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  • Mon, January 11, 2021 1:48 PM | Anonymous

    Amid rising reports of discrimination from the Asian American community, Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan launched a Discrimination Helpline. You can call the Discrimination Helpline at 1-833-454-0148 or submit this online form. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Translation services are available.

  • Mon, January 11, 2021 1:38 PM | Anonymous

    The United States is known as a nation of immigrants. Paradoxically, it is also a nation of xenophobia, and this irrational fear, hatred, and hostility toward immigrants has been a defining feature of our country from the colonial era to the Trump administration. Join award-winning author and historian Dr. Erika Lee, as she helps confront this history and explains how xenophobia works, why it has endured, and how it threatens the United States.

    Dr. Erika Lee teaches American history at the University of Minnesota, where she is a Regents Professor, a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, and the director of the Immigration History Research Center. Headliners is a popular series in which University scholars and researchers share firsthand knowledge of today’s most intriguing stories.

    For more information about the program or to register, please click here.

  • Mon, December 07, 2020 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    Target’s Legal Affairs team is pleased to announce its Ninth Annual Legal Affairs Mock Interview Program. This program is an exciting opportunity for diverse 1Ls, 2Ls, and paralegals to polish up interview skills. This year’s event will take place January 7, 2021 via Zoom, from 12:45 pm to 4:30 pm.

    Target’s General Counsel, Don Liu, will kick off the program, followed by a panel discussion with HR and other professionals, informal discussion sessions with Target team members, and two realistic interviews and feedback. RSVP to the program by December 14.

    Target Legal Affairs Mock Interview Program

    Target’s Legal Affairs team is pleased to announce its Ninth Annual Legal Affairs Mock Interview Program. This program is an exciting opportunity for diverse 1Ls, 2Ls, and paralegals to polish up their interview skills!

    These interviews are not for actual positions at Target but rather are our team’s effort to help students prepare for future interviews regardless of career aspirations.

    Schools will be provided three different sample job descriptions (Law Clerk, Paralegal, and Consultant - Reputation Management) for students to consider. Limited spots are available for diverse (i.e., race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and physical abilities) 1Ls, 2Ls, and paralegals at each school.

    WHEN AND WHERE:

    • Thursday, January 7, 2021

    • Online via Zoom

    • 12:45 4:30

    WHAT TO EXPECT:

    • Target’s General Counsel, Don Liu will kick the program off (15 minutes)

    • Panel discussion with HR and other professionals (30 minutes)

    • Informal discussion sessions with Target team members regarding how they put their legal education to use supporting various areas of Target’s business (30 minutes)

    Two realistic interviews and feedback (Two 30 minute interviews between 2-4:30)



    HOW TO RSVP:

    RSVP by December 14 by sending a copy of your resume to the contact listed below from your school in an email entitled Target Legal Affairs Mock Interview Program. Space is limited so please respond quickly.

    DRESS CODE:

    This is a mock interview, and although you are not being considered for a real position, get the most out of the experience and wear interview appropriate attire.

    The Target Team looks forward to seeing you on January 7!


  • Fri, December 04, 2020 6:40 AM | Anonymous

    The MWL Leadership Institute focuses on essential leadership skills, particularly as it relates to addressing gender, racial, and social equity within the profession and community. The Institute will offer an inclusive and confidential space to deeply engage in this work, both within the full Institute cohort, in smaller break-out pods, and through individual coaching. All sessions will be held remotely via Zoom, between January and June 2021, and 12 to 14 CLE credits will be applied for.

    Applications, including the narrative statement, must be received at MWL by 5:00 pm on December 7, 2020. For more information on the program and to apply, please click here.

  • Tue, December 01, 2020 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    The Commission on Judicial Selection recently announced the below new vacancies. Details for each vacancy and its application process are provided below.

    For more information about the application process, please contact the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor at Judicial.Selection@state.mn.us. For more information about the judicial selection process, please click here.

    Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District (Minneapolis)

    There are two new vacancies in the Fourth Judicial District, occurring upon the retirements of the Honorable Kevin S. Burke and the Honorable Mary R. Vasaly.

    The application process is now open for these vacancies. The Commission is searching for fair, experienced, and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench and offer their talents to Minnesota’s judicial system. Per statute, the Commission will consider the following qualifications for judicial office: integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience, and community service. The Commission is seeking applicants who reflect Minnesota’s full diversity. 

    Individuals wishing to apply may request an application and application instructions by contacting the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor via e-mail at Judicial.Selection@state.mn.us. Only one application is required to apply for both vacancies. Application materials are due by close of business on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, and should be addressed to the Chair of the Commission, Ms. Erin Sindberg Porter. The Commission expects to hold interviews in mid-January 2021. 

    Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District (Fergus Falls)

    There is one new vacancy in the Seventh Judicial District, occurring upon the retirement of the Honorable Barbara R. Hanson. 

    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. Per statute, the Commission will consider the following qualifications for judicial office: integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience, and community service. The Commission is seeking applicants who reflect Minnesota’s full diversity.

    Individuals wishing to apply may request an application by contacting the Office of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor via e-mail Judicial.Selection@state.mn.us.

    Application materials are due by close of business on Monday, December 7, 2020 and should be addressed to the Chair of the Commission, Ms. Erin Sindberg Porter. The Commission expects to hold interviews in late December.

    Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals (St. Paul)

    There are two new vacancies on the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals, occurring upon the expiration of the terms of Judges David A. Stofferahn and Deborah K. Sundquist.

    The Committee is searching for fair, experienced, and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench and offer their talents to Minnesota’s judicial system. Per statute, candidates must be learned in the law, have been licensed to practice law for at least five years, and have experience with and knowledge of workers’ compensation and the workers’ compensation laws of Minnesota. In addition, the Commission will consider the following qualifications for judicial office: integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience, and community service. The Commission is seeking applicants who reflect Minnesota’s full diversity.

    Individuals wishing to apply may request an application by contacting the Office of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor via e-mail Judicial.Selection@state.mn.us.

    Application materials are due by close of business on Friday, December 4, 2020 and should be addressed to the Chair of the Commission, Ms. Erin Sindberg Porter. The Commission expects to hold interviews in mid-December.

  • Fri, November 20, 2020 5:25 AM | Anonymous

    Program Description:

    Diversity and inclusion in the life sciences industry is critical, not only to gain insights and foster innovative ideas from people of different backgrounds, but also to address the needs of the diverse populations that life sciences companies serve.  However, a 2019 survey of biotech companies indicates that many companies in this space still have a long way to go in their representation of diverse populations at the executive and board levels and in implementing D & I programs at their organizations. 

    Incorporating D&I efforts into all aspects of a company's operations, giving everyone a chance to thrive and advance, not only has been shown to lead to greater business growth and successes, it provides a richer experience for all stakeholders and is just the right thing to do. 

    Come hear three diverse women legal leaders from Boston Scientific, Medtronic, and Nestlé Health Sciences discuss why D&I is particularly important in the life sciences industry – the unique challenges, concerns and opportunities – and how their companies are working to move the needle forward both internally and through their engagement with external partners.

    Presentation Panelists:

    Desiree Ralls-Morrison, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary | Boston Scientific
    Malini Moorthy, Vice President and Chief Deputy General Counsel | Medtronic
    Sheea Sybblis, Associate General Counsel | Nestlé Health Science - NYC

    Moderator:

    Patricia Kaufman, Partner | Stinson LLP

    CLE Credits:

    1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit applied for | Event code: TBD      

    Remote Participation: 

    Webcast and/or phone participation is available. Please indicate your remote option for dial-in when registering. Instructions will be sent via e-mail a day prior to the program.

