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NEWS RELEASE: July 9, 2015

Minneapolis: -- The Hennepin County Bar Foundation closed its 2014-15 fiscal year with a celebrative air for its record-breaking year under the direction of outgoing President Girard Miller.  The foundation provided a record amount in grant awards by finalizing over $127,000 in grants to 17 local law-related agencies and projects.

A listing of regular cycle grant recipients is included below. 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, Miller passed the leadership mantel to Sharna Wahlgren, who in turn presented a plaque of recognition to Miller for his 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 Wahlgren as officers for the coming year are: Vice-President Katherine Bruce (U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota); Secretary Kati Mohammad-Zadeh (University of Minnesota Law School); and Treasurer Vincent Louwagie  (Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie). Girard Miller (Maslon) 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 Miller’s leadership, record sums were raised in both events this year from members, law firms, sponsors, and other generous individuals. 


2014-2015 Grants by the Hennepin County Bar Foundation

Grant recipients:

Total of $127,000


Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project

Call for Justice

Children’s Law Center of Minnesota

Conflict Resolution Center

Council on Americans-Islamic Relations, Minnesota

Domestic Abuse Project

Farmers’ Legal Action Group

Legal Rights Center


Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance (Legal Aid)

Minnesota AIDS Project

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

Minnesota Justice Foundation

Peace and Hope International

Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership

The Advocates for Human Rights

Volunteer Lawyers Network