Minneapolis “Lawyer of the Year” winner calls the combination “a major step in the right direction”
Prominent Twin Cities attorney Clifford Greene wrote a commentary in support of the Mitchell and Hamline combination that appeared in the Thursday, March 5 edition of the Star Tribune.
Greene, co-founder of the Greene Espel law firm in Minneapolis, is one of Minnesota’s most respected trial advocates. His impressive list of professional accomplishments includes being selected by Best Lawyers in America as the 2015 Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year for Litigation-Labor and Employment, serving as a former member of the Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Racial Bias in the Judicial System, being appointed to the Local Rules Advisory Committee by three different chief judges of the District of Minnesota, and receiving the Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award from the Minnesota Cardozo Society.
“I did not attend either school. But I can attest that Mitchell and Hamline grads are formidable courtroom opponents. They are senior corporate counsel. Many choose a career in public service, helping to improve access to justice. They’ve served as legislators, public officials, and federal and state court judges, including as justices on our Minnesota Supreme Court and (when I began practice) Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Greene was Mitchell’s first Distinguished Practitioner in Residence and served as a member of the college’s Board of Trustees. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and J.D. from Cornell Law School.