Minneapolis (06-20-02): -- On July 1, 2002, Jean F. Holloway takes office as the 84th president of the Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA) with a membership of nearly 8000 lawyers. The HCBA is Minnesota’s largest local bar association and also the nation’s ninth largest. Accepting the gavel from outgoing president Brian Melendez, Holloway begins a one-year term as president, representing nearly half of the attorneys in Minnesota.
With both a J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Ms. Holloway is a business consultant for McKinsey & Company, located in Minneapolis and recognized nationally. Before joining McKinsey & Company, Holloway was a partner with Dorsey & Whitney where she practiced commercial, complex and employment litigation.
In the middle of her decade with Dorsey & Whitney, Ms. Holloway served for nearly a year with the Children’s Defense Fund as a lobbyist on children’s issues and as its senior attorney. Much of her volunteer service as a lawyer has focused on children’s issues, and she continues to be a passionate supporter of public service by the profession.
Holloway has taken many leadership roles within the HCBA as well as in local and national organizations such as Minnesota Women Lawyers, Minnesota Supreme Court Task Forces for Guardian ad Litem and Foster care issues, the Governor’s Council on Action for Children, and the Children’s Law Center.
In her acceptance speech at the HCBA Annual Meeting, Holloway made it clear that she has every intention of building upon the solid foundation laid down by past leadership and does not see a need for any radical changes. Where she will focus her attention and energies are four main areas: She looks forward to implementing the new judicial evaluation system, looking for the best ways to draw member benefits from new technologies, seeing if there are ways to make the association’s governance structure more streamlined, and -- most passionate among her interests – to take additional strides in assuring access to justice for all the disadvantaged, particularly low-income children. She stated, "I applaud the past commitment of the Hennepin County bar to pro bono activities and anticipate exploring ways to coordinate and expand those efforts."
Ms. Holloway, with husband Dr. Avi Nahum and their three children, make their home in Edina.
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Also serving on the 2002-2003 Executive Committee of the Hennepin County Bar Association are:
John Dornik President-Elect, McKenzie & Hallberg
Brent Routman Treasurer, Merchant & Gould
Marlene Garvis Secretary, Jardine Logan & O’Brien
Brian Melendez Past President, Faegre & Benson
Joan Schulkers Chair, New Lawyers Section, Borman & Schulkers
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