Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association


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  • Tue, October 18, 2022 2:03 PM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    Dearest Members, Officers, Supporters  and Sponsors of MNAPABA,

    I want to thank everyone for keeping this organization alive and thriving.  I was there when the membership numbered less than 10!  I know my husband Terry, the first MNAPABA President is looking down and smiling at all of the stellar professionals who now make up your impressive and vibrant membership. He wanted mostly to not only form this organization, but he wanted to ensure that law students would fulfill the future of MNAPABA. How well you have done! How bright the future looks because of you. Many of you I have known since you were law students. Many are now counting on you to keep MNAPABA growing.

    Thank you for inviting me to the lovely Gala where officially was announced the name change of the internship program to the Terry M. Louie Founder’s Scholarship. This distinguished honor will be a gift in perpetuity from you to establish something no other can give: a fine legacy for a well deserving man, Terry Louie, MNAPABA’s first President. Your outgoing President, Mayura Noordyke, is to be commended for helming the ship so well during what for all of us has been a very trying few years. Well done and Brava, Madame President. I have often referred to the incoming President and President Elect as the dynamic duo!. Knowing about your backgrounds and from what your peers say, MNAPABA will pass to new leadership in tact, ready to keep thriving. President Chris Jison and President Elect Nicole Dailo, you now follow some hard working and inspiring individuals. I am sure you realize that. What you may not yet know is that you have the potential to surpass anything from the past and continue to help MNAPABA reach new heights. My husband would have been your biggest supporter. I gladly share in that now and encourage you to call on me for anything.

    It is very humbling to realize that I am also thanking all of you on behalf of the most humble man I ever met. Terry never was the type to be interested in recognition. He would rather have been the one behind the scenes, visualizing a grand plan and working very hard to make it a reality for others. From his pro bono work, to professional and mentoring relationships, Terry was a giver. So thank you for giving him the greatest gift possible.

    Finally, I want to especially recognize Evan Tsai for organizing the memorial in September, so that Terry was also honored in a professional celebration of his life. How very kind. It was a beautiful day, a gathering of about 70+ people, coming and going, many giving touching tributes to Terry, a delicious meal (that Terry would have really appreciated!), it was a delight and I thank you. Kudos to Stephanie Chen, kindly helping to get out the word as VP of Communications.  Since Terry died during the pandemic, and since I had never organized a Celebration of Life before that, I was glad that you, Evan, chose an outdoor venue after the worst of the COVID pandemic had subsided.  Evan, I applaud you for thinking ahead that way, giving time and space to the event in the hopes that more people would get a chance to honor Terry. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, Evan.

    The people at the event who know me well let me know that my trying to be solemn and quiet gave way to something more like "tears of a clown.” That is my MO all right: have fun so the nerves and the tears keep at bay. I am glad it was not a solemn event, but one full of love and laughter. Terry and I lived our lives that way. His laughter was in my mind when some of the humorous memories were shared. This was a tremendous tribute; no tears, only laughs. I hope that those of you who had a chance to meet or come to know Terry will keep his memory and his great laugh alive in your heart. That makes for the best tribute of all, a lasting one. As the motto for The Wounded Warrior Organization states: The Greatest Casualty is Being Forgotten. Terry, may your memory be a blessing, forever.

    Thank you, MNAPABA. Thank you for everything. 

    Linda Marie Louie

    Grateful wife of my beloved husband Terry

  • Fri, April 15, 2022 7:23 AM | Anonymous

    MNAPABA awards a $1,000 summer law scholarship to law students or recent law graduates who will, through a summer internship with a governmental or nonprofit organization, serve underserved communities. Preference will be given to those directly serving Minnesota and/or Asian Pacific American communities.

    This scholarship has been renamed as the Terry M. Louie Founder's Scholarship in honor of the legacy of Terry Louie, a founding member of MNAPABA and the organization's first president. Mr. Louie was an indomitable spirit who, along with a handful of like-minded APA attorneys, saw the need to band together and organize as an affinity bar organization. That organization has flourished to what MNAPABA is now, and we are forever grateful for Terry's contributions and influence.

    To access the application, please click here. All applications must be submitted to mnapaba@gmail.com.

  • Tue, March 15, 2022 1:55 PM | Anonymous

    MNAPABA stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and condemns the senseless ongoing violence and aggression. To that extent, we have identified several organizations that are providing aid to the people of Ukraine, and encourage members to donate to their cause:

    Mercy Corps: Mercy Corps is on the ground in Ukraine, Romania, and Poland, providing funding to local organizations and working to meet the most urgent humanitarian needs in the region.

    UNHCR: UNHCR is on the ground providing emergency shelter and lifesaving aid, including food, shelter, medicine, and clean water.

    International Rescue Committee: Donations will help provide food, medical care, and emergency services to families whose lives are shattered by conflict in countries.

    United Help Ukraine: United Help Ukraine receives and distributes donations, food, and medical supplies to Ukrainian internally displaced people, people of Ukraine affected by Russia's invasion, and families of wounded or killed.

    UNICEF: UNICEF is delivering lifesaving programs for affected children and families in eastern Ukraine, including prepositioning health, hygiene, and emergency education supplies, trucking safe water, supporting mobile child protection teams, and working with municipalities to ensure immediate help for children and families.

  • Tue, March 15, 2022 1:55 PM | Anonymous

    MNAPABA leadership is seeking input from members regarding events and programming. Please take a minute today to answer this membership survey

  • Mon, November 08, 2021 4:25 PM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    The Eighth Circuit has appointed MNAPABA member Kesha Tanabe to the federal bankruptcy bench for the District of Minnesota. Judge Tanabe's 14-year term on the bench will commence on January 7, 2022. She will become the first Asian American woman on the federal bench in Minnesota. 

    MNAPABA congratulates Judge Tanabe, a seasoned bankruptcy attorney and trustee in Minneapolis, on the historic appointment. The Eighth Circuit's appointment represents a first for an Asian American on the bankruptcy bench in the District of Minnesota and the Eighth Circuit, and she is the second Asian American ever appointed to the federal bench in Minnesota (after Magistrate Judge Tony Leung). 

    While MNAPABA naturally celebrates another first among its members, Judge Tanabe's appointment comes after many years of experience in her field. Judge Tanabe has excelled in diverse forums—making partner in “big law” and also opening her own thriving solo practice. She represented the State of New York as a public servant in tobacco litigation and up until her appointment, made it a priority to take on pro bono matters assisting businesses in the Twin Cities, including those recently plagued by the economic realities of the pandemic and those affected by the protests of the summer of 2020. 

    MNAPABA supported Judge Tanabe's appointment with an endorsement which read in part, "we are proud to endorse her application and hopeful that, while her appointment would make history in at least one sense, the public and community will find themselves with a fair new judge of excellent temperament, agile docket management skills, and the will to represent Minnesota and the Eighth Circuit as a service-minded member of the judiciary on a Court with a sterling reputation for the same."

    MNAPABA seeks to represent the interests of more than 500 Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, and law students in the State of Minnesota. That includes the work of pursuing a career on the bench. If you are interested in learning more about MNAPABA's endorsement and candidate preparation assistance, please contact judicial committee member Ben Kwan (ben@hallerkwan.com) or MNAPABA President Mayura Noordyke (mnoordyke@cozen.com).
  • Wed, November 03, 2021 3:48 PM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    On October 5, 2021 the Minnesota Coalition of Bar Associations of Color hosted its Second Annual Twin Cities Legal D&I Data Project Reveal to share and discuss its study of the representation of women and racial/ethnic group members in large law firms and corporate legal departments in Minnesota. The presentation featured LaToya Burrell (Executive Director, The Anderson Foundation and ZinPro Corporation's DEI Champion) as the keynote speaker, along with distinguished panelists Dotun Obadina (Partner, Jones Day), Don H. Liu (Executive Vice President and Chief Legal and Risk Officer, Target), and Maggie Dalton (Partner, Stoel Rives).

