October is Diversity Awareness Month, which seems like the ideal time to explore the experiences of, and opportunities for, lawyers of color in the Twin Cities. A panel held at the law school earlier this month highlighted the need for increased diversity in legal leadership positions, as well as the importance of mentoring young lawyers to keep talented young lawyers of color from leaving the Twin Cities for places like Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles. Panelists included Hamline alumni Angel Daherof the Indian Child Welfare Center and Autumn Nelson, Diversity Coordinator at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi; as well as Leonardo Castro, Chief Public Defender, Hennepin County; and David Ahlvers, Family Law, Lindquist & Vennum. The event was sponsored by various Hamline law student groups, including the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and Stonewall Alliance. Earlier in the month, students, faculty and alumni gathered at the law school for a diversity celebration reception hosted by Dean Donald Lewis and Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs Darrell Davis.