Mike Hatch (’73) Receives Mondale Public Service Award
APRIL 11, 2013—Mike Hatch (’73), a former state attorney general, was recently selected to receive the Joan and Walter Mondale Award for Public Service. He will accept the award given by the Minnesota DFL Party at its second annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner on April 20.
Hatch was elected and served as Minnesota's Attorney General from 1999-2007, during which he took action against banks, utility companies, insurers, and healthcare organizations that broke the law. He also took on financial waste, excessive administrative expenses, denials of health care claims, and other abuses, and filed two federal privacy lawsuits to safeguard consumers' private information against disclosure to third parties.
From 1983-90, at the appointment of Gov. Rudy Perpich, he served as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce, and from 1980-82 he chaired Minnesota's DFL Party, stepping up from his position as a member of the DFL Executive Committee and chair of the Second Congressional District.
He also worked in private practice at Hatch, Eiden & Pihlstrom, which he headed from 1992-98. At present is a trial and litigation attorney with Blackwell Burke in Minneapolis, practicing in the areas of complex litigation, regulatory compliance, unfair competition, insurance, and health care.
Hatch said in a DFL press release about his recent award that he became interested in politics and making a difference when, as a U.S. Merchant Marine on the Great Lakes, he saw smoke rising from Detroit during the riots of the 1960s. He earned a B.A. in political science at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1970, then a J.D. at the Law School. After attending a precinct caucus in 1974, he knew politics was his career pathway, but he has found his way back to the Law School to make several cameo appearances in Theatre of the Relatively Talentless student productions.