    Cost:

    FDD Law Section Members:  Free
    MSBA Members not in the FDD Law Section:  $10.00
    Non-MSBA Members:  $15.00
    Law Students: Free

    Join the Food Drug & Device Law Section: MSBA members who are not members of this Section can join the Section and attend this CLE for free. Click here to add the section to your MSBA membership and then contact Geen Mui at gmui@mnbars.org to register for this CLE at no cost.

    Deadline to Register: November 27, 2020

    Want more information about the Food, Drug & Device Law Section
    To register with a check, please mail in this registration form.
    Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.
    Questions? Contact Geen Mui | 612-278-6346 

    The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify Geen Mui via phone or email: gmui@mnbars.org.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

    Visit the Minnesota Bar website for additional information.
  • Fri, November 13, 2020 12:23 PM | Anonymous

    The Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan Appointments Team will be hosting a webinar describing the appointments process for State boards and commissions. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are seeking qualified and diverse individuals who are passionate about using their knowledge, skills, and lived experiences to serve the state of Minnesota.

    The webinar will be held three times next week: November 19 (6:00 pm), November 20 (9:00 am), and November 21 (11:00 am). Each option will last about 30 minutes. The deadline for RSVP and reasonable accommodation for the November 19 and 20 webinars is November 17 at 5:00 pm. The deadline for RSVP and reasonable accommodation for the November 21 webinar is November 19 at 10:00 am.

    Please RSVP by sending your nameemailphone number, and employer’s/organization’s name to gov.appointments@state.mn.us. Please include any requests for a reasonable accommodations in your RSVP, or call Madelyn Nelson at (651) 368-3080.

    For more information about the state’s more than 100 boards and commissions, including open positions, please click here. For questions about the process or how to become involved, please contact gov.appointments@state.mn.us.

  • Fri, November 13, 2020 6:36 AM | Anonymous

    The Page Education Foundation will be hosting its first ever Virtual Justice Alan Page Elimination of Bias CLE Seminar on December 4, 9:00-11:00 am CST, as part of its efforts to build awareness of ethics and the elimination of bias in the law.

    This year’s theme is Recruitment and Retention of Professionals of Color in the Law Industry. The discussion will include attrition rates and barriers professionals of color face while trying to climb the corporate ladder. Speakers include:

    Traci V. Bransford, Attorney and Partner at Stinson LLP, who will speak on the issues faced by BIPOC in the law field and her personal experience making partner; and

    Kevin Warren, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, who has done tremendous work diversifying the Minnesota Vikings and now the Big Ten Conference will speak on where we go from here and what actionable steps we can take to make systemic change.

    Tickets are currently sold at an early bird rate of $75 until November 20. Proceeds benefit the Page Education Foundation to support its mission of encouraging Minnesota students of color to pursue post-secondary education. Please click here to purchase tickets or for more information.


  • Fri, November 13, 2020 6:19 AM | Anonymous

    We're excited to bring The Women in Law & Leadership [Virtual Summit] to Minneapolis on 12/8 and would like to invite you to attend. This is not a boring-zoom/webinar-type-meeting! You will be able to move from table to table and network face to face on our new-state-of-art platform. We will explore topics from 'Dealing with Unconscious Bias' to 'Mentor and Sponsorship' with speakers from Best Buy, 3M, Land O'Lakes, Target, Wells Fargo, Cargill...

    For additional information, visit The Women in Law & Leadership website.

  • Fri, October 23, 2020 6:04 AM | Anonymous

    Here's the big idea... Everyone has a leadership voice, whether they know it or not. From the most quiet to the most gregarious, we all have the ability to lead others.

    The problem is... Most people don’t know their leadership voice or how to use it. Some don’t know what it is, others are insecure in their voice and have been told it is unimportant, and others immaturely overuse their voice and dominate the airwaves.

    Welcome to the 5 Voices™... The 5 Voices™ is designed to help every individual discover their leadership voice and be empowered to use it effectively.

    For additional information, contact NAAAP MN, hellomn@naaap.org, 763-784-8848

    Click here to register for the event. 

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