Adjunct: Law in Practice
Imani Jaafar is currently the Minneapolis Director of the Office of Police Conduct Review (OPCR). She is also an adjunct professor of law at the University of Minnesota and formerly at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. A board member for Minnesota Landmark Center and Global Rights for Women, Imani formerly practiced criminal defense and estate planning, including a specialty in Islamic estate planning. Imani provides services as an expert consultant on cases involving Islamic issues and diversity training. Imani was a housing staff attorney at Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, a Ramsey County Public Defender, and law clerk to the Honorable Judge Lloyd Zimmerman.
Imani received an achievement in oversight award from the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement and an outstanding advocate award from Minnesota Justice Foundation. She received a City of Minneapolis Star Award in 2017 for launching a nationally recognized public data portal on police misconduct. Imani was named a Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star, an Minnesota Lawyer Up and Coming Attorney, and received the Judge Varco Pro Bono Services Award. Imani speaks nationwide on issues related to American Muslims and teaches courses on representing Muslim clients and police accountability throughout the Twin Cities.