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Michael R. Ruffenach, Attorney At Law
Monday - Friday : 9 am - 5 pm

Experience

RUFFENACH LAW OFFICE
Bemidji, MN 56601
(September, 1984 through Present)

PARTNER
Treuer & Ruffenach Law Offices
Bemidji, MN 56601
(May, 1983 through September, 1984)

MANAGING ATTORNEY
Legal Assistance of North Dakota
Minot Regional Office
(June, 1981 through April, 1983)

STAFF ATTORNEY
Anishinabe Legal Services
Cass Lake, MN 56633
(August, 1979 through June, 1981)(Full Time)
(October, 1984 through October, 1985)(Part Time)

ASSOCIATE
Crabtree Law Offices
Minneapolis, MN
(September, 1978 through August, 1979)

LAW CLERK
American Civil Liberties Union of Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio
(September, 1977 through September, 1978)

LAW CLERK
St. Cloud Area Legal Services
St. Cloud, MN
(Summer, 1977)

License

Ohio - November, 1978
Minnesota - April, 1979
North Dakota - October, 1981

Courts Admitted

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals
  • Bankruptcy Appellate Panel
  • United States District Court-Minnesota
  • United States Bankruptcy Court-Minnesota
  • State of Minnesota
  • State of North Dakota - Inactive
  • State of Ohio - Inactive

Education

JURIS DOCTOR
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Cleveland, Ohio (1978)

MASTER OF ARTS - Political Science
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (1975)

BACHELOR OF ARTS - with Distinction
University of Minnesota - Morris (1974)

SCHOLAR OF THE COLLEGE AWARD

Awards

Partner in Justice Award (1999)
For a career of skillful and dedicated service to disadvantaged and elderly Minnesotans. He contends justice is not to be rationed, conditioned nor denied, and that all are entitled to the benefits and protection of law. A master of advocacy for the poor, he treats each person with equality, dignity and charity. He has made a major difference in the lives of many; those most dependent on his considerable kindness, character and ability.

Superior Service Award (2002)

Superior Service Award (1995)

Superior Service Award (1992)
Presented in appreciation of services provided to Clients of Northwest Minnesota Legal Services that exceed the parameters of ordinary legal representation and promote access to justice for those least able to afford counsel. This additional time, tenacity, commitment, courage and concern has made a difference in the lives of others.

Service Award (1990)
In recognition of his services to low income and disadvantaged clients.

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