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Marian Saksena

 

 

E-mail: marian.saksena@dcsfamilylaw.com

Tel: 612-361-6180

Professional Info

Marian is a compassionate and highly skilled family and juvenile law attorney.  Her legal expertise was recognized when she was named to the Minnesota Top 50 Women list.  Female attorneys on this list have been selected to the 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers list and ranked top of the list in the Super Lawyers selection process.  In addition to advocating for her clients, Marian enjoys educating, counseling, and empowering the clients she represents. As a qualified neutral under Rule 114, Marian also provides mediation, early neutral evaluation, parenting-time expediting and parenting consulting services. Marian has been appointed by the Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Supreme Court to serve on a number of statewide committees related to children's issues.

Legal Experience

2014 - present
Founding Partner & Attorney, DeWalt, Chawla + Saksena, LLC

 

2004 - 2014
Attorney/Shareholder, Walling, Berg & Debele, P.A.

 

2002 - 2004
Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

 

1999 - 2002
Staff Attorney, Children's Law Center of Minnesota

 

1998 - 1999
Law Clerk, Office of the Hennepin County Attorney
 

1997 - 1999
Guardian ad Litem, Ramsey County District Court


1997
Summer Law Clerk, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis


1996
Summer Law Clerk, Children's Law Center of Minnesota

 

 

 
Education

 

1998
University of Minnesota Law School, Juris Doctor
 

1998
University of Minnesota School of Social Work, Child Abuse Prevention Studies, Certificate
 

1993
Grinnell College, Bachelor of Arts

 

Professional Memberships & Activities

Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section

Past Chair, Minnesota State Bar Association, Children and the Law Section

Co-Chair, Hennepin County Bar Association, Juvenile Law Section

Member, Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section

Past Member, Minnesota Supreme Court Juvenile Protection Rules Committee

Past Member, Department of Human Services, Uniform Parentage Act Task Force

Past Member, Hennepin County Citizen Review Panel (child protection practices and policies)

 

 

Speaking Engagements

 

Co-Presenter, The Trauma-Informed Family Court Judge, Family Law Institute - Judicial Track, 2019 

Panel Member, View from the Bar, Family Law League, 2018

Co-Presenter, Trauma-Informed Practices in Juvenile Court, Hennepin County Bar Association Juvenile Law Section, 2018

Presenter, Domestic Infant Adoption in Minnesota, Bethany Christian Services, 2018

Co-Presenter, Family Law Issues Related to Undocumented Immigrants, Family Law Institute, Minnesota CLE, 2015

 

Co-Presenter, Seven Things Family Lawyers Should Know About Child Protection, Family Law Institute,  Minnesota CLE, 2014


Guest lecturer,  Third Party Custody Options, Hamline University School of Law, Child Advocacy Clinic, 2008-2013

 

Presenter, Making Children’s Voices Heard in International Child Abduction Cases: The Role of GAL and Children’s Counsel, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2012
 

Co-Presenter, College Costs for Children of Divorce, Minnesota State Bar Association/Minnesota CLE, 2011
 

Faculty, ICWA and Third Party Custody, The Indian Child Welfare Act: Women, Children and Families, Indian Child Welfare Law Center Symposium, 2010
 

Faculty, Representing Youth in ICWA Cases, Children’s Legal Services, 2010
 

Co-Presenter, Intersection of Family Law and Mental Health Services, In-Service Training for The Family Partnership, 2010
 

Faculty, Preparing for and Testifying in Court: A Primer for Guardians ad Litem, Minnesota Judicial Branch Guardian ad Litem Program, Annual Conference: Building Pathways for Children in a Changing World, 2009
 

Faculty, There’s No Place Like Home: Permanency Options for Foster Children, Family Law Institute, Minnesota CLE, 2009
 

Co-Presenter, Third Party Custody, Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, 2009
                            

Faculty, Representing Children in Family Court, Minnesota Custody and Child Support, Minnesota CLE, 2006


