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The MWL Foundation Congratulates its 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Friday, October 25, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Debra Pexa

The Minnesota Women Lawyers Foundation is pleased to announce its 2019 Law Student Scholarship and Leslie Altman Memorial Scholarship recipients.  The scholarships were presented by MWL Foundation President Pam Rochlin (left in photo) at the 25th Annual MWL Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Prime Therapeutics. 

MWL Foundation Law Student Scholarship
The Minnesota Women Lawyers Foundation was honored to present its 2019 Law Student Scholarship to Michelle Gonzalez, University of St. Thomas School of Law. (Right in photo)


Michelle Gonzalez is a third-year student at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Journalism and Legal Studies. She is a first generation college graduate and law student. Michelle was raised in a predominately immigrant community in the South Side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Michelle is passionate about social justice issues including immigrant rights and domestic violence.


The goal of the MWL Foundation Law Student 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.”


MWL Foundation Leslie Altman Memorial Scholarship

The Minnesota Women Lawyers Foundation was honored to present the 2019 Leslie Altman Memorial Scholarship to Macy Anderson, Mitchell Hamline School of Law Student. (Center in photo)


Macy Anderson is a third-year law student at Mitchell Hamline School of Law who will graduate in May 2020. Her practice area interests are in employment law, estate planning, immigration law, and family law, and after graduation she will begin her career at Blethen Berens in Mankato, MN. In her free time, Macy enjoys attending concerts and sporting events, watching sitcom reruns, completing puzzles, and spending time with her family and dogs. Macy’s favorite quote is, “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


The Minnesota Women Lawyers Foundation established the MWL Foundation Leslie Altman Memorial Law Student Scholarship (Scholarship) to honor a mentor, colleague, friend and true champion of women lawyers. The scholarship recognizes the accomplishments of Leslie Altman who achieved outstanding recognition as a lawyer and served as an unconditional advocate for women in the profession until her passing in the Fall of 2012. Through this scholarship, Leslie’s commitments can continue to encourage others to advocate for the advancement of women attorneys and to open new opportunities for women throughout the profession.



Minnesota Women Lawyers is an association of over 1,200 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 in 2014 to support the charitable activities and mission of Minnesota Women Lawyers.




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