Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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  • 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 ENDORSEMENTS

    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 

    Register

    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.

    Cost:

    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. 

  • Thu, July 28, 2016 2:00 PM | Deleted user

    The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that judgeship vacancies are occurring in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District Court. These vacancies will occur upon the retirements of the Honorable Diane R. Alshouse, effective September 23, 2016, and the Honorable James H. Clark, effective October 31, 2016, and will be chambered at Saint Paul in Ramsey 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 these vacancies.

    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 Monday, August 15, 2016. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Thursday, September 1, 2016.

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

    MNAPABA ENDORSEMENTS

    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

  • Thu, July 28, 2016 1:58 PM | Deleted user

    The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District Court. This vacancy was created upon the appointment of the Honorable Anne K. McKeig to the Minnesota Supreme Court, and will be chambered at Minneapolis in Hennepin 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 Thursday, August 18, 2016. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Friday, September 9, 2016 in Minneapolis.

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

  • Wed, July 27, 2016 10:20 AM | Deleted user

    2016 Presidential Town Hall & Voter Protection Training

    Join NAPABA and our partners as we work to elevate the voices of the Asian Pacific American community and protect voting rights. Be a part of the 2016 National Asian American and Pacific Islanders Presidential Town Hall in Las Vegas and learn how you and your affiliate can host voter protection trainings and monitor elections.

    1)      2016 Presidential Town Hall | Aug. 12 | Las Vegas

    Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote and the Asian American Journalists Association are co-hosting the 2016 Presidential Town Hall, which NAPABA is joining as a National Partner. The Town Hall has served as a non-partisan forum for Asian Pacific Americans to discuss issues relevant to our communities and ensure that our concerns are addressed and by campaigns and the media. 

    • Learn more and register by Aug. 1 here.

    2)      NAPABA Voter Protection Training (CLE) | Aug. 13 | Las Vegas

    As part of the 2016 Presidential Town Hall community programming, NAPABA will be offering a CLE about non-partisan voter protection and poll monitoring. Participants will learn from experts from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA  about how to monitor elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, including ensuring language access, and how to prepare other attorneys to engage in voter protection work. The CLE is free and open to the public.

    • Learn more and register here.

    3)      Host a Voter Protection Training & Get Resources

    Teach your members how to protect the rights of voters, including individuals who are limited English proficient, on election day. NAPABA affiliates interested in hosting voter protection training sessions in their communities may apply for Affiliate Grant programs to help cover costs associated with the training sessions. Partner with advocacy organizations such as AALDEF and Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliates (AAJC, ALC, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles) to help provide technical assistance to voters.

    • Apply for an Affiliate Grant and learn about partner organizations here.

    4)      Host a Community Watch Party | Aug. 12

    Sign-up to host a watch party to demonstrate to the Presidential campaigns and local parties that the Asian American and Pacific Islander community is very engaged for the 2016 election cycle and we are ready to go vote! This event seeks to educate voters about the Presidential candidates as they address issues that are important to our community.

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