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Class Notes May 2007

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Amber (Sappingfield) Eggert '06
started working at the Minnehaha County Public Defenders
Office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Her practice focuses solely on criminal defense.

Kevin Melvin '06 has accepted a position as Legal Counsel for Mayo Clinic. His practice areas will include probate, estate & trust, tax, business, real estate, and compliance.

Patricia Assmann '04 recently passed the Minnesota Bar and has been recommended for admission. She also recently left her position with the Office of the Attorney General to return to private practice with Ann Loughridge Kerr, Esq. who specializes in complex, high asset divorce matters.

Candice (Roark) Ciresi ‘00 has recently been hired as Senior Corporate Counsel for MTS Systems, Inc. in Eden Prairie focusing on Intellectual Property, Contracts, M&A, Employment Law, Insurance, and Litigation/Dispute Resolution Management.

Kirk A. Schnitker '92 was recently appointed by Governor Pawlenty to the Governor's Conservation Legacy Council. Schnitker does pro bono work for several conservation organizations and has volunteered for conservation causes. His practice focuses on the area of relocation law representing businesses and individuals who move as a result of eminent domain takings. He is a principal with Schnitker & Associates, PA.

Mrg Simon '90 has been appointed Director, Legal, of Missouri River Energy Services, headquartered in Sioux Falls. MRES is a not-for-profit wholesale electricity supplier to municipalities in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Mrg will be leading the newly created corporate legal department. She has served as the manager of the utility's State Governmental Relations program since 1997. Mrg and her husband Dan live in Lennox, SD, with their two children.

John Swanberg ‘90 recently received an LLM in Military Law from The Judge Advocates Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is being assigned as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 75th Division (TS) in Houston, Texas. John and his wife Becky spend all of their free time taking their three children to baseball and softball practices and games.

Robert S. Miller '87 recently joined the National Arbitration Forum's national panel of independent and neutral arbitrators and mediators. Miller adds to the National Arbitration Forum's outstanding panel of over 1,500 neutrals. Panelists adhere to ethical and legal standards follow stringent rules to ensure that parties' rights are protected, and uphold all ethical principles. Many neutrals have focused experience in specific industries, easing the comprehension and evaluation of details in even the most complex legal disputes. Miller has several years of hands-on experience in product liability, construction, general litigation and insurance. On top of his new duties as a FORUM Panelist, he continues to arbitrate no-fault cases for the state and support Thomson West as a Reference Attorney.

Chris Messerly '86 is the President of the Minnesota Association for Justice.

Mary Ward '80
was elected to serve as a representative on the Minnesota State Bar Association Assembly.

Gerald B. Yost '80, of Yost & Baill, LLP, Minneapolis, recently was elected to the Hamline University School of Law Board of Advisors. Yost serves as legal counsel to the Minnesota Restaurant Association, the Minnesota Lodging Association, and the Minnesota Resort & Campground Association. Yost & Baill, LLP, also serves as an allied member to the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association.

Frank Loomis '77 was recently named senior gift planner for Minnesota Community Foundation and The Saint Paul Foundation. In this role, Loomis will work with individuals and organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. Loomis is well versed in the fundamentals of investment management, estate planning and charitable giving. During his career, Loomis has been recognized as a leader in using technology to develop new business. Loomis comes to the Foundations from Northern Trust Bank, FSB, where he was a personal trust manager. Loomis spent the majority of his career with U.S. Bank as a business development officer.

Family News

Danielle Boccio (Brandstetter) '03 and her husband Robert welcomed their first child, Brooke Madison, on April 3, 2007. Danielle has been a prosecutor for the NYC Law Department in the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit in Queens Family Court since October 2003.

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