Who was a mentor to you in the practice of law and what did you learn from this person?
Minneapolis, MN civil litigation attorney Tony Edwards talks about someone who inspired him in practicing law and growing up to go into the profession.
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You know, it’s an interesting one. My mother started law school when I was four. She graduated, so obviously I was seven. She practiced as a criminal defense attorney and then became a judge when I was 13. She was then a judge in Hennepin County for 21 years. And not only is she a person that I’ve always really admired and looked up to, but seeing how she went about handling cases and talking through those cases with her from the time I was pretty young has always really been invaluable to me in thinking about, “Well what might a judge’s perspective be like?” But also, she’s certainly a person whose integrity and whose intelligence I think are second to none, and so she was certainly part of my inspiration in becoming a lawyer in the first place and has always been someone that I’ve looked to as kind of a touchstone for how to practice and how to conduct myself like a professional, so she’s the first person that comes to mind for me.