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HCBA Selects Duane Stanley as Executive Director
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NEWS RELEASE: July 8, 2015

Minneapolis: -- Duane D. Stanley has become the executive director of the Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA). Stanley takes the helm with detailed knowledge and experience with management, strategic planning, and policy implementation for the association from 28 years of service to the HCBA.

Stanley has served as the HCBA’s assistant executive director since 1995 and communications director since 1989, carrying responsibility for communications, legal services programs, and technology.  Three times he filled the leadership role as the association’s interim executive director.

An honors graduate of Minnesota Bible College, St. Cloud State University, and the University of Minnesota, Stanley has worked to enhance the role of legal professionals and bar associations, and has fought to attain access to justice for all in the community. 

Stanley has also served, and gained high recognition for his service, at a national level.  A member of the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) since 1988, he served on its board of directors from 2008 until 2013.  He also served for a decade in leadership of NABE’s communications section, and as its chair during 2005-06.  In 2010, he was honored with the E.A. "Wally” Richter Leadership Award (the section’s highest honor) for achievement in the field of communications, extraordinary service to colleagues in NABE, and distinguished leadership.

Locally, Stanley has served on a variety of law-related committees, task forces, advisory boards and boards of directors, and also served in his home community in many ways, including a decade of sports boosters and soccer club leadership, and as coach and referee.  For over four decades, he has served in leadership and as a teacher at Southeast Christian Church, and on the board of directors for a world mission organization.  Stanley, with Kathy, his wife of 46 years, make their home in St. Anthony Village where they raised their three children and now enjoy two grandchildren. 


The Hennepin County Bar Association is a professional society representing nearly 8,000 area attorneys with a wide variety of services for the community and the 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.