Meet the Bar Event | Law Students and Recent Grads

Event Description

Thinking about starting your legal career? The bar association can help. 

Join us for Meet the Bar: a free event designed just for law students and recent grads.

This event will help you:
• Know what firms look for when hiring
• Perfect your LinkedIn profile
• Get advice from attorneys about starting your career

This virtual event will feature a breakout room session with experienced attorneys. They'll share tips and recommendations, insights and advice on getting started on the right track. Registrants will get a follow up email to choose a group of attorneys to meet with based on practice area and setting.

Who should attend:

This event will be the most meaningful for recent graduates and 2L-3L law students.

Event Timeline:
4:00 pm Kendra Brodin | What recruiters and law firms look for in a new hire 
4:15 pm Small-group chats with practicing attorneys
4:35 pm Phyllis Welsh | Perfecting your LinkedIn profile
4:45 pm Kyle Willems | Get the most from your bar association

Kendra Brodin | Chief Attorney Development Officer | Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Kendra Brodin is the Chief Attorney Development Officer at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP where she focuses on the holistic development of the firm's lawyers at all levels, including associate training and well-being initiatives. Kendra earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, and obtained her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. Kendra brings a depth of professional experience in lawyer recruiting, professional and business development, and diversity in the legal profession.

Prior to the combination between Taft and Briggs and Morgan, Kendra was Briggs' director of lawyer talent and co-chair of the recruiting and associate evaluation committees. Before joining Briggs, Kendra served in roles such as client development manager at a leading intellectual property law firm, executive director of a top legal recruiting firm, and director of a law school career and professional development office. Kendra founded and ran a successful coaching and consulting practice for several years, providing coaching, training, and consulting services focused on career, personal, and professional development for attorneys. Kendra also practiced law as a litigation attorney.

Kendra is a former president of Minnesota Women Lawyers, is the co-founder and chairperson of the Institute for Leadership in the Legal Profession signature program of the Hennepin County Bar Association, has held a variety of leadership positions with the Minnesota State Bar Association, and is involved with both the National Association of Law Placement and the Professional Development Consortium.

Phyllis Welsh | Founder | Red Fox Social
Phyllis likes to say that she was at the forefront of the social media marketing boom. While in law school, she interned at TOMS as their social media intern and fell in love with the way that it allowed companies to connect and engage with their customers. Since then, she has spent the past ten years working with non-profits, startups and Fortune 100 companies as a social media strategist. Her expertise lies in enabling businesses and empowering leaders and employees in their use of social media, whether as a business strategy or as professional brand strategy.

Kyle Willems  | Chair, New Lawyers Section | Attorney, Bassforde Remele
Kyle focuses his practice in the areas of construction, real estate, product liability, fire/explosion, general liability, and tort litigation. In addition, he represents clients in medical malpractice matters.
He is an experienced litigator who has significant experience representing both individuals and companies during the course of litigation, and at mediation, arbitration, trial, and on appeal. Kyle recently obtained a substantial jury verdict in favor of his client in an insurance subrogation action and got a discrimination lawsuit dismissed against his client on summary judgment in federal court. He was also recently named a 2019 Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer.



Deadline to register:

Wednesday, 1/20 at 12:00 pm

Want more information about the New Lawyers Section ? 
Questions? Contact Kara Haro| 612-278-6329

The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify Kara Haro via phone or email:  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations.

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Pre-Registration is Closed

Thursday, January 21, 2021

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM