NEWS RELEASE: May 14, 2015
Minneapolis: -- The Hennepin County Bar
Association’s (HCBA) Diversity and Inclusion Committee recognizes three
individuals (two lawyers and a nonlawyer) and a legal employer for their outstanding
commitment to diversity in the profession.
Individual awardees are: lawyers Alan
K. Haynes (University of Minnesota Law School), Christine S. Yun Sauer (Robins Kaplan), and nonlawyer Shari Tivy (Bowman and Brooke). Legal
employer General Mills receives the
firm award. Recipients will be recognized at the HCBA annual meeting on May 27.
The award selection
committee took the unusual step of recommending that two attorneys, Alan
Haynes and Christine Yun Sauer, share this award this year because
both of these individuals deserve recognition for their efforts in saving and promoting
the 1L Minority Clerkship Program. When the program’s future was in doubt,
without a home and sponsorship, Haynes provided critical leadership to find a
way to allow the program to continue. Yun
Sauer, in turn, has supported the program for many years as a volunteer leader
and has been indispensable in integrating and establishing the program at the
HCBA, ensuring its continued success. This program exemplifies the vision of
the HCBA to promote diversity and inclusion.
Shari Tivy, director of human resources at Bowman and Brooke since 2005,
worked with the firm’s diversity committee to develop the firm’s diversity
program. She helped to launch an "Acts
of Inclusion Checklist,” a list of 64 ways to foster a culture of inclusion as
a help to all employees. All lawyers at
the firm are required to engage in a minimum number of activities, and
participation is considered as part of each lawyer’s annual review
Tivy serves on the firm’s recruiting committee, and
represents Bowman and Brooke with Twin Cities Diversity in Practice. She also serves on diversity committees both
locally and internationally for the Association of Legal Administrators.
As an employer, General Mills, has long been recognized as a community leader in promoting diversity
and inclusion. It offers numerous
programs, networks, and councils within the company to foster a progressive and
inclusive culture. Rick Palmore, who
retired as General Counsel of the firm earlier this year, has been recognized
as a national leader in changing how corporations and law firms manage and
develop diverse talent. The company has a diverse in-house counsel staff and has
implemented an "Engage Excellence” minority lawyer inclusion incentive program
designed to ensure that the company engages diverse lawyers on significant
matters and promotes diversity in its outside counsel’s firms.
mission of the HCBA is to serve the needs of a diverse membership by advancing
collegiality, professionalism, ethical conduct, and competence in the legal
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. The largest of Minnesota's 21 county bar
associations, the HCBA serves nearly 8,000 legal professionals.