Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Upcoming events

    • Tue, April 24, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center, 8201 Park Ave S. Bloomington, Minnesota 55420

    The Diversity Committee of the Federal Bar Association-Minnesota Chapter, along with Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P., the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, the Somali American Bar Association, the American Constitution Society, Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter, the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, and the Minnesota Asian Pacific Bar Association are pleased to host the third in a series of four CLE events exploring the topic of hate crime.

    This discussion will focus on the issue of hate crime against immigrants. It will feature an expert panel comprised of Mohamed Omar, executive director of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center; several experts from Minnesota-based organizations; and Cynthia Deitle, a nationally renowned speaker and current director of programs and operations at the Matthew Shepard Foundation.


    Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m (with a reception)


    Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center 
    8201 Park Ave S.

    Bloomington, Minnesota 55420


    Jaylani Hussein (moderator/panelist)
    Executive Director of the Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN)

    Cynthia Deitle
    Programs and Operations Director at Matthew Shepard Foundation and former Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI's Hate Crimes, Color of Law, Human Trafficking and Abortion Extremism Programs

    Deepinder Singh Mayell
    Director of the James H. Binger Center for New Americans' Education and Outreach Program, University of Minnesota Law School

    Mohamed Omar
    Executive Director of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center

    Robin Phillips
    Executive Director of The Advocates for Human Rights


    This is a FREE event. Membership is not required to attend.

    Please register by the end of the day Thursday, April 19th:

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    CLE Credit: Approved for 1.0 hour of elimination-of-bias CLE credit.

    Individuals who request accommodations should contact Nadia Anguiano-Wehde (angui010@umn.edu) at least 10 days in advance of the CLE date.

    • Thu, April 26, 2018
    • 5:30 PM
    • Mercury, downtown Minneapolis

    MNAPABA's Outreach Committee will meet on April 26 at 5:30 at Mercury in downtown Minneapolis. If you are interested in joining this committee, feel free to join us for happy hour!

    • Thu, May 03, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 9900 Bren Road, Minnetonka, Minnesota
    • 49

    • Mon, May 07, 2018
    • Tue, May 08, 2018
    • Washington, DC

    The NAPABA Annual Lobby Day is an opportunity for NAPABA members from across the country to educate members of Congress and Congressional staffers on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community. Lobby Day also gives members an active role in promoting NAPABA's mission of advocating for justice, equity, and opportunity for Asian Pacific Americans. More information here

    • Tue, May 08, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Nilan Johnson Lewis, PA, 120 South Sixth Street, Suite 400, Minneapolis MN, 55402

    MNAPABA's May board meeting will be at the Nilan Johnson Lewis law firm, 120 South Sixth Street, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

    • Wed, May 09, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Twin Cities Public Television, 172 4th Street East Saint Paul, MN 55101

    Who is American? Immigration, Exclusion, and the American Dream - "The Chinese Exclusion Act"

    Register here.

    Join TPT, the University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center, and the Center for Asian American Media for an early preview of the upcoming special presentation of American Experience, "The Chinese Exclusion Act," which will be nationally broadcast on May 29. A panel discussion with experts and community leaders on the impact of exclusionary immigration policies today will follow the screening. Hors d'ouvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.

    About the film

    The Chinese Exclusion Act sheds a light on the important connections between the Chinese Exclusion Act and the history of American civil liberties, immigration, and culture. By examining the socio-economic and geo-political forces that led to the Act, the film uncovers the act's unmistakable and wide-ranging consequences on national attitudes towards race, culture, politics, and society. At its core, "The Chinese Exclusion Act" is a film about American identity, tracing the arc of what has defined being American from the time the United States was a fledgling republic through its astronomical rise as a world superpower. Click here to watch a preview.


    Join us for a panel discussion to explore the connections between laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act and the "Muslim Ban," as well as today's debates around immigration, race, and civil liberties in Minnesota and beyond.

    Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director, Council of American Islamic Relations, MN
    Erika Lee, Director, Immigration History Research Center 
    Bo Thao-Urabe, Executive and Network Director, Coalition of Asian American Leaders

    Co-sponsored by:

    Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

    National Association of Asian American Professionals MN

    Asian American Studies Program, University of Minnesota


    6:30 pm - Doors Open
    6:30 - Pre-screening reception
    7 pm - Screening Begins
    7:40 pm -8:30 pm- Panel Discussion and Meet and Greet

    Register here

    This event made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

    • Wed, June 20, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Twin Cities Public Television,172 East 4th Street Saint Paul, MN 55101

Past events

Thu, April 19, 2018 MNAPABA Mingle - Mercury Lounge
Tue, April 10, 2018 MNAPABA April Board Meeting
Thu, March 29, 2018 Inside Scoop: Legal Careers & Finding the Greenest Grass
Tue, March 20, 2018 MNAPABA Breakfast Panel - Working With Diverse In-House Counsel
Tue, March 13, 2018 March Executive Board Meeting
Fri, February 23, 2018 Winter Retreat 2018 - CLE, Winter Activities & Overnight Stay
Wed, February 21, 2018 MN Affinity Bar Legal Career & Networking Symposium - 2nd Annual
Sat, February 17, 2018 Lunar New Year Dim Sum
Thu, February 15, 2018 MNAPABA Mingle - Cooper's Pub, West End
Tue, February 13, 2018 MNAPABA February Board Meeting
Thu, February 08, 2018 Judge Sophia Y. Vuelo Reception with HABA
Thu, January 18, 2018 MNAPABA Mingle for In-House Counsel Network
Thu, December 21, 2017 MNAPABA Mingle - Kieran's Irish Pub
Sat, December 02, 2017 Second Harvest Heartland Volunteering
Thu, November 30, 2017 New Attorney Reception
Thu, November 16, 2017 Retaining Diverse Attorneys CLE
Sat, November 04, 2017 Minnesota Get together @ NAPABA Convention | Washington, D.C.
Thu, November 02, 2017 Central Region Reception @ NAPABA Convention | Washington, D.C.
Thu, November 02, 2017 NAPABA Convention
Mon, October 23, 2017 Reception for Judge Shan C. Wang
Thu, October 12, 2017 Economic Espionage & National Security: Bias in The Criminal Justice System?
Sat, September 30, 2017 Community Service: Volunteer to Serve a Meal
Thu, September 21, 2017 MNAPABA 2017 Gala: Activate! Make Our Voices Heard
Tue, August 22, 2017 Brianne J. Buccicone Reception
Sun, August 13, 2017 Annual MNAPABA Summer Party
Sun, August 13, 2017 School Supply Drive for Phalen Lake Hmong Studies School
Wed, August 09, 2017 MNAPABA In-House Counsel Network: Networking Reception
Sat, July 22, 2017 MNAPABA MOVIE NIGHT - ROGUE ONE (STAR WARS) with Kevin Ha
Sun, June 25, 2017 MNAPABA Pups & Pints - Sociable Cider Werks
Thu, June 15, 2017 Meet Professor Frank Wu @ MSBA Convention | Jun 15
Tue, June 06, 2017 How to Be An Effective Summer Intern (Panel and Mixer) - Registration Now Closed.
Thu, May 18, 2017 May MNAPABA MINGLE - City Works and Pour House
Sun, April 23, 2017 MNAPABA Women’s Committee – Brunch and Candid Conversation Series
Tue, April 11, 2017 MNAPABA Executive Board Meeting - April 2017
Thu, April 06, 2017 The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin | History Theatre Play
Thu, March 23, 2017 MNAPABA MINGLE - The Loop @ The West End
Tue, March 21, 2017 Affinity Bar Jobs Symposium: This Summer & Beyond (SOLD OUT)
Tue, March 14, 2017 MNAPABA Executive Board Meeting - March 2017
Thu, March 09, 2017 Celebration of Minority Judges Reception | Hosted by the Federal District Court of Minnesota
