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Judge Kathleen Sanberg (’82) Receives MWL Award

JUNE 7, 2012—Kathleen Sanberg (’82), a judge on the Minnesota Tax Court, was selected by Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) to receive its 2012 Myra Bradwell Award. It goes to an MWL member who exemplifies the highest ideals of the legal profession and the courage, perseverance, and leadership on women's issues of the award's namesake.

Judge Sanberg was appointed to the Tax Court by Gov. Jesse Ventura in 2001 from Faegre Baker Daniels, where she had practiced bankruptcy and other financial law since 1990. Previously she had practiced in California (1986-89) and with Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly in Minneapolis (1982-85).

An active volunteer, mentor, educator, and advocate, Judge Sanberg received MWL's Service Award in 2004 and the Metropolitan Economic Development Association Attorney Volunteer of the Year Award in 2000.

She has served on the Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA) Board of Directors and participated in its inaugural 2004-05 Leaders Impacting the Nonprofit Community class. At the Minnesota State Bar Association, she has been an officer in the Bankruptcy Section and co-edited the Bankruptcy Bulletin, served on the Diversity Committee and the Women in the Legal Profession Committee, and is a 2011-12 HCBA representative on the Council.

The Myra Bradwell Award is named for the founder and editor of the Chicago Legal News, who was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1872 after a three-year denial—first on the grounds that she was a married woman, then on the grounds that she was a woman.


Judge Kathleen Sanberg

Judge Kathleen Sanberg (’82)