Rachel A. Kitze Collins

Rachel Kitze Collins elected President of Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter of the American Constitution Society

Congratulations to LGN attorney Rachel Kitze Collins on her election as president of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter of the American Constitution Society. She previously served as the organization’s Vice-President.

The American Constitution Society (ACS) is the nation’s leading progressive legal organization. With over 200 student and lawyer chapters in almost every state and on most law school campuses, the organization was founded on the principle that the law should be a force to improve the lives of all people.

2019-04-02T09:00:42-05:00Apr 2, 2019|

LGN’s employment law team preps and serves meals at St. Stephens

LGN attorneys and staff, including the firm’s employment law team, took part in the firm’s 40440 community service initiative last week when they partnered with St. Stephen’s Human Services to prepare and serve a meal at a local shelter in Minneapolis.

LGN Partner Susan Ellingstad, who also serves on the board of St. Stephens, along with David Asp, Anna Horning Nygren, Rachel Kitze Collins, Jennifer Jacobs, Heather Potteiger, Samantha Girard, Stephen Owen, Rick Linsk, and Sherri Juell all took part in the service project.

Since the 1960s, St. Stephens has worked to offer programs supporting the poor and homeless in the Twin Cities. In the last year alone they have served over 1,918 adults and 651 families, providing shelter, housing support, and other services to those in need.

2018-12-11T11:03:41-05:00Dec 3, 2018|

LGN Attorneys Leading the Bar

LGN Attorneys Elizabeth Odette, Kate Baxter-Kauf, Rachel Kitze Collins, Kristen Marttila, and Arielle Wagner attended the FBA Minnesota Chapter Federal Judges’ Dinner Dance. At the event the Chapter recognized the work on diversity and inclusion undertaken by members and leaders of Minnesota affinity bar organizations.

Ms. Marttila was recently elected as the National Council Delegate for the Minnesota Chapter of the FBA and will serve a three-year term as a Director. Ms. Odette was re-elected as co-chair of the Mass Tort, Multi-District Litigation, and Class Action Practice Group for the 2018-2019 term and Ms. Wells serves on the Communications Committee. Ms. Wagner is a member of the Board of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association. Ms. Kitze Collins was recently elected as the treasurer for the MSBA Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy law section.

2019-03-08T20:44:34-05:00May 16, 2018|

16 LGN Attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Lockridge Grindal Nauen is proud to announce that 16 of the firm’s attorneys were selected as 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

LGN’s ‘Super Lawyers’

The following attorneys have been named Super Lawyers. These attorneys ranked in the top 5% of the list in the Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review process.

LGN’s ‘Rising Stars’

The following attorneys have been named Rising Starsfor 2017.

2018-02-22T13:02:01-05:00Jul 7, 2017|

Elizabeth Odette, Rachel Kitze Collins, Kate Baxter-Kauf, and Kristen Marttila named North Star Lawyers

The Minnesota State Bar Association recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services per year as North Star Lawyers.

The Minnesota State Bar Association has recognized LGN attorneys Elizabeth OdetteRachel Kitze CollinsKate Baxter-Kauf, and Kristen Marttila as North Star Lawyers.

Elizabeth Odette worked with the Children’s Law Center representing youth in foster care. Kate Baxter-Kauf represented indigent criminal defendants through the MSBA Appellate Practice Section’s Public Defender Appellate Pro Bono Program. Through the Volunteer Lawyers Network, Kristen Marttila represented a client seeking expungement of a criminal record, and both Kristen and Rachel Kitze Collins represented Wilderness Watch, a national wilderness-protection group, in a Boundary Waters case.

The list of these lawyers was printed in a full page advertisement in the Star Tribune last week.

2018-05-15T15:38:35-05:00May 24, 2017|

LGN hosts Minnesota Chapter of the American Constitution Society for a panel discussion on the “Gavel Gap” and increasing judicial diversity in Minnesota.

LGN hosted the Minnesota Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) on January 18th for a discussion on the importance of judicial diversity in our justice system. The discussion featured Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Peter Reyes, Ramsey County District Court Judge Nicole Starr, Hennepin County District Court Judge Tanya Bransford, as well as Lidya Makonnen and Cumah Blake, from the Office of Governor Mark Dayton.

The discussion, facilitated by Saraswati Singh from the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, focused on a study compiled by ACS showing troubling differences between the race and gender composition of the courts and the communities they serve. The panelists discussed their own experiences on the bench, as well as the efforts by Governor Dayton to ensure that the composition of our courts better reflects the diversity of our communities in Minnesota.

The event was co-hosted by the ACLU, the Hispanic Bar Association, the Lavender Bar Association, and the Ramsey County Bar Association.

LGN attorney Rachel Kitze Collins serves on the Board of ACS Minnesota.

2018-02-22T13:08:14-05:00Jan 24, 2017|