Minnesota Law

Spring 2020
Raising the Bar

Alumni News

Anna Beadle ’10

Anna Beadle ’10 Named Executive Director of Minnesota Justice Foundation

Anna Beadle ’10 was recently named executive director of the Minnesota Justice Foundation.

Housed at the Law School, the MJF is a nonprofit organization that strives for justice by creating opportunities for Minnesota law students to perform public interest and pro bono legal services.

Beadle has worked at MJF for five years, most recently as a program director and staff attorney. Prior to joining MJF, she worked at Children’s Law Center of Minnesota. During law school, Beadle participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic as a student director.

15 Alumni Recognized as Attorneys of the Year; Senior Judge Ericksen ’81 Honored for Service

Fifteen Minnesota Law alumni are among the members of the state bar singled out for recognition as 2019 Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer. In addition, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Joan N. Ericksen ’81 of the District of Minnesota was honored for her lifetime service with an Outstanding Service to the Profession award.

For the past two decades, Minnesota Lawyer has honored top attorneys throughout Minnesota for their notable achievements and leadership in the profession. Award recipients are profiled in the publication, receive a trophy, and are feted at a dinner event in February.

Some attorneys are honored for individual accomplishments, while others are recognized for their work as part of a team. Minnesota Law alumni named as 2019 Attorneys of the Year are:


Aida Al-Kadi v. Ramsey County et al.

  • Caitlinrose Fisher ’15, Greene Espel
  • David Wallace-Jackson ’98, Greene Espel
  • Brittany Resch ’15, Gustafson Gluek

Bair Hugger Team

  • Mary S. Young ’02, Blackwell Burke
  • Corey L. Gordon ’80, Blackwell Burke
  • Vinita Banthia ’16, Blackwell Burke
  • Amarachi Ihejirika ’16, Blackwell Burke

Leonard Pozner/Sandy Hook Defamation Case

  • Jake Zimmerman ’03, Zimmerman Law Firm

Lor Ler Kaw, Lor Ler Hok Koh, Mary Jane Summerville and George Thawmoo v. ISD #625

  • Anu Sreekanth ’12, Fredrikson & Byron

Minnesota Prisoner Hepatitis C Litigation

  • Michael V. Ciresi ’71, Ciresi Conlin
  • Peter J. Nickitas ’90, Peter J. Nickitas Law Office
  • Amy Sweasy ’95, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office


  • Teresa Lavoie ’02, Fish & Richardson
  • Stephen Safranski ’97, Robins Kaplan
  • Stacey Slaughter ’99, Robins Kaplan

Judge Jennifer L. Frisch ’95 Appointed to Minnesota Court of Appeals

Jennifer L. Frisch ’95

Judge Jennifer L. Frisch ’95, former assistant chief judge for Ramsey County District Court, has been appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals by Gov. Tim Walz. Frisch will replace Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary ’77, who retired at the end of April. In making the appointment, Walz commended Frisch’s legal career, wherein “she has been an impartial, fair jurist and her commitment to justice has been unwavering.”

Previously, Judge Frisch served as senior associate general counsel at the University, where she represented the University as trial and appellate counsel in state and federal courts. Her community involvement has included serving as chair of the Equal Justice Committee for the 2nd Judicial District and various statewide committees, teaching legal writing and moot court at the Law School, coaching and judging collegiate and high school mock trial, and teaching English language learner classes at Neighborhood House.

Laura Moehrle ’05 Appointed Judge in Minnesota’s 7th District

Laura Moehrle ’05

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz appointed Laura Moehrle ’05 to serve as district court judge in the state’s 7th Judicial District, which consists of the counties of Becker, Benton, Clay, Douglas, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd, and Wadena. Her appointment will be chambered in St. Cloud. In making the appointment, Walz praised Moehrle for her “breadth of knowledge, mastery of the law, and commitment to her community.”

Previously, Moehrle was a civil trial attorney, shareholder, and chief financial officer of Quinlivan & Hughes. Moehrle is engaged in the St. Cloud community by serving on the board of directors of Kids Fighting Hunger for the past 14 years and fundraising for Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity