Barristers’ Breakfast

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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 2016 speaker was Valerie M. Jensen, executive director of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar also joined us for remarks.


Val Jensen is an expert in leading cultural change and talent development across and within organizations. She has spent her career bringing together individuals from very different backgrounds to problem solve and leverage their contributions and energies to help their organizations get the best results. Val has worked locally, nationally and internationally to develop organizations and the talent within those organizations despite differences and the barriers that may create. As the Executive Director of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, an association of 32 law firms and 16 corporate law departments focused on the recruitment, advancement and retention of diverse lawyers in the Minnesota, Val has coached and counseled numerous attorneys, developed extensive programming on leadership and professional development and created a platform where everyone has an opportunity to participate and grow.  Diversity in Practice is a unique model that has become the industry standard in Diversity and Inclusion in the Twin Cities legal market.

In her previous roles Val has worked in law school administration as the head of career planning and as an Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs.  Val has also worked as a local community Prosecutor focused on Truancy Intervention and as a staff attorney to the Honorable Justice Alan Page on the Implementation Committee of the Race Bias Task Force Report of the Minnesota Supreme Court where she assisted in the implementation of race data collection throughout the States Court System.

For the last 10 years, Val taught an upper level course on “Race and the Law” at William Mitchell College of Law, where she graduated with her JD in 1996. Val has a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in African/African American studies from Carleton College.

 My Approved PortraitsAmy Klobuchar is the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate.

Since arriving in the Senate, Amy has worked with Democrats and Republicans on legislation focused on moving the country forward. She fought to pass the most significant consumer product safety legislation in a generation, keeping foreign toxic products off our shores and out of our stores, and pushed the cell phone companies to enact more consumer-friendly policies. In 2015 she was appointed Chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, where she brings together senators, businesses, community leaders, policy experts and intergovernmental organizations to help develop policies to strengthen the economy and move the country forward.

Amy has pushed for a bipartisan, balanced approach to reducing our nation’s debt and was part of a group of fourteen senators who fought to create the bipartisan debt commission. She helped pass the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate, has pushed to reform the Senate rules, and worked to beat the filibuster and led the fight to confirm the first director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in seven years.

 As Ranking Senate Member of the Joint Economic Committee and a member of the President’s Export Council and the Senate Commerce Committee, Amy has been a leader in working to implement a competitive agenda to ensure businesses have the tools they need to grow and create good jobs in their communities. She has authored legislation to help small businesses tap into new markets abroad, passed a significant amendment aimed at boosting funds for STEM education for American students, and led successful national initiatives to boost American tourism, including a series of regulatory reforms adopted by the Administration.

Before serving in the Senate, Amy headed the largest prosecutor’s office in Minnesota for eight years.

Click here to register to attend the 2016 Barristers Breakfast.


Presenting Sponsor


Platinum Sponsor

Winthrop & Weinstine

Gold Sponsor

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education

Silver Sponsors

Meshbesher & Spence

Barnes & Thornburg

Founding Partner & Bronze Sponsor

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AILA Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 

HCBA Diversity & 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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