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The Infinity Project’s mission is to increase the gender diversity of the state and federal bench to ensure the quality of justice in the Eighth Circuit.

The Infinity Project advances its mission by:

  • Creating public awareness for the lack of and importance of gender equity on the bench and the availability of qualified women candidates.

  • Engaging senators and other decision-makers on the issues of gender equity and the need for appointment of women to the state and federal bench within the Eighth Circuit region.

  • Serving as a clearinghouse for women who have indicated an interest in serving on the state or federal bench within the Eighth Circuit region.


The Infinity Project believes it is necessary to have a bench that reflects the society as a whole so that judicial decisions take into account differing life experiences and points of view. Only two women have ever been appointed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Honorable Diana Murphy and the Honorable Jane Kelly in 2013.  All four appointments since Kelly have been white men.

The Infinity Project was founded by St. Thomas Law School’s Lisa Brabbit, Hamline Law School’s Marie Failinger, Sally Kenney (now with Tulane University) and the Honorable Mary Vasaly (Hennepin County District Court Judge). The Infinity Project received the 2010 Public Service Award (honoring projects worthy of replication across the country) from the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (NCWBA) and periodically recognizes gender equity champions through the Judge Diana Murphy Legacy Award.

Project Summary

The Infinity Project receives financial support from the Open Society Foundation, law firms, law schools and individuals.

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