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The 20th Annual Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture will be held as a dinner and program on the evening of Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at the Marriott City Center in downtown Minnesota. MWL is pleased to welcome Paulette Brown, American Bar Association President-Elect nominee as our Wahl Lecture keynote speaker. If elected by the ABA House of Delegates this August, she will become in August 2015, the first woman of color and third African-American to serve as ABA president.

9/23/2014
When: Tuesday, September 23
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Marriott City Center
30 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 
Presenter: Paulette Brown, ABA President-Elect nominee
Contact: Sara Goldstein
612-338-3205


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MWL is Pleased to Announce its 20th Annual Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture

We're Shaking Things Up At MWL...

This year, Minnesota Women Lawyers has combined its Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture & Winter Celebration, into a single, powerhouse networking & speaker event. We hope you are able to join us!

 

   
 Paulette Brown  Walter F. Mondale
   
The 20th Annual Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture will be held as a dinner and program on the evening of Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at the Marriott City Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Minnesota Women Lawyers is pleased to welcome Paulette Brown, American Bar Association President-Elect, as our Wahl Lecture keynote speaker. She will become the first woman of color and third African-American to serve as ABA president.

In addition, Minnesota Women Lawyers is honored to announce its recognition of Walter F. Mondale, former Vice-President of the United States, for his work to uphold and advance the political, economic, and social rights of women. Throughout his career, Walter F. Mondale has demonstrated a deep commitment to advocate for the political equality of women, promote economic justice for women, and foster social justice in protecting and promoting the fundamental rights of women.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture. Click HERE for complete details. Please contact Debra Pexa, MWL Executive Director with any questions (dpexa@mwlawyers.org or 612/338-3205).

A silent auction to benefit MWL's Law Student Scholarship Fund will also be featured at the Wahl Lecture. The donation form is available here. We also welcome donations to MWL's Wahl Tribute Fund, established at Tubman.



Paulette Brown, a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer with the Morristown, N.J., office of Edwards Wildman Palmer, was nominated in February 2014 as the American Bar Association's president-elect for 2014-15. In August 2015, she will become the first woman of color and third African-American to serve as ABA president.

As President-Elect, Brown said the ABA should prepare itself to be more inclusive. "Just as the U.S. Constitution has been amended to safeguard our liberties, the ABA must continue to respect and include lawyers in all practice areas and types, from solo practitioners to members of our largest international law firms, as well as public servants and in-house counsel," she said.

Brown has held many positions throughout her career, including as in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a municipal court judge. In private practice, she has focused on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation.

Brown has been recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the prominent women and minority attorneys in the state of New Jersey and by the National Law Journal as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America." She has been listed as a NJ Super Lawyer since its inception and for the past three years as one of the top 50 women lawyers and one of the top 100 lawyers. Brown has repeatedly been named by U.S. News as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation. In 2011, she was honored with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.

Brown earned her J.D. at Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. at Howard University.



Walter F. Mondale’s record of public service includes Vice President of the United States, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, U.S. Senator, and Attorney General for the State of Minnesota. He was also the Democratic Party’s nominee for President in 1984. He is currently Senior Counsel with the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP, headquartered in Minneapolis.

Mondale practiced law for the next four years in Minneapolis. In 1960, Minnesota Governor Orville Freeman appointed him to the position of State Attorney General. Mondale was then elected to the office in 1962, and served until 1964, when Governor Karl Rolvaag asked him to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy created by Hubert Humphrey’s election to the Vice Presidency. The voters of Minnesota returned Mondale to the Senate in 1966 and 1972.

Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale were elected President and Vice President of the United States on November 2, 1976. In 1984, Mondale was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States. Following that election, Mondale practiced law, taught, studied, traveled, and served as a director of both non-profit and corporate boards. He returned to his native Minnesota in 1987, where he practiced law with the firm of Dorsey & Whitney until President Clinton nominated him to be the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, serving from August 13, 1993, to December 15, 1996.

Since returning from Japan, Mondale has become a director of several non-profit and corporate boards. He is the chair of The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. He also co-teaches a class at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota on the study of governance and politics. In 1990, he established the Mondale Policy Forum at the Humphrey Institute to bring together leading scholars and policymakers for conferences on domestic and international issues.

Mondale has authored two books The Accountability of Power: Toward a Responsible Presidency and The Good Fight: A Life in Liberal Politics and has written numerous articles on domestic and international issues.


Minnesota Women Lawyers thanks its 2014 Wahl Lecture Sponsors (to date)

Benefactors
Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP
Gustafson Gluek PLLC
Lindquist & Vennum LLP
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP

Patrons
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Supporters
Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie P.A.
Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
Blackwell Burke P.A.
Carolyn Chalmers and Eric Janus in honor of William Mitchell College of Law
Dykema Gossett PLLC
Gislason & Hunter LLP
Gray Plant Mooty
Greene Espel PLLP
Hamline University School of Law
Larson • King, LLP
Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd.
Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP
Moss & Barnett, P.A.
Nilan Johnson Lewis
Norton Rose Fulbright
SiebenCarey, P.A.
Thomson Reuters
Tuft, Lach & Jerabek, PLLC
Xcel Energy
Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP

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The Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture was established on the occasion of Justice Wahl’s retirement from the Minnesota Supreme Court. The goal of the lecture series is to honor Justice Wahl, by recognizing women leaders who have broken ground, while pointing the way for women who will follow. The series continues to feature women whose decisions and abilities inspire the leaders of tomorrow, just as Justice Wahl has inspired so many of us.


 

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