School of Law Alumni Board
The Hamline University School of Law Alumni Association Board is a working group of committed individual volunteers who perform and manage the operational, program and fundraising activities of the association. Their leadership and participation is critical to the continued growth and success of the alumni association.
President and Vice President
Sam Sigelman JD ’03, president, focuses his practice in banking and lending litigation, and receiverships. He has obtained multimillion-dollar awards for clients, both at trial and by summary judgment. Sigelman co-authored the bill, which became the new receivership law in Minnesota. Sigelman has been recognized as a Minnesota Rising Star the last six years. He lectures on receiverships and lending ligation issues and is currently an at-large officer of the Hennepin County Bar Association Creditor/Debtor Remedies Section. He previously served as a past chair of the Hennepin County Bar Association Real Property Section. Before pursuing his JD at Hamline, Sigelman was a producer for the Twin Cities sports radio station KFAN and for ABC/ESPN, where he earned a sports Emmy nomination for his work on ESPN baseball broadcasts.
Jen Randolph Reise JD ’07, vice-president, is a senior associate in the firm of Briggs and Morgan, P.A., practicing principally in the areas of securities regulation, corporate governance and corporate law. She graduated from Hamline summa cum laude in 2007.
Jeffrey Boucher JD ’11 served as President of the Hamline Law Student Bar Association and student member of the alumni board. Boucher co-chaired the inaugural 3L class gift committee in 2011. He serves as an Assistant Carlton Count Attorney and lives in Cloquet, Minn., with his wife Bridget.
A.L. Brown JD ’03, is the founding attorney of the Capital City Law Group in Saint Paul. Brown is an attorney for Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC), a corporation that provides a range of services to students, schools and lenders participating in the Federal Family Educational Loan Program. After graduating from Hamline Law, went on to clerk for U.S. District Judge Michael J. Davis before joining the Business Trial & Litigation department in the Minneapolis office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. Originally from Chicago, Brown has become an enthusiastic member of the Minnesota legal community. Not only does he contribute as a member of the Hamline Law Alumni Association Board, but he is a former chairman of the Saint Paul Human Rights Commission.
Harleigh Brown JD ’02 graduated magna cum laude from Hamline Law. Brown is a shareholder at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. and practices in F&B’s Corporate, Securities and International Practice Groups. Brown's corporate and securities practice involves assisting clients with a wide range of corporate finance transactions, including all aspects of public and private offerings of securities, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He also advises clients on entity formation, state corporate law matters and corporate governance issues.
Megan Sand Carr JD ’09, during her first two years in law school, worked full-time at an employment litigation firm and attended Hamline Law on the weekends. In her final year at Hamline, she was a full-time student and worked part-time for a construction, management, and real estate developer. Carr works for Jones Lang LaSalle on the Corporate Solutions account, focusing in finance and real estate. Prior to attending law school, Carr attended the College of St. Benedict where she was a member of the board of trustees, senate president, and co-captain of the Blazer golf team. Currently, Carr is a member of College of St. Benedict Alumnae Board, chair of the Resource Development Committee, and Young Alumnae President’s Circle Committee. In her spare time, she loves to golf, travel, and read. She is married to Charlie, and together they have two children.
Tom Cuthbert JD ’09 is relatively new to Minnesota, having grown up and worked most of his life in Idaho. On the advice of his wife, a native Minnesotan, Cuthbert looked into Hamline as an option for law school. After a tour of the school, and sometime in the Twin Cities, Cuthbert was sold. He has a bachelor's degree in public relations from the University of Idaho, and a master's in communication from the University of Montana. Before moving to Minnesota, Cuthbert worked for several companies including Accenture and Capital One. He graduated summa cum laude from Hamline Law and worked as an associate in Leonard Street and Deinard’s Construction Law department until 2013, when he took an in-house counsel position with Polaris Industries. When not working, Cuthbert likes to enjoy the outdoors with his two boys, Frank and Henry.
Thomas J. Evenson '99, JD ’02 has been on the Hamline Law Alumni Association Board since June 2009 and currently serves as the vice-chair of the nominations committee. He graduated from Hamline University in 1999 and the School of Law in 2002. He is employed as a Shareholder at Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A., and focuses his practice on civil litigation, primarily handling lawsuits related to fraud, arson, wrongful death, defective products, school law, and quadriplegia/paraplegia. He is licensed in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Prior to joining Lind Jensen, Evenson was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Kurt J. Marben in the Ninth Judicial District and a senior associate attorney at Hanson, Lulic & Krall, P.A.
