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MWL Announces 2015 Annual Awards and Foundation Law Student Scholarship Recipient

Thursday, April 23, 2015  

Minnesota Women Lawyers is pleased to announce its 2015 Annual Awards and the MWL Foundation Law Student Scholarship recipient, all to be presented at its 43rd Annual Meeting on May 8th, 2015.


MWL is honored to present the 2015 Myra Bradwell Award to The Honorable Pamela Alexander, Fourth Judicial District Court, for expressing the highest ideals of the legal profession and possessing the qualities exemplified by Myra Bradwell such as courage, perseverance, and leadership on issues of concern to women.

From the Award Nomination: “I cannot think of a female lawyer who exemplifies the characteristics of courage, perseverance, and leadership on issues of concern to women more than Judge Alexander…Judge Alexander has persevered in her work on issues of concern to women. During Judge Alexander’s tenure as Executive Director of the Council on Crime and Justice, the Council worked on, inter alia, promoting Minnesota’s expungement law, providing services to victims of crimes including domestic violence and stalking victims, and supporting the Veteran Justice Corps… Judge Alexander has been a leader on many issues of concern to women. She was the first African American female prosecutor at the Hennepin County Attorney's office and focused on sexual assault cases. She was the first African American female and the youngest appointed Hennepin County judge. She also served as the presiding judge of the Hennepin County District Court, Juvenile Division, and as assistant chief judge of the entire bench from 1996-1998…Judge Alexander clearly has dedicated her life to advancing the success of women lawyers and striving for a just society.”



Minnesota Women Lawyers is honored to present the 2015 Leadership Award to Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. for its efforts to enhance the status, influence and effectiveness of women lawyers in their employ.

From the Award Nomination: “Fredrikson & Byron has many programs, policies and benefits which assist female attorneys in managing their work and family responsibilities while becoming successful at the firm. The firm has a flexible work arrangement policy which allows associates to work less than full time and still progress toward eligibility for partnership…Fredrikson is proud that 34 percent of its partners are female…Fredrikson has worked consistently over the years to cultivate a working environment that supports women’s unique needs as attorneys…Fredrikson has been recognized externally for its efforts in supporting the advancement of female attorneys. In June 2014, for the third consecutive year, Fredrikson earned the “2014 Gold Standard Certification” by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum for providing professional opportunities and leadership roles achieved for equity women partners…Fredrikson supports women in the local community by sponsoring key events and organizations that are focused on the development of female leaders…The strong track record of successes is a direct result of Fredrikson’s long-standing initiative to support and develop successful women.”



MWL is honored to present the 2015 Service to MWL Award to Andrea Miller, University of Minnesota Law Student and Psychology Doctoral Candidate for her longtime leadership and effort in support of the MWL Compendium.

Also, for their expertise and support in the development of the MWL Foundation, MWL is honored to present the 2015 Service to MWL Award to:

Alison Midden, Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
Shehla Tauscher, Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
Brandi Kerber, Larkin Hoffman
Tara Mattessich, Larkin Hoffman

The Service to MWL Award was created to recognize the MWL member, group of members, Partner or 100% club member whose efforts have contributed substantially to advance MWL's mission.



MWL is honored to present the 2015 Equal Justice Award to University of Minnesota Law School student Andrea Miller for her article entitled “The Use (And Misuse) of the Same-Actor Inference in Family Responsibilities Discrimination Litigation: Lessons from Social Psychology on Flexibility Stigma.”

All Minnesota law school students are invited to submit papers or articles they have written on a topic involving law and social justice. Submissions are judges on the following five criteria: Significance, Originality, Presentation, Persuasiveness and Impact.


The Minnesota Women Lawyers Foundation is honored to present its 2015 Law Student Scholarship to Ashlee Glastetter, University of Minnesota Law School Student.

All Minnesota law students are invited to apply for MWL Foundation’s Law Student Scholarship. The goal of the scholarship is to provide aid to students attending a Minnesota law school who demonstrate an interest in furthering the mission of Minnesota Women Lawyers, "To advance the success of women in the legal profession and strive for a just society.”




Minnesota Women Lawyers is an association of nearly 1,300 attorneys, judges, law students and legal employers, dedicated to advancing the success of women attorneys and striving for a just society. The MWL Foundation was formed to support the charitable activities and mission of Minnesota Women Lawyers. Visit our website at


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