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2018 HCBA Annual Meeting to Celebrate Milestones, Excellence in the Legal Profession
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NEWS RELEASE: May 15, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS—  The Hennepin County Bar Association will welcome its 100th president, Adine Momoh, at its Annual Meeting on May 31 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus. Momoh will receive the ceremonial leadership gavel from current HCBA president, Thaddeus R. Lightfoot. Momoh, a partner at Stinson Leonard Street, is the youngest attorney and the first African American woman to serve in this position. Her term begins July 1, 2018, and Momoh will lead the association during its centennial year in 2019.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey will deliver the keynote address for the evening. The Larry McDonough Trio will play during the networking reception at 5 p.m.

Nine attorney members will also be recognized with the inaugural HCBA Excellence Awards. The HCBA selected eight members for their work from among six different categories, and one member for career contributions to the profession.

Landon Ascheman, Ascheman Law: Mentoring in the Profession
Michael Cockson, Faegre Baker Daniels: Providing Pro Bono Service 
Yaima Couso, Volunteer Lawyers Network: Improving Access to Justice
Phil Duran, JustUs Health: Advancing Diversity & Inclusion 
Ami ElShareif, Robins Kaplan: Service to the Association
Referee JaPaul Harris, Fourth Judicial District: Improving Access to Justice 
Susan Link, Maslon: Advancing Innovation in the Profession 
RJ Zayed, Dorsey & Whitney: Providing Pro Bono Service 
Suzanne Pontinen, Former Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers Network: Career Contributions to the Profession

Individual tickets for the event are available for $85 each at Reserved tables of 10 seats with signage are available for $1000. To reserve a table or to purchase multiple tickets, please contact Sheila Johnson at 612-752-6615. If you are a member of the media and interested in attending, please contact Photos of the event and of Ms. Momoh will be available by contacting Nick Hansen at . 

The Hennepin County Bar Association is the largest of Minnesota’s local bar associations, with a membership of nearly 8,000 members, serving the profession and the public.


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