Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association


  • Tue, February 07, 2017 12:41 AM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    Over 25 members, friends, and family of MNAPABA celebrated the Lunar New Year at Mandarin Kitchen on Saturday, January 28.

  • Tue, January 31, 2017 10:25 AM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    Dear MNAPABA Members & Friends:

    I am asking you to volunteer your services at our pro bono Legal Advice Day clinic on February 22 to help refugees and immigrants access much needed legal services. 

    We are conducting this clinic at the Hmong American Partnership, which helps diverse people, including Hmong, Karen, Somali and Latino populations. With help from you and our colleagues at the Hmong American Bar Association and Volunteer Lawyers Network, I hope we can offer assistance to people who need it the most, especially during a time where there’s considerable uncertainty and fear in immigrant communities. Clients will be coming to the clinic seeking help in a variety of areas, including housing, immigration, small business issues, family law, criminal defense, general civil matters, etc. 

    All volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend the training on February 14, where we will cover basic information about the populations you’ll be helping and the general clinic process. If you’re unable to attend in person, teleconferencing is available. The training will also be videotaped.

    Your help is needed. Please sign up today.

    Thank you,
    Summra Shariff

    Sign-up here on the MNAPABA website or email Summra at sshariff@robinskaplan.com.

  • Tue, January 17, 2017 7:15 AM | Benjamin Kwan

    Happy New Year! MNAPABA Has Much in Store for 2017

    From the entire Executive Board of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, I'd like to wish you a happy new year--we hope that 2017 is off to a strong and meaningful start.

    Constantly, we are reminded of how important our work remains some 30 years after our founding. Many of you likely saw the Associated Press article republished by the Star Tribune on Sunday pointing out something many of see everyday: the dearth of APAs in top legal jobs nationwide. We're lucky to have a few great exceptions here in Minnesota, but they shouldn't distract anyone from the lack of progress APAs face overall, especially on making equity partner in large private law firms. Our three-year plan includes a commitment to career advancement and fixing this and other inequities in the profession. We welcome your suggestions on programming and on engaging the stakeholders locally who can make sure APA attorneys have the relationships they need to thrive in Minnesota.

    Your board has a lot planned for the coming months--with even more in the works aimed at deepening our professional and personal relationships and enriching the profession. Be on the lookout for news about March summer job symposium for students (after spring break) in collaboration with other affinity bars as well as our annual judges' reception (pencil in March 7, Judge Tony Atwal is our host this year!).

    This week, consider attending the Federal Bar Association's Diversity Bar Meet & Greet | Federal Bar Association (MN) on Thursday 1/19 in Minneapolis. Next week, check out MNAPABA's own happy hour, MNAPABA MINGLE on Thursday 1/26 organized by VP of Membership Aalok Sharma and membership committee member Shaura Bagchi at the NEWSROOM in Minneapolis.

    I'd like to take this opportunity to highlight a few of our upcoming offerings and to review a few of the events and initiatives MNAPABA has been a part of since I last wrote. 

    Can't Miss Opportunity: MNAPABA's Winter Retreat-Where Some of our Most Enduring Friendships Begin (Feb. 10-12)

    I can trace many of my deepest relationships in MNAPABA back to the winter retreat as a law student, where I first met people like Veena Iyer. Veena, for example, later recruited me to the board in my first year of practice and here I am today. MNAPABA started the retreat years ago in part to introduce non-Minnesotans and non-northerners to the beauty of a Minnesota winter. I think that what some of them found was the beauty of a Minnesota winter includes hunkering down inside, in close quarters where friendships can blossom. 

    We'd love for you to consider attending this year's Winter Retreat the weekend of February 10-12 in Deerwood, Minnesota--it's about a two hour drive north of the Twin Cities. We have limited spots available for attorneys and law students--families are welcome. REGISTER TODAY because... 

