MMLA Staff Attorney Awarded Inaugural Fellowship

The Minnesota Lavender Bar Association (MLBA) has awarded two inaugural Fellowships as part of a program to increase outreach and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) attorneys practicing law beyond the Twin Cities in greater Minnesota.

Dana Christensen, recipient of a Junior MLBA Greater Minnesota Fellowship, has demonstrated a strong commitment to promoting justice for the LGBTQ community in the St. Cloud area. Dana was a leader of the Vermont Law School’s LGBTQ student group throughout her law school career. Since 2012, Dana has worked for social and economic justice as a staff attorney for Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid. As an “out” attorney in Stearns County, Dana will continue working to build LGBTQ community in mid-Minnesota.

Lindsay J. Brice, recipient of a Senior MLBA Greater Minnesota Fellowship, has been active in the LGBTQ community in Rochester since moving there in 2007 after graduating from Hamline University School of Law. Lindsay clerked for the Honorable Joseph F. Wieners until 2009 when she was hired as a prosecutor for the Criminal Division of the Rochester City Attorney’s Office. She is the only “out” LGBTQ prosecutor in the County. Lindsay is a leader within the Olmsted County LGBTQ legal community as well as the criminal justice system, and has partnered with the Minnesota State Bar Association to present a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event. She provided leadership on a multi-year project to assist Dodge Fillmore Olmsted Victim Services improve their services to LGBTQ crime victims; they revised intake forms, policies, processes and outreach initiatives to in order to recognize and support LGBTQ victims of crime. She also serves on the Judicial Council’s statewide Committee for Equality & Justice. As an MLBA Senior Fellow, Lindsay will continue her work of promoting LGBTQ inclusion in southeastern Minnesota.

The Minnesota Lavender Bar Association (MLBA) is the largest professional association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) attorneys and allies in Minnesota. The MLBA works to promote equality and justice in the legal profession and LGBTQ community in Minnesota. For more information visit www.mnlavbar.org or contact info@mnlavbar.org.