New assistant county attorney here
Faribault County has a new assistant attorney, and her name is Mindy Quitten.
Originally from Mankato, Quitten began her new role on March 20. While transitioning to the new job, Quitten says she feels right at home.
“I like it here, everyone I work with is so nice and easy to interact with,” Quitten says. “Everyone’s been so welcoming, I’ve yet to meet anyone who isn’t pleasant to work with.”
Coming from a family of four, Quitten’s father, Dan, works in the transitions program at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center. Meanwhile, her mother Becky, works in the business office of the Mankato Clinic, and her brother Josh works at U.S. Bank located in the Twin Cities.
With her immediate family pursuing other career opportunities, what sparked Quitten’s interest in law? The young attorney says she began thinking about a career in law while studying mass communications at Mankato East High School.
“I’ve always enjoyed the researching aspects of law. I like to find ways to solve problems, that part has always been intriguing to me when it comes to law,” Quitten explains.
After high school, Quitten’s next destination was Minnesota State University for undergraduate work. When it came time to choose a law program, Quitten decided to continue her education at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul.
After graduating from law school in 2016, Quitten served as a law clerk for Judge Darci Bentz in Jackson, Minnesota. Quitten admits her experience in Jackson was quite different than anything she had seen as a law student.
“It’s one thing when you’re in law school and you’re learning, it’s a completely different experience when you’re being involved and seeing things from the judge’s perspective,” Quitten says. “I learned a lot in observing different court trials and it was interesting because they get all kinds of cases over there, so you see different situations and how they develop.”
While in Jackson, Quitten had an opportunity to visit Blue Earth as a law clerk on a few occasions. Although the rural lifestyle of southern Minnesota was not something she was particularly used to, Quitten enjoyed learning about the new environment.
“Working in this area is a great opportunity,” the attorney says. “I like being in a small town where people care about each other.”
As the county’s assistant attorney, Quitten’s daily routine consists of working on different cases, mapping out her weekly schedule and checking numerous emails.
Although Quitten says she is still developing a work regiment, the organized professional keeps a to-do list handy to ensure all her work gets completed in a timely manner. She says her attention to detail has helped transition into the new job.
“I’m still learning a lot, so becoming familiar with all of the different procedures is very different from being a law clerk,” Quitten explains. “I’m really enjoying everything so far.”
The Mankato native reveals her desire to improve the overall quality of life within the community is the motivating force in her chosen profession. Quitten feels a unique sense of satisfaction in performing her daily law duties for the county.
“The community aspect of my job is the most rewarding part,” Quitten shares. “Because law plays a vital role in maintaining community cohesion and safety, there have been so many lawyers that have made a difference.”