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Shawn is a 2004 graduate of Harvard Law School, consistently ranked one of the top two law schools in the country. She was admitted in part based upon her recognition as a Harry S. Truman Scholar for public service and her commitment to serving rural citizens and communities through the legal process.
While at Harvard, Shawn worked at a local Legal Aid Center, helping residents with business law and entrepreneurship; at the U.S. Attorney’s Office; at the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office, assisting in both the criminal and civil divisions; and at the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture, ensuring the protection of agricultural land in a highly urbanized state.
Shawn’s work history includes experience in agriculture, small businesses, real estate development, and youth vocational education. She has worked at the United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, DC, as a Truman Fellow with the National Rural Development Partnership. She also worked for several years in the Minnesota Department of Education as a new program developer for the vocational youth organization Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. In addition, she served as private counsel for several years for a real estate development company in Minnesota. Shawn also worked for many years on her family’s corn and soybean farm in the Grand Meadow / Spring Valley area, so she is personally well-versed in the challenges facing Midwestern farm families.
Shawn is a native of Grand Meadow and a graduate of Hamline University. She and her family spent 14 years away from rural Minnesota, living in Washington DC, Massachusetts, and California, before returning to Southeastern Minnesota to set up her law practice. The law office is located in a 110-year-old historic downtown building, which was carefully restored by the Vogt and Sween families and local craftsmen, illustrating that small towns can indeed support vital businesses and services. She is licensed to practice law in both Minnesota and California.
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|MN||Authorized to practice||2007||07/31/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Up and Coming Attorney||Minnesota Lawyer||2011|
|Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship||Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship Foundation||2002|
|Harry S. Truman Scholarship||Harry S Truman Foundation||1999|
|Attorney||Law Office of Shawn Vogt Sween LLC||2010 - Present|
|Counsel||WLV Enterprises Inc||2004 - 2010|
|National Rural Development Partnership Policy Fellow||United States Department of Agriculture||2000 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Agricultural Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Association||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Association, 10th District Bar Association||N/A||2007 - Present|
|U.S. Small Business Association - Office of Advocacy||Advancing Rural America||2001|
|Harvard University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|Hamline University||Political Science, Business Management, Communication Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2000|