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OutFront director to become State Bar Association's first openly gay president

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The Minnesota State Bar Association will make history next week as its first openly gay president takes over the organization for a one-year term, the Pioneer Press reports.

Phil Duran, the legal director for OutFront Minnesota, will start his term Monday.

The University of Minnesota Law School graduate began volunteering with OutFront -- an advocacy group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community -- in 1997 and joined the staff of the advocacy group in 2000.

Duran previously was elected as the MSBA's secretary in 2010.

The legal executive is also a founding board member and co-chair of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, which is an organization for LGBT attorneys, law students and judges.

The Minnesota State Bar Association is a 16,000 member-strong lawyer organization that aims to improve the practice of law, advance the goals of the justice system and benefit the community.

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