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Think Twice Before Representing Yourself In Court

Most of us are familiar with the old saying, “He who represents himself in court has a fool for a client.” In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court stated that even an attorney, whose profession is representing clients in court, should not represent himself or herself.

And yet the trend toward self-representation has grown significantly in recent years. The ramifications have not yet been fully recognized.

Plan Now to Limit Holiday Clashes with Exes 

When we think of holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, everybody wants it to be a special time, especially for the children. Creating healthy memories is something we all want to do.

Unfortunately, holidays are an especially stressful time for many families due to frantic busy-ness, crowds, and long lines in stores. On top of all this is anxiety about potential family conflicts. All too often, despite our best intentions, there’s a blow-up, with our children right in the middle of it.

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Welcoming New Legal Assistant, Jill Ziemski! 

Sterle Law is proud to announce and welcome Jill Ziemski as the firm’s new Legal Assistant. Ziemski will be responsible for office management, client hospitality, and general office duties. She joins the Sterle Law with 29 years of experience as a Legal Assistant. She has worked with ease aiding law firms’ efforts in managing their practices during her successful career.

“I am thrilled to be part of the Sterle Law family law practice. My entire career has been spent in the legal field and I look forward to continuing on by providing positive focused solutions to Sterle’s current and future clientele,” stated Ziemski.

Ziemski lives in Proctor and is the mother of two adult children.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends on the weekends and travels as much as she can favoring warmer climates.

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DWI Court Gives Offenders, Families Hope

One person’s addiction becomes a burden for many. DWI Court gives offenders and families hope, while saving taxpayers money — a win-win-win. Read full article 

The Honorable Sally L. Tarnowski Elected Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District

“Over the past few years, our judicial district has embraced a major redesign initiative which has improved our efficiency and enhanced our service to the public,” said Chief Judge-designate Tarnowski. “I am honored to have been chosen chief judge of the Sixth Judicial District, and look forward to working with my colleagues and staff in our district to build upon these great innovations.” Read full article 

Hibbing Attorney to Take the Bench

Rachel Sullivan was raised in Chisholm and graduated from Hermantown High School. Attending both Boston University and William-Mitchell College. Rachel specializes in  personal injury, general litigation, family law, criminal law, probate, real-estate, employment and business start-ups. Read full article

South St. Louis County DWI Court Earns Esteemed National Award

The National Center for DWI Courts DWI Court Leadership Award is presented annually to individuals and programs that have made preeminent contributions to reducing impaired driving. Award recipients are selected by the DWI Court committee of the NADCP board of directors. The Honorable Shaun R. Floerke and DWI Court staff accepted the award on behalf of the DWI Court team. “First, we are honored to be part of and witness to the hard work, dedication, and recovery of our amazing clients. Second, we get to do all of this as a team; listening to and learning from each other and bringing each person’s strengths and experiences to the table. It’s an honor to be recognized for our efforts and our clients’ outcomes,” said Judge Floerke.  Read full article  

What a difference!

With my experience in family law and a practice that covers over fourteen different areas of family law, I have a unique perspective on our community. Moreover, even though my profession might indicate otherwise, I can tell you that we, as the Arrowhead regional community are strong when it comes to our relationships with family, friends, and community stakeholders. Read full article 

Divorce Process in Minnesota – Community Education Course

Are you thinking about filing for divorce? Has your spouse told you he or she wants a divorce? Divorce law is complicated and often changes. This informative and thorough program walks participants through the divorce process in Minnesota explaining the steps in a divorce proceeding and the issues of child support, child custody, spousal maintenance and division of debts. Attorney Jessica L. Sterle is presenting a course titled “Divorce Process in Minnesota” through Duluth Community Education. Each class is approximately two hours and costs only $5.00. Participants must not be represented by an attorney. Please contact the office at 218-722-2655 for the full schedule and location of classes.

Sterle Honored for Work with Specialty Courts

Jessica Sterle receives a certificate of appreciation from Judge Shaun Floerke for her monthly donations to Minnesota’s 6th District’s specialty courts. Floerke said Sterle’s donations allowed the courts to aid specialty court clients with transportation issues, attend additional training sessions and increase the use of incentives to reward progression through the programs. The Minnesota 6th District Specialty Courts’ mission is to unite judiciary and criminal justice entities, substance abuse treatment providers and the community to: increase public safety; lessen the financial impact on society; restore participants to law-abiding productivity; reduce criminalization of persons with mental illness; reduce the illicit drug use of nonviolent drug-addicted offenders; decrease the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths and injuries. Read full article

‘Unbundling’ legal services assists clients in a tough economy 
An article by Michelle Lore for Minnesota Lawyer 

Duluth family law attorney Jessica Sterle has seen an uptick in the number of clients who retain her to fill out the paperwork for their divorce rather than provide full-blown legal representation. Read full article

Local Attorney Selected As Board Member For Minnesota Justice Foundation
Attorney Jessica L. Sterle was recently selected to join the Minnesota Justice Foundation (“MJF”) Board of Directors.

Since 1983, MJF has sponsored and funded law student summer clerkships with legal aid offices and public interest organizations throughout Minnesota. MJF clerks offer the agencies they serve intensive help with casework, research and legal writing. Clerks work at the direction and under the supervision of the agencies’ own lawyers. For the 2006-2007 school year MJF placed nearly 1,000 students in volunteer positions at over 100 legal services providers around the state providing 10,600 clients with over 26,000 hours of volunteer service.

Attorney Jessica L. Sterle practices family law in Duluth, Two Harbors, Cloquet and Northern Minnesota. Active in the Duluth, Minnesota legal community, Jessica L. Sterle is a Board Member with the 11th District Bar Association as well as the Volunteer Attorney Program where she also serves as a volunteer attorney. Jessica L. Sterle is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Women’s Network.

Duluth Attorney Named 2007 Rising Star By Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
Family law attorney Jessica L. Sterle has been selected as a 2007 Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine, an honor based upon peer recognition as well as professional achievement. Jessica L. Sterle is the only Northeastern Minnesota attorney practicing family law chosen as a 2007 Rising Star. With only 2.5% of total attorneys in Minnesota recognized for this honor, Rising Stars are selected based upon experience, legal background, education and honors, and awards.

After nearly seven years of practice, Jessica L. Sterle founded Sterle Law Office where her practice concentrates exclusively in the area of family law. Jessica L. Sterle successfully represents clients in matters involving divorce, child custody, parenting time issues, child support, paternity and post-decree issues. Ms. Sterle provides clients with real-world advice and comprehensive legal representation including offering clients a wide network of professionals to help assist them with their matters. Jessica L. Sterle represents clients in Duluth, Cloquet, Two Harbors, Hibbing, Grand Rapids and northern Minnesota.

Jessica L. Sterle is a member of the Minnesota Bar Association, the Eleventh District Bar Association, Professional Women’s Network and Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a volunteer attorney with the Volunteer Attorney Program because she believes in the value of providing free legal assistance to those who cannot afford an attorney.