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Welcome to our blog! Break into Law is something we hope will be a dynamic hub of conversation, with room for more detailed thoughts than a Facebook post or Twitter feed usually allows. It’s our opportunity to expand on topics that we start exploring some of the subjects you’ll hear about at one of our events or a relevant topic that’s come up in the news.

Would you like to add to the conversation? We want to see our list of contributors grow; please send a note to Matt Buechner [mbuechner@diversityinpractice.org] with a brief outline of what you wish to post about, and let’s start another conversation. Or even ideas on topics you’d like to read about, here in this space, that may not be written by you.

About Twin Cities Diversity in Practice:

Twin Cities Diversity In Practice is an association of 28 law firms and 12 corporate legal departments with a single mission: to attract, recruit, advance, and retain attorneys of color in the Twin Cities legal community. Diversity in Practice is also dedicated to promoting the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul as a great place for attorneys of color to develop professionally and personally. Want to learn more? Visit our website!

About the Bloggers:

Valerie Jensen has been the Executive Director of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP) since 2007. Prior to her role at TCDIP, she worked in career services at Valparaiso University School of Law and was the inaugural Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs at William Mitchell College of Law, where she was named one of 15 “Attorneys of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer, for her efforts in promoting and supporting diversity and diverse attorneys in the Twin Cities. Before assuming her role at William Mitchell, Valerie worked for the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, the Minnesota Supreme Court, and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Valerie is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors at a local independent health clinic and teaches a seminar on Race and the Law each Fall at William Mitchell College of Law. A native Minnesotan, Valerie earned her B.A. from Carleton College and her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.

Jackie Kujawa has been with Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP) since July 2013. She earned her B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 2013, where she studied Global Studies.

Guest Bloggers will often be featured from the Twin Cities legal community. Keep an eye out for your colleagues and friends!

Cassie Fortin – Larson • King, LLP

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