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Hennepin County Bar Foundation Closes Record Year with Grants and Elections
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News Release: June 22, 2016 


MINNEAPOLISThe Hennepin County Bar Foundation closed its 2015-16 fiscal year with a celebrative air under the direction of outgoing President Sharna Wahlgren. The foundation raised a record amount for supporting grants to agencies serving legal needs in Hennepin County.  The foundation awarded $120,000 in grants to 16 local law-related agencies and projects, which are listed here.

These agencies and law-related programs help further the foundation’s mission: Promoting equal access to justice for the people of Hennepin County.

At the close of its annual meeting, Wahlgren passed the leadership mantel to
Katherine Bruce (Faegre Baker Daniels), who in turn presented a plaque of recognition to Wahlgren for her year of presidential leadership, which included significant long-range strategic planning. In addition, the annual meeting looked forward by electing new board members and officers, presented awards for service, and committed to increasing fund development for future grant making.


Serving with Bruce as officers for the coming year are: Vice-President Kati Mohammad-Zadeh (University of Minnesota Law School); Secretary Vincent Louwagie (Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie); and Treasurer Sarah West (Office of the Public Defender). Wahlgren remains an officer as the immediate past president. 


The Hennepin Country Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the Hennepin County Bar Association.  Funds for annual grants come from individual member attorneys and through two key fund-raising events: the annual Bar Benefit held in March and a Charity Golf Classic held in August. Under Wahlgren’s leadership, record sums were raised in both events this year from members, law firms, sponsors, and other generous individuals.