It is no secret that in the last few years, the practice of law has changed significantly. The “new normal” is not so new anymore. With these changes, comes both challenges and opportunities. Our organization’s work must be multi-faceted, yet focused. We must continue to look at our strengths and weaknesses, and identify challenges and opportunities for success. I hope that you will take the time to get to know us. Our 28 law firms and 13 corporate law departments represent a large employer market, committed to diversity and inclusion in the Twin Cities, Minnesota legal community. We remain committed to bringing our messaging to the public through timely, innovative programming, and open lines of communication through social media platforms, like Facebook page, Twitter, and our blog.
The coming years of 2014 and 15 will provide us with even more opportunities to move forward and strengthen the culture of diversity and inclusion, and I hope that you will move with us!
Valerie Jensen is the Executive Director of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice ®. She came to Diversity in Practice® in 2007 from Valparaiso University School of Law where she lead the Career Planning office. Upon returning the Twin Cities, Valerie also began teaching her seminar on Race and the Law at William Mitchell College of Law, a course she taught there previously. Prior to her move to Indiana, Valerie was the Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs at William Mitchell College of Law. During that time, Valerie was chosen as 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 area.
While at William Mitchell, she also taught a seminar on Race and the Law, legal writing, academic support and exam writing workshops, and served as director of the National CLEO programs Summer Institute held at William Mitchell. Valerie was an active member of Minnesota Black Lawyers Association (MABL), Minnesota State Bar Association and the Minority Bar Summit. 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 was born and raised in Minnesota. She is a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law and Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.