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Terri Port Wright

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Cloquet, MN

Practice Areas:

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Same Sex Family Law


Working as a solo practitioner, I have represented juvenile and adult defendants in criminal cases and parents in divorce and custody cases. I also work as court appointed counsel for parents in Child in Need of Protection and Permanency cases, fathers in paternity and child support contempt cases, civil commitment cases, and challenges to the Special Review Board and Judicial Appeal Panel in sex offender treatment cases. I have also represented civilly committed sex offenders when charged with a crime at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in Moose Lake, MN. I participate in the mediated settlement process known as the Parallel Protection Process (PPP) for resolution of child abuse and neglect cases in Carlton County. I serve as a custody evaluator, parenting time expeditor, mediator and social/financial early neutral evaluator on family law cases.


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • Juris Doctor - 06/2006
  • St. Mary's University, Winona, Minnesota
    • B.A. - 06/1980
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Psychology
  • University of California, Irvine, California
    • M.A. - 03/1985
    • Major: Environmental Management
  • University of California, Irvine, California
    • Ph.D. - 06/1988
    • Major: Environmental Management

Past Positions

  • University of Wisconsin, Superior , Starting in Spring Semester, 2021, I will serve as an adjunct professor, teaching Civil Procedure, 2021
  • 6th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office, Duluth, MN, Fulltime Public Defender, 2007 to 2008
  • 6th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office, Duluth, MN, Externship & Student Attorney, 2006
  • Carlton County District Attorney’s Office, Carlton, MN , Externship, 2005
  • Safe Haven, Duluth, MN , Volunteer, 2005
  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, Research Assistant., 2004 to 2005
  • Hennepin County District Court, Minneapolis, MN, Externship, 2004
  • Hibbing and Fond du Lac Community Colleges , Adjunct Professor, 2002 to 2003
  • Sugarloaf Interpretive Center, Schroeder, MN, Executive Director, 1998 to 2002
  • Continental Airlines, Houston, TX , Staff Vice President, 1991 to 1996
  • IT Corporation, Irvine, CA , Senior Project Manager, 1989 to 1991
  • Minnesota Waste Management Board, St. Paul, MN , Director, Hazardous and Industrial Waste Programs, 1987 to 1989
  • University of California, Irvine, CA , Lecturer, Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant Lecturer, Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant, 1982 to 1991
  • Minnesota Planned Parenthood, Duluth, MN, Educator, 1980 to 1982

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Family Bar Section
  • 11th District Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • ABA Family Bar Section
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member and Served as Co-Chair of District Association , 2009 to 2011
  • 1st Witness Child Advocacy Center – Duluth, MN, Board Member , 2011 to 2012
  • Chair of Fundraising Committee , 2011 to 2012
  • Carlton County Juvenile Justice Committee, established in 2013, Co-chair for 1 year
  • Carlton and St. Louis County Children’s Justice Initiative Committees, Member
  • Carlton County Law Library Committee, Member
  • Esko Community Education Committee , Member, 2009 to 2012
  • Esko Community Planning Group
  • St. Louis County Indian Child Welfare Act Collaborative Committee, Parent Attorney Representative

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Attorney Registration Number: 0387370
  • Certified Rule 114 Mediator
  • Certified Parent Attorney for Child Abuse and Neglect Cases
  • Trained Evaluator for Social Early Neutral and Financial Early Neutral Evaluations