Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association


  • Fri, October 14, 2016 5:17 PM | Benjamin Kwan

    MNAPABA would like to thank the University of Minnesota School of Law for inviting us to its "Meet the Bar" event on Friday, October 14, 2016. The event gave law students the chance to meet the myriad legal organizations in our community at one time, in one place.

    MNAPABA was represented by MNAPABA Executive Board Members Vince Pham (L), V.P. of Communications and Alene Sussman (R), V.P. of Outreach. 

    MNAPABA encourages law students to join our ranks and get involved by attending events. We have been proud of a long tradition of informal mentorship through relationships that begin at our events and last a career. 

    Thanks Vince and Alene for representing MNAPABA!

  • Thu, October 13, 2016 9:29 AM | Benjamin Kwan

    Join MNAPABA in San Diego for the National Convention Nov. 3-6 -- We Have a Lot to Celebrate

    The Hon. Gail Chang Bohr, recipient of a 2016 NAPABA Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award

    Irene Kao, recipient of a 2016 NAPABA Best Under 40 Award

    Steven Reeves, elected to the 2016-2017 NAPABA Board of Governors, serving as the Vice President for Finance and Development

    Dear Members and Friends:

    We hope to see many of you in San Diego next month for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's 2016 annual convention.  Advance registration closes on October 21. Need to activate your NAPABA membership? MNAPABA membership includes NAPABA membership--please refer to our June 16, 2016, members-only email for instructions on activating your national membership. 

    Let Us Know if You'll Be in San Diego & RSVP for the Minnesota Dinner

    MNAPABA would love to keep in touch with you if you plan to be in San Diego for the convention. 

    We will be organizing a pay-your-own-way Minnesota dinner on Friday evening at 8 p.m. We have yet to select a location--we will do so after getting an idea of how many Minnesotans we can expect.

    Please fill out the form at the link shown to both let us know you're coming and whether you'd like to RSVP for the Minnesota dinner and be on a group text of Minnesota attendees.

    Minnesota Attendee Form & Minnesota Dinner RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/0CGmtnwrT7U4grUk2 

    Minnesota Award Winners

    This is another banner year for MNAPABA at NAPABA. In San Diego we will be celebrating two MNAPABA members receiving national awards and one member who has been elected to the national Board of Governors.  

    The Hon. Gail Chang Bohr will receive the Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 4. 

    Irene Kao will be celebrated as one of NAPABA's "Best Under 40" at the Welcome Reception on Thursday, November 3. 

    We also would like to recognize Steven Reeves who has been elected to NAPABA's Board of Governors as the V.P. for Finance and Development. Thank you for your service to NAPABA and the profession, Steven!

    Asian American Adoptee Attorney Network

    We hope you will also consider supporting our Immediate Past President, Greg Schwartz, on his new national initiative to connect Asian American adoptee attorneys.  Join Greg and others from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the first gathering of the affinity group at the convention.  Email Greg for more details: GSchwartz@billionarmitage.com -- you can also check out the Facebook invite

    If you have any questions about the convention, please email us at mnapaba@gmail.com -- we will be monitoring that account in realtime at the convention, too.

    Thanks and hope to see many familiar faces in San Diego!

    --Ben Kwan, President, MNAPABA

  • Mon, October 03, 2016 4:33 PM | Deleted user

    Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association hosted its 2016 Annual Gala on September 28, 2016 with Keynote speaker, Don Liu, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Target Corp.

    A huge thank you to each and every one of you who helped make the event a success -whether you attended, sponsored, or took part in planning the event, it couldn't have happened so successfully without you.

  • Mon, October 03, 2016 4:22 PM | Deleted user

    Registration for the NAPABA Golf Tournament will close on Friday, Oct. 7. It's not too late to register! The NAPABA Golf Tournament to Benefit the NAPABA Law Foundation will be held at the beautiful Maderas Golf Club, ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top 100 public golf courses in America. The tournament will be played "shot gun" style in the scramble format with all foursomes teeing off at 8 a.m. Enter to win amazing prizes! The tournament will be immediately followed by an awards reception, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

    Registration closes Friday, Oct. 7. For more information on how to play and sponsor the tournament click here.

  • Mon, October 03, 2016 3:40 PM | Deleted user

    Address: 1100 Canterbury Rd S, Shakopee, MN 55379

    When: Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 11 to 2 p.m.

  • Mon, October 03, 2016 3:37 PM | Deleted user

    We have a wonderful opportunity for newer lawyers and seasoned ("vintage") lawyers, including several of our federal judges, to network and mingle on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.  You will hear great stories and make new connections during this special gathering at the U.S. Courthouse.  We will have several "pop-up" speakers who will share remarks about our storied judges during the event.  Don't miss this unique event, filled with life lessons, legal lessons, and much more.
    When: Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
    Minneapolis Federal Courthouse, 15th Floor
    300 South Fourth Street
    202 U.S. Courthouse
    Minneapolis, MN 55415
    Cost: Free
    Registration: To register for this event, click here.

