PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge
January 2016-present

Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services
2011- 2015
Oversee safety-net services at the state’s largest agency providing services to well over one million Minnesotans every year

Hamline University School of Law
Associate Professor
Founding Director, Health Law Institute, 2006-2010

Jesson & Pust, PA
Shareholder, 2001-2006
Healthcare and employment practice with emphasis on dispute resolution

Hennepin County Attorney’s Office
Chief Deputy County Attorney, 1999-2000
Managed daily operations of public law office and advised Hennepin County Board of Commissioners and County Attorney with regard to all civil litigation

Minnesota Attorney General’s Office
Deputy Attorney General, 1995-1998
Assistant Attorney General, 1993-1995
Litigated high profile cases in employment, health care and human services areas.  Supervised the Health, Licensing, Human Rights, Public Utilities and Investigations Divisions

Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, LLP
Of Counsel, 2009-2010
Partner, 1990-93
Associate, 1983-89
Business litigation practice including healthcare, employment, medical device product liability, trade secret, condemnation and banking cases

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS AND POSITIONS

Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
Associate Professor, 2006-2010
Courses taught: Public Health Law; Comparative Health Law; Food and Drug Law; Health Law Survey; Introduction to Health Care Compliance; Health Law Organization and Finance; Health Law Through Literature

William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
Adjunct Professor, Health Law, 1995-98, 2001-2006
Instructor, Trial Advocacy, 1989-91
Courses taught: Health Law Survey; Health Law Organization and Finance; Trial Practice

University of St. Thomas Business School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Center for Medical Management
Adjunct Professor, 2001-2006
Courses taught: Physicians and the Law

Bahcesehir Universitesi, Istanbul, Turkey
Adjunct Professor, Summer 2005
Courses taught: Trial Practice

 

HONORS

Harry S. Truman Scholar
Phi Beta Kappa
University of Minnesota Law Review

Public Achievement Award from Minnesota Hospital Association (2016)
Early Education Champion of the Year from Parent Aware for School Readiness (2015)
Leadership Award, Minnesota Women in Health Care from the Women’s Health Trust (2014)
Movement of Hope Vision Award from Lutheran Social Service (2015)
Voices from the Heart Award from North American Council on Adoptable Children (2013)
Best Speaker of the Year from the Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance (2016)
“Super Lawyer,” “Top 40″ ADR Lawyer, and “Top 40” Health Lawyer as selected by Minnesota Law and Politics while in private practice

 

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania Law School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
J.D. 1983

University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
B.A. 1979

 

RECENT LEADERSHIP WITHIN THE PROFESSION AND COMMUNITY

Lutheran Social Services
Board of Directors (2016-present)

Southern Prairie Center for Community Health Improvement
Board of Directors (2016-present)

Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul
Board of Directors (2017-present)

Close Gaps by 5
Board of Directors (2017-present)

Future Services Institute
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Advisory Board (2016-2017)

Rules of Professional Conduct Committee
Minnesota State Bar Association
Member (2017-present), (2003-2010)
Chair of Committee, 2005-2008

Minnesota Tribal Court/State Court Forum
Co-Chair (2017-present)

Governor’s Task Forces
Co-Chair Health Reform Financing Task Force (2015)
Co-Chair Child Protection Task Force (2014-15)
Chair Health Care Reform Task Force (2012)
Executive Committee, Olmstead Subcabinet (2014-2015)

Children’s Justice Initiative
Co-Chair with Chief Justice Lorie Gildea (2011-2015)

Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness
Co-chair (2012-2015)

Governing Council, Health Law Section
Minnesota State Bar Association
Chair (2011-12)
Vice Chair (2010-11)
Secretary (2009-10)
Treasurer (2008-09)
Program Chair (2004-06)

Stratis Health
Board of Directors, 2009-2011

United Way of Twin Cities
Health and Independence Committee, 2009-2011
Community Impact Council, 2010-2011

United States Attorney Advisory Committee
Chair of Advisory Committee to Senator Klobuchar, 2009

Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Judicial Rules
Member, 2007-2008

Dean Search Committee, Hamline University
Chair, 2007-2008

Minnesota Supreme Court Committee on Child Support Rules
Member, 1999-2000

Minnesota County Attorney Association
Board of Directors, 1999-2000

Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church
Board of Elders, 2008-2010
Sunday School Teacher
Member, 1986-present