Esther O. Agbaje

Associate

The law is a tool that can be either used to harm or help. Here, we use a collaborative approach to legal solutions that creates an environment where the law is a force for good. I come with performance management and strategic communication skills that help me to see beyond the present case and achieve solutions that can create a more just system for everyone in the future.

Experience

Esther is a graduate of Harvard Law School. As a student, she focused on public interest law in the areas of infrastructure, energy, housing, and civil rights. For two years she was student attorney with the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau where she defended clients from eviction and represented clients fighting for their social security benefits. She worked as summer associate with Credit Suisse in New York and then Cohen Milstein, PLLC in Washington, DC.

Before turning to law, Esther worked at the U.S. Department of State where she managed rule of law projects in the Middle East with a focus on Egypt and the Gulf region. Her programs promoted human rights, developed experiential legal training through clinics, and enhanced the training of judges and lawyers in various legal communities.

Esther is a recipient of the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. She attended the George Washington University where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Political Science. She also has Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

 

 

Selected Case Results

Ligons v. Minnesota Department of Corrections: Ciresi Conlin was appointed lead counsel in a class action on behalf of Minnesota prisoners seeking treatment for chronic Hepatitis C, a highly contagious and fatal disease that affects up to 10 percent of the incarcerated population. The class action, based on the Eighth Amendment, challenged the Department of Corrections’ policy of treating only those at an advanced stage of Hepatitis C.  Shortly before trial, Ciresi Conlin secured a settlement compelling the DOC to provide potentially life-saving medication to qualifying prisoners at all stages of the disease.

 

*Past results are reported to provide the reader with an indication of the type of litigation we practice. They do not and should not be construed to create an expectation of result in any other case, as all cases are dependent upon their own unique fact situation and applicable law.

Community Service

Sickle Transplant Alliance for Research

Articles

Dining Workers Strike at Harvard University. Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review Amicus Blog. October 16, 2016.

Local Government Protection of Affordable Housing. Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review Amicus Blog. February 27, 2015.