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MWL's 20th Annual Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture Keynote Speaker will be Paulette Brown

Sunday, June 15, 2014  

Save the Date: 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
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. Registration is available here.

Minnesota Women Lawyers 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 the first woman of color and third African-American to serve as ABA president.

A silent auction to benefit MWL's Law Student Scholarship Fund will also be featured at the Wahl Lecture. 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. 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.

As a candidate for the president-elect position, 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.


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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