About Jack

Jack is a criminal defense attorney, former CIA officer, journalist and storyteller.  As a lawyer, Jack practices exclusively in the areas of criminal defense and DWI/DUI defense.  He is unique across the entire state of Minnesota and the U.S. as the only criminal defense attorney who is also a former Central Intelligence Agency Officer as well as a former prosecuting attorney. Jack's extensive experience, aggressiveness and passion speak for themselves and he is most proud of his reputation as a fighter for the rights of his clients. He has a national reputation and can be seen frequently on MSNBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, and other networks across the country.  He is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.



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[The Jack Rice Show] October 5th: Jack Talks Law and Advocacy with Prof. John Sonsteng.

Click below to listen to this interview with Professor John Sonsteng.

In many ways, it is the law and how it is perceived that binds entire societies together.  Law is critical to determine what the rules mean and what happens when it appears that somebody has failed to follow those rules. However, what exactly are the roles of lawyers and what makes a good advocate?  Further, is this the same everywhere or is there something that makes one society more or less unique than another?

Professor John Sonsteng joins me for a discussion on law in an eveer changing world and his work teaching lawyers across the world how to cross-examine and refine their craft.  Professor Sonsteng is a proefessor at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN and the Regional Director fo the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  

I really hope you enjoy this really interesting conversation.  I certainly tossed a few of my own opinions in this one so forgive me.  

Click here to listen to Jack's conversation with Prof. John Sonsteng.


[The Jack Rice Show] October 2nd: Amaiya Zafar is a fighter. I dare you to say she isn't.

Photographer, Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

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What an extraordinary story.  This little 13 year old girl decides she want to fight.  Well, to be clear, she wants to box.  Speed forward two years and 15 year old Amaiya Zafar has been training and sparring and still wants to fight and she wants to compete.  However, there's a problem.  The problem isn't that she's a girl or because she is Muslim and is required to wear specific clothing including long pants, long sleeves and hijab.  That isn't the problem.  The problem is that the AIBA, the international boxing federation that overseas all fights, says that she isn't allowed to wear these and therefore can't box.    

This is when the second fight happens. What Amaiya and her family have do is quite extraordinary.  I enjoyed this interview very very much and I think you will as well.  As a father of daughter, it was especially poignant to me.  However, regardless of whether you have girls, boys, or no children at all, I find this story to be incredibly inspiring. 

Click to listen to Jack's interview with Amaiya Zafar.

Click here to listen to Jack's interview with Amaiya Zafar.


[The Jack Rice Show] Some Thoughts about why I do what I do.  

This is going to be a pretty rough trip into Ethiopia and South Sudan.  Reports are coming in about rape camps and the African Union is preparing to set up a War Crimes Tribunal.  The Peace Agreement in South Sudan is fragmenting and both sides are clashing as I write this.  Tens of thousands have died in the last year and millions of civilians have fled the fighting.  These are always the people who pay the price when warring parties disagree and take up arms. UN Secretary General Ban is call for all sides to follow to the terms of the August Peace Agreement. 

Things are precarious and to move into this place under these circumstances can be difficult to get the real story, let alone get in and out unscathed.  Life is strange but I feel compelled to return to this place to tell the stories of people who frequently aren't in the position to tell them themselves.  Life is about doing good work and making a contribution of sorts in the best way that you can.

I have worked all over the world and have been in a lot of places that many have never even heard of nor could pronounce.  I've also had people tell me that if something happens to me, it is all my own damn fault and let these people rot.  Well, to that I say . . .  (as the Americans said to the Nazis at Bastogne in World War 2) nuts.  This is who I am.  This is what I do and I could get run over by a bus on the street in a perfect suburban neighborhood.   I get to choose. 

I get to choose how I live.  I don't control all of the decisions and possible outcomes.  But I get to decide what I do and how I live.  And I choose this because, frankly, this is who I am.  I know it in my heart and soul.   Of course, this doesn't mean that I don't get scare.  Hell, I've been petrified before and those feelings are drifting in and out of my mind right now.  I'm okay with that.  However, its not about being afraid but about acknowledging it and assessing the operation and then moving forward.  And I'm good with that too.

This is who I am.


[Russian Television Appearance] September 25th: Jack Talks Detainee Relase from Gitmo

Always interesting to appear on Russian TV to discuss the release of the last remaining British detainee held at Gitmo. He was cleared to be released in 2007 but for primarily political reasons, he's only being released now. Gitmo continues to be one of the best recruiting tools for the likes of ISIS, al Shabaab, and even Boko Haram. You'd think the US would learn something eventually. . . .


[The Jack Rice Show] September 20th: Jack Talks Backstories of War with General Larry Shellito

See below for link to listen to my interview with General Shellito.  

When I wanted to embed with the MN National Guard Red Bulls, this was the guy I had to ultimately convince.  I followed them to Kosovo, to Iraq, and more.  After all, he was a two star general and the Adjutant General of the Red Bulls.

General Shellito is currently the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.  Of course I wanted to talk about the cost of war, the Red Bulls and the men and women he commanded but I was equally interested in his back story including his time in Vietnam and the impact that that had on his life.  Its funny the things that impact us all most in our lives.

