Cody Nelson is currently the Executive Director at ALS. Cody has been with ALS as a staff attorney since graduating magna cum laude from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2006. He is a licensed attorney in Minnesota as well as the tribal courts of Red Lake, White Earth, Mille Lacs, and Leech Lake. In his spare time, Cody enjoys watching movies.
Lynn Wessel is our Financial Administrator. She joins ALS in 2018 with over 30 years’ experience in the financial industry. Lynn is originally from Grand Forks, North Dakota, but resided in the twin cities metro area before relocating back to the Northwoods within the past few years. Lynn and her husband reside in Bemidji with their daughter, and they all enjoy spending as much time on the lake as possible.
Chari LaDuke is the Administrative Director in our central office in Cass Lake. She has been employed with ALS since October 2006 and has been licensed as a Red Lake Nation Court Advocate since April of 2008. She is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. Chari recently was appointed to serve the Bemidji community by becoming a board member for the Nameless Coalition, which operates the Wolfe Center, a homeless shelter for chronic inebriates. Born and raised in Minnesota, Chari and her family make their home in Bemidji. Her hobbies include travelling, spending time with her family and hanging out with friends.
Todd Morman joined ALS as staff attorney in May 2017. He graduated with his Juris Doctor in 2001 from the University of Montana, and he received his Ph.D in American History and American Indian Legal History from the University of Missouri in 2016. Todd has recent experience teaching as adjunct college faculty, and his prior legal experience included client representation for debt relief clinics as well as general private practice. Todd maintains an active Ohio attorney’s license. Todd and his wife relocated to Bemidji, MN in 2017 from Ohio.
Taylor Burdick is a staff attorney at ALS. He became part of the team in August. He is a 2017 graduate of the Oklahoma City University School of Law. He was the Vice President of the National Native American Student Association (NNALSA) and Administrator of the 2017 NNALSA Moot Court Competition. Taylor is an enrolled member of the Muskogee Nation and native to Northern Minnesota. In 2016, he clerked for the Leech Lake Tribal Court. In his spare time, Taylor continues to develop his passion for Indian Law by volunteering with local students pursuing their law careers.
Jerome Song is a staff attorney in the Cass Lake Office. Jerome is originally from St. Cloud. He attended Saint Cloud State University for his undergraduate and the University of North Dakota School of Law for his Law Degree where he graduated with Distinction. While in Law School, Jerome was a member of the school’s law review and housing and employment law clinic as well as numerous student organizations such as Asian Student Association, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, and Environmental Law Society. Prior to joining ALS, Jerome worked with a long time solo practitioner in Minneapolis focusing primarily in the areas of Criminal, Probate, and Bankruptcy law. Jerome is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and North Dakota. Jerome is also taking online courses in accounting to gain eligibility to sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam. During his free time Jerome likes to attend sporting events, watch movies, golf, fish, and work out.
Mary Shequen Smith has been a paralegal at ALS for over thirty-seven years. Mary grew up in Cass County and attended Bemidji State University. Prior to joining ALS, Mary worked at Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota. Mary is married and in her spare time enjoys spending time with family, as well as cooking, gardening, and being outside as much as possible. She considers it an honor to be part of this organization and looks forward to working with old and new friends.
Tina Harville is a Paralegal/Non-Attorney Representative in our Cass Lake office. Tina has her A.A. and A.S. and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Tina has been with ALS since December 2006. She specializes in Social Security Disability benefits appeals process, and provides representation at the appellate levels, including Administration hearings. Tina is married and has three children, and her hobbies include music, movies, theatre, enjoying the outdoors, hiking, and swimming. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Kristina LaDuke is currently the Secretary/Receptionist at the Cass Lake office. She is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians and currently resides in Bemidji, MN. She attended the Northwest Technical College in Bemidji and obtained her certified nursing assistant certification. Kristina joined ALS early in 2017 after a long career in the health care field. She has four children, enjoys playing card games and dice, playing at the park with her children, and cooking.