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WER Fall 2019 MWL Leadership Group News
Volume LXX, Issue II

In This Issue:
"Lawyers Making a Difference Through Community Service"

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Upcoming MWL Events

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2019-2020 Board of Directors

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The MWL Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Group Social

The MWL Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Affinity Group was pleased to host their annual summer social at Salut Bar Americain on August 13, 2019. Thank you to all who were able to attend, and make this social a great success. Special thanks to our Affinity Group Co-Chairs Mary Szondy and Teresa Johnson for all their work coordinating this event! Find out more about the MWL Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Affinity Group here.

   MWL Co-Hosts a Summer "Women of Color in the Law Forum" Event

Photography by Anna Min

MWL was pleased to co-host a summer "Women of Color in the Law Forum" event this past August, in collaboration with Twin Cities Diversity in Practice.  This event was coordinated in follow-up to the ongoing Annual Women of Color in the Law Forum, which has been held each winter for the past 4 years. Inspired by the leadership of Loan Huynh, a Shareholder at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. and Cynthia Lee, Counsel at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, who are the founders of the Annual Women of Color in the Law Forum, this subsequent event was coordinated to provide another opportunity for the community to come together on an important topic of interest. We were so pleased to welcome Kristin Haugen as our workshop facilitator for this event. Her program was entitled “Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: How to Identify It & Build Resilience.” Look for more information about the Annual Women of Color in the Law Forum to be scheduled during the Winter of 2019/2020. 

Special thanks to Loan Huynh, Cynthia Lee, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice and all of the affinity bar organizations who co-sponsored this fabulous event.

In a Flash: A Lesson In Cybersecurity

DLA Piper LLP and the MWL In-House Affinity Group were pleased to host a special CLE presentation and screening of the film In A Flash: A Lesson In Cybersecurity. Produced by DLA Piper, this film depicted multiple issues facing law firm security today including: cyber governance, security protocols, cyber-risk management, incident response plans and much more. This unique event also included a panel of speakers who engaged in an interactive discussion of the film with our audience.

Special thanks to our panelists:
Stefanie Fogel, Partner, DLA Piper LLP Boston
Rena Mears, Principal, DLA Piper LLP San Francisco
Katie Hausfeld, Associate, DLA Piper LLP Chicago

MWL appreciates the opportunity to collaborate on this event with our host and sponsor DLA Piper LLP.

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Report on Gender Fairness in the Courts

On September 26, 2019, the MWL CLE Committee was pleased to present a special event at the Minnesota Judicial Center to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Minnesota Supreme Court Gender Fairness in the Courts report. In September 1989, the Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force released its report outlining how female litigants, attorneys, and judges are impacted by gender bias in the Minnesota state court system and recommending methods for elimination of the bias. Thirty years later, MWL had the opportunity to celebrate how far have we've come and to discuss how the report still impacts a new generation of attorneys, and what work is yet to be done.

Special thanks to our speakers and panelists:

Liz Reppe, Minnesota State Law Librarian
Laura J. Cooper, Professor Emerita, University of Minnesota Law School and member of the original Gender Fairness Task Force
Marsha Freeman, International Women’s Rights Action Watch Director (retired) and reporter of the original Gender Fairness Task Force
Judge Kristin Siegesmund, Fourth Judicial District
Judge Sophia Vuelo, Second Judicial District
Adine Momoh, Partner at Stinson LLP, chair of the MWL Gender Data Project and immediate-past president of the Hennepin County Bar Association 

Upcoming Events

A brief listing of upcoming events is available on the left column of this webpage. For a complete listing of upcoming MWL events, you can view the complete MWL calendar online HERE

Make the Most of Your Membership: Get Involved at MWL

MWL offers countless opportunities to gain leadership experience and expand your network, through active involvement on an MWL Committee, Affinity Group or Taskforce.  

 If you are interested, contact MWL's Membership and Communications Coordinator Hannah Zuercher ( to discuss specific volunteer opportunities.  

 We can add you to a Committee or Affinity Group listserv, connect you with group leadership, and provide details about upcoming meetings or gatherings. Your involvement is welcome at any time throughout the year!

 Visit our website and connect with Committee and Affinity Group Leaders.



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