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New D&I strategic plan approved

The MSBA is excited to announce approval of our new 2017-2020 Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. (The plan can be viewed at To assist in the implementation of the plan, we have expanded the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council. The council will welcome several new members, including Ann Anaya of 3M, Joan Bibelhausen of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Jean Gustafson of Jean M. Gustafson Attorney at Law, Nur Ibrahim of the MN Attorney General’s office, Lariss Maldonado of UnitedHealth Group, Marcos Ramirez of Thomson Reuters, Alice Silkey of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and Jenny Warfield of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

The mission of the D&I 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 all viewpoints, experiences and beliefs are respected and considered. For more information about the MSBA’s D&I initiatives, or how to get involved, please contact MSBA Diversity and Inclusion Director Athena Hollins at

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