Imani Jaafar named new director of the Office of Police Conduct Review

Imani Jaafar is the new director of the Office of Police Conduct Review for the Department of Civil Rights.

The Office of Police Conduct Review is a neutral agency that investigates allegations of police misconduct made to the City. Jaafar will oversee the civilian side of the investigations, managing a staff of four: a legal analyst, two case investigators and a clerk. She’ll work jointly on the investigations with Internal Affairs, which handles the Police Department’s side of the work.

Professional background

Jaafar started her career in public service as a District Court law clerk. She then held progressively responsible roles as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis and assistant public defender in Ramsey County. As assistant public defender in Ramsey County, Jaafar represented clients on misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor offenses.

Since 2007, Jaafar has owned and operated a private practice representing clients in the areas of business law, estate planning, and criminal defense and specialty areas of small business and Islamic wills. She’s also served as an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota 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. She has lectured on Islamic issues at the invitation of several venues including the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, The Advocates for Human Rights, and colleges and universities across the country.

Awards

Jaafar received the Up and Coming award from Minnesota Lawyer in 2009 and its Rising Star award in 2014. She earned the Speaker of the Year award from the Islamic Resource Group in 2010 and the Judge Varco Pro Bono Award in 2013.

Jaafar has served as a board member for the Warren E. Burger American Inn of Court, Landmark Center, Minnesota Justice Foundation and William Mitchell College of Law Alumni Association. She volunteers for Special Olympics.

Published Nov 3, 2015

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