  • Mon, October 03, 2016 3:33 PM | Deleted user

    The new Forces at Play exhibit is open at Minnesota Children’s Museum and we want to hear from you!  We are planning small focus groups in order to hear directly from adults about their experiences in the new exhibit. The purpose of the focus groups is to gather feedback on the museum’s “Delighting Adults” strategies. The feedback and insights gained through these sessions will inform how this strategy is used in other new galleries.
    We are looking for people who are willing to bring their children (or grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc.) to the museum to play in the exhibit. After playing for a short while, the children will continue playing in the museum with a staff member or volunteer while the adults participate in the focus group. If you are interested in helping us out, please click on the link below and fill out the survey. Every adult who participates in the focus groups will receive a $50 gift card to Target.
    Space is limited. Please complete the survey today. You will be contacted directly if selected to participate. Thank you!
    Take the Survey


  • Thu, September 29, 2016 11:05 AM | Deleted user

    The Minnesota Supreme Court is seeking applications from lawyers to serve as a member of the Commission on Judicial Selection.  The Governor and the Supreme Court select the members of the 49-member commission that reviews and evaluates applications for vacancies in district court judgeships, some of whom are at-large members who address all judicial vacancies.  Currently, a vacancy exists on the Commission for the Supreme Court’s lawyer-appointee from the Tenth Judicial District.  The current vacancy is for a partial-term ending on January 7, 2019.

    Commission members are expected to actively participate. They receive no compensation or reimbursement for expenses.

    Applicants interested in appointment to this position must submit a letter detailing their background. Resumes are welcome but not required. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m., Monday, October 31, 2016. Letters can be mailed to AnnMarie S. O’Neill, Clerk of the Appellate Courts, 305 Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155; or e-mailed to mjcappellateclerkofcourt@courts.state.mn.us        

  • Wed, September 28, 2016 11:59 AM | Deleted user

    WASHINGTON — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has named Jenny R. Yang, chair of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as the recipient of the 2016 NAPABA Women’s Leadership Award. The award recognizes the accomplishments of women lawyers and is presented to an individual who has achieved professional excellence in her field, demonstrated leadership and understanding of women’s issues, and made significant contributions to the Asian Pacific American legal community. 

    The award will be presented at the Women’s Leadership Network Breakfast & Plenary at the 2016 NAPABA Convention in San Diego, California, on Nov. 5, 2016.

    “Ms. Yang has a long and remarkable history of service and leadership to the Asian Pacific American community, and LGBTQ and women’s’ rights,” said NAPABA President Jin Y. Hwang. “We applaud her commitment to advancing equal opportunity and fairness in the workplace, and NAPABA is proud to honor Ms. Yang as the 2016 Women’s Leadership Award recipient.”

    Ms. Yang is the first Asian American to be named EEOC chair on a permanent basis in its 50-year history, and is also the first Asian American woman to serve on the Commission. The EEOC is a five-member bi-partisan commission responsible for enforcing our nation's laws against workplace discrimination. She leads an agency with over 2,200 employees in 53 offices around the country with a budget of over $365 million.

    Throughout her career in the non-profit, private, and government sectors, she has worked to protect the legal rights of Asian Pacific Americans through enforcement of our nation’s civil rights and workplace laws and through her service to the community. From 2007 until her confirmation to the EEOC in 2013, Ms. Yang served as a board member and vice chair of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, which is dedicated to providing linguistically and culturally appropriate legal services to Asian Pacific Americans in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. From 1998 to 2004, she served as co-chair and board member of the National Governing Board of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, the only national multi-issue Asian Pacific American women’s organization in the country.

    As chair of the EEOC, Ms. Yang is leading the agency as it charts its path forward for the next 50 years. She is also leading efforts to ensure that, as the nation's largest employer, the federal government serves as a model employer. Moreover, she is engaged in a broad effort to build stronger workplaces by exploring the root causes of persistent forms of discrimination and identifying effective strategies to prevent and remedy discrimination.

    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 22, 2016 11:59 AM | Deleted user


    Please join us as we present the 2016 Inspire Award to George Takei at the 28th Anniversary NAPABA Gala on Saturday, Nov. 5, during the 2016 NAPABA Convention in San Diego. Takei's dedication and involvement in the Asian Pacific American community and activism on human rights and Japanese-American relations exemplifies the ideals of our Inspire Award — an award that recognizes the outstanding achievements and dedication to promoting justice, equity, and opportunity for Asian Pacific Americans. 

    Advance Registration for the 2016 NAPABA Convention will close on Oct. 21. NAPABA members save an additional $200 off the non-member rate. Not a member? Become a member today and save!


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

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