    ...I am thrilled to announce that the Hon. Peter Reyes of the Minnesota Court of Appeals has graciously offered to attend this winter's retreat. Judge Reyes will be leading a Saturday afternoon workshop titled "Planning for Your Own Success." The intimate setting at the retreat will be the perfect opportunity to reflect on your career, bounce ideas off of friends and peers in a confidential setting, and start developing your own plan with the help of a phenomenal mentor--Judge Reyes--who has helped countless individuals and organizations through strategic planning (including MNAPABA) over the last decade-plus. Judge Reyes will share his own plans that have helped him keep on track through many seasons of his legal career (private firm practice to in-house for a dozen years and back out to a private firm with a book of business to build to the Court of Appeals!). 

    We plan to arrive on Friday evening--dinner is provided after your drive up (donated by my dad of Red Moon Chinese Cafe in Eden Prairie, and me). Weather-permitting, Saturday will include outdoor activities and Judge Reyes' personal planning workshop. On Sunday evening, participants will all contribute to our annual winter retreat "potluck." 

    A New Year's Resolution--A Recommitment to Service--Sign up for our Legal Advice Clinic 

    As I discussed at the gala last fall, my goal this year is to create new opportunities for MNAPABA lawyers and law students to serve our greater community.

    Please sign up for the next such opportunity: our MNAPABA Legal Advice Clinic on February 22, 2017. Training is going to take place on February 14 or 15 -- news to come.  If you would like to assist in partnership with the Hmong American Partnership and the Hmong American Bar Association, please email Summra Shariff.

    For those of you who have been and remain committed to service within the profession, don't forget to log your pro bono hours with the MSBA's North Star Lawyers program--MNAPABA would love to see your names on the annual list of those who give back through pro bono service.

    Now is the time for all MSBA members who meet the program requirements to certify their 2016 pro bono service, including members who previously participated in the program. Please don't delay – the deadline for submitting your information is February 28, 2017. Full program information and the certification form can be found on the North Star Lawyers website at: http://www.mnbar.org/NorthStar/

    MNAPABA Working to Engage with Stakeholders on Minnesota's Upcoming Article III Appointments

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) announced the formation of a judicial selection committee to review candidates and make recommendations to President-elect Trump to fill two vacancies on Minnesota’s federal district court.

    MNAPABA leaders are currently engaged with various stakeholders including the co-chairs of the Rep. Paulsen committee and leaders from the affinity bar community to continue to advocate for a federal bench that reflects Minnesota's changing demographics. Last week MNAPABA's board voted to sign onto a letter with other affinity bars supporting the same. 

    Those wishing to be considered for the positions of Judge,U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota should submit a letter of interest and resume between Monday, January 9, 2017 and Wednesday, January 25,2017 to: 250 Prairie Center Drive, Suite 230, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. Materials may also be emailed to the Committee at mndistrictcourt@mail.house.gov. References will be requested at a later date during the interview process.

    MNAPABA endorses highly qualified candidates for judicial office who meet our organization's endorsement criteria and participate in our vetting and interview process. Information on seeking our endorsement is located on our website.

    Gov. Dayton Announces Court of Appeals Vacancy

    Likewise, MNAPABA is seeking candidates to support for a new vacancy recently announced by Governor Mark Dayton on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.  No Asian Pacific American has ever served on Minnesota's second-highest court. 

    Governor Mark Dayton announced the commencement of a process to fill an upcoming Eighth Congressional District vacancy on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. This vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Lawrence B. Stauber at the end of May.

    The application process is now open for this vacancy. Only persons who have resided in the Eighth Congressional District for at least one year shall be eligible. An individual wishing to apply may request an application by contacting Lidya Makonnen, Appointments Coordinator, via email at lidya.makonnen@state.mn.us. Application materials are due by close of business on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in Duluth.

