After earning my Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, I founded Kennedy Criminal Defense, PLLC, in 2012. Before attending law school, I studied at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I earned a B.A. in English.
Prior to becoming an attorney, I dedicated my life to working to improve the lives of diverse groups of people by working for non-profit organizations.
I assisted survivors of domestic violence as an advocate in the community and the courtroom. I was Program Director at a residential chemical dependency treatment center for women who struggled courageously with the disease of addiction. While working to support women in their struggle with addiction, I also threw my heart and soul into supporting victims of sex trafficking, as well as women with co-occuring disorders such as PTSD and Major Depression.
I have extensive experience in fundraising for myriad non-profit organizations such as The Minnesota AIDS Project; The Minneapolis Crisis Nursery; The Special Olympics; Minnesota Public Radio; and the National Organization for Women.
I have extensive experience working in the courtroom. I am driven to serve members of the lower middle class and low income communities through the legal process, as members of these communities are not only disproportionately brought into contact with the legal system. But are typically underrepresented once there as well.
The mission of Kennedy Criminal Defense is to provide high quality legal representation to people for whom typical legal fees are prohibitive, yet who have just enough income or assets to effectively disqualify them from eligibility for the services of the public defender.
I believe without reservation, that every person (whether that person makes a one time mistake or a pattern of ongoing interactions with the criminal justice system) has a right to a fair trial during which the State must prove guilt beyond all reasonable doubt.
A person's past mistakes should neither define his future, nor the size of his wallet the quality of his legal counsel.
To that end, it is my promise that Kennedy Criminal Defense, PLLC, will provide every client with thorough, ethical, aggressive and compassionate legal representation. All you need to do to get started is to call for a half hour consultation, which will be provided at absolutely no cost to you.
It would be my pleasure to meet with you and help you get you back to what really matters - living your life with purpose.
|MN||Authorized to practice||2012||02/15/2020|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|North Star Lawyer||Minnesota State Bar Association||2014|
|North Star Lawyer||Minnesota State Bar Association||2013|
|Partner, Owner||Kennedy Criminal Defense, PLLC||2012 - Present|
|Lawyer||Volunteer Lawyers Network||2012 - 2014|
|Student Attorney||William Mitchell College Of Law Community Development Clinic||2010 - 2010|
|Certified Student Attorney||William Mitchell College of Law Misdemeanor Clinic||2009 - 2009|
|Claims Specialist||Probate Finder/Balogh Becker||2004 - 2006|
|Intake Specialist||Minneapolis Legal Aid||2003 - 2006|
|Program Director||Wayside House, Inc.||2002 - 2004|
|Legal Advocate||Domestic Abuse Project, Inc.||1996 - 1998|
|Canvas Director||Fundraising and Communications Services||1994 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Professional Women||Member||2015 - Present|
|Continental Who's Who||Honored Member||2015 - Present|
|Ex-Offenders Resource Network||Board of Directors||2015 - Present|
|Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2014 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Volunteer Lawyers Network||Volunteer Attorney||2012 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section||Member||2012 - Present|
|American Civil Liberties Union||Member||2010 - Present|
|Hamline College of Law||Guest Judge for Law Student Competition||2015 - 2015|
|Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2012 - 2014|
|Minneapolis Star Tribune||The Ultimate Abuse: excesses in assuage parlor sting operations||2015|
|William Mitchell College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|Augsburg College||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|Misdemeanor Theft||Count One: Stay of adjudication. Count Two: Dismissed.|
|Misdemeanor Theft||6 month diversion program.|
|Dissolution with Children||Client received liberal parenting time and paid no spousal maintenance.|
|Dissolution with Children||Client retained substantial parenting time and exclusive rights to all businesses.|
|3rd Degree DWI||Plea deal to Fourth Degree DWI with 180 days stayed and ordered to attend one day class.|
|Harassment Order Violation||Dismissed.|
|Debt Collection Harrassment||satisfactory|
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