Ronald K. Gardner JD ’94 is the managing partner of Dady and Gardner, P.A. Gardner's practice is limited to representing franchisees, associations, dealer/distributors in disputes with their franchisors and manufacturers. He is a past chair of the ABA Forum on Franchising. Gardner also serves on the Franchise Advisory Counsel of the North American Securities Administrators Association. He is an author and lecturers on topics related to franchise/distribution law. Gardner is listed as a "Best Lawyer in America," one of Minnesota’s 2013 Top 100 Super Lawyers, and has been recognized by Chambers USA as “the premier franchisee lawyer” in America.
J D Haas JD ’84 has a general practice law firm in Bloomington, Minn. His firm does bankruptcy, criminal law, family law, personal injury, general litigation, and trust and estate law. He graduated from Hamline Law in 1984 was admitted to the bar in Minnesota in 1985. Haas has been admitted in seven states and maintains an active trial practice in each of those states. He became a nationally board certified trial lawyer in 1991 and has held that honor since that time.
The Honorable Sharon Hall JD ’79 was appointed a District Court Judge for the Tenth Judicial District, in 1993. Since 2001, she has been chambered in Anoka County; from 1993 to 2001, she served in Sherburne County. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was an attorney at Barna Guzy and Steffen, Ltd., and served on the firm’s board of directors from 1992 to 1993. Judge Hall is a 1979 graduate of Hamline Law.
JaPaul Harris JD '03 was born and raised in Upstate New York. He attended Syracuse University. Currently, he serves as a Referee in the 4th Judicial District. In addition to this experience, Harris has spent time working as the supervising attorney of the Senior Law Project at the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, at the Minneapolis Public School District, and as a staff attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc., working in its Housing Equality Law Project (H.E.L.P). Harris completed a Humphrey Institute Public Policy Fellowship at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School Of Public Affairs. He is an active member of the legal community. In addition to his bar activity, Harris serves as chair of the Saint Paul Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission and coaches youth football.
The Honorable Krista Jass JD ’93 was appointed as a District Court Judge on December 3, 2012 to serve in the Fifth Judicial District, chambered in Blue Earth County. Prior to being appointed to the bench, she served as the Chief Public Defender for the Fifth Judicial District. Judge Jass is a 1993 graduate of Hamline University School of Law.
Jessica Johnson JD ’08 currently is a National Account Representative for Thomson Reuters, where she works exclusively with large law firms to train attorneys and staff on best practices and cost effective research on Westlaw. Johnson has a background in private practice with extensive experience in appellate practice as well as general civil litigation, real estate and municipal work.
Stephen W. Korstad JD ’80 is the Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel of Coronal LLC, a renewable waste-to-energy company. Prior, he was president and CEO of Korridor Capital, a family based real estate development company. Korstad’s educational background is a JD degree from Hamline University School of Law; a LLM degree in tax law from University of Miami School of Law; a MPA degree from University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs; and a BA degree with honors in economics from Grinnell College.
Jennifer Lauermann JD ’10 is an Assistant Appellate Public Defender at the Office of the Minnesota Appellate Public Defender. She also teaches the Public Defender Clinic at Hamline Law and has clerked at the Second District Public Defender’s Office. Jennifer enjoys showing horses and spending time outdoors. She is active in the Twin Cities Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity.
Caitlyn Lothian JD ’12 is a proud 2012 Hamline Law graduate. She is the Public Policy Analyst at Medica. Before graduating, she was the symposium editor for the Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, and she hopes to increase the connectivity between current students of Hamline Law and Hamline Law alumni. She is the recipient of the Bakken Leadership Award, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University Excellence in Leadership Award, and the Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship. In her spare time, she is the first-chair bassoon in the Festival Community Orchestra.
Peter E. Madsen JD '11 is an attorney for the State of Minnesota. Pete previously clerked for the Honorable Jonathan Jasper in Minnesota's Tenth Judicial District. During law school, he was an editor of the Hamline Law Review and was co-chair of the Class of 2011 Gift Committee. Pete also served as dean of the Paul A. Magnuson Senate of the Delta Theta Phi law fraternity and as a 1L Class Representative to the Student Bar Association. Before law school, he graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and is active in the Twin Cities Miami alumni group. Pete and his wife Polly hail from Massachusetts and have a boy, Theodore (Teddy).
Pam Marentette JD ’08 is an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota in the Civil Division. After graduating from Hamline Law, Pam worked at Dorsey and Whitney LLP, with a focus on complex commercial litigation. Prior to starting her career as an attorney, Pam worked at the Minnesota Senate assisting the Public Safety Budget Division and for the Northwest Area Foundation regarding economic development on American Indian reservations and in rural communities. Pam attended Hamline Law from 2005 to 2008 in the both the day and weekend programs, and she has been a member of the Hamline Law Alumni Board since 2011.