Hope you enjoy this.  

Click here to listen to Jack's interview with General Larry Shellito


[The Jack Rice Show] September 17th: Jack Prepares for Ethiopia and South Sudan

OK. Just getting logistics done tonight. In a couple of weeks, gonna be in Ethiopia and South Sudan. Yeah, there is a civil war going on and this is still the latest country recognized by the United Nations. However there is work to do, stories to tell and a life to live fully.


[The Jack Rice Show] September 12th: Jack Talks Storytelling with Ruben Rosario

Click below to listen to my full length interview with The Pioneer Press's Ruben Rosario.  

I have been reading this man's work for years.  In some ways, he is a throwback, an anachonism, but in the best possible way.  Rarely, do I come across print journalists that move me and drive me to think differently. Ruben Rosario of the St. Paul Pioneer Press does exactly that.  His stories are frequently small and one might even say insignificant except that they are anything but.  They are more universal than almost anything else in the paper.  He brings you into somebody's private life and forces you to reconsider your own preconceived notions.  Tell me, in there anything more important and signicant than that?

So sit back and listen to a really good story teller show you how its done.  This is so cool.  Seriously.  

Click here to listen to Jack's Conversation with Ruben Rosario


[The Jack Rice Show] August 30th: Jack Talks War and Life During the Vietnam Era with Col. Khao Insixiengmay.

This is a pretty wild conversation. When we think veteran, what do we think?  Contemplate somebody who fought during the Vietnam era but fought for the Royal Lao Army with the Americans.  I honestly believe that after listening to his story and his voice, you might reconsider what makes an American Veteran.  Seriously.

 Khao Insixiengmay is a Veteran who served honorably in the Royal Lao Army during the Vietnam War as Colonel of a Special Guerrilla Unit (SGU) and Commander of Group Mobile (GM) 33. The 3,000 men led by Insixiengmay secretly served for and were trained by the U.S. government to intercept and interject supplies in Laos and were responsive exclusively to U.S. direction and control.

Under his command, GM 33 participated in the Battle of Khong Sedone, where his unit helped destroy two North Vietnamese regiments. After the Battle of Khong Sedone, his GM was asked to carry out the heliborne operation and successfully destroyed enemy tanks in the only such event of the war. He also worked to evacuate many men to the U.S and continues to advocate for these men and getting them recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Insixiengmay was a critical force in getting the Lao Veterans Memorial deciated at Fort Snelling and is now working on a Congressional resolution to recognize the military service members who served in Royal Lao Army. Insixiengmay continues his work with U.S. and Lao Veterans; without his service these soliders would be forgotten and the stories of their service lost. 

Click here to listen to Jack's interview with Col. Khao Insixiengmay


[The Jack Rice Show] August 23rd: Jack Talks Quality and Longevity of Life with Dan Buettner.

I'm really pleased to catch up with an an old friend, Dan Buetter.  Dan is a National Geographic Fellow and multiple New York Times bestselling author.  He has discovered, through multiple expeditions with teams of research scientists specializing in population studies, the five places in the world – dubbed Blue Zones – where people live the longest, and are healthiest and happiest. His New York Times Sunday Magazine article about these places, “The Island Where People Forget to Die,” was one of the Times’ most popular, as was his National Geographic cover story on longevity, “The Secrets of Living Longer”.   A chord was struck, and thus subsequent books and a company which seeks to share the distilled wisdom of Blue Zones cultures with American cities and corporations were born.    

Blue Zones, LLC, puts the world’s best practices of longevity and wellbeing to work in people’s lives at the community level.  Buettner works in partnership with Healthways, municipal governments, and various insurance companies to implement the program in more than 20 cities so far, and has dramatically improved the health of more than 5 million Americans to date.  Their strategy focuses on optimizing the local environment – walkability for citizens and kids, availability of healthy food options, social connectivity, pursuit of life purpose, and ongoing coaching and support for creating homes which effortlessly bring forth wellness and happiness.  

Writing in Newsweek, Harvard University’s Walter Willet called the results “stunning.”  In one project alone, Buettner and his then partner, AARP, applied principles of Blue Zones to Albert Lea, Minnesota, and lowered health care costs by 40%.  

His books The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest and Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way have remained bestsellers, along with his new book THE BLUE ZONES SOLUTION: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People, and have appeared on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, NPR, and Oprah.

Dan also holds three Guinness Book of world records in distance cycling (and is possibly the only person to have cycled through the Sahara desert without sunscreen!) and has won an Emmy Award for television production. He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is particularly proud to be the father of three (nearly) grown children.  Visit him at www.BlueZones.com, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @bluezones. 

Click here to listen to Jack's conversation with Dan Buettner


[The Jack Rice Show] - Jack Talks with The Minnesota Humanities Center's David O'Fallon

In a world where human beings are connected 24/7, why are we becoming less and less connected?  David O'Fallon, the Executive Director of the Minnesota Humanities Center, joins me to talk about connection and why we miss so much.  But we talk poetry, art, education, sexism and so much more.

This is really a fascinating and almost spiritual conversation.  I hope you can listen.

Click here to listen to Jack's conversation with David O'Fallon.