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Friday, November 10, 2017
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

“It is essential that educational opportunities facilitate the creation of qualified future leaders that reflect the diverse society that they will one day represent.“

“Hispanics and the Pipeline to the Legal Profession:
AKA Lawyers Don’t Do Math,” HNBA Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2011).

Diversity in the legal field depends on a diverse pipeline of prepared, talented students. Success means not only passing the bar exam, but achieving the requisite college, high-school, and elementary school milestones — all of which depend on the core foundation of being ready for school upon entry.

The Barristers’ Breakfast brings together members of the greater MSP legal community to support children at a critical point in their development. Joyce Preschool and the MHBA invite you to join us for this benefit breakfast, which includes networking, coffee and light breakfast, and a presentation.The Barristers’ Breakfast is an opportunity for the legal community to support tomorrow’s leaders, while raising awareness of the critical role early childhood education plays in building a more diverse professional community in Minnesota.

Our keynote speaker for 2017 is R.T. Rybak. R.T. has served as President and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation since 2016. As leader of one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country, Rybak oversees the management of nearly $700 million in assets and the average annual distribution of more than $50 million in grants.

Before leading The Minneapolis Foundation, Rybak served as executive director of Generation Next, a coalition of civic, business, and school leaders focused on closing the educational opportunity gap in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Prior to that, he served as mayor of Minneapolis from 2002 to 2013.

Rybak is the author of “Pothole Confidential,” a memoir about his 12 years as mayor of Minneapolis.

A Minneapolis native, Rybak spent almost 30 years working in journalism, commercial real estate, publishing, and the Internet.  He and his wife Megan O’Hara, have two grown children.

Click here to register to attend the 2017 Barristers Breakfast.


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Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 

Founding Partner & Bronze Sponsor

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American Immigration Lawyers Association

Minnesota Women Lawyers

Hennepin County Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Mitchell Hamline School of Law Latino/a Law Student Association

University of St. Thomas Latino/a Law Student Association

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