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October 8 CLE to Look “Beyond Pro Bono” to the role of “Citizen Lawyer”


In cooperation with the MSBA's Civic Education Committee, Hamline University School of Law will present "Beyond Pro Bono: Citizen Lawyer," as a panel program from 3:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. on October 8, 2009, in Room 101 of the Law School.

"Citizen Lawyers" are not satisfied with the status quo or the way things are as being "good enough" with institutions that served or now serve them.  For them, societal problems and political issues are not something to be ignored for someone else to resolve.  Our Citizen Lawyer panelists have distinguished themselves as lawyers whose life's work goes beyond their obligations to their employer.  Each has demonstrated a sense of duty to give back to the institutions around him or her and is an engaged participant who exemplifies a civic culture of accountability involving actions designed to improve and enhance institutions, societal conditions, and our democracy.

Citizen Lawyers among our alumni will share their stories of civic engagement. Dan Prokott `01, an attorney with Faegre & Benson and co-chair of the MSBA’s Civic Education Committee, will serve as moderator for this program. The following alumni will join our panel:

Donovan Frank `77, US District Judge, District of MN
John Choi `95, Saint Paul City Attorney, Candidate for Ramsey County Attorney
Jorge Saavedra ‘97, Served for six years as chief legal officer of Centro Legal, serves on a number of non-profit Boards, has run for State Senate

This CLE will be held on October 8 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in room 101 at Hamline University School of Law. 1.5 ethics credits have been requested. The cost is $10 per person, and it includes a reception following the program.  There is no charge for faculty, staff and Hamline law students.

RSVP to Anne Markus at or 651-523-2943.