In 1972, Phi Delta Delta International decided to merge with the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, a nationwide men's organization. It was then that women lawyers in Minnesota, determined to maintain a forum for support and action, formed MWL. MWL's first order of business was to identify every woman lawyer and law student in the state of Minnesota. At the end of the search, MWL sent letters to every single one – 120 women in all, including 50 law students – inviting them to join.
MWL is currently over 1,300 members strong and plays an active role in Minnesota's legal community, providing a voice for women lawyers and working to advance the success of women attorneys and strive for a just society. Minnesota Women Lawyers salutes and offers its sincere gratitude to the women who have come before as guides and role models in the legal profession and in our communities.
MWL Founding Mothers
Women in attendance at the first MWL meeting on September 21st, 1972:
Mary Jeanne Coyne
Doris Ohlsen Huspeni