Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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  • Mon, February 01, 2016 9:26 PM | Anonymous member

    ST. PAUL, MN – 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 Salvador M. Rosas, effective March 4, 2016, and the Honorable Rosanne Nathanson, effective May 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 Thursday, February 11, 2016. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

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

    Please contact Irene Kao (ikao@lmc.org) if you are interested in these positions. Contact Greg Schwartz (gschwartz@billionarmitage.com) if you would like to seek MNAPABA's endorsement.  For more information on MNAPABA's endorsement process: http://mnapaba.org/endorsements. 


  • Mon, January 04, 2016 8:11 PM | Anonymous member

    The Governor’s Council on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday statewide celebration is just around the corner.  The main celebration is starting at 11:00 pm in the Ordway Music Theater. This year marks the Council’s 30th anniversary and our celebration theme is “The Power of Telling Your Story: 30 Years of Us”.  The 2016 Statewide Celebration is free and open to the public so please extend this invitation with the community. Below we have included the logistics and programming details. We have an exciting line up to honor the work and legacy of Dr. King.

    Schedule:
    ·         9:00 am Youth Rally – Ordway Concert Hall
    ·         10:15 am March Reenactment – Route will begin at the main entrance of the Ordway Center for Performing Arts.
    ·         11:00 am-1:00 pm Celebration Program – Ordway Music Theater
     
    Keynote Speaker:
    Talila A. Lewis, founder of Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf
     
    Acceptance Speech:
    The Honorable Michael J. Davis
     
    Performances:
    Triad for Christ; Bomba Umoya; and El Arco Iris

    Award Recipients:
    ·         The Honorable Michael J. Davis, Lifetime Achievement Award
    ·         Senior Judge Gail Chang Bohr, Distinguished Service Award
    ·         Jill R. Gaulding, Distinguished Service Award
    ·         Emilia Gonzalez Avalos, Distinguished Service Award
    ·         Velma Korbel, Distinguished Service Award
    ·         Nekima Levy-Pounds, Distinguished Service Award
    ·         Collen Wieck, Distinguished Service Award



  • Mon, January 04, 2016 7:49 PM | Anonymous member

    The NAPABA Law Foundation Summer Public Interest Internship is a grant to an organization to provide funding for a summer legal intern.  Past recipients include Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Asian Law Caucus, and Greater Boston Legal Services – Asian Outreach Unit.  Deadline for organizations to apply is Jan 15, 2016.  The application is attached and it will be available on the NAPABA website shortly.
     
    Below is a list of the three remaining summer programs that will be announced shortly:
     
    1)      McGuireWoods/NLF Internship Program
    2)      Fred T. Korematsu Summer Fellowship
    3)      Bryan Cave / NAPABA Law Foundation Community Service Scholarship

    For more information: http://www.napaba.org/?page=NLF_FI

  • Wed, September 30, 2015 10:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Following 2014-2015 Executive Board action and the annual ceremonial vote of the MNAPABA membership at the annual MNAPABA Gala, held this year in conjunction with the NAPABA Central Regional Conference in Minneapolis on September 19, MNAPABA is proud to announce its new Executive Board for the upcoming membership year, beginning on October 1, 2015:

    President: Gregory Schwartz, Billion & Armitage

    President-Elect: Benjamin Kwan, Halunen Law

    Immediate Past President: Irene Kao, League of Minnesota Cities

    Secretary: Alene Sussman, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

    Treasurer: Emily Faber-Densley, 3M

    VP of Communications: Maya Tao, Wilson Law Group

    VP of Membership: Malika Kanodia, Best Buy

    VP of Outreach: Summra Shariff, Robins Kaplan

    VP of Programs: Alex Dyste, Fourth Judicial District


    Pictured Above, from L to R: Summra Shariff, Malika Kanodia, Benjamin Kwan, Alene Sussman, Maya Tao, Greg Schwartz, Irene Kao, and Emily Faber-Densley (not pictured, Alex Dyste). Photo taken on September 19, 2015, at the MNAPABA Annual Gala at the NAPABA Central Regional Conference in Minneapolis.

