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  • Ryan Else

    Ryan Christian Else is a criminal defense attorney at Brockton D. Hunter P.A. A proud father of two beautiful girls, Ryan has dedicated his life to serving his family, clients, community and nation. Ryan has represented clients across the state of Minnesota on charges ranging from DWI/DUI to Murder in First Degree. His aggressive approach has earned him a reputation as an attorney who will do what it takes to fight for his clients’ rights. Ryan served in the Army National Guard, in the historic 2/135 Infantry Battalion of the 34th Infantry Division, “Red Bulls,” from 1998 to 2006, reaching the rank of Sergeant. He was deployed to Kosovo in 2003 and 2004. Ryan went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from American University in Washington D.C. with a B.S. in International Relations. In May 2011, he graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law where he served as President of the Military Law Society and clerked for Brock Hunter.

    As of September 2014, Ryan is one of only about 1,300 attorneys nationally, and less than ten practicing in Minnesota, to successfully complete Gerry Spence’s nationally renowned Trial Lawyers College. The Trial Lawyers College trains a select group of the nation’s top trial lawyers as “warriors who have the courage to become a real person first, and who then have the heart to fight for justice in their own passionate voice.” Ryan currently contributes to the Trial Lawyers College as a member of the Ranch Club.

    • Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Member of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Executive Director of the Veterans Defense Project
    • Advisor and consultant for the Minnesota Humanities Center’s Veterans Voices and the Constitution Project
    • Awardee of the Veterans Voices Rising Star, inaugural class
    • Mentor through the University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Mentor Externship program
    • Volunteer moot court judge at the University of St. Thomas School of Law
    • Volunteer and organizer of the Minnesota Assistance Counsel for Veterans’ (MAC-V)Standdown for Veterans Legal Services Clinics, 2009 – Present.
    • Alumni of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, WY
    • Board of Directors for the Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Network, 2011-2012
    • Active member of Parent – Teacher Association at Daughters’ Minneapolis charter school
    • President of the Military Law Society at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2010 – 2011
  • PRESENTATIONS

    • 2014 Vet Court Con, Anaheim, California
    • 2014 University of St. Thomas School of Law lunch & Learn organized by the Military Law Society and Criminal Law Society.
    • 2014 Facilitator of discussion at the Minnesota Humanities Center about free speech & gun rights.
    • 2013 presentation before the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Board of Directors, Washington DC.

    PUBLICATIONS

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    The Attorney’s Guide to Defending Veterans in Criminal Court

    A comprehensive manual to the art and science of defending military veterans who become entangled in the criminal justice system. Available atwww.veteransdefenseproject.org

    Echoes of War

    A two-part featured article published in the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys’ “Champion” magazine.

    Echoes of War, part II

    The second installment a two-part article featured in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ “Champion” magazine.

    Echoes of War: Combat Trauma, Criminal Behavior; How We Can Do Better This Time Around

    A featured article in the FORUM Magazine, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ).

    Proportionality in the Law of Armed Conflict: The Proper Unit of Analysis for Military Operations

    A manuscript published in the University of St. Thomas School of Law Journal of Law and Public Policy.

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