klay baynar

Klay Baynar



Philosophy & History

Law Clerk for Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court

October 4, 2018 2:10 PM

I graduated from Millikin University in 2011 majoring in philosophy and history. I was awarded the Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz Philosophy Award, the Dr. J. Graham Provan History Award, and the Scovill Prize.  I earned my J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2014 where I was a managing editor of Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice and obtained honors in legal research, writing, and statutory interpretation.  After graduating law school, I worked for the Minnesota Federal Public Defender.  From 2015-17, I served as a law clerk for Judge Susan N. Burke in Hennepin County District Court.  I am currently the law clerk for Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

I write in enthusiastic support of the Pre-Law Minor program. The courses in the Pre-Law Minor prepared me to succeed in law school and in my career by teaching me how to think critically and write in a clear and persuasive manner. The courses provide a solid foundation to interested students upon which to build substantive legal knowledge during law school. Members of the faculty, in addition to having substantive knowledge of the course material, are excellent teachers.  Their passion for teaching is obvious and has a significant positive effect on students' ability to learn.  Any student interested in attending law school after graduating from Millikin would benefit from pursuing the Pre-Law Minor.