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Ami ElShareif
Ami ElShareif

2019 Diversity & Inclusion: Ami ElShareif

When Ami ElShareif first heard the origin story of Robin Kaplans LLP she was immediately drawn to the firm.

More than 80 years ago, Solly Robins and Julius Davis created what is now Robins Kaplan after they were unable to find jobs in the Twin Cities due to rampant anti-Semitism. Their ideal was to provide justice to everyone regardless of race, religious beliefs, nationality, or economic situation.

“When I heard that story, I knew this was a place where I wanted to work,” she said. “I wanted to dedicate my career to the same core belief that the firm was founded on.”

ElShareif serves on the firm’s Racial and Ethnic Diversity Working Group, where on two committees she advocates for the hiring and mentoring of diverse attorneys. In 2015-2018, ElShareif also co-chaired the Hennepin County Bar Association’s 1L Minority Clerkship Program, where she helped increase the number of summer clerkship opportunities for first-year law students.

The experience, she hopes, will lead diverse law school graduates to stay in the Twin Cities because “they will see there is an inclusive and welcoming legal community here.”

The University of Wisconsin Law School graduate also served as chair of the HCBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, where she helped create a popular continuing legal education program on “second chances” and privilege in the judicial system. Several organizations asked if it could be repeated.

ElShareif is married and likes hosting parties, walking her dog, watching Badgers games and enjoying “a great community of friends around me.”

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