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The New Lawyer’s Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association on April 11 honored Stinson Leonard Street attorney Adine Momoh with its
first-ever Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year Award.
The award ceremony was part of the New Lawyers Leadership Conference held at the IDS Center in downtown
The award recognizes an attorney under 36 years of
age or in practice fewer than six years who has shown
outstanding dedication to the Minnesota State Bar Association or a local bar affiliate as well as a commitment
to pro bono work, community service, diversity, and
Momoh is a trial attorney practicing in the areas of
complex business and commercial litigation, securities
litigation, estates and trusts litigation, and creditors’
rights and bankruptcy.
This is the third consecutive year in which Momoh’s
professional accomplishments and community service
efforts have been honored.
In 2013, the Midwest Region of Lawyers of Color
selected Momoh for its inaugural “Hot List,” which
recognizes early career to middle career attorneys who
are excelling in the legal profession.
In 2012, Leonard, Street and Deinard, one of the
legacy firms of Stinson Leonard Street, honored Momoh
with its Pro Bono Services to the Indigent award.
Momoh was recognized for her tenacity and success on
a legal matter involving a mentally ill and physically
disabled noncustodial father.
New Lawyers Section (NLS) officers congratulate Adine Momoh,
recipient of the 2014 Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year Award,
in ceremonies at the IDS Center April 11. Pictured L to R are: Elisa
Murillo, NLS Treasurer (Fields Law); Jennifer Santini, NLS Vice-Chair
(Sykora & Santini PLLP); Adine Momoh (Stinson Leonard Street);
Margie Jennings-Meier, NLS Chair (Larson King LLP); Michael
Boulette, NLS Secretary (Lindquist & Vennum PLLP).
Mock Trial Honors
Forty-six high school mock trial teams from around the United States and around the world competed for the national championship May 8-11 in Madison, Wisconsin and Washington state’s Seattle Preparatory High School
emerged the winner.
Minnesota was well-represented by a team from Breck
School, which placed 12th, as well as numerous Minnesota
attorneys and judges who served as coaches and competition
This was Breck School’s fourth trip to the national
tournament. Attorney Jeff Paulsen (Minneapolis) coached
the Breck team this year, together with attorney Ross Hussey
(Minneapolis) and teacher-coach Peter Saunders.
The Hon. James Dehn (10th Judicial District, Cambridge)
was honored with the 2014 Justice Gene Franchini Golden
Gavel Award, given by the National High School Mock
Trial Competition to recognize an adult individual who has
demonstrated exemplary dedication and commitment to
the goals and ideals of the national high school mock trial
program. Judge Dehn is well-known and well-liked in the
mock trial circle and has spent many years actively involved
to ensure that the program is a success.
Justice David Lillehaug (Minnesota Supreme Court) and
Judge Peter Cahill (4th Judicial District, Minneapolis) joined
Judge Dehn and attorneys Kristin Olson (Minnetonka),
Marjorie Rapp (Minneapolis), and Bill McGinnis (
Rochester) in judging the competition. Judge Dehn judged the final
The 2014 top ten teams in this year’s competition are:
1. Washington (Seattle Preparatory HS)
2. South Carolina (North Myrtle Beach HS)
3. Ohio (Sylvania Southview HS)
4. California (Menlo HS)
5. Arizona (University HS)
6. Virginia (ETHOS)
7. Oregon (West Linn HS)
8. Wisconsin (Rhinelander HS)
9. Louisiana (Jesuit HS)
10. Illinois (St Charles North HS)
The 2015 National Tournament will be held in Raleigh, NC
on May 14-16, 2015
coach for the
mock trial team