Adjunct Faculty, Hennepin County Public Defender
Professor O'Brien recently retired from the Hennepin County Public Defender’s office, where he practiced for more than 30 years. Immediately prior to his retirement, he was in charge of the Conflicts Team/Panel at the Hennepin County Public Defender's Office and has been with the office for 32 years. He received a BA in History at St. John's, a J.D. from the University of Minnesota and have an MA in Theology (History) from the St Paul Seminary. This is the fifth year he has been involved with the Externship program. Professor O'Brien has also been a high school coach and served in the Army.
|933||Mentor Externship II||0|
|Description of course 933 :||Each year of law study, students are paired with respected lawyers and judges in the community. Mentors introduce students to a wide range of lawyering tasks and judicial activities and share with them the traditions, ideals and skills necessary for a successful career. Second and third year students participate in an academic credit pro- gram that combines fieldwork with a contemporaneous seminar component. The seminar fosters the habit and skill of reflective lawyering and draws upon student/ mentor experiences to examine the law school's mission in a practical setting. Class topics are designed to bridge the gap between student learning and life as a lawyer. Each student is given the opportunity to individualize learning goals specific to his or her unique path of professional development.|