Jeffrey Bryan has made supporting diversity and inclusion in the law an integral part of his legal career.
Bryan’s work for that cause began at Yale Law School when he had a summer job with Texas Rural Aid representing migrant workers. And it continues today in his role as a Ramsey County District Court judge. Bryan’s diversity activities include co-chairing the Judicial Endorsements Committee of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association.
In 2016, Bryan helped organize the Latino Legal Experience, a traveling exhibition depicting the history of Latinos and recognizing some of their professional accomplishments. The initiative, assembled by a group of attorneys and judges, and honored by Minnesota Lawyer in 2017, included more than two dozen door-sized banners with content written by Bryan.
A native of El Paso, Texas, Bryan earned his juris doctor degree in 2002 from Yale Law School. After law school, Bryan clerked a year for U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson. He later worked five years as a civil litigator at Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi in Minneapolis, followed by six years as an assistant U.S. attorney. In 2013, Gov. Mark Dayton appointed him to the Ramsey County District Court bench.
Bryan’s interest in law was fueled at an early age when his mother, a high school English teacher, read him the book “To Kill a Mockingbird.’’
“It made me realize that this [law] was a career possibility,” Bryan recalled. “I wanted to be a lawyer … to help people in crisis and make a difference in their lives. That is something that has carried through in law school and past law school and into today.”