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Hennepin County Bar Foundation Closes Year with Grants and Elections
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News Release: July 05, 2012

Minneapolis: -- The Hennepin County Bar Foundation’s annual meeting, under the direction of outgoing President Andrew Mohring, was a celebration of accomplishment and included an enthusiastic look to the future with the election of new officers. The foundation finalized over $100,000 in grants to 29 local law-related agencies and projects, presented awards for service, and committed to a tailored strategic planning process for the coming year. 

At the close of the meeting, Mohring passed the leadership mantel to Steven Pincus (Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie), and Pincus in turn presented a plaque of recognition to Mohring for his year of presidential leadership. Other officers for the coming year include: Vice-President Jonathan A. Strauss (Sapientia Law Group); Secretary Girard Miller (Fulbright & Jaworski ); and Treasurer Sharna A. Wahlgren (Leonard Street & Deinard). Mohring (Office of the Federal Defender) remains an officer as the immediate past president.

Attorney Michael Unger was recognized with a President’s Award for his long-term service to the foundation, including his unfailing energies in the conceptualizing and promotion of Call For Justice, a new initiative designed to help close the gap in access to justice.

Mary-Margaret Zindren was recognized as the foundation’s new executive director in her joint capacity serving both the foundation and the Hennepin County Bar Association.

Grants distributed totaled $106,000 to a wide range of applicant programs that are consistent with the foundation’s mission: to achieve equal justice for all citizens of Hennepin County by improving the administration of justice; increasing the public understanding of the law; and facilitating the delivery of legal services. Grant recipients include small local service agencies and specific projects that might not be able to be funded by larger foundations.

The Hennepin Country Bar Foundation is the giving arm of the Hennepin County Bar Association. Funds for distribution 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 Mohring’s leadership, record sums were raised in both events this year from members, law firms, sponsors, and other generous individuals. 

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Hennepin County Bar Foundation 2012 grant recipients: 

Asian Women United of Minnesota
Battered Women’s Legal Adocacy Project
Central Minnesota Legal Services
Children’s Law Center of Minnesota
Civil Society
Conflict Resolution Center
Division of Indian Work
Emerge Community Development
Hennepin County Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Services
ICWA Law Center
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
Legal Rights Center
Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
Minnesota Justice Foundation
Neighborhood Involvement Program
Peace and Hope
Resource – Employment Action Center
Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership
Somali Benadiri Community of Minnesota
The Advocates for Human Rights
The Family Partnership Tubman
Volunteer Lawyers Network Volunteers of America – Minnesota
YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities – MN YMCA Youth in Government