As pro bono coordinator in the Minneapolis office, legal secretary Susan Kjelvik matches Dorsey & Whitney’s pro bono lawyers with individuals and organizations in need of their assistance, says Bryn R. Vaaler, chief marketing and professional development officer for Dorsey.
He adds that as a member of the firm’s volunteer council, Kjelvik organizes other activities, such as Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity builds and an annual program to bring holiday cheer to families in need.
“Without her quiet and persistent efforts behind the scenes, these valuable community service programs would not be possible,” says Vaaler.
Kjelvik staffs and sets the schedules for five different clinics presented by Dorsey pro bono lawyers and client partners, he says and adds she’s called “Sue the Glue” for her work in keeping it all together.
Kjelvik says, “In the business world, success is often measured by dollars. In the pro bono world, I leave the office everyday feeling I’m making a difference in the firm and in our community.”
A legal secretary for 23 years, Kjelvik has been at Dorsey for more than 19 years. An active volunteer in private life, she is also the proud mother of her Eagle Scout son.