Jennifer Carter moved to the Twin Cities from Des Moines not long after graduating from Drake University Law School, despite having no real connections to the area.
“I moved here because I wanted to live here,” she recalled. “Maybe that wasn’t the smartest idea.”
It worked out fine. After a six-year stint as a case manager with the American Arbitration Association, Carter is now well-established as the Minnesota State Bar Association’s section services director. Her purview includes the MSBA’s civil litigation section, one of the MSBA’s largest. There, she spearheaded efforts to raise the annual section meeting’s profile, working with volunteers to draw notable keynote speakers like ACLU national legal director David Cole and CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. Her efforts significantly increase registration volumes.
Elsewhere, Carter’s work has helped expand the roster of state judges participating in the civil litigation section’s judicial preferences survey, a low-profile but critical effort that smooths practitioner-judiciary relations.
Carter also launched — and helped demystify — the MSBA’s on-demand continuing legal education program. On-demand CLE is especially important for Greater Minnesota attorneys, who previously had to spend hours traveling to and from in-person CLE courses in the state’s biggest population centers.
“I get a lot of satisfaction out of making our CLE program successful,” said Carter.