The world is watching Minneapolis during the Derek Chauvin Trial, including many lawyers.
MINNEAPOLIS – Lawyers across the country are watching this process to see how both sides argue their case. This includes a young attorney who is feeling the effects of the process.
Minneapolis attorney Kojo Addo’s eyes are on Derek Chauvin’s trial. He is one of the youngest black attorneys in Twin Cities to have shared the two most emotional parts of the process for him so far.
“Playing Mr. Floyd’s video. Hear the testimony of this 9-year-old, 10-year-old girl, too,” said Kojo Addo.
The Derek Chauvin Process is also a learning tool for lawyers like Addo.
Prosecutors are trying to prove that the sacked Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was responsible for the death of George Floyd in May 2020.
A 17-year-old girl, identified only in court as Darnella, recorded Chauvin holding her knee by Floyd’s neck outside the Cup Food Grocery store in Minneapolis.
Defense attorneys argue Floyd died of drugs he used instead of chauvin.
The trial will be televised worldwide due to the limited number of courtroom seats due to the pandemic.
Addo believes that both the prosecutors and the defense for Chauvin cut out their work for her. Especially with powerful and emotional statements from witnesses like martial arts expert Donald Williams.
“I think the raw emotion he demonstrated, but still that controlled frustration was so compelling,” said Addo.
Addo is the only African American lawyer with Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben. He started as a court clerk in 2015 and joined the firm two years later. Kojo is a graduate of Wayzata High School and holds a degree in communications with a minor in business management from Gustavus Adolphus College. He received his PhD from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
In one of the companies, YouTube videos with partners and employees, Kojo explains why he loves his job so much even on Monday mornings.
“I look forward to going to work on Monday,” said Addo, “because I know that I will have a positive impact on someone’s life. I would encourage young black men to find a mentor in the field, that they want. ” to study.”
Addo also shared that he hopes to influence the lives of young black men by inspiring them to pursue their dreams, despite the nightmare of George Floyd’s death.