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. At our Annual Meeting in April 2012, we unveiled our new strategic plan. The process for the plan’s development was extensive, but in the end, was well worth the effort. Our organization’s work must be multi-faceted, yet focused, and for the first time, we had a good discussion on who we serve and how to serve these consitutencies. We looked at our strengths and weaknesses, and identified challenges and opportunities for success. I hope that you will take the time to get to know us. Our 28 law firms and 12 corporate law departments represent a large employer market, committed to diversity and inclusion in the Twin Cities legal community. We remain committed to bringing our messaging to the public through timely, innovative programming, and within the last year have strengthened our commitment to opening lines of communication through social media platforms, like our Facebook page, Twitter, and our new blog.
The coming years of 2012 and 2013 will provide us with the opportunity 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.