  • Sat, September 19, 2015 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Central Regional Conference is underway in Minneapolis. The event, “Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future,” is being hosted by the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association (MNAPABA).

    The event opened on Friday evening with “A Man of Quiet Bravery: A Reenactment of the Fred Korematsu Case” at the United States Courthouse in Minneapolis. The presentation featured local lawyers and judges in an adaptation of the Peter Irons play on the late civil rights leader’s life and legal experience. Karen Korematsu, Fred Korematsu’s daughter, was in attendance and provided moving first-hand accounts of her dad’s story.

    On Saturday, Professor Erika Lee of the University of Minnesota delivered the event’s lunch keynote presentation. Professor Lee is the director of the Immigration History Research Center at the U of MN and is the Rudolph J. Vecoil Chair in Immigration History.

    Professor Lee shared findings and reflections fromher new book, “The Making of Asian America: A History” (September, 2015), an account of the fastest-growing minority group in the United States. The book’s release is timed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act and has already received starred reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Review, which calls it “a powerful, timely story told with method and dignity.”

    Professor Lee shared historical anecdotes from her book including stories about her grandparents, who opened the very patriotic New Deal Chow Mein Inn in New York in the early part of the 1900s.

    Professor Lee recalled a California history class during her early years. It was late in life for her, as she recalls, because it was the first time she had ever learned about anti-Asian American sentiments in United States history.

    Her first question, she said, was “why haven’t I ever heard of this?”

    Professor Lee said her piqued curiosity quickly transformed the question into: “why are Asian Americans invisible?” she said. “The search for these hidden histories put me on the path to becoming a writer, historian, and teacher.”

    Professor Lee said that these early questions have driven her professional career. Professor Lee was on hand to sign copies of her new book following her presentation.

    “What I try to do in my teaching and my writing is fix this problem—fix this problem by writing Asian Americans back into history.”

    The Central Regional Conference continues Saturday afternoon with continuing legal education breakout sessions at the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels, an event underwriter. Following the afternoon sessions, the annual MNAPABA Gala will take place at the Marriott in Minneapolis featuring CRC keynote speaker Jenny Yang, Chairperson of the EEOC. 


  • Wed, September 16, 2015 11:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On September 18-20, the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association (MNAPABA) is hosting the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Central Regional Conference, which includes attorneys from eight states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin). MNAPABA has partnered with many in the legal and general communities to ensure a successful conference, including 28 sponsors and 40 panelists and speakers at this threeday conference. 

    The conference kicks off on Friday night with A Man of Quiet Bravery: A Re-Enactment of the Fred Korematsu Case with reflections from Karen Korematsu. Karen Korematsu is the Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, where she works tirelessly to make sure Americans don’t forget the Supreme Court decision that failed to protect the civil rights of her father and thousands of other Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. 

    This re-enactment is based on a play written by Peter Irons and adapted by Rick Shiomi, the Co-Artistic Director of the Full Circle Theater Company in Minnesota. The reenactment participants include an impressive representation of local judges and attorneys, including judges from Minnesota District Court, Minnesota Court of Appeals, Minnesota Supreme Court, and U.S. District Court. 

    The conference continues on Saturday with a full-day of ten Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs, including The Federal Reserve at 100 Years: Perspectives from the Past and Outlook on the Future, Parting the Clouds: What Public Sector and In-House 2 Counsel Need to Know about Privacy, Security, and Compliance in the Cloud, Too Close to the Line: Reflections from the Bench on “Gray Areas” in the Practice of Law, and many others. 

    Saturday includes two national keynote speakers. Dr. Erika Lee, a professor at the University of Minnesota, is giving the lunch keynote address on Asian immigration, particularly in light of the 50th anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Jenny Yang, the first Asian-American Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), is delivering the Gala keynote address on the 50th anniversary of the EEOC and the future direction of this federal agency. 