    MNAPABA Advocacy on Sentencing Reform Issues

    MNAPABA took the lead last month on authoring a letter to the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission on the issue of drug sentencing reforms. Five other affinity bars co-signed the letter.  MNAPABA took the stance that sentencing for repeat drug offenders should apply less-onerous sentencing guidelines that are congruent with legislative amendments signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton last year. Communities of color are disproportionately affected by the application of the old guidelines in calculating new sentences. 

    Unfortunately, the commission went the other way.  We will continue our advocacy on this front.  You may view our letter here.

    HCBA Event: 13th: From Slave to Criminal With One Amendment

    The HCBA Diversity and Inclusion Committee would like to invite you to a unique event entitled, 13th: From Slave to Criminal with One Amendment? A Movie and Popcorn… and a Meaningful Discussion of an Important Amendment.

    The event is taking place on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. See the event flyer for more information

    * * * 

    Hope you've enjoyed this edition of the President's Newsletter -- until next time, lookout for your next set up updates in our February monthly newsletter--if you haven't seen our recent monthly newsletter, be on the lookout for them on the first Tuesday of the month. VP of Communications Vince Pham has done a phenomenal job making them easy-to-read and valuable sources of information for our members. Thanks Vince!

  • Tue, January 03, 2017 1:39 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    Happy New Year from MNAPABA | January 3, 2017

    Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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    Monthly Newsletter | January 2017

    What's Happening

    The Executive Board met on December 12. The board discussed a position letter to the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission, plans for the upcoming summer fellowship, and continued planning for upcoming events in 2017.

    In the past month, you may have seen MNAPABA at these events:

    • Affinity Bar Board Dinner (Dec 8 | Photos)
    • December Executive Board Meeting (Dec 12)

    Member Spotlight

    Each month, we are highlighting one of our members. This is part of an ongoing effort to help MNAPABA members get-to-know one another. Read below about...

    Reynaldo (“Reggie”) Aligada

    Office of the Federal Defender for the District of Minnesota

    Q: What is Reggie's practice?
    A: Reggie is an attorney in the Office of the Federal Defender for the District of Minnesota, located at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Minneapolis. He has worked there for the last ten years, representing in federal court those individuals who cannot afford a lawyer. Most of Reggie’s work involves trial practice, trying cases involving drugs, firearms, immigration, and child pornography. Most recently, Reggie represented Danny Heinrich, who confessed to the murder of Jacob Wetterling.

    Q: What does he enjoy about his work?
    A: Reggie finds it rewarding to work with individuals and help them in the worst situation of their lives.

    Q: What other experiences does Reggie have?
    A: Reggie was a law clerk to Judge Wilhelmina Wright and Judge Michael Davis, and then worked for two years as an associate at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi (now Robins Kaplan).

    Q: What keeps Reggie busy outside of work?
    A: Reggie is married and the father of two girls ages 3 and 5. He enjoys spending as much time with them as possible.

    Q: What does he think about MNAPABA?
    A: For Reggie, MNAPABA is a professional organization that meets his social needs as well as professional goals. It “feels like home.”

    (Special thanks to Melitta Dreschler for preparing this month's Member Spotlight.)

    Terry Louie Retires 

    Terry Louie is one of the founding members of MNAPABA. We join in congratulating him on his retirement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and we also celebrate his distinguished career in public service.

    Join the MNAPABA Fellowship Committee

    MNAPABA seeks volunteers for our Fellowship Committee. Volunteers will work with president-elect Melitta Dreschler to promote the MNAPABA Summer Law Fellowship and help with the selection process. The fellowship is awarded to a law student or recent law graduate who will serve the Minnesota Asian Pacific American community through public service at a summer internship. Please contact Melitta Drechsler to learn more and help out! (melitta.drechsler@co.ramsey.mn.us)

    API Day at the Capitol

    The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, a MN state agency, invites you to join them at this year’s “API Day at the Capitol” on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. 

    The Council aims to send a clear message to our policy makers that the Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities have come of age, and that we are ready to assist them in their ongoing endeavor to create public policies that are equitable and broadly impactful.

