, she clerked for Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, the Law Offices of William Mauzy, and the Office of the Minnesota State Public Defender—Appellate Division. Offenhauser also served as a facilitator for Central City Neighborhood. Julia currently serves on the St. Thomas Law Alumni Board as Past President and Board of Governors Representative.

10:00 am       Alumni Leadership Panel: Leadership at Your Best, moderated by Lisa Brabbit, senior assistant dean of external relations

  • Elizabeth "Lisa" Borne, attorney, Tabary & Borne, L.L.C.

    Elizabeth (Lisa) Borne '06 is a partner at Tabary and Borne in the suburbs of New Orleans, practicing in the areas of insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, personal injury, and family matters. Lisa was a 2016 Rising Star in the area of insurance coverage. She not only manages intense professional obligations but, along with her husband, Ross, juggles the needs of a family that includes two young boys, Callan (4) and Ari (2). Her boys would most certainly describe their mom as a Jedi. Always a warrior, Lisa's fight was redefined last winter when Callan was diagnosed with childhood Leukemia. In the past year, she has leveraged the Force to protect and fight for herself, her faith, her work, and her family, including a positive prognosis for Callan’s recovery.

  • Melanie McMahon ’05, assistant county attorney, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office

    Melanie McMahon is a Community Services Attorney at the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office. Previously, she has worked both in the private sector, at Rider Bennett LLP, and in the public sector, as Administrator of the Public Safety Finance Division of the MN House of Representatives. Melanie currently serves as President of the Highland District Council, and is a Commissioner on the St. Paul Planning Commission. Melanie volunteers throughout her neighborhood, including her favorite time spent at her children’s elementary school.

  • Loren Olson ’05, government relations representative, City of Minneapolis

    Loren Olson is a Government Relations Representative with the City of Minneapolis specializing in issues related to aviation noise, regional governance, transportation and water. Loren’s interest in government and politics led her to the office of United States Senator Paul Wellstone where her experience working with constituents on immigration and international issues solidified her view that government can be an effective tool for the improvement of people’s lives. Loren began her career with the City in 2008 as aCity Council Policy Aide. As a life-long resident of Minneapolis, Loren takes pride in advocating for the City and its residents.

  • Kathleen Rheault ’12, CQA bankruptcy testing manager, U.S. Bancorp

    Katie began her law career at U.S. Bancorp in Corporate Compliance in November 2012. She has worked to develop and expand the bankruptcy compliance program supporting default mortgage and other default consumer banking products. In late 2015 she was promoted to Assistant Vice President at U.S. Bancorp.

11:30 am       Concluding Remarks, Nicole Jackson, student life and alumni engagement at St. Thomas Law

1.5 hours of Professional Development CLE credit applied for.

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.