    At the traditionally well-attended annual Gala, MNAPABA will be featuring the Asian Pacific Legal Experience in America Exhibit, which traces the Asian Pacific American legal experience through a retrospective look at events historical including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Japanese American Incarceration in WWII, and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. The exhibit first debuted in the United States Courthouse in Minneapolis on May 20, 2015. It has since traveled to the Duluth and Fergus Falls federal courthouses. 

    Background on Fred Korematsu 

    Fred Korematsu was born in Oakland, California. But it didn’t matter that he was a U.S. citizen when President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 in 1942. The President’s order resulted in the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Ten camps were set up nationally and approximately 120,000 people were incarcerated during the war. An estimated two-thirds of these individuals were Japanese Americans born in the U.S. just like Korematsu. 

    Korematsu was arrested in 1942 for going into hiding in northern California after refusing to go to an incarceration camp. Korematsu challenged the constitutionality of his arrest in court and, two years later, the Supreme Court heard his case. In now one of its most infamous and criticized rulings ever, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the government and against Korematsu. The majority of justices claimed that the detentions were not based on racial discrimination but rather on suspicions that JapaneseAmericans were acting as spies. 

    After World War II, Korematsu was released. But the conviction remained on his record for 40 years until it was finally overturned in 1983. 

  • Fri, August 28, 2015 7:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MNAPABA is proud to co-sponsor the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Regional General Counsel Institute: “Being Your Own Entrepreneur: Define Your Success.  Own Your Career.”  

    MNAPABA members are invited to join experienced women in-house counsel to discuss building your in-house legal career at NAWL's 2015 Regional General Counsel Institute ("RGCI") on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you are in-house counsel at any seniority level who wants to advance your legal expertise, improve your communication and management skills, and enhance your C-suite presence to add greater strategic value to your company's business, then consider attending RGCI.

    You can learn more at www.nawl.org/RGCIMN.  MNAPABA members will receive a 10% discount.  Watch for the unique code in an upcoming email from MNAPABA.


  • Thu, April 09, 2015 8:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On behalf of the FBA Diversity Committee,  you are invited to a CLE and networking event to be held on April 16, 2015, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Radisson Blu on 7th Street in Downtown Minneapolis.  The program is entitled Cultivating a Diverse Pipeline of New Lawyers in Uncertain Legal Times.  The Honorable Tony N. Leung, United States Magistrate Judge, will provide opening remarks.  Panelists will include:

     Val Jensen, Executive Director, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice

     Anthony Winer, Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law

     Tracy M. Smith, Deputy General Counsel, University of Minnesota

     Dr. Luiza Dreasher, Assistant Dean and Director of Multicultural and International Inclusion, William Mitchell College of Law

     To RSVP, please contact Jennifer Gerboth at 612-349-8258 or jgerboth@robinskaplan.com. Space is limited.

    The FBA is seeking 1.5 Minnesota CLE elimination of bias credits. 

  • Tue, March 24, 2015 10:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Blazing the Trail, Championing Justice - Thursday, October 9, 2014, at the Loews Minneapolis Hotel.  Photo credit: Kristina Perkins, KP Creates.



  • Sun, March 15, 2015 6:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On behalf of The Honorable Nicole J. Starr and the Second Judicial District Court, you are cordially invited to attend the oath ceremony for Ms. Starr as she becomes a member of the District Court of Ramsey County.  

    The program is scheduled to begin promptly at four o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, April 10, 2015, in the cortile of the Landmark Center, 75 West Fifth Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota.  

    A reception hosted by Jenny and Nicole Starr and The Law Offices of John C. Conard at Hellmuth & Johnson will immediately follow in the cortile of the Landmark Center.

    Download a PDF copy of the official invitation here.

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