Faculty, Juvenile Protection and Juvenile Delinquency Records, Children’s Records Law in Minnesota, Lorman Educational Services, 2006
                             

Guest, Teens and Domestic Violence, Phillips Community TV, 2005
 

Faculty, Issues Relating to Minority Children in Delinquency and Child Protection Proceedings, Emerging and Innovative Ideas in Juvenile Law:  Celebrating 100 Years of Juvenile Courts in Minnesota, Minnesota Juvenile Court Centenary Planning Committee, 2005
                          

Co-Presenter, Adoption Rules 101, Minnesota State Bar Association Children and the Law Section, 2004


Seminar Co-Chair and Faculty Member, Best Interests of the Child and Alternative Caregiving Arrangements, Minnesota CLE, 2004


Faculty, When Parents Can’t Parent Their Children:  Third-Party Custody, CHIPS Proceedings, De Facto Custodians, Guardianships and Adoption, Family Law Institute, sponsored by Minnesota CLE, 2004

                 
Faculty, Representing Youth In Foster Care, Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, 1999-2003
                            

Faculty, Legal Rights of Children: Fact or Fiction, MILE Juvenile Law Seminar, 2002


Co-Presenter, Uniform Parentage Act Task Force Report: Adoption, Paternity and Assisted Reproductive Technology, Minnesota State Bar Association Children and Law Section, 2002


Guest, Adoption, Meet Your Court (Hennepin County District Court's weekly cable TV program), 2002
 

Presenter, Legal Rights of State Wards and Long-Term Foster Care Youth, Hennepin County Permanency Provider Meeting, 2002
 

Panel Member, Media Orientation: Open Child Protection Proceedings, Minnesota Supreme Court, 2001


Guest Faculty, Improving Outcomes for State Wards, University of Minnesota School of Social Work, Child Abuse Prevention Studies, 1999
 

Presenter, State Wards Project, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP, 1999
 

Panel Member, Guardian ad Litem Training, Ramsey County, 1998

 

 

Publications

 

Co-Author, Child Protection QuickSheet, published by Minnesota CLE, 2014


Author, Representing Children in Family Court, The Minnesota Custody and Child Support Deskbook, Minnesota State Bar Association (1st Edition in 2006 and updates through 2018)


Author, Out-of-Home Placements for Abused, Neglected, and Dependent Children in Minnesota: A Historical Perspective, Polish Genealogical Society of Minnesota Newsletter (Vol. 21, No.1), 2013


Co-Author, The Intersection of Rising College Costs and Changes in Family Law, The Hennepin Lawyer, November, 2010


Author, The Interplay of Child Protection and Divorce, Solving the Most Difficult Problems in Divorce Cases, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2009


Author, Judicial Profile: Judge Jay Quam, The Hennepin Lawyer, 2007


Author, Out-of-Home Placements for Abused, Neglected, and Dependent Children in Minnesota:  A Historical Perspective, 32 William Mitchell Law Review 1007-1049, 2006


Contributor, Robert J. Sheran and Douglas K. Amdahl, Minnesota System:  Twenty-Five Years of Radical Change, 26 Hamline Law Review 219, 329, Spring 2003 (regarding developments in juvenile and family law)

 
Pro Bono & Community Service

Volunteer Attorney - Wills for Heroes

Volunteer Attorney - Children's Law Center of Minnesota

 

 

 

 

 

Court admissions

 

  • Minnesota

  • White Earth Band of Chippewa Tribal Court

  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community Tribal Court

  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Tribal Court

Honors

 

  • Minnesota Top 50 Women list, Super Lawyers magazine, 2016 - 2019

  • Super Lawyer®, Super Lawyers magazine,  2014 - 2019

  • Rising Star®, Super Lawyers magazine,  2006-2009; 2011

  • Recognized as a "North Star Attorney" by MSBA (in recognition for pro bono service), 2014-2017

2010 - present

2010 - present