Biography of Larry McDonough
Poverty Law
University of Minnesota and University of St. Thomas Schools of Law

Resume

Teaching

Advocacy: Legislation and Rules, Litigation, Programs and Projects, and Committees, Associations and Volunteering

Publications

Presentations

Media

Awards

Larry was a legal services housing managing and litigation attorney for 30 years until June 2013, when he joined Dorsey and Whitney as the Pro Bono Litigation Counsel. Larry began working in legal services for low-income persons in 1983, focusing primarily on housing and consumer law since 1986. From 2006 through 2013 he served as the Managing Attorney of the Housing Unit at the Minneapolis Office of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (formerly Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis). He now directs pro bono litigation for Dorsey. See Resume.

Larry lobbied for and drafted all or part of legislation since 1985, and almost all of the landlord and tenant laws in Minnesota since 1989. He has litigated, co-counsel, and supervised hundreds of trials and motion hearing and scores of appeals since 1983. Larry also created and supervised a number of programs and clinics to provide advice and representation to tenants facing repair problems and court evictions in Hennepin County. See Advocacy: Legislation and Rules, Litigation, Programs and Projects, and Committees, Associations and Volunteering.

He co-founded Minnesota's Annual Housing Law Institute and authored Residential Eviction Defense in Minnesota and forms through many editions posted at http://povertylaw.homestead.com/ResidentialUnlawfulDetainer.html and most of the housing materials posted on http://www.projusticemn.org/ and http://lawhelpmn.org/MN/index.cfm.  He also has published several journal and book chapters articles. See Publications, Presentations, and Media.

He has taught at all four law schools in the Twin Cities, including two years as a visiting clinical professor at Hamline University School of Law and the University of Minnesota Law School. The courses he created in Poverty Law http://povertylaw.homestead.com at the University of Minnesota and University of St. Thomas Schools of Law, the Housing Clinic Housing Law Clinic http://www.minnhousingclinic.homestead.com at the University of Minnesota School of Law, and the Housing Trial Practice Clinic http://hamlinetpc.homestead.com/ and Landlord and Tenant Law Course http://landlordtenantlaw.homestead.com/Index.html at Hamline University School of Law. See Teaching.

He has received many awards over the years, including:

The 2008 Minnesota Justice Foundation Distinguished Service Award, for making significant contributions to poverty law and public interest work and to ensuring equal justice for all Minnesotans http://www2.mnbar.org/mjf/Mjfintr1.htm;

The 2004 National Lawyers Guild Minnesota Chapter First Annual Paul Marino People's Lawyer Award, for work as a tenants’ attorney and teacher; and

Inclusion in the publication, 100 Who Made a Difference, describing 100 graduates over the 100-year history of William Mitchell College of Law

See Awards.

He also has been a professional jazz pianist for over 40 years, with several CDs under his own name, http://www.larrymcdonoughjazz.homestead.com

Lawrence McDonough
Pro Bono Counsel
Dorsey and Whitney, LLP
Suite 1500
50 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 554021498
P: 612-492-6795, F: 612-677-3220
McDonough.Lawrence@Dorsey.com
www.dorsey.com