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2018 Diversity & Inclusion honorees

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Welcome to the second annual Minnesota Lawyer Diversity & Inclusion Awards. We are celebrating individuals and organizations that have contributed in a meaningful way to improving diversity and inclusion in Minnesota’s legal community. Last year’s event was a celebration of achievement — with a challenge toward continuous improvement. We were reminded that while much has been accomplished, there’s still a lot of heavy lifting in front of us. For our part, we at Minnesota Lawyer will continue to listen and take your input on how we can best serve the legal community. And we’ll find innovative ways to showcase the good work being done in the legal community. Last year we launched a series of breakfast panels dedicated to diversity and inclusion and other topics. Look for that to expand in the coming months.

As we did last year, we worked with members of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Affinity groups to draw nominations, and review and select the recipients of this year’s awards. And once again, we had many impressive nominees from which to choose. To see the dedication, commitment and passion of each honoree is truly humbling. If you attended the Oct. 3 event, you had the opportunity to meet the honorees and hear their stories. If you missed the event, we hope to see you next year. Enjoy reading about the honorees. And if you have thoughts on how we can improve the event, let me know.

–Bill Gaier, President & Publisher

Read about each nominee:

Legacy

Judge Pamela Alexander

Fourth Judicial District

 

Senior Judge Gail Chang Bohr

Second Judicial District

 

Thomas F. Nelson

Partner

Stinson Leonard Street LLP

 

Reid Raymond

Assistant Hennepin County Attorney

Hennepin County Attorney’s Office

 

Individual

Susan Allen

State Representative, 62B

Minnesota House of Representatives

 

Caryn A. Boisen

Partner

Larson King, LLP

 

Bryan R. Browning

Shareholder

Bassford Remele, P.A.

 

Judge Jeffrey Bryan

Second Judicial District

 

Sybil Dunlop

Partner

Greene Espel PLLP

 

Pamela Hoopes

Deputy Director

Mid-MN Legal Aid,

Disability Law Center

 

Veena Iyer

Shareholder

Nilan Johnson Lewis

 

Faith Jackson

Assistant Director of Admissions, Diversity & Inclusion

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

 

Tara C. Norgard

Partner

Carlson Caspers

 

 

James Rowader

VP and General Counsel of Employee and Labor Relations

Target Corporation

 

Eric Rucker

Senior Counsel

3M

 

JT Schuweiler

Associate

Fox Rothschild LLP

 

Cullin J. Smith

Executive Director

Neighborhood Justice Center, Inc.

 

Gloria Stamps-Smith

Assistant Hennepin County Attorney

Hennepin County Attorney’s Office

 

Dr. Artika Tyner

Associate Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion

University of St. Thomas

 

Robin Wolpert

Attorney

Sapientia Law Group

 

Group

ALAMN Diversity and Inclusion Committee

 

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

 

Pro Se Project

 

Robins Kaplan LLP

 

Vildan Teske & Danielle Mair

Co-Chairs, Diversity Committee

Federal Bar Association

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