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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 process.

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.


The 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.