Cousineau, Waldhauser & Kieselbach, P.A. is excited and proud to announce thatDorothy Summers has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Prior to joining CWK, Dorothy served as a judicial law clerk at the Hennepin County District Court (the Fourth District Court of Minnesota). With the Court, Dorothy performed legal research, wrote legal memoranda, recommended decisions, and drafted all orders. Dorothy also spent more than a year working as a restorative practices facilitator and youth advocate at the Legal Rights Center. In that role, Dorothy facilitated restorative family group conferences and helped youth and families identify strengths to develop support and accountability plans to enable youth success.
Dorothy earned her law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. At St. Thomas, she served as a senior editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy, a certified student attorney for the Community Justice Project Clinic, and a research assistant for Dr. Artika Tyner. Throughout law school, Dorothy also served in a number of different positions off campus, including law clerk for Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, judicial extern to the Honorable Tanya M. Bransford, and student advocate and skills coach at Venture Academy Middle School. Dorothy has also written bios for Judge Laura Thomas and Judge Rachna Sullivan, which have been published by the Hennepin County Bar Association and Minnesota State Bar Association. Before starting her legal career, Dorothy earned a dual Master of Science degree in early childhood and special education, and she worked as a teacher in New York City.
CWK is honored to welcome Dorothy to the team!