    To attend this year’s API Day at the Capitol is as successful as possible, please register at: EventBrite Registration Link.

    FBA Diversity Committee - Happy Hour 

    The Diversity Committee of Minnesota's Federal Bar Association is hosting its third annual meet & greet for diverse members of the Minnesota legal community at Rare Steak & Sushi on Thursday, January 19 at 5:30 p.m. (link)

    Dim Sum? Yes, please.

    Join MNAPABA for Dim Sum to celebrate the Lunar New Year on Saturday, January 28. Arrive 5 mins before Mandarin Kitchen opens at 9:25 am and we will try to get seated together with whoever is there. Please expect to pay your own way for this event. (rsvp)

    Mingle with MNAPABA.

    The first MNAPABA mingle of 2017 will happen at The Newsroom on Thursday, January 26. See you at 5:30 p.m. (rsvp)

    Save the Date, Annual Winter Retreat (Feb.)


    Share Member Professional/Personal News
    in next month's newsletter (here)
    By Friday, February 3, 2017.

    Jobs, Clerkships & Scholarships

    New opportunities are posted weekly on the Members-Only Job Board. Login to browse and see details.

    19 postings have been added:

    Staff Attorney | Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (Willmar, MN)

    Board Member | Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board (Saint Paul, MN)

    Legislative Analyst/Attorney | MN House of Reps. Research Department (Saint Paul, MN)

    2017 Summer Internship Opportunities | NAPABA Law Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

    Staff Attorney | Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (Saint Paul, MN)

    Attorney (Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation) | Health Partners

    Attorney | Greene Espel (Minneapolis, MN)

    Study & Advocacy Tour at the United Nations in Geneva | The Advocates for Human Rights

    Legal Counsel | Dacare (Beijing, China)

    Staff Attorney - Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Campus Project | Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (St. Cloud, MN)

    Staff Attorney | Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (Willmar, MN)

    Partners and In-House Counsel Community Law Fellowship | NAPABA Law Foundation

    Underserved Communities Fellowship | NAPABA Law Foundation

    Summer Fellowship | NAPABA Law Foundation

    Outside attorneys and firms | Legal Services Panel for Ramsey County Attorney

    Staff Attorney - Family Law | Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) (Saint Paul, MN)

    Law Clerk - Part-time | Ramsey County Attorney's Office (Saint Paul, MN)

    Inspector General | Minnesota Department of Human Services (Saint Paul, MN)

    Assistant County Attorney 2 | Ramsey County (Saint Paul, MN)


    Upcoming Events

    Executive Board Meeting (register)
    Halunen Law, IDS Center
    Tuesday, Jan. 10
    6:00 p.m.


    The Newsroom MPLS
    Thursday, Jan. 26
    5:30 p.m.

    Dim Sum for Lunar New Year (rsvp)
    Mandarin Kitchen BLMGTN
    Saturday, Jan. 28
    9:25 a.m.
    (arrive 5 mins before opening and we will grab a table together!)


    Local Bar & Community

    FBA Diversity Bar Meet & Greet (link)
    Rare Steak & Sushi MPLS
    Thursday, Jan. 19
    5:30 p.m.

    API Day at the Capitol (link
    Minnesota Capitol STP
    Wednesday, Feb. 8
    10:00 a.m.

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  • Fri, December 09, 2016 4:58 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    On December 8, the leadership of several affinity-minority bars met to discuss promoting and supporting the presence of underrepresented groups in the Minnesota legal community. The event recognized common goals we have among our diverse organizations. Do not be surprised to see more co-sponsored events and collaboration among the affinity/minority bars in the future. Special thanks to Alene Sussman and Adine Momoh for organizing!

