Brian Johnson ’87
This month we profile Brian Johnson ’87, Hamline's director of media services.
Brian first stepped onto the Hamline campus in the fall of 1983 and he's never left -- he loves Hamline that much. In his current role, Brian focuses on classroom and event technology.
Brian lives in St. Paul, and when he is not at Hamline, spends his time on his music, his real passion. He says that music can denote a time, place, and emotion. Catch him playing the bass with Ibaba at the Big Bash, Saturday, October 11 during Alumni Weekend.
Lindsay Conrad ’04
Lindsay Conrad, a former cross country and track athlete, graduated from Hamline University in 2004 with a major in sociology, and embarked on a career in advertising. As an athlete, she found that yoga was a great way to stay fit and injury free for long distance running. With a strong background in running and yoga practice, Lindsay changed directions deciding to pursue what has been her lifelong passion of fitness.
Howie Anderson ’70
When deciding where to attend college, Howie Anderson ’70 followed his heart and based part of his decision on the fact that his high school sweetheart was attending Concordia University, St. Paul. They were married forty-five years ago while in college and paid for it using the stipend that went with winning the Allan T. Bluhm Outstanding Junior Award.
At Hamline, Howie felt that the personal interest his professors and mentors paid him made his experience as a first-generation student remarkable.
Sean Pratt JD ’11: Reporting from Shanghai
Since February 2012, alum Sean Pratt JD ’11 has served as foreign counsel in the Shanghai branch of the Global Law Office. He was admitted to practice in New York in 2011 and Minnesota in 2012. In addition to speaking, reading, and writing Mandarin Chinese, Sean has a master’s degree in Chinese language and literature from the University of Minnesota and did research in Tianjin, China, during 2000-2001.
Ann Donaldson Hazen ’76
Ann Donaldson Hazen ’76 ran away to New York City after graduating from Hamline. She has been living a really big adventure ever since. She has sung professionally in opera, concert, and recital settings throughout the United States as well as in Europe.
The Origin of the Hamline Law Twins Home Opener Tradition
I was the founder of the first Hamline University School of Law Twins Home Opener event. It was the Spring of 1981, and the last home opener to be held at the old Met Stadium. It was an afternoon game, and after a long brutal winter, and our first year of law school, I knew my class mates would be ready to get outside for a afternoon of beer and baseball.
Lady Macbeth Remanded for Competency Hearing
Lynn Boughey JD ’83 was one of three Hamline Law Alumni who participated in the cases of Scotland v. Macbeth & Lady Macbeth and Denmark v. Hamlet in Fargo, ND in April. Lynn, who represented Hamlet, Macbeth, and Lady Macbeth, is a Bismarck lawyer, author and Shakespeare scholar. Robert Martin JD ’88, a North Dakota public defender and a candidate for judgeship, represented Denmark. Birch Burdick JD ’92, North Dakota’s Cass County Attorney, represented Scotland.
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.”
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.