Tue, March 07, 2017 MNAPABA's Annual Judges Reception
Wed, February 22, 2017 Pro Bono Legal Advice Day Clinic
Wed, February 15, 2017 MNAPABA Executive Board Meeting - February 2017
Tue, February 14, 2017 Pro Bono Legal Advice Day Clinic - Volunteer Training
Fri, February 10, 2017 2017 Winter Retreat
Sat, January 28, 2017 Dim Sum for Lunar New Year | Mandarin Kitchen
Thu, January 26, 2017 MNAPABA MINGLE - The Newsroom, Downtown Minneapolis
Thu, January 19, 2017 Diversity Bar Meet & Greet | Federal Bar Association (MN)
Tue, January 10, 2017 MNAPABA Executive Board Meeting - January 2017
Thu, December 08, 2016 Affinity Bar Board Dinner (limited to board members of invited affiliate bar associations)
Wed, November 30, 2016 New Attorneys Reception
Thu, November 17, 2016 Tri-APALSA Happy Hour on 11/17
Tue, November 15, 2016 MNAPABA Executive Board Meeting - November 2016
Sat, November 05, 2016 First Gathering - Asian American Adoptee Network (San Diego, CA)
Fri, November 04, 2016 MNAPABA's Award of Distinction presentation to Michelle Lee, Director of the USPTO (San Diego, CA)
Thu, November 03, 2016 Central Regional Affiliates Dinner in San Diego
Fri, October 28, 2016 Happy Hour | Networking at Bar Zia on Friday, October 28 -- hosted by SALSA @ U of MN Law School
Sat, October 15, 2016 Second Harvest Heartland Volunteering
Fri, October 14, 2016 U of MN Law Students - Meet the Bar
Wed, September 28, 2016 2016 Annual Gala: Innovation -- Looking Forward
Mon, September 26, 2016 Diversity in the Judiciary
Tue, September 20, 2016 MN FBA Newer Lawyers' Luncheon
Thu, September 15, 2016 Invitation to Justice Anne McKeig Investiture
Tue, September 13, 2016 MNAPABA Executive Board Meeting - September 2016
Thu, September 08, 2016 The Future of AAPIs in the Twin Cities and the Nation
Wed, September 07, 2016 Understanding Minnesota Election Law
Mon, August 29, 2016 Judge Cork Appointment Reception
Thu, August 11, 2016 After Castile: A Forum on Race and Criminal Justice
Tue, August 02, 2016 MNAPABA Executive Board Meeting - August 2016
Mon, July 25, 2016 Justice Hudson Meet and Greet and Fundraiser- Monday June 25
Wed, July 20, 2016 Judge Atwal Reception
Tue, July 12, 2016 MNAPABA Executive Board Meeting - July 2016
Sun, June 26, 2016 Summer Pool Party
Sun, June 26, 2016 School Supply Drive for Phalen Lake Hmong Magnet School
Sat, June 25, 2016 HABA Picnic
Tue, June 21, 2016 Second Annual Women of Color in the Law Forum: Lifting As We Climb
Thu, June 16, 2016 Robins Kaplan Summer Legal Institute Program
Wed, June 15, 2016 Beyond Bollywood Tickets Giveaways
Tue, June 14, 2016 MNAPABA Executive Board Meeting - June 2016
Mon, June 13, 2016 Voting Issues in 2016
Wed, June 08, 2016 How to Be An Effective Summer Intern (Panel and Mixer)
Fri, May 20, 2016 2016 Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans Leadership Awards Dinner
Tue, May 10, 2016 MNAPABA Executive Board Meeting - May 2016
Thu, April 28, 2016 MNAPABA MINGLE
Thu, April 28, 2016 MNAPABA Mingle
Sun, April 24, 2016 We are One MN
Fri, April 22, 2016 Human Trafficking in Minnesota
Mon, April 18, 2016 Byung-Ho Park's Balcony - Twins vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Sun, April 17, 2016 MNAPABA Moves
Tue, April 12, 2016 MNAPABA Executive Board Meeting - April 2016
Tue, March 29, 2016 APALSA & MNAPABA Joint Reception
Wed, March 09, 2016 Federal Bar Association - Open Doors Orientation on 3/9
Tue, March 08, 2016 MNAPABA Executive Board Meeting - March 2016
Thu, March 03, 2016 MSP Mingle: Connecting Twin Cities Professionals
