Barbara A. Russ

Bruss@duluthmn.gov  | 218-310-2065

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EMPLOYMENT

Civil Division Head, St. Louis County Attorney’s Office – January 2007 to present

I supervised five attorneys and three investigators in the Duluth Office of the County Attorney.  I also supervised summer law clerks.  As a member of the management team I helped develop policies, the budget, and acted in the absence of the elected County Attorney.  I provided leadership in the office in the area of diversity and anti-racism policies and practices.  I managed the Tax Court Caseload and handlee other civil matters in the area of employment law, contracts, collection, data practices, as needed.

Assistant County Attorney – November 1979 to January 2007

For two years, I practiced juvenile law as a prosecutor; the remaining time was in the civil division as a litigator in state and federal court, including Tax Court and Bankruptcy Court.  I also practiced in the area of property law, contracts, employment law, negligence, and workers’ compensation.

Adjunct Professor – University of Minnesota Duluth 1982-1986

I taught Children and the Law in the School of Social Development to undergraduate students as well as corrections and social services professionals.

Other Professional Affiliations

Co-chair, County Attorneys Council – Juvenile Justice Task Force –  1979 to 1981

Juvenile Justice Subcommittee of Arrowhead Regional Corrections – 1979-1981

Past President, 11th District Bar Association

Admitted to practice law in Minnesota – 1979

Federal District Court, Dist. of MN – 1980

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals – 1980

U.S. Supreme Court – 1994

 

FORMAL EDUCATION

Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

University of Minn., Minneapolis, MN

Wm Mitchell College of Law, J.D. 1979

 

DIVERSITY TRAINING

Undoing Racism Workshop – The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond – 2007

Anti-Racism Study Dialogue Circle (ASDIC) – 2008

Cracking the Shell of Whiteness – Duluth YWCA

Deconstructing African American Stereotypes – St. Louis County – 2009

Race: The Power of an Illusion – St. Louis County – 2008

The House We Live In – St. Louis County – 2008

 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

PATH Foster Parent – 1988 – 2003

Conservator for a former foster child 2006-2017

Former Volunteer Activities

YWCA of Duluth – former member of Board;  Living the Mission committee member; executive committee, finance committee,  and past President – 2009

Women’s Health Center

Program to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA)

Minnesota Tenants Union

St. Paul Tenants Union

Duluth Community Action Agency board member

Woodland Hills Board member

Cub Scout Den mother

Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC – Board of Trustees; Personnel Committee

Volunteer tax preparation for Community Action Duluth

Current Volunteer Activities

Duluth Sister City liason

11th District Bar Association

Volunteer Attorney Program

Dementia Friendly  Duluth

Imagine Duluth 2035