Colonel Steve Schemenauer Graduates from the U.S. Army War College

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Steve Schemenauer, a litigator at the firm and the Director of Intelligence for the Minnesota National Guard, recently graduated from the United States Army War College, earning a certificate in international security studies after completing a national security fellowship at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The graduation ceremony was held June 10, 2016 at the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

Colonel Schemenauer was selected in 2015 to attend the Army's Senior Service Fellowship Program, which is designed to educate and develop leaders for service at the highest strategic levels. Less than 10 percent of all military officers are selected to attend the U.S. Army War College, and of those, 75 percent have served in combat. Schemenauer, himself, is a two-time combat veteran, commanding an Infantry Company in Afghanistan from 2003-2005 and performing Intelligence in Iraq from 2009-2010.

During his year-long fellowship, Steve studied and conducted research at the Fletcher School, Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management. The nature and character of the multi-disciplinary program included academic courses, guest-lecture programs, conferences, and exercises, all focused on the sources of conflict, conflict resolution, the role of military force in international relations, and the maintenance of international peace.

In addition to his coursework, Steve also participated in a number of leadership conferences, including: Fletcher's 2016 Crisis Management Exercise (SIMULEX); Tufts Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and Services (ALLIES) Civil-Military Relations Conference and Diplomatic Crisis Simulation; Harvard University's 2016 ROTC Leadership Conference; the Institute of Global Security's Inclusive Security Colloquium; and an exclusive collaboration between Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and West Point's Center for the Rule of Law aimed at exploring the tactical costs and consequences of torture.

Schemenauer also wrote two research papers which are pending publication by the Army War College Quarterly. His first paper analyzes Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, and his second paper, "Using the Rule of Law to Combat the Islamic State," provides a compelling model for the establishment of an international public prosecutor's office capable of combatting the Islamic State's worldwide criminal network. Schemenauer received the Military Order of World Wars Writing Award for his contributions.

"We are very proud of what Steve achieved during his fellowship and in his nearly 25 years of service with U.S. Army," said Mark Hinderks, the managing partner of Stinson Leonard Street. "Military service forms the foundation of our country, and as a firm, we are resolutely committed to supporting that service. The strategic leadership skills Steve further developed during his fellowship will continue to serve him, the firm, clients, and our country well. We are excited he is back."

Schemenauer is a partner in the firm's Minneapolis office. He represents clients in complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings across a broad range of industry sectors including: construction, real estate, labor and employment, health care, intellectual property, products liability, manufacturing, cyber, and financial services. He is also qualified under Minnesota Rule 114 as a mediator and arbitrator, and he has represented parties and served as a neutral in business disputes large and small.

"I am forever grateful to the Stinson Leonard Street team, and my clients, for supporting this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the U.S. Army War College as a National Security Fellow and provide my unique perspective as a private practice attorney and Minnesota National Guardsman," said Schemenauer. "I benefitted both professionally and personally from the experience and learned a great deal. In particular, the strategic leadership training, attention to critical international security issues, and development of global business relationships will certainly inform and propel my client-focused mission going forward."

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