Shelley Carthen Watson


Shelley joined OGC in 1999. Her practice is primarily devoted to providing advice, counsel, and training in labor relations and employment issues, as well as defense of the University in collective bargaining and internal grievance arbitrations, and administrative matters before the EEOC, Minnesota Department of Human Rights and Department of Labor. Prior to coming to the University, Shelley was a partner with the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, where her practice focused on business litigation and employment counseling and litigation. The former Deputy Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Shelley also served as Executive Director of the Hennepin County Bar Association and Hennepin County Bar Foundation. An honors graduate of Macalester College, she received her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 1985, where she was a member of the Jessup International Moot Court Team. Shelley is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and a past recipient of their First Decade Award that recognizes university attorneys who have been NACUA members for 10 or fewer years and have made "a significantly innovative contribution, or provided outstanding service, to the association and to the practice."  Shelley has also received the Minnesota Lawyer In-House Counsel Award. given to attorneys "who among other things, navigate complicated contract negotiations, defend their companies in high stakes litigation and defend some of an organization's most important assets," and the First Chair Top Assistant General Counsel Award - an annual selection of in-house counsel who have, through their hard work and innovation, made significant contributions to the legal community.

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