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Pam Wandzel, Fredrikson’s Director of Pro Bono & Community Service, has been nominated as one of the honorees in The Citizens League’s #MNCivicLeader, an annual social media campaign to identify everyday civic leaders who go above and beyond to make a difference in Minnesota. On October 14, 2021, The Citizens league will hold a virtual event celebrating the leaders nominated in this year’s #MNCivicLeader campaign.

“Pam’s compassion for and commitment to the people of our community are truly remarkable,” said Steve Quam, member of Fredrikson & Byron’s Board of Directors. “She has worked tirelessly to establish connections between our firm, our corporate partners, and the community. Pam has made a difference in countless people’s lives. We are lucky to have her at the firm, and lucky to have her as a member of our community.”

According to the community leaders who contributed to Pam’s nomination, she excels at working with lawyers and staff to uncover their passions, and with nonprofits and community organizations to understand their needs, and the ability to bring these diverse entities together.

During the past 25 years, Pam has worked on numerous community projects, including feeding the homeless, working in community gardens, rehabbing homes through Rebuilding Together Twin Cities and more. In the spring and summer of 2020, following the wave of civic unrest and riots, she helped set up a series of free legal clinics at the Midtown Global Market in South Minneapolis, giving impacted businesses immediate access to free legal advice, which was essential to putting them on a firm path to reopening.

Founded in 1952, The Citizens League is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that fosters engagement in Minnesota’s civic life with a goal of making the state a better place to live and work for everyone. In its #MNCivicLeader campaign, the organization asked individuals throughout the state to nominate friends, neighbors, co-workers, and others in their lives who continue to step up and lead in unique and effective ways every day.

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