Lockridge Grindal Nauen attorneys, government relations professionals, and staff volunteer with organizations throughout the Twin Cities and across the country to serve others and alleviate structural and social problems. In celebration of LGN’s 40th anniversary, the firm’s employees committed to and performed 40+ acts of service.
Some of the community work done by the firm and our commitment to service is detailed below.
August 1, 2022
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!
July 15, 2022
LGN Statement of 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!!
June 22, 2022
Citizens League Capitol Pathways Spotlight: Jess Lindeen
Through studying Political Science in college and working on campaigns, Jess Lindeen found her passion for policy. She now works on the government relations team for Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. (LGN), where she mentors and directly works with Capitol Pathways students. As a program host for the past four sessions, LGN has found the experience mutually rewarding for their firm and the student interns they work with. Through their experiences working with new interns each year, and hiring two alumni from the program to their team, LGN has benefitted greatly from their connection to the program.
Jess serves on the firm’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and has a strong commitment to building a diverse team. She notes that their participation in the Capitol Pathways program aligns perfectly with the goals and needs of LGN, and has been one tangible way for the firm to help diversify the Capitol.
As a host supervisor, Jess has greatly benefitted from working with interns of diverse geographic and political backgrounds. As a firm, LGN has also had the opportunity to learn and listen to emerging diverse leaders in policy, and have enjoyed working with students who bring fresh eyes and excitement to the process. Additionally, Jess highlights LGN’s intentional efforts to keep in touch with past interns they host, saying, “one thing that we really value as a firm is when you’ve been part of our team, we want to continue to be a resource…certainly personally, in the friendship sense, and professionally, supporting future opportunities.”
The Capitol Pathways program opens doors to policymaking for students of color, and is a mission that LGN firmly supports and stands behind. Jess stresses how Capitol Pathways is still much needed today, because those who are in policy – those who have decision making power – are still not representative of our state. Jess also discusses the culture and structure of the policy space today, and how there is still so much work to be done to advance change: “There have been intentional choices made that have shaped where we are today and the faces of power that exist right now, and it’s going to take similar intention – probably more so – to change those dynamics. I think that’s what’s so powerful about this program, is that [the Citizens League] makes it easy to be a part of that change.”
Jess notes that the Capitol Pathways program is intentionally bringing students of color into the process in a meaningful way, and building a group of people who have now gained legislative experience and feel empowered to step into more influential roles in policy. When asked why others should support the Capitol Pathways Program, Jess simply states, “it’s the right thing to do.” She adds: supporting BIPOC students and leaders in policy comes from listening and making connections, and these internships set the students up for success so they can continue to be a part of the policy making process.
June 14, 2022
LGN Attorney Laura Matson Pens Profile of Life and Career of Chief Judge John R. Tunheim
LGN Attorney Laura Matson penned a three-part profile of the life and career of Chief Judge John R. Tunheim. Chief Judge Tunheim was nominated to the federal district court by President Clinton in 1995 and has served as chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota since 2015.
May 11, 2022
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.
Love You Cookie has partnered with community health and wellness organizations (like Creative Kuponya and Regions Hospital) to offer access to free or low-cost mental health and wellness services.
Every month, they give away V.I.C (Very Important Cookie)™ packages to people in need. These V.I.C™ packages include their gourmet cookies & merch, therapy services provided by Creative Kuponya, discounts on local health + wellness products, and more. This month’s giveaway is sponsored by Lockridge Grindal Nauen.
LGN is committed to ending the stigma around mental health, especially for the BIPOC community. We are proud to partner with Love You Cookie to break down barriers and spread defiant optimism.
January 22, 2022
LGN Attorney Rachel Kitze Collins Elected to Fourth Term as Co-President of the MSP Chapter of the ACS
Lockridge Grindal Nauen Associate Rachel Kitze Collins was recently elected to her fourth term as Co-President of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society.
ACS is the nation’s leading progressive legal organization, with more than 200 student and lawyer chapters across the nation. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter focuses on presenting high-quality, timely, and interesting programming and CLEs, and was recognized with the ACS Programming Award in 2021 for presenting in-depth, thought-provoking programming with a commitment to race equity and expanding and strengthening the local and national progressive legal network. Congratulations to Rachel!
