Minnesota Law

Fall 2021
Raising the Bar

Alumni News

Rachel Clark Hughey ’03

Rachel Clark Hughey ’03 Appointed to Hennepin County Bench

Rachel Clark Hughey ’03 was appointed to a seat on the bench of Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. Hughey previously was a partner and shareholder at Merchant & Gould, where she served as a member and past chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and co-chair of its Appellate Group, among other things. Hughey’s community involvement includes serving as a member of the ACLU-MN Board and a member and past chair of the Volunteer Lawyers Network Board. She also has been an active volunteer with the Advocates for Human Rights, Children’s Law Center, Volunteer Lawyers Network, and the State Public Defender’s Office.

Andrew Gordon ’08

Andrew Gordon ’08 Appointed to Ramsey County Bench

Andrew Gordon ’08 was appointed to serve on the bench of Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. Gordon previously served as the deputy director of community legal services at the Legal Rights Center (LRC), where his responsibilities included the direct representation of indigent clients in criminal and delinquency courts, the supervision of the LRC’s community-centered legal work, and advocacy for the empowerment of people of color, immigrants, and other marginalized communities. He also works on several committees—alongside criminal justice partners and other system stakeholders—on issues of racial justice, equity, and access to justice. 

Born and raised in Jamaica, Gordon is a board member of Green Card Voices, a local nonprofit dedicated to empowering and uplifting the voices of immigrants. 

John F. Docherty ’86

John Docherty ’86 Appointed U.S. Magistrate Judge

John F. Docherty ’86, an assistant U.S. attorney serving in the District of Minnesota, was appointed to serve as a U.S. magistrate judge in St. Paul. Docherty has served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office since 2002. In this capacity, he prosecuted a wide range of cases, focusing on international and domestic terrorism, civil rights cases, and cases involving the illegal export of sensitive U.S. technology. Docherty also served as the office’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council coordinator. From 2006 to 2008, Docherty left the U.S. Attorney’s Office temporarily to work as a prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, the Netherlands. Docherty has also served on the adjunct faculty at Minnesota Law. 

Robert (Bob) Anderson ’83

U.S. Senate Confirms Bob Anderson ’83 as Solicitor for Department of Interior

The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Robert (Bob) Anderson ’83 to serve as solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Anderson, nominated by President Biden last April, had served as Interior’s principal deputy solicitor since last January.

Anderson was a law professor at the University of Washington for 20 years, directing its Native American Law Center. He has been the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School for the past 12 years. He is a co-author and editor of the leading federal Indian Law treatise, Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, and is a co-author of a leading textbook on American Indian Law. He has extensive exper- tise and has published many articles in the fields of natural resources law, water law, and American Indian law. Anderson grew up in Ely, Minnesota and is an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.

Hakeem Onafowokan ’15

Hakeem Onafowokan ’15, Joins Oklahoma City Thunder

Hakeem Onafowokan ’15 joined the Oklahoma City Thunder as the team’s vice president of corporate legal. Onafowokan previously served as corporate counsel at NASCAR. Prior to his time at NASCAR, he worked with the League of Minnesota Cities and the NFL Players Association. In his new role with the Thunder, Onafowokan will focus on areas such as intellectual property, sponsorship and lease agreements, and legal research and analysis. 

Roshini Rajkumar ’97

Roshini Rajkumar ’97 Wraps Up Nine-Year Run on Twin Cities Radio

Roshini Rajkumar ’97 aired her final broadcast inReal Talk with Roshinion Sept. 5 after nine years on WCCO Radio. Rajkumar ended the show to concentrate on her media consulting and coaching business, Roshini Multi-Media, Inc. She will, however, continue to do her digital show,Discover Minnesota with Roshini, on the Good Neighbor’s Facebook platform. Rajkumar, whose show was a staple of Sunday morning Twin Cities radio programing, says her departure from WCCO is bittersweet, but she is really looking forward to getting her Sundays back.