Attorney Spotlight: Melissa Muro LaMere
When Melissa Muro LaMere was named a partner at Maslon LLP earlier this year, she became one of a small number of Latina partners at a mid to large sized law firm in the Twin Cities. For context, according to the 2019 NALP Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms, there were no Latina partners at firms who reported data for the Minneapolis metro area. Caryn Boisen, TCDIP Board Co-Chair, spoke with Melissa to learn more about her journey to partnership for an article for the first edition of our new newsletter. In addition to growing her employment and business litigation practice, Melissa is a proven leader in our community. She closely work with the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association and was also selected to serve on the Commission on Judicial Selection. Melissa is also a tireless advocate for inclusion and diversity. “There have been a few – literally, a few – Latina partners at big firms in the Twin Cities over the years, but there were none for a few years before Beth [Prouty] and I were promoted,” said Melissa. “We need to change those numbers.” Read more about Melissa here, including her work with Senator Amy Klobuchar and how she’s made Minnesota her home.
Advance and Retain: Celebrating the Promotions of Attorneys of Color!
TCDIP’s mission is to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Twin Cities. In this section, we celebrate noteworthy promotions of attorneys of color from TCDIP Members. Congratulations to each of these attorneys!
Top row: Jennifer Coates, Shareholder, Bowman and Brooke LLP; Jing Jin, Partner, Taft; Tricia Kaufman, Partner, Stinson LLP, Melissa Muro LaMere, Partner, Maslon LLP
Middle row: Thomas Pack, Partner, Maslon LLP; Chris Pham, Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron P.A.; Beth A. Prouty, Shareholder, Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, PA.
Bottom row: Roshan Rajkumar, Co-Managing Partner, Bowman and Brooke LLP; Matthew Robinson, Shareholder, Winthrop & Wienstine P.A.; Sam Srinivasan, Senior Counsel, Shumaker & Sieffert P.A.; Brandon Vaughn, Partner, Robins Kaplan.
TCDIP Demographics Survey Update
Last December, TCDIP launched a new survey to collect demographic information about the attorneys at our Member organizations. Using an adapted version of the American Bar Association’s Model Diversity Survey, the survey serves as a comprehensive benchmarking tool to measure the state of diversity and inclusion in our region. While similar, law firms and corporate legal departments are asked to complete different versions of the survey, which will help to inform TCDIP’s work and programming.
Our goal is to have a comprehensive picture about the makeup of our legal community and capture information about overall demographics, leadership, compensation, work schedules, and more. We are partnering with Nadia Akhtar of TerraLuna Collaborative, to help with the analysis and reporting. Once data collection is complete, TCDIP will aggregate and analyze the data and present it to our membership. Organizations will also receive individualized reports about their data.
Thank you to our Members for their work on the survey!
Build Your Legal Talent Pipeline through the Step Up Youth Employment Program
Do you want to attract young, energetic and diverse workers to your organization and build a strong pipeline of legal talent? Hire a Step Up intern this summer! Now in its 17th year, the Step Up Youth Employment Program recruits, trains and places nearly 1,400 Minneapolis youth (ages 14-21) in paid internships at over 200 Twin Cities employers in 15 industries.
Step Up is working to increase internships in the legal industry in response to demand from both employers and students. Step Up interns have worked at several local law firms, including Maslon LLP, Briggs and Morgan (now Taft) and Robins Kaplan, and corporate law departments at Best Buy, Xcel Energy and other companies. Step Up is a partnership of the City of Minneapolis, AchieveMpls, CareerForce Minneapolis and Project for Pride in Living. To learn how Step Up can benefit your organization, contact Jeremiah Brown at 612-455-1562 or email@example.com by March 15.
In This Issue…
- Attorney Spotlight: Melissa Muro LaMere
- Attorneys of Color Promotions
- Demographics Survey Update
- Step Up Youth Employment Program
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