Many of the Luther students who go to law school do so after majoring in political science. Some find the big firm in the city exciting, whereas others choose to practice law in a smaller firm or engage in governmental work. Some even choose not to practice law, although they would insist that the training and acquired knowledge play a role in their current work.
Andrew Anderson graduated with a Political Science major in 1987 and then lived in China prior to pursing an M.A. in Australia on a Rotary Fellowship. He studied law at Iowa and then worked in the Iowa attorney general’s office. Currently a partner in the Des Moines office of Faegre and Benson, Andrew served for a few years as chair of the Vision Iowa Program.
John Anderson was a Political Science major at Luther, went to William Mitchell Law School after graduating in 1985. He returned to northern Wisconsin, where he grew up, to practice law. He currently is a judge in Bayfield County, Wisconsin. In 2003 he became a Circuit Court Judge in Bayfield County, Wisconsin. On the bench he has served on multiple state-wide committees and has been a leader in using video conferencing in the courtroom.
Tom Aumann graduated in 2000 with a major in Political Science. He earned a law degree from the School of Law, Loyola University Chicago. Tom prides himself on being in the small minority of attorneys that regularly practice their craft in a courtroom. He works as an attorney in the Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division of Chicago representing the city of Chicago or any of its 9000 police officers.
Louise Dovre Bjorkman graduated in 1982 and earned her J.D. at University of Minnesota. After practicing law for a number of years she was appointed to the bench in Ramsey County; there she served in many capacities, although she found her work in the juvenile courts especially gratifying. In 2005, Louise left the bench and returned to the practice of law as a partner and civil litigator at King Larson. In 2008, Governor Tim Pawlenty appointed her to the Minnesota Court of Appeals; in 2010 she was re-elected to that position.
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Erin Perkins became a paralegal after graduating from Luther with majors in Political Science and French in 1991. After working for the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., she accepted a transfer to the work for DOJ in Denver, Colorado. She then earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado and currently works for the EPA doing NEPA and Clean Water counseling work.
Anjie Shutts, the first recipient of the Jensen Medal given to a graduating senior based on a record of service as voted on by the members of the senior class, attended Drake Law School after graduating in 1993. At Whitfield Eddy, where she is a partner, she has devoted much of her attention to family law, with a special emphasis on mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
James Tegtmeier earned a J.D. at Boston University after graduating from Luther in 1987 with majors in English and Political Science.
That led to a position in the Department of Transportation; after many years of doing much of the appellate work for the Federal Aviation Administration, he was promoted to the Office of Chief Counsel for the FAA. In 2013 he was appointed Deputy Regional Counsel for the FAA's Great Lakes Region.