UMN Law Board of Advisors

Board of Advisors 2020-21

The Law School’s Board of Advisors is made up of alumni and community leaders that provide counsel and support to the dean in carrying out his priorities for the Law School and building a more engaged and philanthropic alumni community. 

Michelle A. Miller ’86, Chair
Vice President & Chief Counsel in Employment Law, Medtronic, Inc.

Jeanette M. Bazis ’92, Chair-Elect
Attorney, Greene Espel PLLP

Gary J. Haugen ’74, Immediate Past Chair
Of Counsel, Maslon LLP

Joseph M. Barbeau ’81
Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

B. Andrew Bednark ’02
Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Juanita (Nita) Bolland Luis ’77
Senior Associate General Counsel, UnitedHealthcare

The Honorable Nancy E. Brasel ’96
U.S. District Judge, District of Minnesota

Rachel S. Brass ’01
Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Rjay J. Brunkow ’04
CEO, Indian Land Capital Company

Laura G. Coates ’05
Senior Legal Analyst, CNN

Joshua L. Colburn ’07
Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Coré S. Cotton ’89
Associate General Counsel, Wells Fargo & Company

Barbara Jean D’Aquila ’79
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Timothy E. Grimsrud ’04
Partner, Faegre Drinker

The Honorable Natalie E. Hudson ’82
Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court

Ronald E. Hunter ’78
Retired Assistant Vice President and Chief Trademark Counsel, Cargill, Inc.

Nora L. Klaphake ’94
Owner and CEO at The Legal Talent Group

Greg J. Marita ’91
Deputy Director, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

Ambassador Tom McDonald ’79
Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Christine L. Meuers ’83
Formerly with Wells Fargo & Company

Michael T. Nilan ’79
Shareholder Nilan Johnson Lewis PA

Pamela F. Olson ’80
U.S. Deputy Tax Leader & Washington National Tax Services Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

James W. Poradek ’98
Housing Rights Attorney, Housing Justice Center

Michael L. Skoglund ’01
Senior Lawyer, Cargill, Inc.

James H. Snelson ’97
Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron PA

Michael P. Sullivan, Jr. ’96
Partner in Charge of the Minneapolis office, Lathrop GPM

Hema L. Viswanathan ’05
Senior Counsel, Sherwin Williams

Renae L. Welder ’96
Tax Principal, Deloitte

Emily M. Wessels ’14
Counsel Attorney at General Mills

Wanda Young Wilson ’79
Formerly with Tennessee Lottery Corporation

Note: Recruitment of new members is managed by the Board’s Nominations and Governance Committee, and subject to approval by the full Board of Advisors. However, there are several sub-committees of the Board of Advisors that regularly seek additional non-board member volunteers to become actively involved. For more information about these opportunities and other ways to get involved as an alumni volunteer, please contact Elliott Gore at or 612-624-2176.

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