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MWL Seeks Nominations to the 2016-2017 Board of Directors

Thursday, January 7, 2016  

MWL President Bridget Nason recently appointed members to the 2016-2017 MWL Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee is charged with recommending a slate of candidates to the Minnesota Women Lawyers membership for the 2016-2017 Board of Directors. The election will be held at MWL’s 44th Annual Meeting, which will take place on Friday, April 15th at 12pm at the Radisson Blu. Terms commence on July 1, 2016.


Nominations are being sought for five (5) Board of Director positions; each are two-year terms. Nominations are also being sought for the positions of President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer, each are one-year terms. (Descriptions of each Board position are available here). To qualify, the nominee must be a member in good standing with MWL. Candidates for President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer may not be members of the Nominating Committee.


MWL has established general standards to be considered by MWL's Nominating Committee in recommending a slate of candidates for the 2016-2017 Board of Directors. Considerations may include, but are not limited to:


• A candidate's past experience serving on the board of Minnesota Women Lawyers or other organizations;
• A candidate's passion for MWL and past involvement with MWL;
• A candidate's past involvement with other legal and community organizations;
• A candidate's overall career experience, within and outside of the legal community, as it may relate to areas of expertise needed on the board (financial, marketing, banking, business, etc.);
• A candidate's other skills, talents and connections that would be useful for MWL;
• A candidate's ability to commit an appropriate amount of time to the specific board position being applied for;
• A candidate's impact on the overall diversity of the board's make-up, including but not limited to:  racial, ethnic, LGBT, geographic, practice type and practice area diversity;
• A candidate's commitment, conscientiousness and sense of responsibility for tasks; and

• A candidate's leadership ability and willingness to use it on behalf of MWL.


Members of the Nominating Committee include:

• Pam Rochlin (Chair), Rochlin Law Firm
• Connie Armstrong, Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson
• Judge Susan Burke, Fourth Judicial District
• Timia Flanagan, Korn Ferry
• Susan Gaertner, Gray Plant Mooty
• Melissa Houghtaling, Houghtaling Family Law Office

• Holly LaBoone-Haller, Hanft Fride
• Judge Ann O'Reilly, Office of Administrative Hearings

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, or if you would like to nominate another MWL member, please contact the Nominating Committee Chair Pam Rochlin. (Most nominations received by MWL are self-nominations). Nominations may also be submitted directly to the MWL office ( or via regular mail to 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 390B, Minneapolis, MN 55402). Submissions must include a letter of interest or nomination letter, along with a candidate resume. Completed nominations must be received in the MWL office by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 29th, 2016.


The 2016-2017 slate of candidates will be announced on the MWL website at and in the April 2016 issue of With Equal Right.


For more information, contact MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa at 612/338-3205 or, or Nominating Committee Chair Pam Rochlin at 952/ 836-2727 or


Minnesota Women Lawyers
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 390B
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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