    Affinity bar organizations that were invited:

    • Hmong American Bar Association
    • Minnesota American Indian Bar Association
    • Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association
    • Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
    • Minnesota Black Women Lawyers Network
    • Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
    • Minnesota Lavender Bar Association
    • North American Somali American Bar Association
  • Wed, December 07, 2016 9:11 AM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    *New* monthly member spotlight and a successful national convention | December 6, 2016

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    Monthly Newsletter | December 2016

    Recent Happenings

    The Executive Board met on November 16 for its first official board meeting. The meeting was also well attended by law student representatives of the local APALSA organizations. The board reviewed and approved our budget for 2016-17, discussed our process for endorsing candidates for public office, and continued planning for upcoming events and other programs. 

    In the past month, you may have seen MNAPABA at these events:

    • Annual Banquet of the Hmong American Bar Association (HABA) (Dec 2)
    • MNAPABA New Lawyer's Reception (Nov 30) (Photo)
    • Tri-APALSA Happy Hour (Nov 17)
    • November Executive Board Meeting (Nov 15)
    • NAPABA National Convention (Nov 3-6) -- recap below

    Member Spotlight - New This Year!

    Each month, we will be highlighting one of our members. This is part of an ongoing effort to help MNAPABA members get-to-know one another. Read below about...

    Linhda Nguyen

    Merchant & Gould
    University of Minnesota Law School ('14)

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    Q: What is your practice area? 
    A: I specialize in patent and trademark litigation as well as trademark prosecution, at Merchant and Gould in downtown Minneapolis. My practice is varied and stimulating, and each day is different, which I highly enjoy.

    Q: What is your background?
    A: I’m from Orange County, California, and graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2014.

    Q: What do you enjoy most about MNAPABA? 
    A: I think it is important to encourage diversity in law firms. Being from California, where there are more diverse attorneys practicing, I can see the sharp contrast in the diverse workforce between California and Minnesota. I feel strongly about the value of diversity in law firm hiring and work to support that at my own firm.

    Q: What do you want others to know about you? 
    A: I’m interested in meeting more MNAPABA members. So if you see me at an event, please say hello and introduce yourself!

    Join the MNAPABA Fellowship Committee

    MNAPABA seeks volunteers for our Fellowship Committee. Volunteers will work with president-elect Melitta Dreschler to promote the MNAPABA Summer Law Fellowship and help with the selection process. The fellowship is awarded to a law student or recent law graduate who will serve the Minnesota Asian Pacific American community through public service at a summer internship. Please contact Melitta Drechsler to learn more and help out! (melitta.drechsler@co.ramsey.mn.us)

    Save the Date, Annual Winter Retreat (Feb.)

    National Convention - Recap

    November started out with the 2016 NAPABA National Convention in San Diego, CA. The Minnesota delegation included about 20 members. Overall, about 1900 of mostly attorneys, judges, and students attended.

    Highlights included:

    • Gala keynote speaker George Takei
    • Hon. Gail Chang Bohr receiving the Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award
    • Irene Kao being recognized as "Best Under 40"
    • Dinner with affiliates in the Central Region
    • Granting MNAPABA's first Award of Distinction to Michelle Lee, USPTO Director
    • The first meeting of the Asian American Adoptee Attorney Network


    Share Member Professional/Personal News
    in next month's newsletter (here)
    By Friday, December 30, 2016.

    Jobs, Clerkships & Scholarships

    New opportunities are posted weekly on the Members-Only Job Board. Login to see details.

    18 postings have been added including: a law student scholarship, a judgeship, several public committee/board member positions, a few private practice opportunities, a couple county attorney positions, and several legal aid positions.


    Upcoming Events

    Executive Board Meeting (register)
    Halunen Law, IDS Center
    Tuesday, Dec. 12
    6:00 p.m.

    Affinity Bar Board Dinner (rsvp)
    222 Hennepin Apartments MPLS
    Thursday, Dec. 8
    5:30 p.m.
    (limited to board members of invited affiliate bar associations)

    FBA Diversity Bar Meet & Greet (info)
    Rare Steak & Sushi MPLS
    Thursday, Jan. 19
    5:30 p.m.


