Joe Vaccaro

Joseph G. Vaccaro graduated magna cum laude from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law. While there, he clerked for both the Ramsey County Public Defender’s Office and the Neighborhood Justice Center, as well as concentrating his coursework in criminal law, and other areas serving working people (workers’ compensation, labor law, etc.) Joe is a member of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and currently serves as that group’s Mass Defense Coordinator, arranging the legal representation of activists arrested and charged with crimes following protests and demonstrations.

Prior to attending law school, Joe was employed as an editorial assistant at Harper’s Magazine in New York City and for an antiquarian bookseller in Maine. He is passionate about Minnesota history and rare books, and collects historical material related to Minnesota’s social movements.


  • Hamline University, 2011, B.A., English summa cum laude
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 2017, J.D., magna cum laude