Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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  • Wed, May 09, 2018 4:30 PM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    Date: May 9, 2018

    Time: 4:30 PM (Appetizers and drinks will be served before the CLE begins at 5:00 pm)

    Location: MSBA Office: Glacial Lake Room - 600 Nicollet Mall #380, Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Professor Carl Warren, head of the Community Justice Project at St. Thomas will be presenting: Recognizing and Dealing With Bias in the Practice of Law

  • Fri, April 27, 2018 7:30 AM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)
    Time: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm                       
    Date: April 27, 2018       

    The 2018 MWL Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis (1300 Nicollet Mall) and will feature a full day of CLE programming, geared towards the diverse practice areas and experience levels represented by MWL's membership. 

    MWL is honored to welcome morning keynote speaker Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for the New York Public Library and past Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession from 2014-2017.  The 2018 MWL Conference will also incorporate MWL's 46th Annual Meeting as a luncheon program.  To conclude the day MWL is pleased to present an interactive workshop led by Toni HalleenCOO and Co-Owner of Schaefer Halleen, entitled: “Say Yes to Diversity! What Improv can Teach Us About Embracing the ‘Big Tent’”.  

    AFFINITY BAR REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: All Minnesota Affinity Bar Members are welcome to register for the 2018 MWL Conference at the MWL Member rate. (Registrants: simply choose the MWL member rate, and then list your affinity bar on the registration form.)


  • Thu, April 26, 2018 4:11 PM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    Fue Lo Thao is the recipient of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year Award. Fue was selected as the recipient of this award due to his commitment in the areas of leadership, community and volunteer efforts and achievements.      

    Congratulations, Fue! 

  • Wed, April 25, 2018 12:00 PM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    Date: April 25, 2018

    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    Location: Room 41, Ramsey County Courthouse, 15 West Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102 

    Echoes of War: The Combat Veteran in Criminal Court 

    Presentation By: Brockton Hunter

    Complimentary CLE with light lunch provided. 1 Hour elimination of bias credit approved (#252908). Brockton Hunter is a criminal defense attorney and former Army Scout who has represented Veterans in many high-profile cases. Brock drafted and led passage of Minnesota’s Veterans Sentencing Legislation and has helped pass similar legislation in other states. He has been recognized nationally for his work on behalf of veterans in the criminal courts. This CLE will cover the history of PTSD, its ties to criminal behavior, and how we in the justice system can do a better job with our veterans this time around.

    RSVP Required: criminal.defense.services@gmail.com

    Sponsored by Criminal Defense Services, Inc. 

  • Thu, April 19, 2018 5:30 PM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    Date: April 19, 2018

    Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM

    Location: Coffman Memorial Union Campus Club at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

    Event Details:  Fundraiser for college-bound API youth. All proceeds raised at the event will help local Asian & Pacific Islander students make college a reality. With your support, APIASF will be able to increase the number of scholarships to students residing in the Twin Cities area.

    This event is free to attend.

    Parking is available in the East River Road Garage (connected to Coffman Memorial Union).


    For more information contact William Cheng at wcheng@naaapmn.org or 763-784-8848
  • Wed, April 18, 2018 5:30 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    The We Are All Criminals book reading and happy hour is on April 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm. It's with attorney and author, Emily Baxter, who used to work in public defense here in Minnesota before starting her non-profit. Hennepin County Judge Alexander will also speak. This downtown Minneapolis event is free, with free drinks, free appetizers, and 0.5 CLE credit. To rsvp click here.

  • Thu, April 12, 2018 8:30 AM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    Date: April 12, 2018

    Time: 8:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location: 400 South 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

    “CLE – Compliance with Sick and Safe Time Requirements in Minneapolis and St. Paul”

    In an effort to provide attorneys with the information needed to assist businesses in complying with the new Earned Sick and Save Time (ESST) ordinances in St. Paul and Minneapolis, LegalCORPS invites you to join us for this CLE. You will hear from labor law experts who will provide an overview of the ordinances, hypotheticals in the application of the ordinances, and tips to solve them. In addition, representatives from both cities will discuss compliance and answer questions.


  • Wed, April 11, 2018 6:00 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    Time: 6-8 p.m.
    Date:April 11, 2018
    Location: Schulze Grand Atrium, University of St. Thomas School of Law

    The Night of Distinction is an opportunity to discuss pertinent current issues that affect the communities we live in. The theme for this year is, "Crack v. Opioids: The Politics of Race and Addiction." The Honorable Judge Pamela Alexander of the Hennepin County Fourth Judicial District, will be our keynote. Judge Alexander has been a judge in Hennepin County since 1983. She has spent her career advocating for fairness for marginalized groups in the criminal justice system. During the "war on drugs" Judge Alexander continued to speak out against sentencing disparities of crack cocaine users vs power cocaine users. This year's theme will explore the "war on drugs" and the criminalized response to addicts of color, particularly Black people in comparison to the more recent Opioid crises which mainstream media and government has often depicted as an issue affecting the White community. Our keynote and panelists will explore said topic, in-depth. This will be an open and candid discussion on the influence. 


    For more information: 

    Cindy Sakyi

  • 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)

    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 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
    to be held in the 15th Floor Atrium, United States Courthouse 
    300 South 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN. 

    Please use this link to register before March 1, 2018:  https://mabl.org/event-2833577

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

    This event is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Diversity Committee, The Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, The Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, The Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, The Lavender Bar Association and The Minnesota Women Lawyers. 

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

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