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Katherine Barrett Wiik Named Chair of MSBA’s Appellate Practice Section

Katherine Barrett Wiik

Robins Kaplan LLP is pleased to announce that Katherine Barrett Wiik has been named Chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA). As the leader of the Appellate Practice Section, Barrett Wiik will oversee and expand upon the section’s efforts to serve both Minnesota’s appellate practitioners and the local community.

The MSBA’s Appellate Practice Section provides educational and networking opportunities for appellate practitioners across the state of Minnesota. In particular, the organization serves as a bench and bar platform, offering attorneys and appellate judges the opportunity to connect and learn about new developments in the law. The Appellate Practice Section also supports numerous pro bono efforts, connecting lawyers with pro bono opportunities in criminal, asylum, and unemployment compensation cases.  

In her new role, Barrett Wiik aims to work toward the MSBA’s broader goals to support diversity within the organization. “Diversity and inclusion are an integral part of the MSBA and the Appellate Practice Section,” said Barrett Wiik, “Our state’s best appellate practitioners come from a diverse range of backgrounds. As chair, I aim to help ensure that the Appellate Practice Section reflects those diverse perspectives.” 

A principal at Robins Kaplan, Barrett Wiik’s appellate experience covers a diverse range of issues, including antitrust standing and jurisdiction, state and federal pleading and claims sufficiency, and discrimination and civil rights. She also has an active pro bono practice, representing clients in federal and state court and before the Board of Immigration appeals.

Barrett Wiik will serve a one-year term as chair of the Appellate Practice Section. She has previously served as the Section’s vice chair and as its secretary treasurer.