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Crane Engineering is a feature sponsor at MDLA 2016 Diversity Seminar

  • AT&T Tower/20th Floor Conference Room 901 South Marquette Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55402 United States (map)

This year’s event will be held on June 2 from 3:00-7:15 p.m. at the AT&T Building 20th Floor Conference Room. The event will feature two panels and a keynote address. Our first panel consists of general counsel and in-house insurance attorneys who will be discussing the industry expectations for increasing diversity and why diversity matters to clients. Our second panel will consist of several judges and educators who will be discussing institutional barriers to diversity in the legal profession and the diversity pipeline. Our keynote speaker is Michelle Miller, Vice President and Chief Counsel, Employment Law at Medtronic, Inc. She will discuss how to move beyond mentoring to sponsorship and also highlighting some law firm/legal employer diversity initiatives and efforts that work. We will host a social hour after the presentation where attendees can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and speak with the presenters.




3:00 – 3:30 pm



3:30 – 3:40 pm

Welcome & Introduction
Rich Scattergood and Jack Hennen


3:40 – 4:40 pm

General Counsel, Insurance Carrier Panel


  • Ann Anaya, Sr. Litigation Counsel, 3M
  • Amanda Daeges, VP & Sr. Counsel, US Bank
  • Angelita Hernandez, Sr. Counsel, Target Corp.
  • Peter Glass, Assistant General Counsel, Xcel Energy
  • Kenya Bodden, Progressive Insurance

A candid discussion regarding industry expectations for increasing diversity. What real diversity looks like; why it matters to clients; and why it should matter to you. This panel will explore the value increased diversity brings to companies through who they hire and retain (inside and outside counsel). In addition, panelists will share steps that corporate legal departments are taking to measure diversity performance at law firms, as well as the challenges corporate legal departments face in implementing and measuring the diversity initiatives of the law firms they employ.


  • Bryan Browning, Bassford Remele, P.A.
  • Colleen McGarry, Meagher & Geer, PLLP


4:40 – 4:45 pm



4:45 – 5:45 pm

Judges/Educators Panel


  • Judge Michael Browne, Hennepin County District Court
  • Judge Kevin Ross, Minnesota Court of Appeals
  • Val Jensen, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice
  • Anne Moelk, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs & Student Life at Mitchell-Hamline

This discussion will concentrate on why diversity matters to the Courts and the future of the legal system as a whole. The panel will focus on providing strategies for overcoming institutional, cultural, andother barriers to increasing diversity in the legal profession. The judges on the panel will focus on the view from the bench of diversity in our profession and will make the case for the need for increased diversity in the legal community. The panel also includes “pipeline” experts, who will help identify issues facing our legal community when it comes to recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys. They will also explore practical strategies firms can employ to increase the number of diverse attorneys thereby increasing the opportunities to hire diverse attorneys.


  • Judge Peter Reyes, Minnesota Court of Appeals


5:45 – 6:15 pm

Keynote Speech
Michelle Miller, Medtronic

Moving Beyond Mentoring to Sponsorship. Law Firm/ Legal Employer diversity initiatives and efforts that work. How increasing diversity makes you a stronger, healthier, more stable and nimble organization.


6:15 – 7:15 pm

Reception/Social Hour