Minneapolis (06-15-07): -- The New Lawyers Section (NLS) of the Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA) has elected Cyrenthia Jordan as chair for the 2007-08 bar year. Along with duties as chair, she will also serve a one-year term on the association’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
Jordan has been actively involved with HCBA New Lawyer’s Section (NLS) and Community Relations Committee (CRC) since 2002. She has also held leadership positions in each as Community Service Director of NLS and Chair of CRC. She also was a participant of the inaugural class of the HCBA’s leadership development program, Leaders Impacting Non Profit Communities.
Jordan is originally from Indiana and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University in Legal Administration. She graduated from Hamline University School of Law in 2002. Jordan is an associate at Mansfield, Tanick, and Cohen, P.A. in the business practice group. Before joining the firm, she practiced in the area of credit and collections and held clerkships in the Hennepin County Juvenile Court and Public Defender's Office. Prior to law school, Jordan was a paralegal for six years.
Jordan is committed to pro bono practice and community service. While in law school, she received the Hamline Alumni Association Community Service Award, Student Community Service Award, and Pro Bono Service Certificate. She has since been recognized by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine as a “Rising Star” in 2005 and 2006, and in 2005, The Minnesota Lawyer named Jordan one of 10 “Up and Coming Attorneys” in Minnesota.
Jordan exemplifies the spirit of service and passion for social justice through her work at the Children’s Law Center by serving as a pro bono attorney for children in foster care and a volunteer attorney for the Minneapolis Urban League Legal Clinic. Jordan serves on the board of directors of the Children's Law Center and is a Director-at-Large for the Girl Scouts Council of Greater Minneapolis. She is active with the Minnesota Black Women Lawyers Network, where she is on the Governing Committee and is Chair of their annual Lena O. Smith Luncheon. The luncheon provides an opportunity for the legal community to celebrate diversity and recognize the contributions of black women lawyers to the practice of law in Minnesota.
Jordan shares her special interest in community service with her teenage daughter by getting her involved in ongoing projects. She enjoys reading, writing short stories, theater, and movie outings with her family.
Other New Lawyers Section officers for 2007-2008 are:
Vice-Chair: Sarah Dunn (Robert Half Legal)
Treasurer: Patty Wisecup
(Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala)
Secretary: Mark Belinske (Bassford Remele)
The Hennepin County Bar Association is a professional society representing nearly 8,000 area attorneys with a wide variety of services for the community and the profession. The New Lawyers Section consists of over 2,000 bar members admitted to practice before the Minnesota Supreme Court within the past six years, or who are 36 years of age or younger.