Robin Wolpert receives Attorney of the Year Award. Click Here
Ken Edstrom was recently appointed for a two-year term on the Practice Committee for the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota. Edstrom received notice of the appointment from the Honorable Kathleen H. Sanberg, Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota. The 16-member committee advises the court on potential new rules for the operation of the Bankruptcy Courts in the state of Minnesota. Edstrom practices in both Business and Consumer bankruptcy matters and was honored to be appointed to this important committee.
Speaking at the Annual Meeting for the prestigious National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (“NAMWOLF”), Sapientia attorney Jon Strauss presented on how best to use TED Talk techniques during trials. Jon spoke about how the TED Talk strategies of novelty, brevity and practice are applicable to jury trials. The panel for “Try it Like TED” also included Julie Gibbens, Associate General Counsel from Walmart/Sam’s Club; Jeana Goosmann of the Goosmann Law Firm; Amy Gaffney of Gaffney, Lewis & Edwards; and Jamala McFadden of McFadden Davis. Other speakers at the NAMWOLF Annual Meeting included actor/author/activist Hill Harper and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the Annual Meeting by video.
Robin Wolpert featured in Attorney at Law Magazine. Learn More
Sapientia is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys, Sonia Miller-Van Oort and Jonathan Strauss were named 2016 Super Lawyers, which is an honor reserved for lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Super Lawyers are selected through peer nomination and evaluations, combined with independent research, and includes no more than 5% of the lawyers in the state. Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, Twin Cities Business and Minnesota Super Lawyers Magazine will list the selection of Miller-Van Oort and Strauss in their August 2016.
Sapientia was proud to earn recognition by Corporate Counsel® magazine as one of the Fortune 500 Companies’ “Go-To Law Firms” across the country in its 2015. This list is compiled from the Top 500 U.S. Companies’ (based on their Fortune® revenue rank) in-house legal departments, independent research, and public records. Sapientia was specifically noted for its contract litigation services. click here.
This year, Attorney at Law’s 2015 “Women in Law” Special Issue featured many prominent and successful female attorneys, including Sapientia’s very own Vicki Bitner, Sudha Rajan, Sonia Miller-Van Oort, & Sarah Oquist. click here.
Sapientia achieves certification and admission into the prestigious National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (“NAMWOLF”).
|Sarah Oquist was recently appointed to the board of directors for Woodlands National Bank. Woodlands National is a community bank with its headquarters in Hinckley, MN. Woodlands is owned by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and is the only minority-owned depository institution in Minnesota. Prior to law school, Sarah worked within retail banking; after law school, Sarah worked for a national law firm in its banking group and then for a national bank as its senior corporate counsel.|
|Sapientia attorneys Sonia Miller-Van Oort and Jonathan Strauss were selected as 2015 Super Lawyers, an honor reserved for lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Super Lawyers are selected through peer nominations and evaluations, combined with independent research, and includes no more than 5% of the lawyers in the state. Miller-Van Oorts’ and Strauss’ selection will be listed Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, Twin Cities Business and Minnesota Super Lawyers Magazine in August 2015.|
|Sapientia Attorney Jeff Brown is a founding member and a member of the Executive Committee of the newly formed Minnesota Intellectual Property Inn of Court. Jeff serves as the Chair of the Program Committee and is designated a Master of the Bench with over seventeen years of legal experience. The mission of the Minnesota Intellectual Property Inn of Court is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills in the practice of intellectual property law.|
Minneapolis: — The Hennepin County Bar Foundation closed its 2013–14 fiscal year with a celebrative air for its record-breaking year under the direction of outgoing President Jonathan A. Strauss. The foundation provided a record amount in grant awards by finalizing over $123,000 in regular grants to 21 local law-related agencies and projects. During the year the board also distributed an additional $100,000 in special grants—specifically focused on women’s concerns—made possible by cy pres funding.
A listing of regular cycle grant recipients and the special grants announced earlier in the year is included below. These agencies and law-related programs help further the foundation’s mission: Promoting equal access to justice for the people of Hennepin County.
At the close of its annual meeting, Strauss passed the leadership mantel to Girard Miller (Stinson Leonard Street), and Miller in turn presented a plaque of recognition to Strauss for his year of presidential leadership. In addition, the annual meeting looked forward by electing new board members and officers, presented awards for service, and committed to a new approach to future grant making.
Other officers for the coming year include: Vice-President Sharna A. Wahlgren; Secretary Katherine Bruce (U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota); and Treasurer Kati Mohammad-Zadeh (University of Minnesota Law School). Jonathan Strauss (Sapientia Law Group) remains an officer as the immediate past president.
The Hennepin Country Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the Hennepin County Bar Association. Funds for annual grants come from individual member attorneys and through two key fund-raising events: the annual Bar Benefit held in March and a Charity Golf Classic held in August. Under Strauss’ leadership, record sums were raised in both events this year from members, law firms, sponsors, and other generous individuals.
2013–2014 Grants by the Hennepin County Bar Foundation
Regular cycle grant recipients:
Total of $123,000
|Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project
Children’s Law Center of Minnesota
Council on Americans-Islamic Relations, Minnesota (CAIR-MN)
Division of Indian Work
HCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) Language Line
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
Legal Rights Center
Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota
|Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
Minnesota Council on Crime and Justice
Neighborhood Involvement Program
Peace and Hope International (PHI)
Restorative Justice Community Action
Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership
The Family Partnership
Volunteer Lawyers Network
Cy pres-funded grants designated to improve the lives of women in Hennepin County
Total of $100,000
Breaking Free, Inc. Cornerstone Advocacy Service Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women
Sapentia Law Firm has been recognized lately for its work in representing individuals against various state agencies, municipalities, and law enforcement personnel for invasion of privacy claims under the Drivers Protection Privacy Act. Two Sapentia attorneys, Larry Fett and Kenn Fukuda, will share with you the specific tribulations of litigating against government entities, including the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, including suggestions for what to do should you find yourself litigating against one or more governmental agencies.
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