Angela Beranek Brandt, a 1999 Hamline law graduate, said she entered the legal profession not realizing the challenges that still face women. Now, she said, she’s doing her “small part” to make the profession better for women by working her way to the presidency of the National Association of Women Lawyers.
She became president in 2017, after the 2016 election brought the rifts among Americans into sharp relief. Brandt thought that lawyers, particularly women lawyers, needed to find a way to respect their differences and discover their similarities while having their voices heard. Her theme was “commonality.”
In 2017, the organization hosted a panel of women leaders of other diverse bar associations and is continuing with a project to find ways to collaborate with other national bar associations.
Another of NAWL’s initiatives is the Challenge Club, a joint effort between law firms and corporate legal departments to promote women’s careers through mentorship, networking and other business-development activities.
Brandt has also served on the Campaign for Legal Aid and is the former president of the Ramsey County Bar Association. She’s also been trying cases for 15 years and is in demand as a speaker, panelist or legal education instructor. She is a fellow of the American Bar Association and the recipient of a host of other awards.