Board Members

Sybil Dunlop

Board Member
Greene Espel

Prior to joining Greene Espel, Sybil clerked for the Honorable James M. Rosenbaum of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Sybil graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School, Order of the Coif, where she served as Senior Notes Editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review. Before attending law school, she received her B.A. from Smith College and lived and worked in both Geneva, Switzerland, and Washington, DC.

An active legal scholar and enthusiastic teacher, Sybil’s articles have appeared in Hamline’s, St. John’s, and Vanderbilt’s Law Reviews, and she writes a monthly opinion column for Minnesota Lawyer. Sybil is frequently invited to present on the latest developments in the areas of qualified immunity, privilege, and motion practice.

Kate Graham

Treasurer
Maser, Amundson, Boggio & Hendricks

Kate Graham is an associate attorney at Maser, Amundson, Boggio & Hendricks in Richfield, Minnesota. She practices Elder Law, with a focus on litigation issues in trust, estate, probate, guardianship, conservatorship, and public benefits cases. She has a law degree from William Mitchell Law School and a bachelor degree in American Studies from Carleton College.

Peter Knapp

President
Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Peter Knapp is a Co-Director of Clinical Program and Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul. He holds a JD from Harvard Law School, and was previously an attorney at Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly before beginning teaching at William Mitchell College of Law in 1989. Mr. Knapp’s leadership and service includes: Member, Minnesota Supreme Court Legal Services Advisory Committee; Member (1996 to present) and Chair (2013), Law School Initiatives Subcommittee, Legal Assist. for the Disadvantaged Committee, Minnesota State Bar Assn.; President (1994 to present) and Member (1990 to present), Board of Directors, Liberty Plaza Housing Development; Chair, Minnesota Supreme Court Legal Services Planning Committee, (2005-2012).

Seth Nielsen

Board Member
Heley, Duncan & Melander, PLLP

In addition to representing businesses, Seth also has significant experience representing pro bono clients in family law and child protection cases. Seth has helped clients obtain divorce, modify custody, and secure grandparents’ visitation, and has helped children seek protective services and navigate the foster care system.

Seth attended law school at William Mitchell College of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. While in law school, he represented clients as a certified student attorney through the school’s Civil Advocacy Clinic. He was also selected to compete on the school’s mock trial team, and in multiple moot court competitions.

Nelson L. Peralta

Board Member
Peralta Law Firm

Nelson Peralta is the co-founder of Peralta Law Firm which offers legal assistance to the Latino community and the general public, and also provides bilingual representation as Nelson is a Spanish-speaking attorney. Nelson practices primarily in the areas of immigration, plaintiff’s personal injury and general litigation. Nelson has appeared regularly in Immigration Court defending individuals in deportation proceedings. Through the years, Nelson has been an active volunteer in the legal profession and the community at large. He has served as President of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, Board Member of Minnesota CLE and Centro Legal, Steering Committee member and volunteer for Spanish Legal Services (part of Volunteer Lawyers Network).

Meghan Scully

Secretary
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Meghan Scully is a staff attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. She represents low-income individual and families in a wide range of cases relating to government benefits, licensing, and collateral consequences of criminal convictions. Prior to law school, she provided constituent services on behalf of U.S. Senator and worked as a legislative aide in the Minnesota Senate.

Sophia Vuelo

Board Member
Vuelo Law Firm

Sophia Vuelo graduated from Hamline University School of Law and has been practicing law for fifteen years. She has had the privilege of both advocating for indigent/diverse clients as a public defender in Ramsey County and representing the State as a prosecutor for Ramsey County and the City of Rochester. Sophia is currently in private practice and operates Vuelo Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. She specializes in criminal law, family law and juvenile protection law. Sophia is also a frequent speaker on issues of race, diversity and the legal system. She is a past Vice President of the Hmong American Bar Association and a past board member of the Hmong American Partnership and the Headwaters Fund.