Executive Director Velma Korbel Appoints Imani Jaafar
Director, Office of Police Conduct Review
October 19, 2015 (MINNEAPOLIS) — The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) is pleased to announce that Imani Jaafar will be joining the department as Director, Office of Police Conduct Review.
Imani Jaafar started her career in the public sector as a District Court law clerk and has held progressively responsible roles as a staff attorney in the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis to assistant public defender in Ramsey County.
As an assistant public defender in Ramsey County, Jaafar represented clients on misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor offenses in a variety of areas. Since 2007, Jaafar has owned and operated a solo practice representing clients in the areas of business law, estate planning, and criminal defense and specialty areas of small business and Islamic wills. Jaafar most recently worked with Murad Defense LLC in the area of estate planning.
Jaafar received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota (cum laude) and her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. Throughout her career, Jaafar has been an active leader on issues related to American Muslims. Several venues have invited Jaafar to lecture on Islamic issues including the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Advocates for Human Rights, and colleges and universities across the country.
Minneapolis Civil Rights Director, Velma Korbel, summed up her thoughts about hiring Mrs. Jaafar this way, “Imani is a proven leader and will be great in her new role leading the Office of Police Conduct review. As a former public defender, she is familiar with assessing and analyzing police conduct issues. Jaafar has served on ethics boards and is experienced in the process of handling, investigating, and processing complaints. She is an innovative leader with experience in community empowerment. Her unique skill set will be a great addition to the MDCR leadership team.”
Jaafar is an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law. She has been featured on National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, and WCCO Radio as a guest. Jaafar’s works are also featured in the Minnesota Law and Politics publications and “A Peace of My Mind” by John Noltner. Jaafar’s service in the City will begin on October 19, 2015.