Published on: Monday, July 2, 2012
The Minnesota State Bar Association honored University of St. Thomas School of Law Director of Career and Professional Development Kendra Brodin with the President’s Award at its annual meeting on June 22, 2012. Brodin received the award for her work as the founding chairperson of Committee 36. Committee 36 is a program launched by the Minnesota State Bar Association to help recent law graduates with the unique professional challenges of the first 36 months of law practice. The committee connects new lawyers with individuals in the legal community to support their development. The committee also provides resources and educational and social programming to support new members of the profession.
“Committee 36 is tackling the big issues for students after they graduate including finding the right position, managing their debt, and making connections,” Brodin said. According to Brodin, “As the market place has changed and gotten more difficult, there is an even greater emphasis on the need for lawyers to create and maintain effective relationships. Committee 36 is a natural extension of my work at the University of St. Thomas School of Law because the committee provides the next step in a continuum of professional development that begins in law school and continues throughout a lawyer’s career. I appreciate the School of Law supporting me in the work with the bar association.”
The MSBA's President's Award is the only award selected by the bar president. All other bar awards are selected by bar committees. The President’s Award recognizes outstanding service to the Association and is given annually.
Brodin has served as the Director of Career and Professional Development at the University of St. Thomas School of Law since June of 2011. Prior to joining the law school, Kendra was a consultant and executive coach for law firms and lawyers across the country on professional development topics such as career satisfaction, leadership, and conflict resolution. Kendra also has experience in civil litigation, mediation, and non-profit management. Kendra earned a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School.