Leading Across Differences: Impact of Bias on the Profession

Event Description

Deadline to Register: June 6, 2018

We will explore unconscious bias and the impact it has on practicing and leading across differences.  In a world where the only constant is change; understanding how our backgrounds impact the way we view the world and make decisions is another tool to improve our practice.

Presenter: Val Jensen

Val Jensen is an expert in leading cultural change and talent development across and within organizations. Val has been asked to speak, write and advise on leadership, diversity related issues and healthcare disparities.  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, for over 10 years,  an association of 53 legal employers, 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. Val teaches an upper level course on  “Race and the Law” at William Mitchell College of Law for the last 10 years where she graduated with her JD in 1996. 

She is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors for United Family Medicine a community based clinic that serves traditionally underserved populations who have lack of access to healthcare.  She also serves on the Consumer and Small Employer Advisory Board for MNSure, the State of Minnesota’s Healthcare Exchange.  She has been asked on numerous occasions to speak at the legislature and at community forums on the Economic Impact of Heath related access and Healthcare disparities.

Children's Book Drive

As public lawyers, many of us have limited opportunities for pro bono legal work, but we do have opportunities to enrich the communities we serve. In that spirit, the Public Law Section is conducting a Children's Book Drive at its annual meeting. The books will be donated to St. Joseph's Home for Children, the Hennepin County Domestic Abuse Service Center and Harriet Tubman in Maplewood. New and slightly used books are greatly appreciated, especially board books for toddlers. Please contribute what you can!

If you prefer to provide a financial contribution, you may do so by writing a check payable to any of the following (according to your preference):  MSBA, St. Joseph's Shelter for Children, or Harriet Tubman.  Checks will be accepted at the annual meeting.

After the CLE, the Public Law Section will hold their Annual Meeting & awards luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. All members are welcome.
Click here to register for the Annual Meeting & luncheon for $25.

CLE Credits:

2.0 Elimination of Bias CLE credits approved | Event Code: 258930


Date: Friday, June 8, 2018
Time: Registration:  8:45 - 9:00 a.m.
CLE program: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Midland Hills Country Club
2001 Fulham St
St. Paul, MN 55113

Cost (CLE ONLY):

Public Law Section Member:  $25.00
MSBA Member not in the section:  $35.00
Non-Member:  $45.00
Law Student: FREE

Join the Public Law Section:  MSBA members who are not members of the Public Law Section can join the section & attend this event for FREEClick here to add the section to your membership and then contact Kara Haro to register for this meeting at no charge. 

Remote Participation: 

Teleconferencing is not available.

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Questions? Contact Kara Haro | 612-278-6329

If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event please notify Kara Haro at 612-278-6329 or kharo@mnbar.org.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations at this event. 

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Friday, June 8, 2018

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Midland Hills Country Club | 2001 Fulham St, St. Paul, , MN United States