Meet HCBA Member Alexandra Michelson Connell

by Nick Hansen | Sep 19, 2019
Alexandra Michelson Connell was in junior high when she had the opportunity to shadow a family law attorney. It literally changed her life.  “It showed me how lawyers who did family law were helpers,” she said. 

Now well into her own career as a family law attorney, that mentality has stuck with her, “I’m in this to help people and that’s what drives me.” Today, Connell practices at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O’Connell, and she also co-chairs the Hennepin County Bar Association Family Law Section. 

Connell joined the HCBA while working as a clerk in Hennepin County Family Court. Wanting to get more involved in the family law community, she started attending Family Law Section meetings, which connected her with more attorneys. “[Being involved] deepened and expanded my network and led to my first job as an attorney,” she said. 

Connell has served on the section board for eight years and she is currently in her second year serving as co-chair.  “We have a very strong family law community here in Hennepin County. Much of its strength comes through the bar association,” she said.

While bar association involvement has been good for Connell’s career, she believes being involved in the family law section is good for the bar as a whole. “It's essential to be able to talk through complex legal issues, and create and sustain camaraderie, support, and connection with other attorneys doing this often difficult work,” she said. 

Another benefit of bar membership for Connell has been the ability to connect with attorneys outside of her practice area. Last year, the Family Law section hosted a joint CLE with the Civil Litigation section, and that’s connected her with other avenues to grow her practice.

In addition to working with other sections, Connell makes sure that all members of the family law community are heard from. The section has organized a CLE for this October that features family court clerks giving advice. It’s both a useful way to get advice from the court’s perspective, and to get newer practitioners involved . “Everyone on our current board is a former clerk, which provides a helpful perspective but it is certainly not a requirement,” said Connell. 

Connell encourages new family law lawyers to jump in right away,  “The first thing I tell them is join the HCBA,” she says. “Come to our committee meetings, get to know the other family law attorneys on the board. It expands your network and helps you better understand what you're getting in to.” Always helpful, indeed. 

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