City Attorney Susan Segal named a 2013 Attorney of the Year
Minnesota Lawyer recently honored Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal as one of its 2013 Attorneys of the Year.
The independent trade newspaper recognizes the best achievements in the legal profession in Minnesota each year with the awards. The 2013 winning attorneys were chosen based on their leadership, involvement in major cases or other newsworthy events, excellence in providing services and performance of significant public service.
Segal has served as the city attorney since 2008. She manages a team of more than 100 employees who handle all of the City’s legal work, including prosecuting all adult misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor crime in the city of Minneapolis.
Segal is very proud of the members of the City Attorney’s Office and their great work. A few of the team’s highlights include:
- Working on a domestic violence program (the “Minneapolis Model”) that increased the conviction rate for domestic violence by 50 percent.
- Settling fewer than half of the City’s civil lawsuits and winning 95 percent of the civil lawsuits that went to court.
- Increasing trial conviction rates by 44 percent from 2008 to 2013 while the number of cases tried increased fourfold.
- Creating the Downtown 100 initiative, a program prosecuting chronic livability offenders in Downtown who were frequently engaged in crimes with drugs, theft, trespassing and disorderly conduct. The program dramatically decreased the number of new offenses they committed in Downtown and throughout the city while providing housing and other services to ensure long-term improvements.
- Leading the Focus 18-24 initiative, an extension of the Downtown 100 program focused on young adults. It has achieved outstanding results with a 77 percent reduction in new offenses in its first year of operation.
- Earning high satisfaction scores from clients in a client survey: 93 percent reported they were “very” or “extremely” satisfied with the skills of the Civil Division’s lawyers.
- Introducing two diversion programs — the driver diversion program and a shoplifting diversion program — to educate offenders, help them pay restitution, and help them prevent criminal charges and a criminal record.
Published Mar 18, 2014