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  • Fri, September 13, 2019 3:16 PM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    Join us in in Kathmandu, Nepal from Friday 13 September to Sunday 15 September 2019.

    Join us to celebrate and emphasize pro bono legal work, access to justice and legal empowerment initiatives, as well as discuss ways to further the outreach of pro bono ethos and impact in Asia and around the Globe.

    Who Should Attend

    •NGOs and others involved in pro bono and access to justice initiatives

    •Lawyers and legal practitioners

    •Law professors and law students

    •The Judiciary

    •Government officials

    Conference History

    The Asia Pro Bono Conference is an initiative founded in 2012.

    The event celebrates and emphasizes pro bono legal work and legal ethics, discussing ways to further the outreach of the pro bono ethos and impact throughout Asia and around the globe.

    For more information, please visit: https://www.probonoconference.org/ 


  • Thu, June 27, 2019 8:00 AM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    Where: 1001 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    When: June 27, 2019 at 8:00 AM

    Please join NAAAP for a morning dedicated to discovering your Asian identity, its intersection in how you show up at work and how you are empowered to share and learn with others in the community.

    For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/where-we-belong-development-workshop-tickets-61653485234 

  • Wed, June 12, 2019 3:00 PM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    As part of its in-house counsel CLE series, the law firm of Cozen O'Connor will host a panel discussion on the ethical challenges facing today’s in-house counsel. The panel discussion, entitled “Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls: Tips for In-House Counsel”, will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the APEX Conference Center, 40 South 7th Street (Ground Level of the City Center), in Minneapolis.

    Panel participants include: Heather Marx and Miguel Alexander Pozo, members of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, Brooke Tassoni, Senior Lawyer and Team Lead of the Litigation Practice at Cargill Inc., and Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr., of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

    The conversation will focus on some of the most overlooked challenges facing today’s in-house counsel including the ethics surrounding a successful in-house practice. The multiple roles required of in-house counsel and the nature of a corporate practice create potential conflicts and unique ethical challenges. In this ethics program, a panel of current and former in-house counsel will provide best practices and advice on how to:
    • Protect work product materials both in domestic and international transactions
    • Identify the corporate client and the limits of applicable privileges
    • Avoid the unauthorized practice of law when you provide advice to clients that cross multiple jurisdictions
    • Avoid blurring the line between legal and business advice

    Welcome and registration is from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m., the panel presentation is from 3:30 – 5:00 pm, and a reception featuring light fare is scheduled from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. The reception will feature a fireside chat on “Gender in the Legal Profession: The Shattered But Unbroken Glass Ceiling” with Ann Anaya, Global Diversity Officer at 3M, Luz Maria Frias, Executive Coach & Race Equity Strategist and Anna Richo, SVP, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Cargill, Inc.

    For more information on the panel, see www.cozen.com or to RSVP, send an email response to Lori Scheetz at lscheetz@cozen.com. CLE applied for upon request.

  • Tue, May 07, 2019 10:30 AM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    MDLA will feature "And Then They Came For Us," a documentary on the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Afterwards, we will discuss the film and steps to take to ensure that this dark chapter in history is never repeated with panelists from Minnesota diversity bars, including representatives from the Somali American Bar, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, and the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers.

    Where: Conference Center, 5th Street Towers 100 South 5th St. Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402 United States

    Contact: Anna Kim at akim@lmc.org

    For more information, please visit: https://www.mdla.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1198202

  • Fri, April 26, 2019 8:00 AM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)


  • Sat, April 20, 2019 5:00 PM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    Asia Media Access in partnership with the Thai Cultural Council of Minnesota is hosting a Celestial Celebration Gala to raise funds towards community building of Southeast Asian refugees and their families. These funds will be used for cultural events and exchanges locally and internationally to help strengthening the Southeast Asian identity of youth, to help youth to explore and understand their cultural and ethnic heritage, and to navigate their cultural identity in the United States. The event will feature a silent auction, Southeast Asian music and dances from local and international troupes, and special Southeast Asia foods prepared by the Amazing Thailand restaurant in Uptown. You can support the Celestial Celebration Gala by either purchasing tickets or helping to sponsor the event. Tickets can be purchased at the website provided, and please contact Jesse Dong (j.ssedong@gmail.com) for sponsorship information.


  • Sat, April 20, 2019 8:00 AM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    Scholarship recipients will be considered for a paid internship at Carlson Caspers during the summer prior to entering law school and will be considered for a paid clerkship during the summers after their first and second years of law school.

