MINNEAPOLIS – Barnes & Thornburg has announced that Emily Hunt Turner was selected as the recipient of the law firm’s Nancy A. Sullivan Community Leadership Award. The award was presented at the firm’s 12th annual Women in Leadership: Exploring Pathways event on Sept. 13 in Minneapolis.
Turner is the founder and chief executive officer of All Square, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit social enterprise whose mission is to support those impacted by mass incarceration and the criminal justice system. A civil rights attorney with a background in architecture, law and public policy, Turner spent five years as a federal attorney for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she worked on housing segregation and barriers to housing for people affected by the justice system, before founding All Square.
The Nancy A. Sullivan Community Leadership Award – named in memory of beloved Barnes & Thornburg partner Nancy Sullivan, who died in 2013 as a result of domestic violence – was created to recognize women in the Minneapolis community who have achieved the highest level of professional excellence; exemplify a commitment to their community; are dedicated to helping others, especially women, in realizing their leadership potential; and exhibit the qualities of partnership, integrity and perseverance.
All Square was one of the first organizations to receive a grant from Barnes & Thornburg’s Racial and Social Justice Foundation in 2020. The grant contributed to All Square’s legal initiative, The Legal Revolution, civil rights law firm, and its Prison-to-Law Pipeline program that facilitates ABA-accredited law degrees and ABA-approved paralegal degrees for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Another one of All Square’s notable programs is a restaurant that supports its mission.
The 2023 Women in Leadership: Exploring Pathways event was held at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis and featured keynote speaker Sonya Renee Taylor, known for her work in racial justice, body liberation, and transformational change. She is the author of The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love.
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