Alissa Fischer joins local law firm – News – The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch

Hauser und Schmid, PLLP, Sleepy Eye, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alissa B. Fischer as Associate Lawyer.

Hauser und Schmid, PLLP, Sleepy Eye, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alissa B. Fischer as Associate Lawyer.

Alissa is the daughter of Larry A. and Debra Fischer. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 2005 and the University of Minnesota in 2008 with a major in Political Science. Alissa received her Juris Doctor degree cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in May 2012.

She joins the law firm of Errol E. “Nip” Hauser and Donald E. “Toby” Schmid, who have been partners since 1977.

Alissa received her license to practice medicine on Friday, October 26, when she was sworn in before the Minnesota Supreme Court. On that day, her appointment as deputy prosecutor officially began.

Alissa said she knows there will be challenges as an Assistant City Attorney, but challenges she looks forward to.

“I look forward to representing the city of Sleepy Eye in the courtroom and supporting the work of the Economic Development Agency,” she said.

She added that she believes she has an advantage as an attorney in her hometown because she is aware of the legal concerns of this rural farming community and has focused her education on those concerns.

“My goal has always been to return to Brown County to work as a lawyer,” Alissa explained. “I chose my courses based on the legal questions I am asked most frequently. I was looking for courses, internships and volunteer work in criminal law, estate planning and more. “

In the spring of 2011, Alissa was awarded the honor of Elder Justice Scholar by William Mitchell. She also received the Dayton-Hanson Elder Law Scholarship for her work in this area.

Alissa also wrote an extensive research paper on federal and Minnesota programs that help or prevent the elderly from staying in their homes and community. The paper was awarded fourth place in the 2011 Student Writing Competition of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorney and is currently published online at

Alissa said the decision to move back to the area was an easy one.

“I wanted to live in a place where you could chat with your neighbor while walking down the street and the bank teller at the drive-up window would ask about your sister,” Alissa said. “I wanted to live in a place where baseball was played, but your time playing the game is broken up by good conversation with a friend. Sleepy Eye has all of these things and more. I am proud to call this place my hometown and I don’t want to practice anywhere else. “

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