2019 1L Rotation Clerkship

For over a decade, the TCDIP 1L Rotation Clerkship has helped launch the careers of law students of color in the Twin Cities. We strengthen the legal talent pipeline with strategic partnerships between TCDIP Members from law firms and corporate legal departments. Over the course of a summer, 1L Rotation Clerks gain valuable insights by working within a law firm and corporate law department setting. Students work alongside attorneys, develop relationships and sharpen their legal skills.  
Clerks also learn about the Twin Cities legal community by participating in mentoring and professional development programs organized by TCDIP. The 1L Rotation Clerkship is a great opportunity for TCDIP Members to collaborate, deepen relationships and create a more inclusive legal community.

For Students:

TCDIP is offering 27 clerkship positions with the organizations listed below. Students are encouraged to carefully follow all application instructions and apply for multiple clerkships of interest. Applications will be accepted by participating firms starting December 1, 2018. Application deadline is January 21, 2019 (students are encouraged to submit applications before winter break). Please take a look at our flyer for FAQs.

General Application Instructions:

  1. Read the Frequently Asked Questions for more details about the program.
  2. Follow instructions for each firm you are interested in applying with below.
  3. In your cover letter, reference the ‘Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Summer Rotation Clerkship’ and explain the following:
    1. Why are you interested in the Twin Cities legal market?
    2. How will you contribute to inclusion and diversity efforts in the Twin Cities legal community?
    3. What do you hope to gain from a summer split between a law firm and corporate legal department?
  4. Apply starting December 1, 2018! Firms will begin considering applications as they are received.  Deadline for applying is January 21, 2019.  Students are encouraged to apply before winter break.
  5. Questions? Email info@diversityinpractice.org.

Clerkship Pairings

Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A. and Xcel Energy

Recruiting contact: Samantha Tschida
Human Resources

Apply to: recruiting@arthurchapman.com

Special instructions: Please also include your undergraduate transcript, and a writing sample or a letter of recommendation.




Barnes & Thornburg LLP and 3M

Recruiting contact: Sarah Evenson
Director of Law School Programs

Apply toApplication link

Special instructions: Students must apply online using the application link above.





Bassford Remele and Travelers

Recruiting contacts: Jeffrey Mulder (shareholder)
(612) 376-1622
Janine Loetscher (shareholder)
(612) 376-1658
Main office line: (612) 333-3000

Apply to: jmulder@bassford.com and

Special instructions: Please send resume, cover letter, writing sample (optional) and any letters of recommendation to the emails listed above.


Briggs and Morgan, P.A. and Xcel Energy

Recruiting contact: Kendra Brodin
Director of Lawyer Talent

Apply toApplication link

Special instructions: Application materials must include cover letter, resume, transcripts (undergrad and law school when available), and a writing sample. Applications are only accepted through our website.






Carlson Caspers and Abbott

Recruiting contact: Renee Iwen
Office Manager
(612) 436-9612

Apply toriwen@carlsoncaspers.com

Special instructions: In addition to answering the questions required in the General Application Instructions above, please also answer the following question:

  • Why are you interested in pursuing IP?

If possible, a writing sample is appreciated.



Dorsey & Whitney LLP (hosting three clerkships):

Recruiting contact: Kirsten Otto

Recruiting Coordinator

Apply toApplication link

Special instructions: In your cover letter, please indicate which corporation you are most interested in working with. Please note that corporate assignments will be determined and finalized by Dorsey prior to the commencement of the summer associate program. You will only need to submit one application to be considered for all three clerkships.


Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (hosting four clerkships):

Recruiting contact: Lisanne Weisz
Legal Talent Manager

Apply toApplication link

Special instructions: Application materials must include a cover letter, resume, undergraduate transcript, and writing sample.  To accommodate law school grading timelines, applicants will be asked to submit a law school transcript as soon as it becomes available. Our application deadline is January 31, 2019, but we encourage you to apply as soon as possible as our available positions fill quickly. Please submit one application and you will be matched with a corporation by Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. 


Fox Rothschild LLP and Ecolab, Inc.

Recruiting contact: Natalie Quinn
Director of Associate Recruitment

Apply toApplication link

Special instructions: In addition to a cover letter and a resume, we require a copy of the student’s law school grades once they are available.








Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. and General Mills

Recruiting contact: Nancy Howard
Director of Recruiting, Inclusion & Diversity

Apply tolawrecruiting@fredlaw.com

Special instructions: Submit cover letter, resume, undergraduate transcript, law school transcript (when grades are available), and writing sample.









Gray Plant Mooty and CHS Inc.

Recruiting contact: Angie Roell
Legal Talent Recruiter

Apply toApplication link








Jones Day and Wells Fargo & Company

Recruiting contact: Zeben Ashton
Recruiting Coordinator

Apply toApplication link

Special instructionsStudents will submit their applications through the “Minneapolis Office – 1L Summer Associates” listing on the Jones Day website. Please include a cover letter, resume, undergraduate transcript, and writing sample of reasonable length. Applicants will be expected to submit a copy of their law school transcript once it becomes available. This application is only for the Minneapolis Office of Jones Day. 


Larson King LLP and 3M

Recruiting contact: Rachel Cobb
Human Resources Administrator

Apply tohr@larsonking.com








Maslon LLP and Medtronic

Recruiting contact: Astrid M. Eglitis
Director of Recruiting & Professional Development
(612) 916-0196

Apply toastrid.eglitis@maslon.com

Special instructions: In your application to Maslon LLP please include a cover letter, undergraduate transcript, writing sample and law school transcript as soon as it become available. Please visit our website at http://www.maslon.com/law-students to learn more about our summer program.


Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P. and OneBeacon Insurance Group

Recruiting contact: Robyn Setzer
Legal Administrative Assistant

Apply torsetzer@meagher.com






Nichols Kaster, PLLP (hosting two clerks)

Recruiting contact: Tom Morin
Firm Administrator

Apply to: tmorin@nka.com

*This firm does not have a corporate pairing. Clerks will have the opportunity to work on plaintiff side litigation.




Nilan Johnson Lewis PA and Target

Recruiting contact: Shannon Bonnett
Human Resources Generalist

Apply tohr@nilanjohnson.com

Special instructions: Please submit cover letter, resume, transcript and a writing sample.









Ogletree Deakins and Cargill, Inc.

Recruiting contact: Jen Lenander
Senior Office Administrator/Paralegal Coordinator

Apply tojen.lenander@ogletree.com











Robins Kaplan LLP (hosting two clerkships):

Recruiting contact: Martha Capper
Recruiting Administrator
(612) 349-0620

Apply toApplication link

Special instructions: Please apply on our web site in our Careers section. Submit a resume, cover letter, copy of your undergraduate transcript, and a legal writing sample. We will ask for a copy of your first semester law transcript if you are invited for a full interview at our office. Please upload all materials to our on-line application in PDF format. You will only need to submit one application to be considered for both diversity clerkships. Students hired as TCDIP Clerks will be matched with a corporate partner by Robins Kaplan LLP


Stinson Leonard Street and UnitedHealth Group

Recruiting contact: Anna Lloyd
Attorney Recruiting Manager

Apply to: Application link

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. and Wells Fargo & Company

Recruiting contact: Patty Sachs
Recruiting Coordinator

Apply to: Application link




If you have any additional questions, please contact us.

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