    Local Bar & Community

    ACS Happy Hour and Discussion on Immigration (link
    Lockridge Grindal Nauen MPLS
    Thursday, December 8
    5:30 p.m.

    How to Make Your Workplace More Diverse and Inclusive CLE (register)
    HCBA Office MPLS
    Thursday, December 8
    1:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Fri, December 02, 2016 10:01 AM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)
    On Wednesday evening, about 40 members and friends of MNAPABA introduced a new class of attorneys admitted to the Minnesota bar in 2016. We shared food and drinks at Dong Hae to celebrate their accomplishment and welcomed them into our MNAPABA community as full-fledged attorneys.

    Left to Right: Mark Murphy (Libby Law), Cha Xiong (Minn. Ct. of Appeals), Sukanya Momsen (Minn. Ct. of Appeals), Harold Yun (4th Judicial District), Jessie Lu (Fredrikson & Byron).

  • Wed, November 16, 2016 4:58 PM | Benjamin Kwan
    MNAPABA Organizational Statement on Ramsey County Attorney John J. Choi's Charging Decision in the Philando Castile Case
    November 16, 2016

    Ramsey County Attorney John J. Choi announced his decision to charge the St. Anthony police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile on July 6, 2016.

    This morning, Choi's office charged St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez with second-degree manslaughter, among other charges involving the officer’s discharge of his gun. Choi said that under Minnesota law and Supreme Court precedent, the deadly use of force in Castile's death by Officer Yanez was not justified.

    The Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association (MNAPABA) stands in solidarity with Choi, a longtime MNAPABA member. Choi’s decision to charge Officer Yanez is sure to be heavily scrutinized both locally and nationally as our country’s ongoing dialogue about race and justice reform continues. As Choi’s friends and colleagues in the Minnesota Asian Pacific American legal community, we have every confidence in his ability to prosecute this case with the utmost in fidelity to the law and with justice as his guiding star.

    “I am an elected official but I can’t act like one,” Choi said Wednesday morning when a reporter asked about what kind of message he had for community members—both those who had hoped for this decision and those who had not. Choi said his job was to make a decision based on the law and the facts.

    MNAPABA respects Choi’s decision. MNAPABA also supports the legal process running its course so that justice can be achieved.

  • Tue, November 01, 2016 12:35 AM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    October Recap

    The new Executive Board met on October 16 for a working retreat at the Halunen Law office. We reviewed our 3-year strategic plan and began to plan the year ahead. We look forward to a great 2016-2017 and hope to see you at many of our events!

    In October, you may have seen MNAPABA at these events:

    • University of Minnesota Law School Meet the Bar 
      (Oct 14)
    • MNAPABA volunteers at Second Harvest Heartland 
      (Oct 15)


    An American Tale: MNAPABA Goes West

    November starts out with the biggest event of the year, the 2016 NAPABA National Convention in San Diego, CA.

    This year, NAPABA will recognize two Minnesota attorneys for their accomplishments:

    • Hon. Gail Chang Bohr will receive the Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award
    • Irene Kao will be celebrated as one of NAPABA's "Best Under 40"

    In addition to standard events, the MN delegation is involved in planning some special events you don't want to miss (see right bar for details):

    • Central Regional Affiliates Dinner
    • Award of Distinction for Michelle Lee, USPTO Director
    • Minnesota Delegation Dinner
    • Asian American Adoptee Attorney Network - First Gathering


    Welcome to the Bar (Come to a Bar!)

    Did you just get sworn in to practice law? Congratulations you! The New Attorneys Reception caps off the month of November. Help us celebrate you! (see right bar for details)


    Legal Employers - Support the Pipeline of Diverse Legal Talent!

