Introducing our storytellers in Minneapolis!

May 19, 2014

In less than two weeks on Saturday night, May 31st from 7-8:30 pm in Minneapolis, eight storytellers will take center stage of the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater to share true “law” tales from their lives on the theme of:


From the laws that struck out, to laws that spared lives, to the gutters of the legal system, nothing is off limits in this hilarious, thoughtful, poignant collection of answers to the question: “What does the law have to do with your life?”

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Mark Cangemi was employed in a law enforcement capacity by the Federal Government for 35 years. He worked on combatting international smuggling and human trafficking cases, narcotic investigations, fraud and employer sanctions, war crimes and crimes against humanity and international terrorism. He retired as the Special Agent in Charge of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and subsequently worked for 3 years representing the Homeland Security Information System. He graduated with honors from William Mitchell College of Law, is an adjunct teacher, an advocate for at risk juveniles and is a student of Risk Management. 

Laurie Stern is a producer for American RadioWorks, the documentary unit of American Public Media.

Diego Luke is a ninth grader at Open World Learning Community, an expeditionary-learning public school in St. Paul. 

Patrick McGuiness is a founding partner at the law firm of Zlimen & McGuiness. His law practice focuses on assisting businesses with employment law and contract matters. In addition to being an attorney, McGuiness is a an Adjunct Representation Professor at William Mitchell College of Law, and a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. He serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and is Secretary on the board of directors for Hiway Federal Credit Union in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In his spare time he loves to travel and with his wife has explored 32 countries via foot, bicycle, canoe, moped, car, ship, bus, train, plane, horse, camel and elephant. 

Jay Borchert is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Michigan and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at UC Berkeley School of Law. He received his BA in Sociology from DePaul University, and his MA from the University of Michigan. Jay’s research focuses on law, social theory, punishment, human rights and inequality with a sharp focus on prisons and prisoners as objects of legal and social negotiation and conflict. Jay’s experience as a prisoner in California, Minnesota and Illinois motivate him to conduct rigorous research and to reimagine our current prison systems, in order to create a more just society. Telling his story is part of that effort.

Rob Stewart is a sociology Ph.D. student who studies punishment and criminal justice policy at the University of Minnesota. He is originally from Owatonna, MN, where he engaged in the majority of his shenanigans. In prison, he worked with men to write their resumes, find housing, and apply to college as they approached their release dates. He frequently testifies at the State Capitol on criminal justice issues and is a spokesperson for the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition, a partnership of more than 50 organizations that advocates for fair and sensible laws, policies, and practices to assist former offenders.

Jill Gaulding, co-founder of Gender Justice, has dedicated her career to understanding and eliminating gender barriers. In post-graduate research, she studied European approaches to work-family conflict and analyzed the way seemingly-progressive leave policies could actually reinforce gender stereotypes.  As an academic and as a practicing lawyer, she has worked to modernize legal doctrine to better reflect what cognitive science has taught us about implicit gender bias. Jill’s clients have included a gay man who was harassed at work because of his sexual orientation and then fired when he objected; a female engineer who was denied a raise since “the men in the group are heads of household and need the money;” and a transgender young man who was denied access to medically-necessary care.

Lisa Stratton, also co-founder of Gender Justice, is an expert on gender discrimination and employment litigation.She began her career challenging gender discrimination as a junior member of the team representing women miners subjected to intense hostility at Eveleth Mines, later thesubject of a book and a film. Lisa represented female technicians at CBS stations across the country, winning an $8 million settlement and changes to CBS’ policies. She has also helped women isolated in work environments with few women at all, such as the first female crane operator at the Blandin Paper mill in Grand Rapids (a trailblazer who now serves on Gender Justice’s board) and the first female “fireman” at American Crystal Sugar in East Grand Forks.