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Hammerling, Larry Attorney and former Chief Appellate Public Defender for the State of Minnesota, Larry Hammerling, 61, died peacefully at his home in St. Paul, surrounded by his wife, daughters, and close friends Jim, Jean, Dale and Janet, on June 20, 2010. Larry attended the University of Denver, receiving a BA, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1971 and a JD in 1973. He then worked for VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) at Winnebago, Nebraska from 1975 to 1979, serving the legal needs of the Winnebago, Omaha and Santee Sioux Indian Tribes. In 1979, he moved to Minnesota and practiced law as an assistant state public defender, managing the Minnesota State Public Defender's LAMP (Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoner's) clinic at William Mitchell College of Law(WMCL). He also taught the criminal appeals clinic and a criminal procedure course at WMCL. Additionally, he served on the second judicial district's ethics committee and the Minnesota Supreme Court's criminal rules and civil appellate rules committees. For over 20 years he was also a volunteer reader for Minnesota Services for the Blind. Larry became chief appellate public defender in 1989. He continued to teach at WMCL until recently. During this tenure with the public defender's office he was instrumental in developing the Re-Entry Clinic at WMCL Known for his keen intellect and delightful sense of humor, he was even more admired for his integrity, unwavering ethics, and dedication to justice for the poor. He was always willing to help anyone who needed it. By his teaching and his actions, he influenced a generation of lawyers to serve admirably as public defenders, prosecutors, private attorneys and judges. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Goldie (Rosen) Hammerling. He is survived by his cherished wife of twenty-one years, Paula Duthoy; daughters, Elena and Lily; his sister, Stephanie Piro (John Nolan) of New Hampshire; niece, Nico Piro (Jeremiah) of Washington D.C., Steve Piro (dear friend and Nico's father); special cousins, Elie and Myrna Hammerling; in-laws, Dr. Ev and Ardeth, Mark, Dale, James, Mary, Sam, Lisa and a whole world of extended family and friends. Memorials preferred to the Law Clinics at William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104. The family will receive visitors at an open house on July 10, 2010 - please contact Bradshaw for details: Bradshaw 678 South Snelling Avenue 651-698-3878

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Published in Star Tribune from Jun. 22 to Jun. 24, 2010.
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July 10, 2010
Paula, May your happy memories bring you comfort. I am so sorry for your loss. Larry will be sorely missed and fondly remembered. He was a great attorney and a great guy!
Kirstin Kopp
Kirstin Kopp
June 29, 2010
Mr. Hammerling was my first boss and I like to say I out-foxed him by getting him to hire me onto the office. He was a keen intellect and a wonderful role model to a new attorney. My deepest condolences to the family on your loss.
Melvin Welch
June 29, 2010
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Larry was such a great guy. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten. Steve Bergeson
June 28, 2010
I am so very sorry for your loss. I had a profound respect for my boss, Larry, and I learned so much when I worked for him. I am very thankful for the opportunity to have known him and continue to be inspired by his commitment to justice for all.
Gretchen Otto
June 25, 2010
So sorry for your loss. Larry was a great mentor and a great guy, we both had the opportunity to work with Larry as Law Clerks. His door was always open, and he always had some friendly words of encouragement for us. Our thoughts are with you.
Joy and Jesse Mickels
June 23, 2010
Paula, Elena, Lily -
Kate Pound called today to say she had read the news in the St. Paul paper, that Larry has left us.
We are sorry for your loss.
It was a privilege knowing Larry. We are glad we had an opportunity to see him at Elena's graduation party.
Our thoughts are with all of you.
Cynthia, Tom, Emily, and William Jara-Brower
June 23, 2010
We are sorry to hear of Larry's passing. I knew Larry from his VISTA lawyer days in Winnebago and he has remained true to his calling and compassion for the less fortunate in our society. He was a very special person.
David and Betsy, Madison, WI
June 23, 2010
I'm sorry to hear of Larry's passing. His integrity, ethics and passion for social justice have been great examples for many attorneys to follow. Peace to his family and friends.
Sheila Scott
June 23, 2010
Dear Paula and Family,

I'm very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

Joe McGown
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