As he prepares to retire after nearly 30 years serving Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA), Duane Stanley leaves behind a solid legacy and a history of commitment.
“He is the heart and soul of the HCBA and has dedicated his career to furthering access to justice, improving the administration of justice and supporting the leadership and career development of HCBA members and staff,” said Joseph Satter, the association’s director of membership and marketing.
Stanley noted that it has been a great team effort, kicked off by his predecessor. The association has evolved to become a valued resource for attorneys and others in the state.
“There’s more engagement with important issues in the legal world than when I started,” Stanley said. “The association has really stepped up in taking on a leadership role when it comes to strategies like getting more diversity into the talent pipeline and building community around law and justice.”
One duty he’s particularly enjoyed is mentoring, which Stanley believes will help prepare the next generation of HCBA leaders to step in and continue the organization’s momentum. “The bar’s work isn’t always visible to others, but it serves such an important role,” he said. “I’ve been honored to have been a part of that.”