Katherine Barrett Wiik Appointed to Committee for Equality and Justice

MINNEAPOLIS (December 7, 2010) - Katherine Barrett Wiik, an attorney in the Minneapolis office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., has been appointed to the Committee for Equality and Justice, a newly formed advisory committee to the Minnesota Judicial Council.  The Committee was established to advance the Judicial Branch's efforts to eliminate from court operations bias that is based on race, gender, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, and other status protected by law.

Among various other duties, the 30 member committee, comprised of members of the public, justice system partners, attorneys, court staff, and judges, is charged with ensuring equal access to the courts, providing fair treatment among court users, recommending education programs for judges and Judicial Branch employees, and promoting a high level of trust and public confidence in the judicial system.

Ms. Barrett Wiik's trial practice focuses on complex civil litigation, including business litigation, financial litigation, and products liability mass tort. She was previously a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court Gender Fairness Implementation Committee and also donates her legal services to the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights as a volunteer attorney.  Ms. Barrett Wiik attended Harvard Law School.