Welcome to the first edition of Minnesota Lawyer’s Diversity & Inclusion Awards. 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.
Any time Minnesota Lawyer honors a recipient, we are all aware that there are others whom we may have overlooked and that no one achieves success single-handedly. We worked with members of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s affinity groups to develop criteria and select this year’s recipients. They chose from many deserving nominees based on the recipient’s demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
We chose to recognize these lawyers and organizations because our overwhelming interest is in the health and strength of our profession. As many of tonight’s recipients emphasized, diversity is not something that the majority does for others. It is a commitment by all of us to improve our profession and thereby our service to clients. It’s good for business, it’s good for the court system, it’s good for clients and it’s good for all of us.
— Barbara L. Jones, editor