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DeeDee Shogren LeMier ’06
DeeDee Shogren LeMier ’06 is applying what she learned through her Hamline degree directly to her alma mater. 

Several experiences highlighted where DeeDee wanted to focus her career---people moving from one stage of life to another. While an undergraduate she worked with incoming students as an SOS Leader and graduating students as a Student Alumni Board member.

Carrie Bakken JD ’98
It wasn’t too long after Carrie Bakken JD ’98 received her law degree, that she tried something completely different and never looked back. In 2001, Carrie and a group of teachers founded the Avalon School, a Saint Paul charter school that is teacher-led and where students learn through self-directed, project-based study.

Desta Collier Klein ’99
Since her time at Hamline, Desta Collier Klein ’99 has applied her education to become an entrepreneur with values in the Twin Cities.

As a child, both of Desta’s parents worked in the restaurant industry and she followed in their footsteps by bartending and waiting tables prior to college. This proved to be a great way to have a flexible schedule and learn how the hospitality-side of a restaurant functioned.

Michael Martinez JD ’07
Michael Martinez JD ’07 was in town from Washington DC last semester, when he offered to meet up with a group of current law students exploring careers in our Nation’s Capital. Michael, who attended Hamline Law as a weekend student while serving as a project and team manager at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, landed a job with the Obama Administration in 2009.

Jonathan T. Trexler JD ’03
Admitted to the bar in Minnesota, New York and New Jersey, Jon Trexler JD ’03 has practiced law in New York City since 2009. A Minnesota native, Jon moved to Manhattan after four years representing clients in commercial and real estate matters with a Brainerd, MN law firm. Jon said when he first arrived, he set about building his law practice “brick by brick” to show his commitment to the local New York City market.

Joe Sathe ’13
Although alumnus Joe Sathe ’13 only left Hamline seven short months ago, he has accomplished much since graduation.

During Joe’s senior year, he began an internship in Governor Dayton’s office. Although he completed this internship in August of 2013, he was offered a full-time position the following month as an executive assistant and policy aid to the governor’s general counsel.

Robert Mikulak '64
Hamline alumnus Robert Mikulak '64 has dedicated his career to stopping the proliferation of chemical weapons with the ultimate goal of eradicating them altogether. He is at the forefront of that work on a global stage in his role as the United States Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) located in The Hague, The Netherlands. The OPCW recently received one of the highest honors in the international community when it was awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

Reporting from Nashville, TN with Alumnus Patrick M. Kelley JD ’95
Patrick M. Kelley JD '95 is director and regulatory counsel at Asurion Corporation, a privately held corporation headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. Asurion is one of the country’s leading providers of technology protection plans for cell phones and home electronic products. Pat’s exposure to in-house corporate counsel work began in his third year of law school when he interned at Best Buy.

An Authoritative Career
Alumna Christina Bruno JD ’95 graduated eighteen years ago yet neither time nor distance have diminished the strong connections with her classmates who are spread across the country. Thus, in 2010, when she received an invitation to attend a classmate’s wedding in New Jersey, Christina instinctively knew the wedding set the scene for a mini-class reunion as well the celebration of a marriage.

Kyle Hahn '12 Talks About Life After Hamline
After graduating from Hamline, Kyle Hahn '12 has been keeping busy. Here’s a glimpse of what he’s been up to and how his time at Hamline helped him get there.

Two recent alums honored by ABA
Alumni Sarah Jewell JD '11 and Malika Kanodia JD ’10, co-chairs of the Minnesota State Bar Association New Lawyer Section Diversity Committee, led a team selected as first-place winner in the ABA Young Lawyer Division’s 2012-2013 Next Steps Challenge competition.

Hamline Law Alums Join Forces
Transactional lawyer Brad Rapp JD ’93 knew early on he wanted to return to his home state of Texas to practice law. Now, 25 years later, Brad is a founder and principal at Rapp & Krock, PC, in Houston, Texas.

Volin helps victims break free
Noelle Volin JD ’11 originally went to law school to be an FBI agent, “to get the bad guys.” But it wasn’t too long before Noelle figured out that, “Fighting for victims is what I’m meant to do.” Noelle was awarded the Hamline Law Student Bar Association’s inaugural “Young Alumni Award,” at its Barrister’s Ball in February, for her groundbreaking work with the St. Paul-based nonprofit Breaking Free.

A Passion for Research
It was just a few years ago that Michael Pesko '07, a young man from Shell Lake, Wisconsin, walked across the graduation stage and turned his tassel, marking the completion of his undergraduate degree at Hamline University. Using his Hamline education, it did not take him long to accomplish many things, including recently becoming a tenure-track faculty member at an Ivy League school.

For the Love of Leadership

Some people enjoy knitting -- Jozie Nummi ’11 enjoys leadership training. “I like personal development -- striving to reach the next step,” says the junior global studies major and social justice and legal studies double minor. “Leadership training is collaborative and constructive.”

Lawyer Hero
Chris Messerly didn’t think he’d done anything heroic. Well, yes. He had won his case. It was a big case, too, one that went all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court. But winning was what he’d been hired to do. As a partner in the Minneapolis office of the law firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, winning cases was just one part of his job description. It didn’t mean he was a hero.

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