Bench & Bar of Minnesota is the official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Essien joins DILC

The MSBA is excited to announce that Mike Essien has been appointed to serve on the MSBA Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council. Mike is a principal at Essien Law Office, PLLC, where he practices intellectual property law with a focus on patents, trademarks, copyrights, and e-commerce. He is the current president of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) and has been a leading voice on diversity and inclusion in Minnesota’s legal profession. His experience and leadership will be invaluable to our D&I efforts, and we are honored to have him join the D&I Council.

The mission of the council is to be the leader in the advocacy and promotion of historically discriminated groups within the MSBA and the legal profession, through an inclusive culture where various viewpoints, experiences, and beliefs are respected and considered. More information about the MSBA’s current D & I initiatives can be found in the strategic plan available at 

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