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Winthrop & Weinstine Attorney to Co-Chair 2015 Barrister’s Breakfast
MINNEAPOLIS – October 8, 2015 – Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., is proud to announce that attorney Gerry Fornwald will be co-chairing the 2015 Barrister’s Breakfast, to be held on Wednesday, November 11 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at Joyce Preschool at 3400 Park Avenue in Minneapolis. The Barrister’s Breakfast is a fundraising event that brings together members of the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul legal community to support children at a critical point in their development. Congressman Keith Ellison will be the keynote speaker.

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, law is one of the least diverse professions in the nation; 88 percent of attorneys are white. And even though blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americas make up almost 1/3 of the population and 1/5 of law school graduates, they make up less than seven percent of law firm partners and nine percent of general counsels of large corporations.

With the full support of his law firm, Winthrop & Weinstine, Fornwald, shareholder and business and commercial litigator, is devoting his time to change these statistics. For the fifth year in a row, Fornwald is co-chairing the Barrister’s Breakfast to help raise awareness about the role that early childhood education plays in building a more diverse, professional legal community in Minnesota.  Lisa Lodin Peralta from Robins Kaplan LLP is a co-chair along with Fornwald.

“Success starts with the core foundation of being ready for school upon entry,” Fornwald said. “This annual benefit breakfast is a great way for the legal community to support future generations of leaders.”

This year’s event will include networking, coffee and light breakfast, and a keynote presentation from Keith Ellison, who has represented the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007. The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs and is one of the most vibrant and ethnically diverse districts in Minnesota. Rep. Ellison’s guiding philosophy is based on “generosity and inclusion” and his priorities in congress are building prosperity for working families, promoting peace, pursuing environmental sustainability, and advancing civil and human rights.

For more information about the Barrister’s Breakfast or to register, please visit

About Joyce Preschool
Joyce Preschool has provided early childhood programming to the community since 1966, and quality dual immersion education since 1995. The mission of Joyce Preschool is to provide children from diverse ethnic, linguistic, and economic backgrounds with developmentally and culturally appropriate preparation for success in school and lifelong learning. This mission is achieved through providing quality early childhood education and family support in a dual immersion setting.

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