Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association


  • Tue, September 20, 2016 8:11 PM | Deleted user


    The countdown to the election continues. You can now follow Facebook (Facebook.com/VoteMNJudges) until the election. And don’t forget, absentee voting starts this Friday (9/23)!

    Thank you for helping us educate the public about judicial elections and the importance of voting in the Minnesota Supreme Court race. 

    With reliable and timely information, voters can make informed choices at the poll.

  • Tue, September 20, 2016 10:47 AM | Deleted user

    This event will recognize the work of the Center for New Americans and its partners and will feature a panel of distinguished experts. During the discussion, panelists will consider the positive contributions of immigrants in Minnesota and the regional implications of national and global migration trends. The panel will also discuss how to protect immigrants' rights locally amidst national deadlock on comprehensive immigration reform and growing anti-immigrant sentiment.

    Speakers include:  

    • Alondra Cano, Minneapolis Council Member, Ninth Ward
    • Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations Minnesota
    • Kalia Abiade, Advocacy Director, Center for New Community
    • Deepinder Mayell, Moderator, Center for New Americans

    Thursday, October 13, 2016
    Panel will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Lockhart Hall
    Followed by a reception in Auerbach Commons
    University of Minnesota Law School
    Lockhart Hall, Room 25
    229 19th Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    One CLE credit will be requested.
    Please RSVP at CNAImmigrationNation.eventbrite.com

  • Mon, September 19, 2016 8:59 PM | Deleted user

    The complexity of federal criminal cases requires particularized knowledge and client attention.   To address the need for well-trained, as well as diverse, lawyers on the CJA panel, the Federal Defender Second Chair (Mentor) Program was developed.  The Mentor Program provides training in all aspects of federal criminal practice.

    The attorneys chosen to participate in the program have a reputation for excellence and experience in some aspects of criminal and/or federal litigation.

    In 2007, the first class of lawyers, six in all,  was selected.  The second class, selected in 2011, was composed of ten attorneys.  The program is now on its third class, made up of 11 lawyers.  The backgrounds of the mentees are varied, ranging from solo practitioners practicing primarily criminal defense in state cases to attorneys at large firms with significant experience in pre-indictment federal litigation.  Through the program, the mentee attorneys have handled cases that were varied both in complexity and subject matter. 

    Monthly class meetings: 

    The mentee class meets once a month for a CLE-type gathering.  During these trainings, different aspects of federal criminal law are discussed, as well as practical points for effective defense of clients.  Additionally, mentees learn about the important structural/agency components involved in federal criminal practice.  Trainers include CJA panel members, attorneys from the Federal Defender’s Office and people from various federal agencies, including the U.S. Probation Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Clerk’s Office.

    Case Work:

    Experiential learning is important part of the Second Chair Training Program.  Mentees are assigned to work on cases with senior lawyers, through the Federal Defender’s Office.  The senior, or mentor, lawyers guide mentees through the procedural and litigation aspects of the case.  Mentees are prepared for and get to participate in a meaningful way in the cases.  Ranging from client interviews through witness examinations and, as necessary, sentencing elocutions, the casework component provides mentees with important courtroom/case experience.

    In the most recent mentee class, every mentee worked on at least three (3) cases.  Ten of the mentees were involved in cases that went to trial.  All have had cases that involved significant litigation/issues resulting in evidentiary hearings. 

    Mentees are paid $70/hour for work on their appointed cases. 

    Benefits to the Mentees:

    Beyond the training aspects, mentees are provided with numerous opportunities to build important networks that strengthen their practice.  Class members build relationships with each other and, through the exposure to members of the federal criminal defense bar, broaden their base of resources, contacts and knowledge.  Courtroom experience and strengthening client skills are also benefits mentees gain.  Additionally, due to the significant amount of writing involved in the cases, legal writing skills are deepened.

    Expectations of Mentees:

    The attorneys chosen to participate in the program will be expected to attend the monthly training sessions, participate in the regular seminars put on by the Federal Defenders Office, meet regularly with the Program Coordinator and work on three assigned cases over a two-year period. 

