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Briones honored by MN Justice Foundation


Hamline University School of Law weekend JD student Carrie Briones received the Minnesota Justice Foundation’s 2012 Outstanding Service Award at the organization’s 30th anniversary celebration on Nov. 15.

MJF annually honors Minnesota legal professionals for their exemplary service to low-income clients. Current law students are also honored for their volunteer commitment. The following individuals were recognized at MJF’s anniversary celebration:

Distinguished Service: P. Kenneth Kohnstamm (Special Assistant Attorney General, MN Attorney General’s Office)
Advocate: Marit Eriksmoen (Office Manager, Housing Preservation Project)
Direct Legal Service: Susan Stokes (Executive Director, Farmers’ Legal Action Group)
Private Practice: Michael Ponto (Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels)
Law Student Outstanding Service Awards:
Carrie Briones (Hamline University School of Law)
Steven Kool (University of St. Thomas School of Law)
John Cetta (University of Minnesota Law School)
Grace Zaiman (William Mitchell College of Law)

This year’s keynote speaker was Phil Duran, President-elect of the Minnesota State Bar Association; Legal Director for OutFrontMN, Minnesota’s leading LGBT advocacy organization; and a founding member of the Lavender Bar Association. Duran is well known for his work on behalf of the state’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender citizens. His keynote addressed the importance of diversity in legal practice and the accomplishments of LGBT advocates in the courtroom.

Past MJF student award recipients from Hamline Law include Nancy Proffitt (1992), Colleen Beebe (1995), Brenda Sue Denton (1997), Andrew Krijac (2002), Lyndsay Haller (2003), Kate Hannaher (2008), Micah Ludeke (2010), and Mirella Ceja-Orozco (2011).

The Minnesota Justice Foundation was incorporated in 1982 by Minnesota law students concerned about their role within the community. For 28 years MJF has secured legal aid for thousands of under-represented Minnesotans by coordinating the efforts of volunteer law students and attorneys.

Learn more:
Minnesota Justice Foundation