• 02.15.20

    Jerry Blackwell on Legal Diversity: 30 Years in the Trenches

    In honor of Black History Month, Minnesota Attorney at Law Magazine asked Firm founder and CEO, Jerry W. Blackwell, to share his thoughts on the evolution of legal diversity in the Twin Cities, and progress yet to be made. “The changes do not lend themselves to binary conclusions, as in, do we have cause to celebrate or not, because there is room for both. A thirsty man is capable both of noting when his glass should be full and yet celebrates whatever drops he has.” Photo courtesy of Attorney at Law Magazine Read Mr. Blackwell’s candid article. About Jerry W.…
  • 01.26.20

    Spiwe Jefferson on Mindful Lawyering

    As part of its ongoing commitment to lawyer wellness, Minnesota Attorney at Law magazine periodically invites law firms and legal departments in the Twin Cities community to share their thoughts and activities on related topics. Blackwell Burke P.A. is deeply committed to wellness, offering various programs to its employees to promote sustainable lifelong healthy habits, including free weekly workout sessions with a professional trainer on-site. Firm attorney, Spiwe L. Jefferson, noted that according to a study conducted by the American Bar Association and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, lawyers are at higher risk of alcohol abuse and suffer more significant…
  • 01.22.20

    Jerry Blackwell on Legal Diversity: A Professional Obligation

    Firm founder and CEO, Jerry W. Blackwell, has long been viewed as a thought leader in the Twin Cities legal community. Minnesota Lawyer magazine sought his insights in its article, Statements on Diversity & Inclusion. The magazine also highlighted statements from Tom Nelson – president of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Ann Anaya – chief diversity officer at 3M Company, and interviewed MSBA Diversity & Inclusion Council leaders Alice Silkey and Athena Hollins. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Lawyer Read the Minnesota Lawyer article. About Jerry W. Blackwell Jerry Blackwell serves as national and trial counsel for several major corporations…
  • 12.30.19

    Emily Ambrose One of America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators

    Emily A. Ambrose, Blackwell Burke attorney, was named to the America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators®. Selection is by invitation only and is reserved for the most exceptional Civil Defense Litigators throughout the nation. Only the top 100 qualifying defense litigators in each state receive this honor. With these high standards for selection to America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators, less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor     “Our work handling complex and challenging litigation for our clients is rewarding,” Ambrose said. “I’m honored to be included in America’s Top…
  • 12.06.19

    Blackwell Burke proudly sponsors the MABL Foundation Scholarship Gala

    With a theme of “Keep moving forward,” the 2019 MABL Foundation Scholarship Gala honored five students from Mitchell Hamline School of Law and the University of St. Thomas School of Law. The students demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and a deep commitment to addressing issues that impact the black community. In addition to the scholarship recipients, John Choi, the first Korean-American chief prosecutor in the United States was honored with the MABL Profiles in Courage Award for his innovative approach to progressive justice reform. Choi’s courageous decisions include deciding to charge the officer involved in the shooting of Philando Castile and…
  • 11.15.19

    Blackwell Burke Sponsors Reimagining Justice Conference

    Blackwell Burke P.A. was a proud sponsor of the Reimagining Justice Conference organized by the Minnesota Justice Research Center (MJRC), which was recently hosted by Target. This important annual event brings together thought leaders and criminal justice stakeholders from across the Midwest to reimagine and transform our criminal justice system. Target’s General Counsel, Don Liu, kicked off the event and discussed Target’s ongoing commitment to eliminate racial inequality in the criminal justice system. Governor Tim Walz also spoke at the event, sharing with passion, the measures his administration is taking along the same lines. Governor Tim Walz spoke about the…

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