Inver Hills Paralegal Program

Advisory Committee

Best Kept Secret

One of the best kept secrets of the Paralegal Program is our Advisory Committee. We are so fortunate to have a fantastic group of well-informed, highly motivated members to guide us to success. Each Committee member has experience or an expertise that significantly contributes to our outstanding program.

What does the Advisory Committee do?

Our Committee meets each semester to advise and support our Paralegal Program educators and students. The Advisory Committee evaluates and verifies the quality of our paralegal education, advocates for improvement and growth, and strives to keep the program current.

What is the Role of the Advisory Committee?

The main role of our Advisory Committee is to ensure that our graduates are competent to assume the responsibilities of a paralegal. The Committee makes certain that the Program’s education and training aligns with employers’ needs, and that our American Bar Association (ABA) approval is maintained.


The priorities of our Advisory Committee are to review, advise, develop, and promote:

  • paralegal curriculum and admission requirements
  • student recruitment, retention, and placement
  • instructor recruitment and training
  • input from competent instructors and legal professionals
  • program marketing
  • evaluation and assessment
  • paralegal internship sites
  • online coursework and legal technology training
  • program resources – equipment, funding, and personnel
  • library and physical facilities updates
  • changes and trends in the paralegal profession
  • preparation for job search and opportunities

ABA Recommendations for Advisory Committee

Our Advisory Committee pursues the recommendations and guidelines of the American Bar Association by:

  • Advising with regards to admission standards for the selection of qualified students for the program.
  • Assisting in securing competent instructors.
  • Informing the program about changes and trends in the field.
  • Assisting the program in assessing the job market and in exploring and developing career opportunities for paralegals.
  • Publicizing the program and securing community cooperation and interest.
  • Evaluating the adequacy of library resources.
  • Assessing the effectiveness of the total program in terms of its curriculum and objectives, the needs of the legal community, and graduate performance.

Who is our Advisory Committee?

Meet our wonderful blend of legal and business professionals, students, and college personnel who are dedicated to your excellent paralegal education. A big thank you to the Committee for all their time and energy!

Tom Van Horn
Attorney at Law
Van Horn Law Office
West St. Paul, MN

Eric Lindberg
Legal Assistant
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
St. Paul, MN

Sandra Ottley
Paralegal (Retired)
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, PLLP
Minneapolis, MN

Florence Nelson
Online Consultant
Anami Designs
Minneapolis, MN

Janice Vochoska
Bowman and Brooke
Minneapolis, MN

Lindsey Kyllo
Ramsey County Public Defender’s Office
St. Paul, MN

Daisy Davies
Litigation Specialist
3M Company
St. Paul, MN

Maureen Klippen
Paralegal Office Manager
Wilford, Geske and Cook, PLLP
Woodbury, MN

Alex Felegy
Duluth Public Defender’s Office
Duluth, MN

Nathan Nelson
Attorney at Law
Virtus Law Office
Brooklyn Park, MN

Judith Minning
Academic Advisor
College of Individualized Studies
Metropolitan State University
St. Paul, MN

Susan Larson
Head of Public Services
Minnesota State Law Library
St. Paul, MN

Mary McLaughlin
Attorney at Law
Faculty Member
Inver Hills Community College
Inver Grove Heights, MN

Shoua Madland
Academic Advisor
Inver Hills Community College
Inver Grove Heights, MN

Sabrina Buivid
Dean of Career Programs
Inver Hills Community College
Inver Grove Heights, MN

Sally Dahlquist
Attorney at Law
Paralegal Program Director
Inver Hills Community College
Inver Grove Heights, MN

What is required of the Advisory Committee?

Advisory Committee members are recommended by the Committee as well as the Paralegal Director, Faculty, Employers, Internship Supervisors, and Graduates. Committee members attend at least two meetings per year and serve continuously until the member resigns or is withdraw for inability to commit to attendance. The diverse composition of the Advisory Committee follows the ABA Guideline recommendations which are constantly adhered to and reviewed by the Program Director. Anyone interested in serving on the Paralegal Advisory Committee is encouraged to contact the Program Director, Sally Dahlquist, J.D.