As the President of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Sonia Miller-Van Oort recently addressed the incoming law student classes at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and St. Thomas School of Law, congratulating and thanking them for choosing he noble profession of law as their career and inviting them to join and engage with the state bar members.
At a ceremony on July 19, 2017, Sapientia attorney Kenneth Edstrom was awarded the Raeder Larson Public Service Award from the Bankruptcy Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. The award is named for Raeder Larson, who was the long-time Assistant Clerk of Court for the Minnesota Bankruptcy Court in the 1970’s-90’s and who was revered for his knowledge, even temper and wisdom. The award has been given every year since 2001. The award is presented “In recognition of outstanding service to the public through the provision of pro bono legal services and dedication to a system of equal justice for all.” Ken’s award was largely based on his representation of two bankruptcy debtors who successfully sought to have their debts to Dakota County under the state’s “Pay to Stay” statute declared dischargeable. The case was argued both in the Bankruptcy Court and later, after the debtors were successful in bankruptcy court, in the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Ken joins Sapientia attorney Jonathan Strauss as a winner of the award. Jon won his Raeder Larson award for his service to the legal community in 2007.
For the first time in the Minnesota State Bar Association’s 105-year history, the President’s gavel was passed from one female President to another. But even more remarkable, for the first time in its history, the two individuals were from the same firm: Sapientia Law Group!
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”).