Danielle Shelton Walczak named new director of Complaint Investigations for Department of Civil Rights

Danielle Shelton Walczak is the new director of the Complaint Investigations Division for the Department of Civil Rights.

The division works to fulfill the mission and purpose of the Minneapolis civil rights ordinance by investigating complaints of discrimination that have occurred in the city. The civil rights ordinance makes it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, marital status and status with regard to public assistance. It also prohibits housing and real estate discrimination based on familial status.

Professional background

Shelton Walczak started her career in public service as a District Court law clerk researching and writing judicial opinions on various criminal and civil court matters. She later joined the law firm of Blackwell Igbanugo Engen & Saffold (currently known as Blackwell Burke) as an associate. During her tenure there, she worked on class action litigation, represented a Fortune 500 client, and provided defense work for national corporations in the areas of employment contracts, trademark and copyright law.

Shelton Walczak owned and operated a solo law practice for eight years. She was also a freelance business writer for Yahoo and an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law. She most recently served as the Minnesota State Bar Association’s director of diversity and inclusion.

Throughout her career, Shelton Walczak has been an active leader in the state bar’s Diversity and Women in the Legal Profession Committee and in the United States Tennis Association’s Diversity Committee. She served as a member of the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights from September 2011 through March 2014. She is also a blogger.

Shelton Walczak earned her undergraduate degree from Colgate University and her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

Published Nov 18, 2015

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