Aaron Street

Aaron Street

Location
Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
Industry
Legal Services

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Aaron Street's Overview

Current
  • Co-Founder & Publisher at Lawyerist.com
  • Program Attorney & Director of Minnesota New Lawyer Website at Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (Minnesota CLE)
  • Advisor at Asset Record Company
Past
  • COO at Global Robotics Innovation Park
  • COO & General Counsel at Innovators International
  • Of Counsel Attorney at StartupLawyer.MN
  • Co-Founder at SaasWare
  • Co-Founder at Sterling Sports Marketing LLC
  • Co-Founder & Executive Director at University of Minnesota Law School - Institute for Law and Politics
  • Interim Chief of Staff at University of Minnesota Law School
  • Treasurer & Counsel at Keith Ellison for U.S. Congress
  • Co-Founder & President at Campaign Services Corporation
  • Attorney at Weinblatt and Gaylord
  • Global Strategy Consultant at Thomson Reuters
  • Co-Founder at The Admissions Advantage
  • Coordinator at Minnesota Food First Coalition
  • Director of Research and Field Organizer at Steve Miles for U.S. Senate Campaign
  • Intern at Office of Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura
  • Intern at The White House
  • Intern at Office of U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone
  • Owner at The Mint Boyz - Sports Cards & More
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Aaron Street's Summary

Aaron Street works as a Program Attorney for the Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (Minnesota CLE), where he helps develop continuing education programs and manages Minnesota CLE's New Lawyer Initiative.

Aaron is also an entrepreneur and advises Minnesota technology start-ups.

He is the co-founder and Publisher of Lawyerist Media, the leading digital media company serving solo and small law firms.

He is a multi-talented business and organizational leader with broad experience leading high-profile public and private projects in Minnesota. He has spent the past five years as an executive leader in operations and management of complex organizations, including university research institutes and technology and services startups.

He also brings over fifteen years of leadership in state and national politics and public policy development.

Aaron Street's Experience

Co-Founder & Publisher

Lawyerist.com

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Law Practice industry

March 2009Present (5 years 2 months)

Publisher of leading digital media company serving solo and small law firms.

Company operates multiple leading online blogs and forums providing tips and tools on attorney marketing, technology, ethics, career development, and law practice management.

Boot-strapped financing. Business has been growing and profitable since founding.

Grew sites from an average of 5,000 page views per month in spring of 2009 to over 400,000 page views per month in early 2014.

Led acquisition and integration of leading legal humor website BitterLawyer.com in March 2011.

Helped lead development and launch of new law firm website design service, Lawyerist Sites, in June 2013.

Program Attorney & Director of Minnesota New Lawyer Website

Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (Minnesota CLE)

June 2013Present (11 months) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Develop continuing education seminars for attorneys in Minnesota.

Lead strategy, content development, and marketing for Minnesota CLE's website www.mnnewlawyer.org.

Website is a private content platform for new lawyers in Minnesota---as a component of Minnesota CLE's New Lawyer Initiative---to improve the quality of training for lawyers transitioning from law school to the legal profession.

Led development and launch of new website for annual Strategic Solutions for Solo & Small Firms conference, at www.SmallFirmSuccess.org, in January 2014.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Real Estate industry

September 2012Present (1 year 8 months) Bloomington, MN

Investor and advisor to software company offering a solution for managing real estate records online.

COO

Global Robotics Innovation Park

May 2012January 2013 (9 months) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Helped lead startup organization and strategy and managed operations for the development of the Global Robotics Innovation Park (GRIP), a research park and business incubator for the robotics industry in Minnesota.

Assisted in multi-investor fundraising round.

COO & General Counsel

Innovators International

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Executive Office industry

September 2011May 2012 (9 months) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Led many aspects of day-to-day management and assisted in leadership of business strategy for growing company leading private membership groups for innovation executives at brand-name/Fortune 500 companies.

Helped lead successful multi-investor fundraising round.

Of Counsel Attorney

StartupLawyer.MN

20102011 (1 year) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Law practice advising Minnesota technology start-ups.

Co-Founder

SaasWare

20102011 (1 year) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Cloud/SaaS software development and investing.

Helped develop business model for funding and developing new web and mobile applications.

Helped lead multi-investor, start-up fundraising round.

Tested initial business model with investments in a small portfolio of software companies.

Co-Founder

Sterling Sports Marketing LLC

20102010 (less than a year) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Online sports memorabilia e-commerce company.

Developed innovative model for partnering with prominent athletes to market sports memorabilia online.

Co-founders included prominent industry experts and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Self-financed start-up. Sold my equity back to other co-founders after initial test of business model.

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

March 2007December 2008 (1 year 10 months)

Led start-up, management, and programming for research institute on topics at the intersection of law and politics, including issues involving judicial selection and decision-making, and campaign finance and election law.

Activities involved policy advising and public programming, including large public lectures from Justice Clarence Thomas, Ralph Nader, former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, former Department of Justice executive Rachel Brand, and others.