Becca Peterson JD '10 is a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Gregory Anderson in Watonwan County, Minnesota. Becca graduated magna cum laude from Hamline School of Law in 2010 and was a member of moot court and the Hamline Law Review. Prior to accepting her clerkship Becca was an associate attorney at a private law firm where her work focused on bankruptcy trustee representation. Becca lives in Mankato with her husband, Dave and son, Charlie.
Amy Schwarz JD ’09 works for the Office of General Counsel at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Minneapolis. Schwarz graduated cum laude from Hamline University School of Law in May 2009. During her time at Hamline Law, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Program Chair of Hamline Women’s Legal Caucus and worked as a law clerk in the Minnesota Court of Appeals, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and Central Minnesota Legal Services. Schwarz graduated summa cum laude from the College of St. Benedict with her Bachelor's degree in English and minor in Sociology. Prior to law school, Schwarz worked at a nonprofit housing provider in Chicago..
Dan Voss ’85 JD ’88 is a Minnesota native who grew up in Rochester, Minn. Previously, he worked at Larkin, Hoffman, Daly & Lindgren, LTD., focusing on land use and real estate litigation, construction disputes, mechanic’s liens, mortgage foreclosures, and commercial landlord tenant disputes. In 1998 he joined Robert E. Boyle & Associates, P.A. where his practice expanded into forming business entities, mergers and acquisitions, representing telephone equipment and computer equipment dealers, metals manufacturers, plastics manufacturers, and other closely held businesses. The firm later became Boyle & Voss, P.A. In January 2010, Voss became a solo practitioner. His practice remains largely a commercial practice forming and representing closely held businesses.
Debra Yerigan JD ‘85 represents clients in cases involving marriage dissolutions, child custody, child support, parenting time, spousal maintenance, property division, post-dissolution, paternity, domestic abuse and antenuptial matters. She has served as chair of the family law group at Messerli & Kramer and has practiced law for more than 25 years. In addition to serving as an adjudicative qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota Rules of General Practice, Debra teaches other attorneys regarding family law matters through continuing education courses. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University School of Law and is also a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Jessica Plotz represents the Student Bar Association as its vice president and is a 2L student at Hamline Law focusing on public interest law. Prior to attending law school she worked as a victim advocate where she developed her desire to use the law to help others. Ms. Plotz has interned at the Anoka County Attorney's Office, and is currently a Law Clerk at the Saint Paul City Attorney's Office and at MNCASA. She currently serves at the Vice President of the Student Bar Association. She continues her involvement with both volunteer and student organizations. Her areas of interest include public interest law, criminal law, domestic violence advocacy, crime victim advocacy, and victims' rights.
Leigh Wilson-Mattson is a 1L student from Fargo/Moorhead. She graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) in Communications Studies. At MSUM, Leigh was the Student Body President and the Student Senate President. Having always been interested in politics, she interned in Sen. Byron Dorgan’s Office, and worked as the Assistant to the Mayor and City Manager at the City of Moorhead. In 2011, Leigh moved to Malaysia as a Fulbright Fellow. Once she returned to the United States she served as Deputy Finance Director on a U.S. Congressional Race. Earlier this year, Leigh moved to Minneapolis, Minn., and clerked at Halberg Criminal Defense. She loved her time there, and is excited to be studying law at Hamline University.
Anna Gunderson is a 2L student at Hamline Law. Anna graduated in 2011 from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She works at the Zamansky Professional Association, a Minneapolis law firm, where she has worked since the spring of 2011. She is currently interested in several possible future career tracts, the most prominent of which is trusts and estate planning. This school year, Anna will be in the Innocence Clinic and will be taking part in the Client Counseling Competition.
Kassandra Heinrich, 3L, is a law student in the Health Law Institute. In addition to serving as a student representative on the alumni board, she also holds leadership roles in the Hamline Women's Legal Caucus and the Hamline Law Veteran's Association. Outside of the Hamline community, she is the Head Cheerleading Coach at Eden Prairie High School and is working towards her Master’s in Divinity at Bethel Seminary.
Michelle Travers, 4L, has worked primarily in family law since 1993. She joined M. Sue Wilson Law Offices, P.A., in 1997 as a paralegal and was promoted to senior paralegal in 2001. Travers is an honors graduate from Bethel University and received her paralegal certification from the Minnesota Paralegal Institute in 1996. She is currently a part-time law student at Hamline Law with an expected graduation date of May 2014. Prior to law school, Travers was a paralegal instructor at the Minnesota School of Business/Globe College. She is a frequent speaker at colleges throughout the state that offer paralegal programs promoting the paralegal profession and providing insight into family law to paralegal students. Travers is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association.