Elimination of Bias: A Conversation About Race in the Age of Obama

Monday, April 25, 2016
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: MN CLE Conference Center (600 Nicollet Mall #370, 3rd floor)


TCDIP in associate with MN CLE presents.

As the first African-American president, President Obama has drawn increased focus to several significant issues related to race. As the end of his second term approaches, it’s appropriate to reflect on those subjects and discuss their impact on the legal profession in Minnesota.

Valerie Jensen sets the context for the discussion by sharing demographic information about race and highlighting topics related to race, diversity and inclusion that Americans are dealing with nationwide. She will also discuss how various aspects of “Minnesota Culture” impact these matters. She then leads the panel in an insightful discussion about how these issues are playing out in Minnesota and in the legal profession, in particular.

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.  – Racial Demographics, Trends and Issues in 2016

– Valerie M. Jensen; Executive Director, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice; Minneapolis

 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Race in Minnesota’s Legal Community – An Interactive Discussion

– Judge Marta M. Chou; Fourth Judicial District; Minneapolis

– Imani Jaafar; Director, Office of Police Conduct Review, Department of Civil Rights, City of Minneapolis; Minneapolis

– Roshan N. Rajkumar; Bowman and Brooke, LLP; Minneapolis

– Maya Salah; Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Lindquist & Vennum LLP; Minneapolis

– Valerie M. Jensen; Executive Director, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice; Minneapolis (moderator)

reduced Valerie Jensen TCDIP Headshot-2015As the Executive Director of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, an association of 29 law firms and 14 corporate law departments focused on the recruitment, advancement and retention of diverse lawyers in Minnesota, Valerie Jensen 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.