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The MWL Foundation Welcomes its 2018-2019 Leadership

Wednesday, July 4, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Debra Pexa



The Minnesota Women Lawyers Foundation is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 Board of Directors for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018.


Teresa Fariss McClain has been elected to the office of President. Teresa Fariss McClain is an attorney with Robins Kaplan LLP practicing in the area of medical malpractice and personal injury law, and also chairs the firm’s Gender Diversity Work Group. She is a 2001 cum laude graduate of William Mitchell College of Law. Following law school, Teresa clerked for a year with the Honorable Donald P. Lay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Teresa is a past president of Minnesota Women Lawyers, serving during the 2013-2014 fiscal year. She co-chaired the Foundation’s 501c3 Taskforce in 2012-2013, the 501c3 Implementation Taskforce in 2013-2014, and has served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors since its inception in 2014. She was named a Minnesota Lawyer 2014 Attorney of the Year for her work in establishing MWL’s Foundation.

Pam Rochlin has been elected to the office of President-Elect. Pam Rochlin is a personal injury lawyer who is deeply committed to helping injured victims and their families. Pam was a partner at a mid-size personal injury law firm until 1999, when she left to join her husband in creating the Rochlin Law Firm, Ltd. Pam has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” for the last 15 years, and early in her career was named a “Rising Star” by the same rating service. Pam was the 2014-2015 President of Minnesota Women Lawyers and currently serves as co-chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Council for the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Ella Phillips has been elected to the office of Secretary. Ella Phillips is the Prospect Development Manager at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. Ella’s career has included extensive fundraising and non-profit development, both in Chicago and the Twin Cities. While in law school, Ella served as a Legal Extern at the Indian Land Tenure Foundation and was also a Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellow in Human Rights and Law for World Without Genocide. Ella Phillips earned her Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from William Mitchell College of Law.

Bridget McCauley Nason has been elected to the office of Treasurer. Bridget is currently a shareholder at LeVander Gillen & Miller, P.A., and has been with the firm since 2005. She practices in the areas of municipal and governmental law. Bridget was the president of Minnesota Women Lawyers during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. She earned her Juris Doctorate (cum laude), from the University of Minnesota Law School, and was a law clerk for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, as well as the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.


Lisa Brabbit, University of St. Thomas Law School; Shannon Harmon, IRS Office of the Chief Counsel; Pam Rochlin, Rochlin Law Firm Ltd.; Emily Slagle, Thomson Reuters; and Nancy Wiltgen, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, were each elected to two-year terms on the Minnesota Women Lawyers Foundation Board of Directors.

Timia Flanagan, Korn Ferry International; Brandi Kerber, Larkin Hoffman; Poonam Kumar, DLA Piper; Teresa Fariss McClain, Robins Kaplan LLP; Bridget McCauley Nason, LeVander Gillen and Miller, P.A.; and Ella Phillips, Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, will serve the second year of their current terms.


Incorporated in 2014, the Minnesota Women Lawyers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization created to support the charitable activities of Minnesota Women Lawyers and its efforts to advance the success of women attorneys and strive for a just society. Donations are tax-deductible as charitable contributions to the extent allowed by law.

For more information, visit The MWL Foundation.


Teresa Farris McClain, MWL Foundation President


Debra Pexa, Executive Director / 612-338-3205 


View a PDF of the press release here.


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