Mitchell Hamline School of Law was honored Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the 2nd Annual Minnesota Lawyer Diversity & Inclusion Awards, held at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Minnesota Lawyer created the awards as a way to honor “those in the legal profession that go above and beyond in their efforts to create a more diverse and inclusionary community.”
The school was honored in part for its work on the Gateway to Legal Education program, which seeks to introduce undergraduates of color and first-generation college students to legal education and a career in law. “The goal is to move the needle in a substantial way and to expand opportunities both with the diversity of our incoming class and by over time making it easier for law firms to have a more diverse pool of candidates to choose from,” said Mitchell Hamline President and Dean Mark C. Gordon.
Also honored was Faith Jackson, for the many and varied ways she promotes diversity in the legal community. “Our goal is to hopefully increase the diversity of our incoming class and the legal profession at large,” said Jackson, an assistant director of admissions at Mitchell Hamline.