Lawrence Reed McDonough

Attorney at Law

1161 Palace Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55105

651-398-8053

mcdon056@umn.edu

Summary

 

In over 30 years of civil litigation practice and teaching, Lawrence McDonough has represented over 10,000 clients, with 250 trials, 1,000 motion hearings, and scores of appellate hearings, written legislation, taught at all of the Minnesota law schools as a visiting and adjunct professor in both clinical and doctrinal courses with over 1,000 former students, supervised legal aid and pro bono programs, presented hundreds of seminars for attorneys in Minnesota and throughout the United States, written practice manuals and law journal articles, and has become a state and national expert on housing law.

http://povertylaw.homestead.com/Biolarrymcdonough.html

Education

 

Law

William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota

Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, June 1983

Recipient, Student Award of Merit

Recipient, Pihl Scholarship for Academic Achievement

Co-Founder and Executive Editor, 1 Wm. Mitchell Env’t L. J. (1983)

Staff Writer, 8 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. (1982)

Co-Chairperson, Environmental Law Society

Founder and Student Director, Public Interest Law Clinic

Member, Student Code Committee

Undergraduate

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bachelor of Science, Music Education, June 1978

Bar Admissions

Minnesota District and Appellate Courts, October 21, 1983, No. 151373

United States District Court, District of Minnesota, December 7, 1983

United States Court of Appeal, Eighth Circuit, August 21, 1984

Practice of Law

2020 to Present

Senior Minnesota Counsel, National Anti-Eviction Project, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law


Coordination of eviction defense and tenant protection programs in Minnesota through training and mentoring attorneys and law students and policy advocacy.


https://lawyerscommittee.org/minnesota-anti-eviction-project-launched-to-address-looming-housing-crisis/

2013 to 2020

Pro Bono Counsel, Dorsey and Whitney, LLP


Directed and coordinated pro bono litigation and clinics for the firm, including housing, domestic abuse, asylum, civil rights, children’s immigration, death penalty, and innocence project cases. In 1993 Dorsey & Whitney was a charter signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge and met the Challenge every year. During my tenure, Dorsey increased its pro bono from 4% to 6% of billable hours, receiving both Minnesota and national awards.

http://www.dorsey.com/probono/

2011 to 2013

Managing Attorney, Housing Unit, Downtown Office, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis


Supervised seven housing attorneys and paralegals in representation of low-income persons in federal and state courts, administrative hearings, the state legislature, and state and local councils and agencies


Substantive areas included evictions and unlawful detainer actions, lock-outs and unlawful evictions, housing conditions and repairs, utility service terminations, housing discrimination and reasonable accommodation of persons with disabilities, public and subsidized housing, mortgage foreclosures and contract for deed cancellations, criminal, bankruptcies, credit reporting, and consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices law


Practice included litigation, legislative advocacy, community legal education, and mentoring, training and co-counseling with legal aid staff, volunteer attorneys, advocates, and lay persons


Created and supervised programs to mail advice letters and provide at home advice to households in foreclosure, provide legal services to tenants whose landlord are in foreclosure, provide legal services to veterans, and assign emergency cases amongst unit attorneys


Wrote and administered grants and reports for funders of the work of the housing unit

2010 to 2011

Visiting Clinical Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law


Took sabbatical from the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis to reorganize and teach the Trial Practice Clinic, in which students and student directors learned housing law and client representation skills through course work on housing law and trial practice, trial practice simulations, and client representation, http://hamlinetpc.homestead.com/


Also created the Landlord and Tenant Law Course, in which students researched property, contract and tort law affecting landlord and tenants, wrote advice letters and pleadings, presented motion arguments; one of the only law courses in the county working with mentors in 17 states, http://landlordtenantlaw.homestead.com

2006 to 2010

Managing Attorney, Housing Unit, Downtown Office, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis


See Managing Attorney, Housing Unit, Southside Office, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, supra, 2011 to 2013.

1999 to 2006

Staff Attorney, Southside Office, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis


Represented low-income persons in federal and state courts, administrative hearings, the state legislature, and state and local councils and agencies in housing and consumer law


Substantive areas included evictions and unlawful detainer actions, lock-outs and unlawful evictions, housing conditions and repairs, utility service terminations, housing discrimination and reasonable accommodation of persons with disabilities, public and subsidized housing, mortgage foreclosures and contract for deed cancellations, criminal, bankruptcies, credit reporting, and consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices law


Practice included litigation, legislative advocacy, community legal education, and mentoring, training and co-counseling with legal aid staff, volunteer attorneys, advocates, and lay persons


Created programs to mail letters to eviction defendants and clinics to advise them, provide legal advice clinics at the courthouse, and orient and mentor new pro bono counsel

1997 to 1999

Staff Attorney, Northside Office, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis


See Staff Attorney, Southside Office, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, 1999 to 2006, supra

1996 to 1997

Visiting Clinical Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School of Law


Took sabbatical from the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis to teach law students on poverty law representation in the Civil Practice Clinic; created the first free-standing housing law clinic in Minnesota, in which students and student directors learned housing law and client representation skills through course work on housing law and trial practice, trial practice simulations, and client representation, http://www.minnhousingclinic.homestead.com

1993-1996

Staff Attorney, Northside Office, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis


See Staff Attorney, Southside Office, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, 1999 to 2006, supra

1986 to 1993

Staff Attorney, Downtown Office, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis


See Staff Attorney, Southside Office, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, 1999 to 2006, supra

1983 to 1986

Staff Attorney, Little Falls Office, St. Cloud Area Legal Services, Little Falls, Minnesota


Represented low-income persons in consumer, employment, family, government benefits, housing, non-profit organizations, unemployment compensation, and utilities law

1984

Of Counsel, Minnesota Public Interest Research Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Law School Employment

1980 to 1983

Consultant, Minnesota Project, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

Chairperson, Minnesota Public Interest Research Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

Law Clerk, Honorable Harry H. MacLaughlin, United States District Court, District of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

Law Clerk, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

Law Clerk, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, St. Paul, Minnesota

 

Research Assistant, Professor Richard Ihrig, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota

 

Solar Energy Consultant, Energy Committee, Minnesota House of Representatives, St. Paul, Minnesota

 

Research Assistant, Professor Neil Hamilton, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota

Law School Teaching, Significant Cases, Legislation, Programs and Projects, Affiliations, Publications, Presentations, and Awards

See lists of law school teaching, significant cases, legislation, programs and projects, affiliations, publications, presentations, and awards at http://povertylaw.homestead.com/Biolarrymcdonough.html.

Computer Proficiency

Word Processing

Word, WordPerfect, and Adobe Acrobat

Spread Sheet

Exel and Quattro Pro

Slide Shows

Power Point and Corel Presentations

Web Design

HTML: developed and maintain the websites discussed above and below

Music

 

Currently

Jazz pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger http://www.larrymcdonoughjazz.homestead.com


Perform at concert halls, jazz clubs and coffeehouses, and on radio, television and the internet, within and outside of Minnesota, both solo and with groups, and compose and arrange music for school concert bands, jazz ensembles and clinics


Recorded several CDs and written many commissioned pieces


Teach individual music lessons and school clinics

1978-1980

Assistant Band Director, Edison and Lincoln High Schools, Minneapolis and Bloomington, Minnesota

Other Information

Interests include parenting, grand parenting, running, bicycling, canoeing, and photography.


References are available on request.