    Eligibility:

    • Undergraduate, or higher, degree in chemistry, physics, life sciences, pharmacy, engineering, or computer science (or expect to obtain such degree in 2019)
    • Accepted to or have applied to an ABA-accredited law school with intention of beginning first year of law school in the Fall of 2019. The scholarship will be paid upon proof of attendance during the first semester/quarter.
    • Intend to practice intellectual property law in the Twin Cities upon graduation from law school
    • Not the recipient of any other diversity scholarship awarded by another law firm

    Deadline: April 20, 2019

    Submission: https://www.carlsoncaspers.com/diversity-scholarship-program/


  • Thu, April 04, 2019 6:00 PM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    China was involved in 90 percent of all economic espionage cases handled by the Department of Justice over the last seven years, according to a report submitted last December to the Senate Intelligence Committee. This fact illustrates a new backdrop for thousands of Twin Cities S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professionals of all ethnicities navigating career opportunities and avoiding pitfalls in the 21st Century of U.S.-China relations.

    Please join us for a program focused on educating all Twin Cities S.T.E.M. professionals, academics, and students-many of whom are Asian American-on two competing and ever-emerging phenomena in the U.S. justice system: potential threats on national security and economic espionage with the ascendancy of China on the one hand, and on the other, the potential racial profiling of Asians and Asian Pacific Americans resulting in accusations, such as the cases of Dr. Wen Ho Lee, Professor Xi Xiaoxing, and hydrologist Sherry Chen.

    Featured speakers will include Brian Sun, a Los Angeles lawyer who represented Dr. Lee and Peter Zeidenberg, a Washington D.C.-based attorney who represented Dr. Xi and Ms. Chen. The government perspective will be represented by Jay Bratt, the Chief of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES) of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice, who will speak about U.S. efforts to safeguard national security and curb economic espionage.

    The program is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota's China Center, the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association's Diversity Committee, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota's Outreach Committee, and Kingsfield Law Office.

    Registration: https://chinacenter.umn.edu/events/2019/4/4/pitfalls-all-stem-professionals-new-era-us-china-relations-economic-espionage



  • Fri, March 01, 2019 9:00 AM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    The University of St. Thomas Law Journal, in partnership with The Infinity Project, presents: Who Decides? Picking Judges in the 21st Century.

    This day-long program will examine the evolving judicial selection process at the state and federal level, and judicial diversity from a wide range of perspectives. The Infinity Project will also name the 2019 recipient of the Judge Diana Murphy Legacy Award.

    Friday, March 1 (4.5 elimination of bias credits applied for)

    Cost: $15

    Registration at 8:30 a.m.

    Program from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Wine Reception from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    This year's speakers will include:

    Professor Linda Greenhouse (Yale Law School) Linda Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph M. Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who covered the United States Supreme Court for nearly three decades for The New York Times.

    Dean Alberto Gonzales (Belmont University) Dean Gonzales was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate as the 80th Attorney General of the United States in February 2005 and served in that capacity until September 2007. He has worked as a partner at a major Houston law firm (Vinson & Elkins) and held government positions as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court, Texas Secretary of State, General Counsel to the Governor of Texas and Counsel to the President of the United States.

    Kim Askew (K&L Gates) Kim Askew practices in the area of complex commercial litigation, and was the first woman of color to chair of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. In 2005 and from 2012-2018, Lawdragon listed her as one of the "500 Leading Lawyers in America" and Benchmark has frequently named her one of the "Top 250 Women In Litigation."

    Professor Brian Fitzpatrick (Vanderbilt Law School) Brian T. Fitzpatrick's research at Vanderbilt focuses on federal courts, judicial selection and constitutional law. He graduated first in his class from Harvard Law School and went on to clerk for Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Ilya Shapiro (Cato Institute) Ilya Shapiro is the director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute, and often speaks on constitutional issues and judicial selection. Before joining Cato, he was a special assistant/adviser to the Multi-National Force in Iraq on rule-of-law issues, and practiced at Squire Patton Boggs and Cleary Gottlieb.

    Lena Zwarensteyn (The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights) Lena Zwarensteyn is the Fair Courts Campaign Director for The Leadership Conference and is a frequent speaker on the judicial selection process. She previously served as the Director of Strategic Engagement at the American Constitution Society (ACS), where she oversaw the organization's work on judicial nominations and why courts matter.

    Tracey George (Vanderbilt Law School) Tracey George brings a social science perspective to a range of topics, including judges and courts, judicial selection and elections, legal education and the legal profession, and contract law and theory. She co-authored The Gavel Gap, a web-based resource highlighting the representativeness of state courts.

    Lola Velazquez-Aguilu (Medtronic) Lola Velazquez-Aguilu, currently Medtronic's litigation and investigations counsel, is Minnesota's newly appointed Chair of the Commission on Judicial Selection. She has served as a member of the selection commission since 2016, and she is a past-president of The Infinity Project.

    Judge Celeste Bremer (U.S. District Court) Chief Magistrate Judge Celeste Bremer has served the Southern District of Iowa since 1985. She received The Judge Diana Murphy Legacy Award in 2014 for her ongoing efforts to address inequities in the judicial system, and for encouraging countless women to serve on the bench.

    Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/university-of-st-thomas-law-journalinfinity-project-cle-tickets-55737275692

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