Law Alumnae Brunch: Leadership at Your Best

Law School Alumnae Brunch Law Alumnae Brunch: Leadership at Your Best
Law Alumnae Brunch: Leadership at Your Best

Join us for great conversation, breakfast, and CLE credit, while we honor the Alumna Achievement Award Recipient and hear from the Alumnae Leadership Panel.

Date & Time:

Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM



University of St. Thomas School of Law, Atrium

All are welcome to attend! Alumni ticket are $15 through Oct. 20 and go up to $25 on Oct. 21. Student tickets are $10. Guests/Friends of St. Thomas Law tickets are $25. Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 27. 1.5 hours of CLE credit applied for. 


9:00    Check-in and Networking

9:20    Brunch Buffet

9:40    Welcome by Lisa Brabbit, Senior Assistant Dean of External Relations

9:45    Presentation of Alumna Achievement Award byJuliana Cadavid Vaughn ’11,Immigration Advocate, Hennepin County Office of Multi-Cultural Services


Sarah Brenes '08, Refugee & Immigrant Program Director, The Advocates for Human Rights

Sarah Brenes is the Program Director for the Refugee & Immigrant Program at The Advocates for Human Rights. She leads efforts to recruit, train and support volunteer attorneys to representation asylum seekers and other immigrants seeking humanitarian protection in the United States.

Prior to joining The Advocates, Brenes was a clinical law fellow at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. She taught and supervised students in the Immigration Law Practice Group, representing clients seeking asylum, family reunification benefits, and visas of victims of trafficking and violent crimes. She supervised students representing clients detained in immigration custody during their initial hearings before the immigration judge as part of the Minnesota Detention Project.

Sarah has worked with non-profit organizations and private immigration firms serving immigrant clients. She worked with the Migrant Unit of Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services in North Dakota and Minnesota and with the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota through a clerkship sponsored by the Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF). In addition, she clerked at Centro Legal, Inc. as an Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program Fellow.

Sarah has served on the Immigration Council and the Legal Assistance for the Disadvantaged Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association. She currently serves as the Asylum Office Liaison for the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

10:00  Alumnae Leadership Panel

Elizabeth Grande '04, Head of Market Specialists, Risk & Compliance, Thomson Reuters

Amanda Bloomgren ’06, Attorney and Founding Partner, Bloomgren Hanson Legal

Erin Bryan ’08, Vice President & Senior Corporate Counsel, U.S. Bank

Tisidra Jones ’12, Creative Operations & Policy, Director, Creative Leadership Department, Intermedia Arts

Nicole Fredricks Jackson,Director of Student Life and Alumni Engagement, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Moderator

11:30  Closing Remarks by Sarah Demers ‘11, Attorney, Law Office of Katherine L. MacKinnon

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