Determined to prove a point, Linda Kay Hopkins went into law after her marriage to a judge and the negative response she received after mentioning to him that she was interested in going to law school. She found out through practical challenges that the law did not protect women in a lot of ways, and she made a vow if she ever got into law school that she would use the law as best as she could to help other people. In her personal life, she always had an interest in the law and how the law operated. Despite the odds, she felt as if law was her spiritual calling. Today, Ms. Hopkins has served as a columnist for the Tech Access Journal in Novate, California, since 1995 and a reporter for the upper Midwest region of The Russian Magazine in San Diego since 1996.
Ms. Hopkins began her career as a hearing assistant in social security administration at the Office of Appeals in Minneapolis in 1972, remaining in this position for eight years before becoming an instructor and special education director within Albuquerque Public Schools and Memorial Medical Center in New Mexico in 1987. Moving to Bloomington, Indiana, she then served as a contracting officer at the Veterans Medical Building from 1988 to 1989 and a contract specialist for the Department of Defense Contract Administration Office from 1989 to 1992. Chairing the working group on intellectual property of the Government Information Access Council for one year, Ms. Hopkins later served as a technology attorney for Accenture LLP from 2008 to 2013.
In addition to this tenure, Ms. Hopkins co-founded TeamWomenMN, an organization to empower women, in 2012. The organization supports all women who work or live in the state of Minnesota, providing opportunities both personally and professionally, and believes in leadership development from entry level up to the C-suite. She established TeamWomenMN with Pam Borton, a seasoned and successful head women’s basketball coach at the University of Minnesota, who was an invited keynote speaker for the Women in Business Awards.
In continuation of her career advancements, Ms. Hopkins has also been an adjunct professor of the Graduate School of Public Administration at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a presenter of numerous workshops on government. She has also been a moderator for the Electronic National Conference on Intellectual Property Law and a policy advisor for the White House National Economic Council. Furthermore, Ms. Hopkins served as a member of the small business administration of the U.S. Department of Justice, a trainer at IntelliWare, and an advisor for the Republic of Bulgaria Patent Office.
Within her local community, Ms. Hopkins is the community director of the Minnesota chapter of the American Constitution Society. She was also responsible for organizing an international conference, “Genetics, Law and Society,” in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1999. An avid writer, Ms. Hopkins has authored one book, the “Licensing Law Handbook” in 1994, as well as a newspaper editorial in the Minnesota Women’s Press in 1990. Likewise, she co-edited “Commercial and Contract Management, the Operational Guide,” published by the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management in 2011.
To keep up with major trends in her field, Ms. Hopkins has maintained involvement with multiple related organizations including the American Bar Association, the Minnesota Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Minnesota, the Christian Law Students of Minnesota, and the National Contract Management Association. Moreover, she has been active with other societies such as the Biotechnology Association and the Toastmasters of Minnesota, also co-founding the Winston Churchill Legacy Book Club. Today, Ms. Hopkins resides with her loving husband, John Lindgren, and has been known to enjoy creative writing, painting, and playing piano in her spare time.
One highlight of Ms. Hopkins’ illustrious career was making friends with one of the female judges on the Federal Court of Appeals, which handled patent and IP cases. Another was working with Sen. Al Franken and finding out how he changed social security regulations based on a memo she wrote to him. In five years, Ms. Hopkins sees herself as, hopefully, developing a public speaking role. She is currently heavily involved in the American Constitution Society, and separates herself from others in her field via her willingness to risk her career and safety in order to pursue what she loves. She would like to be remembered by her peers as a person who loves the law so much that she proposed to extend it to everyone deserving protection.