Interim Chief of Staff

University of Minnesota Law School

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

February 2008March 2008 (2 months)

Coordinate projects for Dean's Office and senior staff of the Law School.

Treasurer & Counsel

Keith Ellison for U.S. Congress

March 2006January 2007 (11 months)

Led financial management and campaign finance reporting and compliance for Representative Keith Ellison's first Congressional campaign.

Served as campaign attorney related to campaign finance and election law matters.

Helped lead strategy---and staffed candidate---for successful contested DFL endorsement convention.

Served on post-election transition staff, serving as an assistant to the Congressman-elect. Assisted in coordination of swearing-in activities, including arranging with the Library of Congress for Representative Ellison to use Thomas Jefferson's Koran for his swearing-in ceremony.

Co-Founder & President

Campaign Services Corporation

20062007 (1 year) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Political campaign consulting services company.

Developed innovative outsourced service model for political campaign staffing.

Raised $100,000 in start-up funding.

Led initial business start-up and operations.

Tested business model for one election cycle, failed to achieve necessary scale, then closed operations.

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Law Practice industry

May 2006December 2006 (8 months)

Associate attorney at boutique campaign finance and election law firm.

Advised candidates, political parties, and interest groups on state and federal campaign finance and election law compliance.

Global Strategy Consultant

Thomson Reuters

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; TRI; Information Technology and Services industry

September 2004May 2006 (1 year 9 months)

Sole attorney in the 20­-person internal corporate strategy group for $3.4 billion publisher of legal and regulatory products and services.

Major consulting projects included due diligence and integration strategy for Thomson acquisition of law firm consulting company Hildebrandt International; growth strategy for online legal resource FindLaw.com; market research, database development, and strategy related to large international law firms; and client research on large law firm HR, training, and talent development.

Co-Founder

The Admissions Advantage

20042004 (less than a year) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Law school admissions advising business.

Developed pre-launch business plan to compete in business plan competition.

Failed to raise necessary start-up capital.

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

July 2000June 2001 (1 year)

Coordinated 300-member statewide non-profit. Organized meetings, recruited membership, developed quarterly member newsletter, and coordinated legislative agenda and bill-tracking on issues of hunger, poverty, and sustainable agriculture. Advocacy resulted in million-dollar appropriation for state food shelves.

Director of Research and Field Organizer

Steve Miles for U.S. Senate Campaign

January 2000June 2000 (6 months)

Directed statistical and opposition research, organized press clippings, researched opponents' finances and voting records, and prepared candidate for interviews and debates. Coordinated field organizing in the Third Congressional District, including voter contact and communications, and event scheduling and staffing.

Intern

Office of Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura

September 1999December 1999 (4 months)

Performed constituent casework on education and human services issues. Staffed Governor Ventura at international trade show with the Minnesota Trade Office. Developed travel brief protocol for Lt. Governor.

Intern

The White House

June 1999August 1999 (3 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Worked as an assistant to the Midwest and Eastern Regional Directors of Political Affairs in the Office of Political Affairs at the White House.

Projects included developing political travel briefings for President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and First Lady Hillary Clinton.

Occasionally led West Wing tours for VIP guests and coordinated invitations for VIPs to greet the President during Air Force One landings.

Intern

Office of U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone

August 1998December 1998 (5 months)

Performed research and constituent casework on international travel, immigration, and environmental issues. Served as a liaison between the Senator and constituents and advocacy groups.

Owner

The Mint Boyz - Sports Cards & More

November 1990August 1997 (6 years 10 months) Northfield, MN

Sports card and memorabilia retail store.

Started business at age 11, working as a professional memorabilia dealer as sports card shows.

Dropped out of 9th grade to open a retail store in downtown Northfield, MN.

Major League Baseball strike of 1994 caused retail store to close (and caused me to re-enter high school in 10th grade).

Continued to occasionally operate business at sports card shows through 1997.

Aaron Street's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Board of Directors

      Hennepin County Bar Foundation
      • Social Services
      2010 2013 (3 years)
    • Board of Directors

      Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government (YIG)
      • Education
      2008 2012 (4 years)
    • Campaign Committee

      Justice David Stras for Minnesota Supreme Court Campaign
      • Politics
      2012 2012 (less than a year)
    • Board of Directors

      Minneapolis FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      2009 2010 (1 year)
    • Advisory Board Chair

      University of Minnesota Institute for Law and Politics
      • Education
      2009 2010 (1 year)
    • Commissioner

      Minneapolis Charter Commission
      • Politics
      2006 2010 (4 years)
    • Advisory Board

      FairVote Minnesota
      • Politics
      2008 2009 (1 year)
    • Civic Education Committee

      Minnesota State Bar Association
      • Education
      2007 2009 (2 years)
    • Ranked Choice Voting Issues Group, Legislation Subcommittee Co-Chair

      Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
      • Politics
      2007 2008 (1 year)
    • Policy Advisory Committee Member

