UMN Law Board of Advisors

Board of Advisors 2021-22

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. 

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

 

Barbara Jean D'Aquila ’79Barbara Jean D’Aquila ’79, Chair Elect
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Brandon L. Blakely ’18Brandon L. Blakely ’18
Associate, Stinson LLP

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Laura G. Coates ’05Laura G. Coates ’05
Senior Legal Analyst, CNN

 

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

 

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

 

Timothy E. Grimsrud ’04Timothy E. Grimsrud ’04
Partner, Faegre Drinker

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Christopher K. Larus ’91Christopher K. Larus ’91
National Chair, IP & Technology Practice, Robins Kaplan

 

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

 

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

 

Catlan M. McCurdy ’11Catlan M. McCurdy ’11
Principal Attorney, McCurdy LLC

 

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

 

Pamela F. Olson ’80Pamela F. Olson ’80
Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Hema L. Viswanathan ’05Hema L. Viswanathan ’05
Senior Counsel, Sherwin Williams

 

Renae L. Welder ’96Renae L. Welder ’96
Tax Principal, Deloitte

 

Emily M. Wessels ’14Emily M. Wessels ’14
Counsel Attorney at General Mills

 

Wanda Young Wilson ’79Wanda 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 egore@umn.edu or 612-624-2176.

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