    Former and Current Mentee Attorneys Include:            

    Patrick Cotter                                                            

    Kevin Magnuson                  

     Shannon Elkins

    Ryan Garry                                                     

    Doug Micko                           

     Kirstin Kanski

    Kimberly Hall                                                            

    Catherine Turner                  

     A.L. Brown

    Dan Le                                                                        

    Ryan Pacyga                          

     Chris Zipko

    Wolanda Shelton                                        

    Stephen Smith                                  

     Gretchen Gurstelle

    Theresa Bevilacqua                                               

    Beth Forsythe                                   

    Lauren Campoli

    John Conard                                                 

    Marcus Almon                                  

    Charlie Clippert

    Lousene Hoppe                                            

    Eric Hawkins                         

     Paul Edlund

    Application Process

    A call for applicants will be sent later this fall via email.  Applicants will be asked to submit a formal application, writing sample and references.  After applications are received, interviews will be scheduled.

    If you have additional questions, please contact the Program Coordinator Caroline Durham at (612) 272-9111 or caroline@carolinedurhamlawyer.com.

    Announcement for Applicants.pdf

    Program Flyer FINAL 2016.pdf

  • Thu, September 15, 2016 4:53 PM | Deleted user

    WASHINGTON — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has named Yoon & Kim LLP as the 2016 Asian Pacific American-Owned Law Firm of the Year. NAPABA created the Asian Pacific American-Owned Law Firm of the Year Award to recognize Asian Pacific American-owned law firms that have achieved prominence and distinction while maintaining the highest ethical and legal standards in the profession, and have demonstrated a strong commitment to the Asian Pacific American community. 

    The Award also celebrates growing Asian Pacific American ownership and entrepreneurship in the legal marketplace. The presentation of the 2016 Asian Pacific American-Owned Law Firm of the Year Award will take place at the NAPABA Anniversary Gala during the 2016 NAPABA Convention in San Diego, California, on Nov. 5, 2016.

    “NAPABA is pleased to honor Yoon & Kim LLP with the Asian Pacific American-Owned Law Firm of the Year Award,” said NAPABA President Jin Y. Hwang. “We applaud the firm’s continued leadership in the Asian Pacific American community while maintaining the highest standards in the legal profession.”

    Yoon & Kim strives to improve the Asian Pacific American community by supporting numerous organizations and causes that seek to better the Asian Pacific American community.  

    By combining previous large law firm partnership level experience with exceptional Korean language and Asian cultural fluency, Yoon & Kim represents Korean and Asian Pacific American clients in high profile and high stakes matters traditionally entrusted to large law firms. Yoon & Kim’s practice areas consist of commercial and insurance litigation, international arbitration, regulatory compliance, business transactions, real estate, and lender representation.

    For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or bschuster@napaba.org.

    The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of almost 50,000 attorneys and approximately 75 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. 

    NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

    To learn more about NAPABA, visit www.napaba.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@NAPABA).

  • Thu, September 08, 2016 2:36 PM | Deleted user

    We are one week away from the Prospective Partners Program (PPP) application deadline! The PPP aims to increase the number of Asian Pacific American partners at major law firms through introduction, mentorship, and relationship building. In anticipation of the program's seventh year, the PPP is inviting candidate applications and nominations to participate in PPP sessions taking place at the 2016 NAPABA Convention in San Diego. 

    For more information and to apply by Sept. 15, click here.

  • Sun, September 04, 2016 11:14 AM | Deleted user

    The MWL Equity Committee is pleased to present: 
    Women Attorneys in the News: Understanding and Engaging with the Media." 

    In its effort to promote a more diverse and inclusive image of attorneys in the news media and across the general community, this seminar is designed to support women attorneys in navigating the complicated and sometimes mysterious world of the news media and to position them to become solid and reliable contacts journalists turn to for depth and perspective. The program content will also provide practical tools to assist women attorneys in effectively and strategically communicating their message.  Unique ethical issues and conflicts for lawyers interested in engaging with the news media will also be addressed. 