Tue, March 01, 2016 Celebration of Minority Judges Reception
Fri, February 26, 2016 16th Annual Winter Retreat
Sat, February 20, 2016 A Mu Performing Arts production YOU FOR ME FOR YOU!
Wed, February 17, 2016 Strengthening the Pipeline: Importance of Judicial Clerkships
Tue, February 09, 2016 MNAPABA Executive Board Meeting - February 2016
Sat, February 06, 2016 2016 Lunar New Year Celebration
Sat, February 06, 2016 TCDIP 1L Boot Camp "So You Got Your Grades, Now What?"
Tue, February 02, 2016 APALSA & MNAPABA Joint Reception
Thu, January 28, 2016 MNAPABA Mingle
Wed, January 13, 2016 Diversity Bar Meet & Greet
Tue, January 12, 2016 MNAPABA Executive Board Meeting - January 2016
Tue, December 08, 2015 MNAPABA Executive Board Meeting - December 2015
Tue, December 01, 2015 New Attorneys Reception
Thu, November 12, 2015 Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans Happy Hour
Thu, November 12, 2015 Recent Developments in Alien Tort Statute Litigation
Tue, November 10, 2015 MNAPABA Executive Board Meeting - November 2015
Thu, November 05, 2015 2015 NAPABA Annual Convention
Sat, October 24, 2015 Third Annual Monster Mash at Sever's Corn Maze
Sun, September 20, 2015 Dim Sum
Sat, September 19, 2015 Saturday Gala Dinner Only
Sat, September 19, 2015 CLE Only (includes all-day CLEs and Saturday lunch but not Saturday Gala Dinner)
Fri, September 18, 2015 Friday Night Dinner
Fri, September 18, 2015 A Man of Quiet Bravery: A Re-Enactment of the Fred Korematsu Arguments (CRC Event)
Fri, September 18, 2015 Conference and Saturday Gala Dinner package (includes CLEs, Saturday lunch, and Saturday Gala Dinner)
Fri, September 18, 2015 Sponsor Tickets
Sun, August 16, 2015 Annual Summer Party
Wed, August 12, 2015 MNAPABA August Executive Board Meeting
Tue, August 11, 2015 School Supply Drive for Phalen Lake Hmong Magnet School
Wed, July 08, 2015 MNAPABA July Executive Board Meeting
Wed, June 10, 2015 MNAPABA June Executive Board Meeting
Thu, June 04, 2015 "How to Succeed in Your Summer Job” Panel for Law Students
Wed, May 20, 2015 The Asian Pacific Legal Experience in America
Wed, May 13, 2015 MNAPABA May Executive Board Meeting
Wed, April 29, 2015 Behind the Robe: Administrative Law Judges Demystified
Wed, April 08, 2015 MNAPABA April Executive Board Meeting
Thu, March 26, 2015 Judges and New Attorneys Reception
Thu, March 12, 2015 MNAPABA March Executive Board Meeting (note: Thursday)
Fri, February 27, 2015 15th Annual Winter Retreat
Wed, February 11, 2015 MNAPABA February Executive Board Meeting
Wed, January 21, 2015 MNAPABA January Executive Board Meeting
Mon, January 12, 2015 Representing Their Communities: A Conversation with Hmong Elected Officials
Wed, December 10, 2014 MNAPABA December Executive Board Meeting
Wed, November 12, 2014 MNAPABA November Executive Board Meeting
Mon, November 10, 2014 Representing Their Communities: A Conversation With Hmong Elected Officials

A Tradition of Dialogue, Mentorship, and Community

MNAPABA members can expect to benefit personally from involvement through being a part of a diverse community of APA attorneys excited about building mutually beneficial relationships and fostering professional development and skill-building.  MNAPABA enables many of these opportunities through a host of unique events each year.  

Check back here often for a calendar of our latest upcoming events.

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MNAPABA c/o Minnesota State Bar Association
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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