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"I am MWL" Initiative

 

In an effort to celebrate MWL's diverse membership, MWL President Kendra Brodin has launched the "I am MWL" initiative. Over the coming year, members will share their "MWL story" by describing their involvement with the association and what value MWL has provided to them, both professionally and personally.   

 

All MWL members are invited to participate. Participants will be featured weekly in MWL Happenings and on this webpage. Submission requests include: your photo, 2-3 sentences sharing your MWL story, and a link to your professional bio or website. If you are interested in being profiled or would like to suggest another member to be profiled, please contact MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa (dpexa@mwlawyers.org)




Profile: January 17, 2018
Terry Trogdon
2017-18 MWL Advisory Board Member

hover textI was introduced and launched into MWL when I got a call in 2007 asking if I would help start a chapter in Duluth. With the help of MWL leadership, we gathered the names of women lawyers practicing in Northeast Minnesota. I helped arrange a lunch for these women and we determined that there was a high level of interest in a new chapter which still has an active membership. I served as the first chapter president, then on the advisory board, then on the board of directors and then again on the advisory board. I continue to serve on the advisory board and as the MWL liaison to the MSBA. My work with MWL has been invaluable and rewarding as I have met new people, weighed in on important issues, and learned so much about challenges for women in the profession. Has the time, effort, and money been worth it? Totally!










Profile: January 8, 2018
Megan Arriola
2017-18 MWL Law Student Liaison 

hover textI joined MWL through my position on the University of St. Thomas Law School's Women Law Student Association. WLSA has a board member liaison position with MWL to ensure that our students are aware and kept up to date on the goings-on of one of the most popular and reputable networking organizations in the Twin Cities. I graduate from UST Law in May of 2018, and I intend to use my law degree to better represent the interests of women in the justice system. Serving as the MWL liaison this year has provided me with a model example of what it looks like when women get together to lead and serve their community. I am so thankful for this organization welcoming me in!













Profile: December 14, 2017
Rebecca Chaffee
2017-18 MWL Master Lawyers Co-Chair

hover textI am Rebecca Chaffee, a family law attorney and Partner at Best & Flanagan LLP. I am one of the co-chairs of the MWL Master Women Lawyers Affinity Group, which is a group for MWL's more experienced members (Admitted to the bar at least 10+ years or 35+ years old). The goal of the MWL Master Lawyers Affinity Group is to provide an opportunity for more senior members to meet, support and network with one another, and discuss experiences shared by women who have attained leadership positions within the legal profession. 








Profile: December 4, 2017
Alona Rindal
2017-18 MWL Board Member

hover textI joined MWL as a 2L in Law School to get to know women lawyers in the Twin Cities in hopes that they could help me figure out my career path!  Having grown up in Minsk, Belarus, I had no connections in the Twin Cities legal community…until I became a MWL member! I was fortunate to have Trudy Halla as my first MWL mentor: her personal and professional story inspired me to reach for the stars and never give up! Through MWL, I have met numerous women leaders who - I firmly believe – helped me become who I am today professionally: successful attorney at U.S. Bank, leading a team of strong women (and a man) whom I get to mentor and coach every day, as well as introduce them to the great community of MWL! I Am MWL!!!    







Profile: November 21, 2017
Angela Browning
2017-18 MWL Networking Committee Co-Chair

hover textI joined MWL when I relocated to Minnesota in 2013. MWL provided me with the critical life-line I needed to get entrenched in the local legal community.  Almost immediately, I became involved and was invited to help spearhead the Networking Committee as one of its first co-chairs. Through my involvement in MWL, I have made wonderful friends who I get to work alongside with to further the role and impact of women lawyers in the Minnesota legal community and beyond!










Profile: November 7, 2017
Timia Flanagan
2017-18 MWL Foundation Board Member


hover textI went to law school in Brazil and later again in New York after immigrating to the US.   I joined MWL when I relocated to Minnesota in 2007 for a new job.  MWL helped me to create a network of colleagues and friends in Minnesota. Right from the beginning, I was able to get involved in several projects, make new friends, and contribute to our legal community.  MWL helped me make Minnesota my home!












Profile: October 12, 2017
Shannon Harmon
2017-18 MWL President-Elect

hover textAs a public sector attorney in downtown St. Paul, MWL has ensured that I don’t limit my professional life to those within walking distance of Mears Park. Since joining MWL as a law student in about 2004, I have actively engaged with the organization in a variety of roles, including as a board member, taskforce member, committee co-chair, Foundation president, and an attendee at various events such as the knitting group, book club, and Wahl Lecture. From teaching me practical skills like how to lead effective meetings to allowing me unique opportunities to help start a foundation or a knitting group, the women of MWL have provided me with confidence, encouragement, and sanctuary. 












Profile: September 28, 2017

Kendra Brodin
2017-18 MWL President


hover text"My 'alternative' career has included small firm practice, non-profit management, coaching and consulting, law school career services, recruiting, and large firm business and professional development. As a lawyer with a varied, non-traditional path, one of the greatest gifts I’ve received through my involvement with MWL is the opportunity to connect with so many amazing and interesting women attorneys that I never would have otherwise met. They have become mentors, colleagues, and – best of all – friends."  

Learn more about Kendra.



 

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