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News Release: June 28, 2017 


Minneapolis The Hennepin County Bar Foundation closed its 2016-17 fiscal year by announcing this year’s grant recipients and welcoming the 2017-18 leadership. Under the direction of President Katherine Bruce (Faegre Baker Daniels), the foundation awarded $202,500 in grants to 16 local community organizations whose work furthers the foundation’s mission: Promoting equal access to justice for the people of Hennepin County. (The list of grantees is below.)


Following the tenure of Kate Bruce, Kati Mohammad-Zadeh, J.D., Ph.D. (University of Minnesota) will serve as president of the HCBF for the 2017-18 fiscal year.


Serving with Mohammad-Zadeh as officers for the coming year are: Vice-President Vincent Louwagie (Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie); Secretary Sarah West (Office of the Public Defender); and Treasurer Alecia Anderson (Wells Fargo). Bruce 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 the local legal community, including individual member attorneys, law firms, and fundraising events including the Bar Benefit, held in March, and the “Tee it Up for Justice” Golf Classic, held in September.  

2016-2017 Grants by the Hennepin County Bar Foundation

Grant recipients:

Total of $202,500


Asian Women United of MN

Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin County

Conflict Resolution Center

Cornerstone Advocacy Service

Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota

Division of Indian Work

HCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service

ICWA Law Center

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers


Legal Rights Center

Minnesota AIDS Project

Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership

Sojourner Project

Standpoint (formerly known as Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project)

Volunteer Lawyers Network