LGN Attorneys Successfully Argue Criminal Appeal in Pro Bono Matter

LGN attorneys Arielle Wagner, Kate Baxter-Kauf, and Kristen Marttila successfully worked on and argued a criminal appeal in a pro bono matter involving a client who was unlawfully detained by police. On August 8, 2022, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that the sheriff’s deputy unconstitutionally expanded the scope of a traffic stop by opening the client’s car door without an individualized, reasonable, and articulable justification, and reversed the district court’s denial of the motion to suppress evidence obtained after the car door was opened. The team considers this a victory for individual rights and hopes this decision helps clarify the boundaries of these types of traffic stops in the future. Read the full opinion here.

LGN attorneys participate in criminal appeals through the MSBA Appellate Section’s Pro Bono Project with the Appellate Public Defender.

Class Act Completes 2022 Lawyer League Co-Ed Softball Season

Class Act, featuring many LGNers, recently completed the 2022 season of the Minneapolis Park Board's Co-Ed Lawyer League softball. Class Act posted a 6-4 record, but recently lost in the playoffs. Congrats to Class Act on a great season!

LGN Proud to Announce Six Attorneys Recognized as North Star Lawyers

LGN prides itself on our commitment to pro-bono volunteer work. We are thrilled to announce that LGN attorneys (pictured from left to right) Arielle Wagner, Rachel Kitze Collins, Kailey Mrosak, Maureen Kane Berg, Kate Baxter-Kauf, and Stephen Owen have been recognized as 2021 North Star Lawyers. The Minnesota State Bar Association designates North Star Lawyers as those who provided 50 hours or more of legal service in 2021. More information about the North Star Lawyers program is available here; the full list of 2021 North Star Lawyers can be found here.  This listing was also published in the May/June 2022 Bench & Bar Magazine.

LGN Proud to Sponsor WomenWinning’s 40th Annual Luncheon

LGN was proud to sponsor WomenWinning’s 40th Annual Luncheon, which featured U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, State Representative Kelly Morrison, former State Representative Erin Maye Quade, Dr. Sarah Traxler, and Dr. Julie Amaon. WomenWinning’s mission is to encourage, promote, support, and elect pro-choice women of all political parties to all levels of public office.

Pictured from left to right, seated: Cate Crowe, Maureen Kane Berg, Laura Matson, and Heidi Esparza.

Pictured from left to right, standing: Abby Ward, Amos Briggs, Karen Hanson Riebel, Dave Zoll, Kate Baxter-Kauf, and Rebecca Kanninen.

LGN Attorney Appointed to Merit Selection Panel to Aid in Selection of U.S. Magistrate Judge

Rachel Kitze Collins

LGN congratulates Rachel Kitze Collins on her appointment to the Merit Selection Panel which will advise the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota on the selection of a new U.S. Magistrate Judge.  The panel will evaluate and recommend the best candidates to the District Judges for consideration.

Rachel practices in LGN’s environmental litigation, election law, business litigation, and employment groups, representing clients in complex, high-profile litigation in state and federal court.  Rachel also serves as Co-President of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of the American Constitution Society.  Prior to joining LGN, Rachel clerked for the Honorable James B. Loken of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

LGN Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Lockridge Grindal Nauen has always advocated for equal rights and justice. We were the first law firm to publicly oppose the Minnesota same-sex marriage constitutional amendment, defeated in November 2012. And we supported Minnesota’s same-sex marriage law which went into effect in 2013. Now, ten years later, we join other law firms and businesses in expressing our opposition to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that not only overturns 50 years of precedent protecting a woman’s right to choose but also puts at risk other fundamental freedoms, including other privacy rights and marriage equality.

We recognize that individuals within our community have sincere beliefs and emotions on both sides of this issue, and we respect and encourage genuine civil conversations on this topic. We also encourage everyone to be involved in the political process, study the issues, and, most importantly, VOTE!!

Citizens League Capitol Pathways Spotlight: Jess Lindeen

This article originally appeared on the Citizens League website.

As we celebrate another successful year of the Capitol Pathways Program—the only paid internship program in the state that opens a policy career pathway for BIPOC college students— we ask you to join us in investing in the next generation of civic leaders.

Leading to our celebration on June 22, we are hosting an online fundraising campaign to raise $10,000—all of which will go directly to support our student legislative and other professional development trainings in 2023. While our students are passionate about civic engagement and policy, many of them have never been exposed to the legislative process or Capitol. Through these trainings, they build career skills and gain technical knowledge of the legislative process to help them build the confidence and know-how to prepare for their policy internships.

Every gift—no matter the amount—moves us one step closer to our goal and truly makes a difference. Click here to donate today.

If you’d like to learn more about the impact of the Capitol Pathways program and students, read on to learn more about Jess Lindeen, Capitol Pathways host supervisor at Lockridge Grindal Nauen

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Lockridge Grindal Nauen Proud to Sponsor Very Important Cookie Program

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is increasing the severity of symptoms of trauma and mental health issues for those who were already struggling with them, especially for younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers, and unpaid adult caregivers.

According to the CDC, the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic should include increasing intervention and prevention efforts for addressing mental health conditions.

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