Throughout the summer, Mitchell Hamline faculty and alumni spoke about their perspectives on the role of lawyers as leaders particularly in times of crisis or great challenge such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Discussions explored how lawyers can and should step forward as leaders and serve clients or areas of practice most affected by Covid-19 and reflected on important lawyering and leadership skills for lawyers and law students to build in this moment.
You can listen to these discussions below.
July 15, 2020: Professor Brad Colbert ’85 talks about the role of lawyers as leaders in police reform following the killing of George Floyd.
Wednesday, July 22 — Professor Steve Aggergaard ’04, Director of the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners Emily Eschweiler, and MSBA Senior Director of Diversity and Foundations and Candidate for State Representative for District 66B in St. Paul Athena Hollins, talk about the ethical considerations for lawyers and law students as they become involved in political and community activism.
Wednesday, July 27 – Professor Natalie Netzel ’15 and current law students Chris Meehleib and Laura Anderson discussed their work with Mitchell Hamline’s COVID-19 Legal Response Clinic to address the legal needs of indigent clients created by the public health, social, and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Wednesday, August 5 – Mitchell Hamline School of Law alum Chris Montana ’13 discusses his role as the Founder and CEO of Du Nord Craft Spirits in Minneapolis and the leadership and contributions of the Du Nord team as they manufactured hand sanitizer during the Covid-19 pandemic, converted their warehouse into a food bank for the Minneapolis community, and started a recovery fund to help businesses that were damaged in the riots and civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd.