Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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  • Tue, March 13, 2018 3:30 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    Leadership in the Bar, Profession and Community:
    An opportunity and An obligation

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    3:30-5:30 p.m. Stinson Leonard Street

    Reception to Follow

    Many lawyers are unaware that bar associations have the potential to offer opportunities to make a difference in addressing bias in the legal profession and in the administration of justice. This free program will focus on women, communities of color, LGBT lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities, to identify those opportunities. Bar involvement can help attorneys from traditionally-underrepresented populations develop the critical leadership skills needed to make a difference in challenging bias.


    • Medaria Arradono, Chief of Police, City of Minneapolis
    • Ann Anaya, Assistant Chief Diversity Officer at 3M
    • Judge Leo Brisbois, U.S. Magistrate Judge
    • Bryan Browning, Shareholder at Bassford Remele
    • Irene Kao, Intergovernmental Relations Counsel at The League of Minnesota Cities
    • Vildan Teske, Partner at Teske, Katz, Kitzer & Rochel, PLLP

    This promises to be an exciting CLE presentation, featuring diverse leaders from across the Minnesota legal and justice community. Two Elimination of Bias CLE credit applied for.

    Space is limited. Click here to register today!

    Sponsored by the MSBA Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council

  • Thu, March 08, 2018 5:00 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    ** SAVE THE DATE ** 

    Chief Judge John R. Tunheim, 
    Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright, 
    Judge Michael J. Davis, 
    Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung 
    and the 
    Judges of the District of Minnesota 

    invite you to join them in 
    honoring our minority judges in the Minnesota State and Federal Courts 

    at a reception on 
    Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
    to be held at the United States Courthouse 
    300 South 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN. 

    NOTE: A group picture will be taken at 6:00 pm 

  • Fri, February 16, 2018 9:30 AM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    This CLE is for attorneys with minimal to no asylum experience who are willing to represent a client seeking asylum through The Advocates' pro bono program. This training provides an in-depth introduction to asylum law and procedure and reviews the necessary documentary evidence needed to file an asylum application. Tips and advice regarding representation of low income asylum seekers will also be provided.

    Faegre Baker Daniels
    2200 Wells Fargo Center
    90 S. Seventh Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Friday, Feb 16
    9:30 am


    Contact Alison Griffith, agriffith@advrights.org, 612-746-4673 with questions.

  • Wed, February 07, 2018 5:00 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)


    This year MNAPABA members Mai Neng Moua and Linus Chan have been selected as among the recipients of Minnesota Lawyer's 2017 Attorneys of the Year Award. Please consider attending this year to support them!


    Every year Minnesota Lawyer honors the top attorneys throughout the state of Minnesota for their notable achievements. This year's honorees are an impressive group of newcomers and veterans. We honor them at the 18th annual Attorneys of the Year award ceremony on the evening of February 7, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis.

    Event Details

    When: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
    5:00 - 6:00pm | Registration and social hour
    6:00 - 8:00pm | Dinner and award presentation
    WhereHyatt Regency Minneapolis, Great Lakes Ballroom$125 seat/$1250 for a table of 10 


  • Fri, January 26, 2018 6:00 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    Sony/ATV Music singer-songwriter Daphne Willis will headline a fundraising benefit for LCL. Making a stop in the Twin Cities during a nationwide tour for her new album, Freaks Like Me, Willis will bring her upbeat pop sounds to the Auditorium of the Mitchell-Hamline Law School.

    Mitchell-Hamline Auditorium
    Friday, Jan 26
    6:00 pm

    For more information, contact Joan Bibelhausen, 651--646-5590, jbibelhausen@mnlcl.org


  • Tue, January 23, 2018 5:30 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Fourth Annual Meet and Greet with the affinity Bar Associations

    Halunen Law
    IDS Center Suite 1650
    80 S 8th St
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Tuesday, Jan 23
    5:30 pm

    Contact damato@halunenlaw.com with questions.

  • Mon, December 04, 2017 4:30 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    On December 4th, at 4:30 PM, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office will be hosting a diversity recruiting reception for diverse 1L law students from the three area law schools who may be interested in applying for the several openings the RCAO holds for 1L students in its 2018 Summer Law Clerk Program.

    RSVP to Cyndy Melby at Cyndy.Melby@co.ramsey.mn.us

    Ramsey County Attorney's Office
    345 Wabasha St. Suite 120
    St. Paul, MN 55102

  • Tue, November 21, 2017 7:30 AM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)
    From Fredrikson & Byron
    Opportunity to Lead 2017

    Please join us on November 21 for our annual leadership discussion. We’re looking forward to continuing the conversation to find pathways to leadership opportunities for a more diverse community. 

    We’ve confirmed a panel of leaders who are eager to help attendees examine and move beyond the barriers that have limited so many from accessing positions of influence. We hope you can join us.


    ·        Meredith Moore Crosby, Executive Vice President, Leverette Weekes

    ·        Jennifer Shomenta Maki, Managing Director Ag Supply Chain North America, Cargill

    ·        Heather Manley, CEO, On-Demand Services Group

    ·        Michelle A. Miller, Vice President, Chief Counsel, Employment Law, Medtronic plc

    ·        Courtney R. Reid, Assistant Vice President & Counsel, Law Department, MassMutual

    ·        Sondra Samuels, President & CEO, Northside Achievement Zone


    Sandra Smalley-Fleming, Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

    For more information, click here.

    DATE & TIME:
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017
    7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Medtronic Corporate Headquarters
    8200 Coral Sea St. NE, 
    Mounds View, MN

    7:30 a.m.
    Registration and Breakfast Buffet

    8:00 a.m. 
    Panel Discussion

    8:40 a.m. 
    Small Group/Panel Discussion

    9:30 a.m. 


    Logos for sponsors: Fredrikson &amp;amp;amp; Byron Counsel for Women, Medtronic, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota Women Lawyers, Ramsey County Bar Association, Cargill, Northside Achievement Zone and On Demand Group

  • Mon, November 20, 2017 9:00 AM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    Legislative Process and Effective State Legislative Advocacy Workshop

    A workshop for members of Minnesota’s cultural communities on the legislative process and effective legislative advocacy is being organized by the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM). There is no cost for this participation in this workshop, which will be hosted at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law campus, but those that participate are asked to commit to both days of the training. Everyone will be on their own for lunch but the campus is within walking distance of many wonderful restaurants along Grand Ave.

    For more information or to sign up, contact Sia Her sia.her@state.mn.us.

    Day 1: November 20, (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) – The Legislative Process and My Role

    • Overview of Minnesota Legislative Process – How an Idea Becomes a Law
    • A Citizen’s role and Responsibility in the Legislative Process
    • Balancing Individual Rights and the Common Good
    • Developing and Maintaining Relationships (with coalition partners, legislators, legislative staff)
    • Developing Advocacy Strategies – short and long term
    • Developing Templates for Specific Modes of Communication (written, oral, storytelling)

    Day 2: December 15, (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) – Understanding the Negotiation Process, My Personal

    Negotiation Style, and the Relationship to Legislative Advocacy

    • Complete a conflict assessment to better understand one’s individual approach to conflict
    • Understand how to balance assertiveness with empathy (cooperativeness) to achieve goals
    • Understand how cognitive biases impact communication (and negotiation)
    • Understand the power of emotions
    • Understand the difference between interests and positions
    • Understand how to work with differences to create value
    • Determine when/how to cooperate (and create value) and when/how to compete (to claim value)
    • Work with your Council to develop an advocacy plan

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