    MWL is pleased to welcome seminar presenters Trisha Volpe, an Emmy-award winning journalist and attorney in the Minneapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, and Bob McNaney, Senior Vice President at PadillaCRT. 

    Date:                           Monday, September 12th, 2016

    Location:                    Capella Tower Business Center
                                        (225 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota  55402)

    Agenda:                      4:15 p.m.             Registration 
                                        4:30 p.m.             Seminar
                                        6:00 p.m.             Social Hour 

    CLE Credit:                  1.5 CLE credit will be applied for. (1.0 Elimination of Bias; .5 Ethics)

    Registration:              MWL Members: Free

                                        MN Affinity Bar Members: Free 
                                        Non-Members: $10.00
    Registration is required.  Complete details and registration is available HERE.  Please RSVP your attendance by Friday, September 9th, 2016.  

  • Sun, September 04, 2016 11:13 AM | Deleted user

    LCL will facilitate a mindfulness group to accompany The Anxious Lawyer national book club.  For information on the book club and the LCL group, go to http://www.mnlcl.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Mindfulness-Fall-2016.pdf.  

    Jeena  Cho, author of The Anxious Lawyer,  will be the keynote speaker at LCL’s 40th Anniversary dinner on November 9th.  There will be MUCH more to come about that event.  

  • Wed, August 17, 2016 9:45 AM | Deleted user

    The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District Court. This vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable James T. Reuter, and will be chambered at Pine City in Pine County.

    The Commission is searching for fair, experienced, and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench and offer their talents and services to Minnesota’s judicial system. The following qualities will be considered for judicial office: integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience, and community service. The application process is now open for this vacancy.

    An individual wishing to apply may request an application by writing to Lee E. Sheehy, Chair of the Commission on Judicial Selection, at 116 Veterans Service Building, 20 West 12th Street, St. Paul, MN 55155, or by contacting Lidya Makonnen, Appointments Coordinator, via e-mail at lidya.makonnen@state.mn.us. A cover letter and resume should also be submitted with the application. Application materials are due by close of business on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Thursday, September 22, 2016 in Pine City.

    For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact Lidya Makonnen at lidya.makonnen@state.mn.us or at (651) 201-3451.


    MNAPABA endorses and promotes minority attorneys for judicial appointments. For interested candidates, please send an email correspondence requesting the endorsement. In the email, enclose a copy of the completed judicial application form and any pertinent writing samples to the President of MNAPABA, Greg Schwartz (GSchwartz@billionarmitage.com). You can also contact MNAPABA Immediate Past President and chair of our judicial selection committee, Irene Kao (ikao@lmc.org) for questions. 

    For more information about the endorsement process, please see here

  • Tue, August 02, 2016 3:24 PM | Deleted user

    Justice Dietzen Retirement Reception

    Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    Venue: Windows on Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN United States 


    Deadline to Register: Monday, August 22, 2016

    Join us as we celebrate Justice Chris Dietzen's tenure on the Minnesota Supreme Court

    Justice Dietzen was named to the Supreme Court in 2008 following four years of service on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.  He will retire on August 31, 2016.  On Wednesday, August 24 the Minnesota State Bar Association will host a reception to celebrate Justice Dietzen's judicial career and thank him for his years of public service.  The reception will begin at 5:30 and there will be a short program at 6:15.


    MSBA Members:  $40.00

    Non-MSBA Members: $40.00


    Questions? Contact Joni Fenner 612/278-6307

  • Thu, July 28, 2016 6:42 PM | Benjamin Kwan (Administrator)

    MNAPABA is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Executive Board. Applications are due to President-Elect Ben Kwan by August 17, 2016. 

    Find complete details regarding board positions and the application process on the Apply for the 2016-2017 Executive Board page of our website. 

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

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