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Oct 6, 2022

2022 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Minnesota Lawyer is pleased to recognize members of the legal community for their contributions to diversity in the practice of law in its sixth annual Diversity and Inclusion Awards.

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Oct 6, 2022

A focus on change

The role of diversity and inclusion leaders at a law schools and firms has evolved and become more prominent over time.

The Carlson Caspers Inventor Spotlight Authors
Oct 6, 2022

2022 Diversity & Inclusion: The Carlson Caspers Inventor Spotlight Authors

Looking for a way to celebrate diversity, the intellectual property and litigation firm Carlson Caspers Vandenburgh & Lindquist, PA created an “Inventor Spotlight” series on its website to highlight innovators.

Wendy Murphy, Melissa Manderschied, Maureen O’Brien, Sandra Seelhammer and Jennifer Cross
Oct 6, 2022

2022 Diversity & Inclusion: City of Bloomington Legal Racial Equity Action Team

Five years ago, the city of Bloomington decided to start taking racial equity seriously.

Top row, from left: Katherine Barrett-Wiik, Jess Braverman, Amy Conners. Bottom row, from left: Rachel A. Kitze Collins and David McKinney
Oct 6, 2022

2022 Diversity & Inclusion: Transgender Student Rights Group

The beginning of each school year can be intimidating on several fronts. For transgender students, the usual anxieties of returning to school are compounded with additional concerns, as they may be singled out for unfair treatment, bullying and abuse of their rights.

Dadri-Anne Graham (left) and Darnell M. Cage
Oct 6, 2022

2022 Diversity & Inclusion: Wanton Injustice Legal Detail

George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer in 2020 ignited a wave of advocacy by Twin Cities organizations looking to improve the lives of people of color.

Gerardo Alcazar
Oct 6, 2022

2022 Diversity & Inclusion: Gerardo Alcazar

Gerardo “Jerry” Alcazar was an undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee when he noticed a relative lack of students of color in his classes.

Erin Bryan
Oct 6, 2022

2022 Diversity & Inclusion: Erin Bryan

Often the most effective change comes from within, and at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, firm partner Erin Bryan is helping create that change.

Amy B. Conway
Oct 6, 2022

2022 Diversity & Inclusion: Amy B. Conway

When she’s not busy with her labor and employment practice — and sometimes even when she is — Stinson LLP partner Amy Conway advocates for those whose voices aren’t always heard.

Judge Juanita C. Freeman
Oct 6, 2022

2022 Diversity & Inclusion: Judge Juanita C. Freeman

If an effort to promote diversity, equity and inclusion is anywhere near State District Court Judge Juanita C. Freeman, it’s a good bet she will be part of it.

Cresston Gackle
Oct 6, 2022

2022 Diversity & Inclusion: Cresston Gackle

Throughout his legal career, Cresston Gackle has been committed to representing those in need in the juvenile and family courts of Minnesota.

Jenny Gassman-Pines, Greene Espel, PLLP
Oct 6, 2022

2022 Diversity & Inclusion: Jenny Gassman-Pines

In a profession that historically has lacked racial and gender diversity, Jenny Gassman-Pines devotes significant time and effort to helping make legal practice a more diverse and inclusive profession.

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