Malinda Schmiechen

Malinda Schmiechen is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and has been dedicated to improving the lives of people born outside the United States for over twenty years. Malinda understands the stress and strain of living outside your home country and traveling abroad because she lived in the former Yugoslavia and Poland and has visited countries in Africa, Central America, Asia and Europe.




Juris Doctor, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul MN, 2005

Master of Arts in International Communication, The American University, Washington, DC, 1994

Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language and Literature, Grinnell College, Grinnell Iowa, 1988

Licensed to Practice Law in Minnesota


Russian, Polish and some Croatian.

Community Involvement

Mitchell Hamline School of Law – Adjunct Professor of Consulting in Immigration and Nationality Law, since 2010 and most recently Spring 2020 & International Human Rights Law, Spring 2017

The Advocates for Human Rights – Volunteer and Mentor Attorney

American Immigration Lawyers Association, MN/Dakotas Chapter – Chair 2013-2014 ; Asylum Committee 2020-Present

Immigrant Law Center of MN – Volunteer Attorney & Policy Committee Member

Minnesota Female Genital Cutting (FGC) Prevention and Outreach Working Group – Member

Minneapolis Park Avenue Walk-in Legal Clinic – Volunteer Attorney


Good, Emily and Schmiechen, Malinda. “Representing Asylum Seekers Through the Immigration Process.” The Hennepin Lawyer, 32-36 May 2006, 75:5.

Schmiechen, Malinda. “Parallel Lives, Uneven Justice: An analysis of rights, protections and redress for refugee and internally displaced women in camps.” 22 Saint Louis University Public Law Review 473 (2003).

Schmiechen, Malinda. “The Dilemma of Kosovo.” The Minnesota Women’s Press, 12-25 May 1999, 22:1.

Schmiechen, Malinda. “For Srebrenica Women, War’s Ravages are as Real as Ever.” Star Tribune, 12 October 1998, 12:1(A).