Andrea Rubenstein

Andrea Rubenstein lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She joined the Board of Bend the Arc as a representative of one of its first two affiliates, Jewish Community Action. 

Founded in 1995, JCA was conceived from the tradition of Jewish involvement in the civil rights movement and organized to bring together Jewish people from diverse traditions and perspectives to promote understanding of and to take action on domestic social and economic justice issues in Minnesota. Its mission centers on tikkun olam, to carry on the organizing, education and advocacy work still needed to actualize racial and economic justice in this country.  Much of the work takes the form of advocating for legislative approaches to complex public policy issues.  Central to the organization’s mission is to help provide the tools needed by those most affected by poverty, discrimination and other societal ills to effectuate change.  Thus, while JCA brings a distinct Jewish voice to the fight for justice, including training and developing future leadership, it does so effectively in concert both with and on behalf of other community voices.  
 
Andrea is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and received a J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.  After engaging in a general litigation practice, she began practicing plaintiff employment law, continuing until her retirement in 2014.  She was included as a Minnesota Leading Attorney in American Research Corporation’s Consumer Guidebook on Law and Leading Attorneys, 1994-1995, and has been named a “Super Lawyer” in past publications of Minnesota Law and Politics.  She was selected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2013. 

In her law practice, she counseled and represented employees with respect to a variety of employment issues, from the negotiation and drafting of employment and separation agreements to litigating numerous individual and class-based discrimination actions and other employment claims.  She developed a subspecialty in academic employment law, having represented many faculty members in Minnesota colleges and universities.  Andrea has also authored or co-authored amicus briefs, both in employment cases and  on other issues, such as the rights of puppies in puppy mills, and a first of its kind amicus brief in Minnesota redistricting litigation pursuant to the Voting Rights Act. 

She is past president of Jewish Community Action, the Minnesota Women’s Fund, Minneapolis Legal Aid Society, and the Minnesota Lawyers’ Trust Account Board, as well as past Treasurer of her synagogue, Shir Tikvah, in Minneapolis.  Besides her membership on the board of Bend the Arc, she is currently a member of the City of Minneapolis Charter Commission and a continuing board member of Jewish Community Action and Alternatives for People with Autism, a community non-profit.