Saturday, December 7, 2019

Childhood dream leads new Dodge County Assistant County Attorney to become lawyer

When Stamate Skliris was growing up in Worthington Minn., his best friend and him would ride their bikes to the Nobles County Courthouse, to see Judge Flynn, his best friend’s dad precede over cases.

Ever since then Skliris knew he wanted to be an attorney.

“I knew that Judges like him play a very important role in our society and I wanted to be apart of it one day,” Skliris explained.
Four years ago that childhood dream became true when he got his first shot as an attorney.

Skiliris graduated from law school at Hamline University, where he graduated in four years, after being able to take summer courses at Tulane.

But after graduating from law school in 2008, Skilliris didn’t become an attorney right away, and instead went onto study many different languages, to make up for his parents lack of higher education.

“I tried to make up for my parents lack of higher education,” Skliris explained.

After working for the DEA in Minnesota for a year, utilizing his foreign language skills, Skliris, got his first job as a prosecutor working in North Dakota for a year. While he was in North Dakota, he gained a lot of experience doing misdemeanor and traffic court cases.

During his time in college, his mentor, told him that he needed to gain experience trying different felony level cases and jury trials.

“I am excited to be able to serve the great people of Minnesota,” Skliris said. “The good lord opened the door for me to move to my home state,” he added.

That's when a door opened up and he was hired as a Special U.S Attorney, working on Tribal Land.Through a grant, Skliris was tasked with working with domestic violence victims, and as he explained he worked with very humble people.

“I worked with some of the most humble people I ever meet in my life,” Skliris said.

While working in that role, Skliris explained that he jumped in the deep end working right away prosecuting felony crimes for the first time in his career.

Despite being a new felony prosecutor, Skliris explained that he had a highlight in his career when he was told he was the first non native to get a felony conviction against a native.

After the grant ended, Skliris took on a new role in Fargo as the Assistant City Attorney, where he had hundreds of misdemeanor cases.

But having his mentor’s advice in the back of his head, Skliris knew that he wanted to get more experience prosecuting felonies and he decided to take a pay cut and moved to New Mexico where he worked as a felony prosecutor.

Recently, a new opportunity opened up for Skliris, in his home state of Minnesota. Skliris last month was hired as the new Dodge County Assistant Attorney, and is looking forward to serving the people of his home state.

“I am excited to be able to serve the great people of Minnesota,” Skliris said. “The good lord opened the door for me to move to my home state,” he added.

Dodge County Attorney, Paul Kiltinen, said that he is very excited to have Skiliris on board.

“I am very happy to have Stamate on this team. I expect him to be a great asset to the County Attorney Office.”


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Steele County Times
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Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

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121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

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Kasson, MN 55944


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