This month, we are featuring the other half of our Sponsorship Team, Shannon Bixby-Pankratz. Shannon is entering her fourth year of co-chairing the AFCC-MN Sponsorship Team, along with Victoria Brenner. Every year they have increased the number of
sponsors and the amount of money raised to support the AFCC-MN programming. Last year, they raised over $10,000, which allows the chapter to offer scholarships, memberships, and allow students to participate in program at no-cost. Thank you to Shannon and Victoria for all their hard work; they are truly leaders and innovators.
Shannon M. Bixby-Pankratz is an attorney practicing exclusively family law in the Twin Cities area and greater Minnesota. She is currently a partner with the Minneapolis law firm of Moss & Barnett, where she has practiced for the past eight years. Her law practice includes: step parent and second parent adoptions, third party custody, paternity, orders for protection, harassment restraining orders, custody and parenting issues, child support, spousal maintenance, property division -ranging from modest to complex and high asset estates, post-dissolution matters, and antenuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Ms. Bixby-Pankratz is also a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral, available to offer family law mediation, early neutral evaluation (social and financial), parenting coaching and parenting consultant services.
Ms. Bixby-Pankratz came to the practice of law as a second career, with a prior Masters level emphasis in marriage and family systems, mediation and negotiations work. She is a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law. Before joining Moss & Barnett, Ms. Bixby-Pankratz worked in the criminal court system for eight years and served as a judicial law clerk for nearly two years in family court with the Honorable Judge Daniel H. Mabley. Ms. Bixby-Pankratz's multidisciplinary background and experiences add substantial value to her work with families and how she approaches her family law practice. It also provides her with a deep passion for the work of AFCC and its philosophy. AFCC brings together multiple disciplines in research, education and practice - allowing us as a group to brainstorm innovative ways to assist families through separation and divorce - with the goal to minimize conflict and the resulting impact of these family circumstances on families, particularly children.
Ms. Bixby-Pankratz has served on the AFCC-MN Annual Conference Planning and Sponsorship Committees for the past three years, and is currently serving again on the Sponsorship Committee. She periodically writes and presents for Continuing Legal Education programs. Ms. Bixby-Pankratz is an active volunteer, both professionally and personally. She volunteers with both the Hennepin and Ramsey County family law volunteer mediation programs. She volunteers as a judge in various mock programs for Hamline and William Mitchell. She has served as a mentoring attorney with William Mitchell and the William Mitchell Family Law clinic. Ms. Bixby-Pankratz's personal life involves "hockey and hounds." Married to the Prior Lake High School head hockey coach, she spends a lot of time in the ice rink. When not in the rink, she is a dedicated volunteer with Secondhand Hounds, a local, non-profit foster-based animal rescue organization, where she volunteers on a weekly basis by managing the rescue office, assisting with intake and training new volunteers, fostering animals, and helping transport the dogs to safety and rescue.