Minneapolis: -- The Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA) welcomes Tom Nelson to membership on its Executive Committee for the 2011-12 bar year that begins July 1. Nelson was elected to the association’s officer ranks as secretary, beginning a five-year leadership track that will have him serve as president for 2014-15.
Nelson is a 1977 graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law. A Minnesota native, Nelson returned to the state in 1983 to join the law firm of Popham, Haik, Schnobrich, Kaufman & Doty. In 1997, Nelson joined the Leonard, Street and Deinard firm where he is a shareholder today.
Nelson exhibits a passion for public service and serves on a number of boards in the legal and greater Twin Cities community such as the Givens Foundation for African American Literature, the American Swedish Institute, and the Landmark Center in St. Paul. Nelson is deeply committed to the promotion of diversity. He serves on the board of directors for Twin Cities/Diversity in Practice, co-chairs Leonard, Street and Deinard’s Diversity Initiative, and serves on diversity committees of the Minnesota chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the HCBA, and the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Outside of the office, Nelson enjoys spending time with his wife, U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson, and two sons.
Members of the 2011-2012 Executive Committee of the Hennepin County Bar Association are:
Jewelie Grape, President, ELCA Board of Pensions
Thomas D. Jensen, President-elect, Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson
Eric Cooperstein, Treasurer, Law Office of Eric T. Cooperstein
Thomas Nelson, Secretary, Leonard, Street and Deinard
Courtney Ward Reichard, Past President, Nilan Johnson Lewis
Jennifer Mead, New Lawyers Section Chair, Boston Scientific Corporation
The Hennepin County Bar Association is a professional society representing 8,500 area attorneys with a wide variety of services for the community and the profession. The association strives to ensure the fairness and accessibility of the legal system by promoting public understanding and confidence in our system of justice and by working along with the courts to improve the administration of justice.
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