For more information and to register, go to the Minnesota Lawyer website here.
On September 30th, a small group of MNAPABA volunteers provided lunch to children at the Crisis Nursery in Minneapolis. On a relaxing Saturday afternoon, we got to meet new people, catch up with fellow members, and brush up on our cooking skills. Then, we served and (hopefully) entertained some great kids staying at the Nursery.
Special thanks to Victor Chan for organizing this great event!
MNAPABA will be getting together again in January 2018 at the Crisis Nursery, and we hope to continue serving on a regular basis.
Stay tuned to announcements on the MNAPABA newsletter and our event invites!
ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointments of Matthew M. Quinn and Shan C. Wang as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District. Mr. Quinn will be replacing the Honorable Vicki E. Landwehr, and will be chambered at Milaca in Mille Lacs County. Mr. Wang is filling a new district court judgeship created in the Seventh Judicial District by the Minnesota Supreme Court, and will be chambered at St. Cloud in Stearns County.
“Mr. Matthew Quinn and Mr. Shan Wang bring diverse professional and volunteer experience to this important role,” said Governor Dayton. “I thank Mr. Quinn and Mr. Wang for agreeing to serve the people of our state as District Court Judges for Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District.”
About Shan C. Wang
Mr. Wang is the Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division in the Stearns County Attorney’s Office, where he supervises the adult criminal division. Previously, he was an Assistant Stearns County Attorney and a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Regina M. Chu. He earned his B.A. from Chicago State University and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Mr. Wang is the President of the St. Cloud Public Library Board of Trustees, serves on the Board of Directors of the Stearns-Benton Bar Association, is a member of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and is the past president of the John E. Simonett American Inn of Court.
Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District consists of Becker, Benton, Clay, Douglas, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd, and Wadena Counties.
About MNAPABA's Efforts to Increase Diversity on the Bench
MNAPABA's Judicial Selection Committee works all year long to promote diversity and inclusion on the state and federal bench in Minnesota.
Since its inception less than five years ago, the MNAPABA Judicial Selection Committee has helped dozens of MNAPABA members and allies through both the state and federal judicial application processes and seen four appointed to the bench.
With Mr. Wang's appointment by Governor Dayton today, MNAPABA counts ten state or federal APA judges active with MNAPABA within the state of Minnesota currently on active or senior status. This number has more than doubled in the past three years.
MNAPABA's Judicial Selection Committee is led by Irene Kao and the Honorable Nicole J. Starr.
The annual summer party saw 40+ MNAPABA members come together to eat delicious food around a backyard pool. This was the 18th year that the party was graciously hosted by Mike and Amy. The festive mood was highlighted by a demonstration of Amy's new flying drone and Cynthia Lee's beautifully decorated cake (below). Thanks for celebrating with us!
MNAPABA gathered at a free movie night in Matthews Park on Saturday, July 22nd. Star Wars: Rogue One was playing. Special thanks to Kevin Ha for organizing!
We hosted a Puppies & Pints event at Sociable Cider Werks this past Sunday. Notable guests included Jeffrey Javinar from NAPABA and new member, Elizabeth Hang (Lizzie), who just relocated from DC. Special thanks to Kevin Ha and Marisa Marek for organizing! We hope to plan this event more regularly.
ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointments of Brianne J. Buccicone and John D. Klossner as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. Ms. Buccicone, endorsed for the post by MNAPABA, will be replacing the Honorable Thomas D. Hayes, and will be chambered at Elk River in Sherburne County. Mr. Klossner will replace the Honorable James E. Dehn, and will be chambered at Cambridge in Isanti County.
“Ms. Brianne Buccicone and Mr. John Klossner have demonstrated their strong commitments to justice and public service throughout their legal careers,” said Governor Dayton. “Both Ms. Buccicone and Mr. Klossner have also made outstanding contributions to improving their communities. Minnesotans stand to gain from their sound legal judgment and continued public service.”
About Brianne J. Buccicone
Ms. Buccicone is an Assistant Anoka County Attorney in the Civil Division, where she represents petitioners in civil commitment proceedings. Previously, she was a Special Assistant County Attorney in the Anoka County Attorney’s Office in the Protective Services Unit; a National Product Specialist, a National Account Representative, and an Inside Account Manager at Thomson Reuters; an Assistant Ramsey County Public Defender; and a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Diane R. Alshouse, Second Judicial District. She earned her B.A. from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
Ms. Buccicone is a member of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 8U team manager for the Andover Huskies Youth Hockey Association, and a trainer for Heart Safe Andover.
With Ms. Buccicone's appointment by Governor Dayton today, MNAPABA counts nine state or federal APA judges active with MNAPABA within the state of Minnesota currently on active or senior status. This number has more than doubled in the past two years.
About 15 members and friends gathered for breakfast with Prof. Frank Wu before his keynote speech at the MSBA Convention. We are grateful to Professor Wu who graciously gave us his time and shared his thoughts on the Asian-American experience. Special thanks to the MSBA for their support in making this happen.
The MNAPABA Women's Committee hosted a brunch and candid conversation at Loan Huynh's home in Golden Valley. Special thanks to Loan Huynh and Cynthia Lee for organizing!