July 19, 2021
Nine LGN Attorneys served as Reader mentors at Folwell Performing Arts Magnet School
During the school year, nine LGN attorneys have served as Reader mentors to 7th and 8th Grade Student Writers at Folwell Performing Arts Magnet School in Minneapolis. Each week students wrote essays on assigned topics which were mailed to mentors to read and provide feedback. Having a specific dedicated audience for their writing proved invaluable in motivating the students to work on and improve their writing. Students, teachers, mentors, and program coordinators gathered to meet and celebrate the program’s school year success. For over 40%, English is not their primary language. Approximately 90% of the student population has diverse ethnic backgrounds. LGN Partner Heidi Silton will serve on the Reader/Writer Board beginning Fall of 2018. You can learn more about Reader/Writer at https://www.readerwriter.org/.
Pictured from left to right are LGN attorneys Gregg Fishbein and Heidi Silton, Ryan VanThorre, 8th grade Language Arts teacher, Angela Dwyer, Special Education Teacher, LGN attorneys Kristen Marttila, David Zoll, and Elizabeth Odette; Lia Venchi, Reader/Writer Facilitator and Founder, Zoe Odegard, Reader/Writer Assistant Processor. Not pictured, Stacey Crews, 7th grade Language Arts teacher, and LGN Attorneys Simeon Morbey and Charlie Nauen.
June 9, 2021
Lockridge Grindal Nauen Celebrates Capitol Pathways Program
Lockridge Grindal Nauen (LGN) was pleased to have Reen Reinhardt join the firm’s state government relations team for the 2021 Legislative Session as part of the Citizens League Capitol Pathways program. Read about Reen’s experience, in her own words, below. LGN looks forward to participating in today’s Capitol Pathways End of Session Celebration with the Citizens League.
I started the 2021 Legislative Session with a small amount of knowledge in regard to the legislative process or who the key players are at the Minnesota Capitol. However, I was quickly immersed in committee coverage and followed daily updates on House and Senate activities, eventually taking on the responsibility of writing a weekly summary of legislative activities for a client. It took a few weeks, but once committee hearings started to pick up, I was better able to understand the weekly calendar of committees and floor sessions and learned the path that bills follow before being passed and signed by the governor.
My typical week entailed live coverage of both Senate and House floor sessions while also following different bills being heard in committee meetings that are relevant to our clients’ interests. I also worked on the aforementioned summary throughout my week by staying updated on votes, announcements, and important events that occur each day. When not doing work for the firm, I juggled three philosophy courses at Hamline University in order to complete my minor. Although I was in my final year at Hamline and had a much fuller plate than I expected, I’ve truly enjoyed my legislative work between homework and classes. Due to the virtual nature of the legislature and my university, I was able to do the brunt of my work from home, which likely had an impact on my ability to handle the demands of both my internship and school.
I would have loved the chance to work in and around the Capitol or even in-person at the firm as I’m sure it would have given me the full experience one might get outside this pandemic. Still, I’ve learned a lot about the inner workings of the legislature and how a government relations team does its work; things I might not have learned without this hands-on, albeit virtual, experience. I also think that the virtual nature of the session has ultimately been helpful in regard to balancing school and this internship. I would imagine that if we were in-person, the commute between places might be a bigger issue and I may not have had the time to cover as many things as I have been. However, the ability to live stream coverage of floor sessions and committees from the comfort of home made juggling work and school seem relatively easier.
Overall, I’ve found that the legislature is as interesting and complicated as I anticipated. As someone who was never big on politics, it has been fascinating to experience the back and forth speeches and passionate debates, particularly in the strange and unprecedented context of a pandemic. Even though I haven’t been able to be in the Capitol and have spent much of my time watching floor sessions on my TV, I still had the opportunity to work within the pandemic and see multiple pivotal decisions unfold. I’ve also fortunately been able to find ways to get to know different team members in lieu of the virtual setting. That said, regardless of COVID, this internship and legislative session have given me invaluable knowledge that I’m sure will play a part in setting a career path focused on helping and advocating for others who are unfamiliar with the legislative process.