      Citizens League
      • Politics
      2007 2008 (1 year)
    • Civic Education & Engagement Roundtable Member

      Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
      • Politics
      2007 2007 (less than a year)
    • Senate District 61 Chair

      Minnesota DFL Party
      • Politics
      2006 2007 (1 year)
    • National Executive Committee

      Young Democrats of America
      • Politics
      June 2003 June 2005 (2 years 1 month)
    • Deputy Finance Director

      Minnesota House DFL Caucus
      • Politics
      June 2003 August 2003 (3 months)
    • Governor Jesse Ventura Appointed Member

      Minnesota Higher Education Services Council
      • Education
      2000 2002 (2 years)
    • Campaign Committee

      Judge Diana Eagon for District Court Judge Re-election Committee
      • Politics
      2002 2002 (less than a year)
    • State Executive Committee

      Minnesota DFL Party
      • Politics
      March 2001 May 2002 (1 year 3 months)
    • State President

      Minnesota Young DFL (MYDFL)
      • Politics
      March 2001 May 2002 (1 year 3 months)
    • National Delegate

      2000 Democratic National Convention
      • Politics
      August 2000 August 2000 (1 month)

Aaron Street's Education

University of Minnesota Law School

JD, cum laude, Concentration in International Trade Law

20012004

Activities and Societies: Articles Editor - Minnesota Journal of Global Trade, Judicial Intern - Minnesota District Court Judge Diana S. Eagon, Student Representative to the Board of Regents, Board of Regents Finance & Operations and Facilities Committees, University Football Stadium Policy and Steering Committee, University Executive Vice President and Provost Search Committee, Student Search Committee for Dean of the Law School, Law School Admissions Committee, All-University Honors Committee

St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, Russia

Russian Law and Policy Summer Program

20022002

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

BA, Phi Beta Kappa, Political Science, Philosophy

19982001

Activities and Societies: University Student Senate Vice Chair, All-University Honors Committee

Lake Forest College

19971998

Northfield Senior High School

19931997

Aaron Street's Publications

  • Law School Career Services Fail, But There Are Fixes

    • Lawyerist.com
    • January 5, 2010
    Authors: Aaron Street

    Analysis and criticism of common trends in law school career services programs.

  • Applying to Law School? Please Reconsider!

    • Lawyerist.com
    • December 17, 2009
    Authors: Aaron Street

    Criticism of current value of U.S. law school education and advice to prospective law students.

  • New Markets Initiative Supplemental Program Proposal: Encouraging mentoring through a Presidential Youth Investment Initiative

    • The White House
    • August 1999
    Authors: Aaron Street

    Policy proposal presented to and partially implemented by President Bill Clinton regarding a young entrepreneur grant and mentoring program as part of the New Markets Initiative.

  • HF2107/SF2099: A resolution memorializing the President, Congress, and other national and international officials to immediately lift the economic sanctions against Iraq

    • Minnesota House of Representatives & Minnesota Senate
    • March 1999
    Authors: Aaron Street

    Authored legislative resolution regarding sanctions in Iraq introduced in the Minnesota House and Senate.

Aaron Street's Honors and Awards

  • Blawg 100 (Lawyerist)

    American Bar Association
    • 2013
  • Blawg 100 (Lawyerist)

    American Bar Association
    • 2012
  • Tekne Award Finalist (Global Robotics Innovation Park)

    Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)
    • 2012
  • Blawg 100 (Lawyerist)

    American Bar Association
    • 2011
  • Blawg 100 (Lawyerist)

    American Bar Association
    • 2010
  • Blawg 100 (Lawyerist)

    American Bar Association
    • 2009
  • President's Student Service & Leadership Award

    Univeristy of Minnesota
    • 2003
  • President's Student Service & Leadership Award

    University of Minnesota
    • 2000
  • President's Student Service Award

    President Bill Clinton
    • 2000
  • Harry S. Truman National Scholarship Finalist

    Harry S. Truman Foundation
    • 2000

Aaron Street's Skills & Expertise

  1. Technology Start-up
  2. Political Strategy
  3. Business Strategy
  4. Managing Start-ups
  5. Blogging
  6. Public Policy
  7. Small Business
  8. Online Marketing
  9. SEO
  10. Leadership

Aaron Street's Courses

  • BA, Phi Beta Kappa, Political Science, Philosophy

    University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

    • US Congress
    • US Elections
    • Power and Democracy
    • Legislative Fieldwork
    • American Politics
    • International Relations
    • Politics and the Environment
    • Media and Politics
    • Ethics and Education
    • Democracy and Citizenship
    • Public Leadership
  • JD, cum laude, Concentration in International Trade Law

    University of Minnesota Law School

    • Administrative Law
    • Civil Rights Law
    • International Trade Law
    • Foreign Policy and International Affairs
    • International Law
    • Copyright Law
    • International Business Transactions
    • Minnesota Journal of Global Trade
    • Minnesota District Court Judicial Externship

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  • How to Build a Startup

    • Udacity

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