In every job I’ve had, I have helped people solve problems. During college, I was a youth director. I began my professional career as a schoolteacher and then migrated toward school administration. After 9 years of administrating in public and private schools, I concluded that I could be much more effective in both thinking through problems and in solving them if I had a law degree. Just before our 5th child was born, we moved back to Stillwater, and I entered law school at William Mitchell in St. Paul.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the study of law. As I investigated career options, it became clear to me that becoming a solo attorney, while initially the most difficult choice and seemingly biggest risk, was also the best thing for my family and my future. Thirty minutes after being sworn-in as an attorney in Minnesota, I filed the necessary papers to become St. Croix Law, PSC (professional service corporation). I set up an office in Stillwater so I could be close to my family. And sometimes, on a nice day, some of the kids ride their bikes to my office.
Now, almost 4 years later, I am humbled by a growing practice that involves the privilege of guiding clients through difficult issues and helping them find resolutions.