Calandra Harris has stunned Minnesota with her courtroom victories as an advocate for justice for individuals wronged by our system. As a criminal trial lawyer, her name has been featured in articles in the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, Spokesman Recorder and featured on a Fox 9 news special for successfully defending two juveniles wrongly accused of shooting a 12 year old girl in north Minneapolis.
Ms. Harris graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a double minor in English and Africology. During one summer, she obtained her paralegal certificate in another program, while attending undergraduate courses. As a college student and single parent in Milwaukee, she was a strong voice for students’ rights, including being elected the Executive Director of the University Legal Clinic. During this time, she also led a community protest against a beauty supply store that was known for discrimination against African-American customers. The marchers included state representatives and alderman. That protest lasted a year and half. Her senior year, she received the campus Union Directors Award in 1998.
She received her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated in 2001. She began her private practice in 2002 with her, now deceased, law partner, Leah Thomas. Since then, she has represented individuals charged with crimes successfully all over the state, including places like Duluth, Fergus Falls and Hibbing. She has also taught several legal and MBA courses at Minnesota School of Business/Globe University, and is now preparing to teach at another institution in the spring. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis and has also been the interim Executive Director for the Neighborhood Justice Center.
Ms. Harris most enjoys empowering women and educating minorities. She is grounded spiritually, believes that God has already made a way of escape for any situation and that there is a warrior deep inside every one of us. Currently, she is working on a new reality show, and will be co-starring with other successful women in the twin cities. She is looking forward to sharing this new adventure with all of Minnesota, so watch out for the cameras!