    The Hennepin County Bar Association is continuing its great tradition of matching legal employers and law students with phenomenal opportunities (both ways) in the Minnesota Minority Clerkship Program. Consider urging your firm to commit and fill out and return this form by November 15, 2016, to be included in the program. You can also download the Employer Information Sheet for information on the program. For more detailed information, contact Dana Rindahl (dana@hcba.org) at the HCBA. 


    Help Us Select the Next MNAPABA Summer Law Fellow

    MNAPABA seeks volunteers to solicit and review applications for the MNAPABA Summer Law Fellowship, which is awarded to a law student or recent law graduate who will, through a summer internship, serve the Minnesota Asian Pacific American community through public service. Please contact Melitta Drechsler with your interest (melitta.drechsler@co.ramsey.mn.us).


    Jobs, Clerkships & Scholarships

    New opportunities are posted weekly, usually by Sunday, on the Members-Only Job Board.

    This week, 12 postings were added including: several full-time positions with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, vacancies on the MN Supreme Court's Rules of Criminal Procedure Advisory Committee, a spring clerkship for law students, as well as other public and private positions.


    Events in November

    Executive Board Meeting(info)
    Halunen Law, IDS Center
    Tuesday, Nov. 15
    6:00 p.m.

    New Attorneys Reception
    Dong Hae MPLS
    Wednesday, Nov. 30
    5:30 p.m.
    (Save the date for now!)

    2016 NAPABA National Convention (info)
    San Diego, CA
    Nov. 3-6

    • Central Regional Affiliates Dinner (info)
      Thursday, Nov. 3
      7:00 p.m. PST
    • Award of Distinction Presentation to Michelle Lee (info)
      Friday, Nov. 4
      2:00 p.m. PST
    • Minnesota Delegation Dinner  (rsvp)
      Friday, Nov. 4
      8:00 p.m. PST
    • Asian American Adoptee Attorney Network - First Gathering (facebook) (event page)
      Saturday, Nov. 5
      5:00 p.m. PST


    Local Bar & Community

    LCL 40th Anniversary Celebration (link) Metropolitan Ballroom & Clubroom WAYZATA
    Wednesday, Nov. 9
    5:00 p.m.

    MABL 2016 Foundation Scholarship Gala (link) Marriot City Center MPLS
    Saturday, Nov. 12
    6:00 p.m.

    MWL 2016 Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture (link) Marriot City Center MPLS
    Monday, Nov. 14
    5:00 p.m.

    • Dinner and Program
      6:00 p.m.
    • President's Reception
      4:30 p.m.
      (rsvp separately)


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    By Friday, December 2, 2016

  • Sat, October 29, 2016 9:36 AM | Benjamin Kwan
    MNAPABA Prepared to Assist Those Interested in Two Article III Openings
    October 29, 2016

    This week, Senator Klobuchar and Senator Franken announced the formation of a judicial selection committee to fill two vacancies on the Minnesota federal district court. Judge Ann Montgomery and Judge Donovan Frank have decided to take senior status. Those interested in applying for a federal district court position should submit a letter of interest and resume to the committee between November 7-21, 2016. For more information on the federal district court vacancies and where to send a letter of interest, see http://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/news-releases?ID=793299C9-1BF5-4861-9103-E215A31C3D54. 

    MNAPABA’s own judicial selection committee remains committed to assisting and preparing successful APA judicial candidates for federal and state court as well as for administrative law judgeships. The committee can help with application assistance, mock interviews, etc. Contact the co-chairs of this committee, Irene Kao (ikao@lmc.org) or Judge Nicole Starr (nicole.starr@courts.state.mn.us), for more information. In the roughly three years since its formation, MNAPABA judicial selection committee has assisted dozens of judicial hopefuls at various stages of their careers. We are eager and happy to share what we've learned in the process in order to help APA candidates and others who support our community become stronger, more qualified candidates. 

    MNAPABA also provides letters of support to qualified candidates. For more information on the endorsement process, see http://mnapaba.org/endorsements.

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

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