Avisen Legal’s Legislative Externs work closely with Uniform Law Commissioner Kim Lowe and Minnesota’s other Uniform Law Commissioners on legislative efforts on behalf of the State of Minnesota. Most of these efforts require digging deep into a legal area of the law and assisting the lawyers and other stakeholders working on legislative initiatives with preparing and drafting laws for enactment in Minnesota.
Mark Triola is a third-year law student at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is focusing his studies both business and criminal law. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the St. Thomas Board of Advocates which oversees the Moot Court, Trial Advocacy, and Negotiations teams. He also serves as a Senior Editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy and is a member of the Religious Liberties moot court team. Prior to attending law school, he lived in Las Vegas, NV and spent over ten years in sales and business management in the communications industry. In his spare time, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs exploring Minnesota and is a passionate Minnesota Timberwolves fan.
Katie Arndt is a third-year law student at University of St. Thomas. Before starting at Avisen, she clerked for Legal Assistance of Dakota County, a non-profit law firm focused on family law. Soon after, she interned at the public defender’s office for the First Judicial District, representing clients on first appearances and probation violations. When she isn’t working or studying, Katie enjoys exercising, hiking trails, reading non-fiction and spending time with her two cats, Mr. Pitt and Olivia.
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Alexa Gamble is a 2L at the University of Minnesota Law School. After graduating from the University of Utah with a B.A. in English, she worked as an assistant buyer for an online retailer where she managed product sales and strategic relationships with local and international vendors. In this role, Alexa also worked closely with in-house legal and compliance teams to monitor vendor compliance with consumer product safety regulations.
At the University of Minnesota Law School, Alexa is a member of the Student Philanthropy Board, the social chair of the Blackacre Society, and participates on the International Moot Court. She enjoys a wide range of coursework including corporate and business law, international trade, real estate transactions, and estate planning.
During her free time Alexa enjoys trying new restaurants and baking desserts. On a weekend you will likely find her doing homework at a coffee shop.
Dustin is a second-year law student at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and received his B.S. in Business Management from the University of Minnesota, Crookston. His interests in the law range from estate planning to compliance and health policy. Dustin received the Living the Mission Award from the University of St. Thomas in 2018. He was also named a Heffelbower Fellow for work done in conjunction with Cancer Legal Care in working to resolve the complex challenges facing people and communities affected by cancer.
Previously, Dustin co-founded Jack’s Caregiver Coalition, a non-profit which serves men who are cancer caregivers by building a community of resources and relationships that help them become better equipped for the job.
When time permits, Dustin enjoys making bad jokes, most things Minnesota Vikings, and trying to figure out how to make the perfect croissant.
James is currently a second-year student at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and is a proud 2017 University of Wisconsin alumnus. James is an advocate for scientific issues and legal rights for everybody. He is passionate about providing access to legal representation for indigent clients, especially those living in rural areas. Raised in a working-class family in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, James embodies his upbringing into his legal aspirations. James advocates placing more attorneys in rural areas and changes to environmental legislation including pier and shoreline property rights and management in the Yahara watershed and high capacity well legislation. At Avisen Legal, James is volunteering his time with the Uniform Laws Commission to help reform Minnesota’s Parentage act.
During his free time, James enjoys downhill skiing and fishing with friends and family. When inside, James follows Badger sports and reads about politics, crime fiction, adventure, and eco-fiction.
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