Minnesota Lawyer Recognizes 20 Alumni with Attorney of the Year Awards  

January 4, 2021

Minnesota Lawyer recently recognized 20 Minnesota Law alumni and an adjunct professor as part of its annual Attorney of the Year awards. One of the honorees, retired Court of Appeals Judge Edward J. Cleary ’77, was recognized for his lifetime service. Congratulations to all the award recipients, whose names appear below by category:


20 Day Revocable Trust Trial

  • Joseph J. Cassioppi ’07, Fredrikson & Byron
  • Emily A. Unger ’12, Fredrikson & Byron

District of Minnesota Compassionate Release

  • Adjunct Professor Andrew Mohring, Office of the Federal Defender, District of Minnesota

Mayo Clinic/Fish & Richardson Team

  • Betsy Flanagan ’08, Fish & Richardson 

Protecting Minnesotans in a Pandemic

  • Office of the Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison ‘90 

Bde Maka Ska Name Restoration

  • Carly Bad Heart Bull ’11, Native Ways Federation

Creating Peacetime Emergency Precedent

  • Cicely Miltich ’11, Office of the Minnesota Attorney General 
  • Alec Sloan ’17, Office of the Minnesota Attorney General 

2020 Election

  • Steve Simon ’96, Minnesota Secretary of State
  • Bibi Black ’79, Offices of Minnesota Secretary of State and the Minnesota Attorney General
  • Cicely Miltich ’11, Office of the Minnesota Attorney General
  • Angela Behrens ’05, Office of the Minnesota Attorney General

Two Partners

  • Steven Groschen ’16, Kohlmeyer|Hagen Law
  • Jan M. Conlin ’88, Ciresi Conlin LLP
  • Corey L. Gordon ’80, Blackwell Burke P.A. 
  • Michael Rosow ’01, Wintrhop & Weinstine
  • Paul Dworak ’10, Newmark Storms Dworak
  • Gerald T. Laurie ’67, Laurie Law & ADR


  • Andrew M. Carlson ’98, Taft

  • Masha M. Yevzelman ’07, Fredrikson & Byron

Outstanding Service to the Profession, individuals

  • Judge Edward J. Cleary ’77, Minnesota Court of Appeals, retired

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