    MN-CBAC is a coalition formed in 2020 by MNAPABA, the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA), Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL), and the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association (MAIBA) to advance issues of common interest and concern; provide mutual support and professional development; and collectively improve the legal profession and access to justice in Minnesota. MN-CBAC believes the transparency of diversity and inclusion representation data will promote accountability.

    A full recording of the presentation is available here.

  • Thu, October 14, 2021 10:45 AM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    On October 7, MNAPABA was recognized among other local leaders as a 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Honoree by Minnesota Lawyer. Honorees were chosen by an independent panel for making a significant impact with respect to diversity and inclusion in the greater community or within their organizations. MNPABA is proud to have received this recognition, and looks forward to continuing this important work to support and advance AAPI attorneys. 

    The full press profile from Minnesota Lawyer is available here.

  • Tue, April 20, 2021 6:06 PM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    On behalf of the MNAPABA board of directors, please see the below joint statement by MNAPABA and NAPABA. While there remains much more work to be done, we hope today’s verdict in the Chauvin trial creates momentum for the broader changes needed to ensure equality before the law.


    April 20, 2021

    MNAPABA and NAPABA Statement on the Verdict in the Trial of Derek Chauvin

    Over the past year, in the wake of the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, amongst others, MNAPABA and NAPABA expressed their support of and solidarity with the Black community in Minnesota and across the nation.  Today, a jury in Minneapolis has convicted Derek Chauvin on all counts charged in the killing of George Floyd.  MNAPABA and NAPABA acknowledge the pain and anguish of the Floyd family and the Black community, and we recognize this is but one chapter in the ongoing endeavor to improve accountability, training, integrity, transparency, and improvement of this country’s criminal justice system as we have called for in NAPABA’s Resolution in Support of the Black Community.

    At this critical inflection point in race relations in the United States, and as our own communities face a surge in reported hate crimes and bias-motivated incidents, MNAPABA and NAPABA reiterate their commitment to stand in solidarity with the Black community in Minnesota and across the nation in our shared goal of combating racism, discrimination, hate crimes, and other forms of bigotry.  NAPABA recognizes the long history of systemic inequality faced by the Black community in this country and reaffirms its resolution calling for accountability and improving standards of professionalism and conduct in law enforcement. NAPABA has called for building trust between law enforcement and communities of color including by promoting diversity, inclusion, and better training for law enforcement.  Community and government leaders must work together to create that trust and fairness in the legal system by combating bias and safeguarding civil rights, civil liberties, and access to justice for all.  While there remains much more work to be done, we hope this outcome helps the country heal and put greater faith in the rule of law.

    The statement may also be accessed here.

  • Tue, February 16, 2021 4:34 PM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    MNAPABA condemns all forms of racism, violence and scapegoating against our brothers and sisters in the Asian community.

    According to a study by the Asian American Bar Association of New York and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, “there were more than 2,500 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents related to COVID-19 between March and September 2020” in the United States. “And this number understates the actual number of anti-Asian hate incidents because most incidents are not reported,” according to the study.

    This recent increase in acts of harassment and violence against Asians has been prompted by hate speech and xenophobic rhetoric playing on unfounded fears and stereotypes linking the global pandemic to the Asian community. President Biden has already issued a “Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States” denouncing these actions. 

    MNAPABA calls on Minnesota public officials, businesses, and those persons who hold leadership positions in this State to join the chorus of voices denouncing the growing tide of anti-Asian sentiments and rhetoric.
  • Tue, February 02, 2021 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    MNAPABA, along with the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA), Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL), and the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association (MAIBA) have joined together to form the Minnesota Coalition of Bar Associations of Color (MN-CBAC) to advance issues of common interest and concern; provide mutual support and professional development; and collectively improve the legal profession and access to justice in Minnesota.

    On December 2, 2020, MN-CBAC held its launch event to introduce the collaboration and publish diversity and inclusion data for the large law firms and corporate legal departments in Minnesota. MN-CBAC believes the transparency of diversity and inclusion representation data will promote accountability.

    To view the data and other presentation slides from the launch event, please click here

    UPDATE (Feb. 2, 2021): Please note that an error has been identified in the previously shared data, and the above link now reflects the corrected version.

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