We are pleased to announce Minnesota Lawyer’s Diversity and Inclusion Honorees for 2017. This is our first year celebrating individuals and organizations that have contributed in a meaningful way to promoting diversity and inclusion within Minnesota‘s legal community. We felt that it was an appropriate time to bring together and recognize those who have championed diversity and inclusion in Minnesota’s legal community.
Minnesota Lawyer worked with members of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s affinity bar associations to develop the criteria for this event. An outside panel of judges selected 28 honorees, looking particularly closely at individuals and organizations with a consistent track record in advocating for diversity and inclusion, not only in words but in action. The nominations were submitted by members of the legal community — judges, affinity bar groups, clients and attorneys.
There were so many deserving nominees that the standard was set quite high to narrow down the selections to these honorees. This year’s honorees all have very consistent records in their commitment to diversity and inclusion. They are advocates, leaders and mentors, and I am truly humbled by the dedication and achievements of these honorees.
We plan to make this an annual event to continue to recognize those that stand out among their peers in creating a diverse and inclusionary legal community. Please join me in congratulating the 2017 honorees.
– Bill Gaier, Publisher, Minnesota Lawyer
Justice Paul H. Anderson
Judge Tanya M. Bransford
The Honorable Leo I. Brisbois
Honorable Michael J. Davis
Hon. Donovan Frank
Luz Maria Frias
Anne L. Henry
The Honorable Tony N. Leung
Andrew M. Luger
Justice Alan Page
Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
Senior Judge Salvador Rosas
Robin Ann Williams
Bowman and Brooke LLP
Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
Minnesota American Indian Bar Association
Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
Minnesota Lavender Bar Association
Minnesota Asian Pacific Bar Association
Minnesota Women Lawyers
A recognition event in their honor will be held Oct. 12 at the Minneapolis Event Center — Riverside Ballrooms.