Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association


  • Thu, July 14, 2016 11:22 AM | Deleted user

    Please join MMAA for a discussion of traditional and non-traditional paths to career excellence, followed by a happy hour. 


    Julia Dayton-Klein, Principal at Gray Plant Mooty 

    Sarah E. Crippen, Managing Partner at Best & Flanagan LLP

    Maureen Sheehan, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at ITM TwentyFirst

    Jenny Gassman Pines, Partner at Greene Espel PLLP

    Event Details 


    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    4:00-6:00 p.m. 


    Dorsey & Whitney LLP

    50 South Sixth Street, Suite 1500, Minneapolis 55402 


    Members - Free

    Non-members - $15

    *Heavy appetizers and drinks will be provided.

    *1.0 CLE is being applied for.

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    MMAA is an organization whose mission is to promote the professional development of mother attorneys by capitalizing on the special opportunities and skills that arise from motherhood to drive career excellence. All are welcome. For more information about MMAA, please visit our website at www.mnmaa.org.

    If you have any questions about the event or how to register, please contact Adebisi Wilson (adebisi.mmaa@gmail.com) or Courtney Grimsrud (courtney.grimsrud@abbotdowning.com).

  • Thu, July 14, 2016 11:19 AM | Deleted user

    TCDIP is hoping to have a representative from each affinity bar give a short 2 minute speech about their organization.  Please make sure your bar association is represented at this event!  Email Lily Shaw at ​lshaw@diversityinpractice.org if you are interested in attending.

    Here is the information for the event:

    Friday, July 15, 2016
    5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Location Seven: Steakhouse, Sushi Rooftop Deck (700 Hennepin)


  • Thu, July 14, 2016 11:14 AM | Deleted user

    Gala 2016


    In celebration of the 20th anniversary
    of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota


    Schedule of Events:
    6:00 – 7:30 pm:  Reception and Silent Auction
    7:30 – 9:00 pm: Internationally-Inspired Dinner and Program
    9:00 pm – Midnight: Dancing with Salsa del Soul

    Purchase tickets here

    or call 651-641-1011.

    Please RSVP by September 1, 2016
    Early Bird tickets available through August 1st!


    View photos from our 2015 Gala here!

    Interested in donating to our silent auction? ContactSarah.Trautman@ilcm.org.

    All other questions regarding ILCM’s 20th Anniversary Gala may be directed to Meg Pierce, Development Coordinator, at Meghan.Pierce@ilcm.org.

  • Fri, July 01, 2016 8:52 AM | Deleted user

    Congratulations to MNAPABA member, Jamie Cork, for her judicial appointment. Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment on June 10, 2016. Ms. Cork will replace the Honorable Patrice K. Sutherland, and will be chambered at Hastings in Dakota County.

    Ms. Cork is an Assistant Hennepin County Attorney, where she works in the Child Protection Division. Previously, she was an adjunct professor at Hamline University School of Law and the University of St. Thomas School of Law, a counselor at Ryan Community, Inc., and a patrol officer in Outagamie County in Wisconsin. She earned her B.A. from Mount Senario College in Wisconsin and her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law.

    MNAPABA plans to host a reception for Ms. Cork soon. Stay tuned.

  • Fri, July 01, 2016 8:50 AM | Deleted user

    Carolina A. Lamas is a judge of the Fourth Judicial District of Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton appointed Judge Lamas to the bench on February 3, 2014. Her initial term expires on January 2, 2017. She is running for her seat in the primary election against Luke Bellville on August 9, 2016.

    During her time on the bench, Judge Lamas has presided primarily over felony-level criminal trials. She has also received extensive training in “problem-solving” courts. Judge Lamas earned a reputation as a thoughtful, fair and impartial judge. The MNAPABA Board was impressed with Judge Lamas’ understanding of issues for people of color in the courtroom, including specific issues that face the Asian community. For all these reasons, the MNAPABA Board chose to support Judge Lamas in her campaign.

    Lamas earned both her undergraduate degree and her Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota. Before she became a district judge, she was the executive director and chief attorney for the Neighborhood Justice Center, Inc. Before that, she was an assistant public defender in the Ramsey County Office of the Public Defender, in the Second Judicial District.

    You can view Luke Bellville’s profile here: http://lukeforjudge.tripod.com

    To support Judge Lamas in her re-election, please visit her website: http://judgelamas.com/

  • Wed, June 29, 2016 12:42 PM | Deleted user


    WASHINGTON — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is disappointed by the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court’s split decision announced today in United States v. Texas. The court did not reach a decision in a challenge to the President’s executive action on immigration, including the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The split outcome leaves in place the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s decision to block implementation of the programs.

    “We are disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision not to make a clear statement on the Fifth Circuit’s ruling to enjoin the implementation of these important immigration policies. The outcome leaves over four million undocumented immigrants living in the shadow of deportation,” said NAPABA President Jin Y. Hwang. “Today’s result underscores the importance of Congress taking swift action to pass comprehensive immigration reform”

    The lower court in this case temporarily blocked the implementation of the expanded DACA and DAPA programs, which affected an estimated 4.9 million undocumented and vulnerable immigrants, including approximately 1.3 million Asian Pacific Americans. Under these programs, eligible applicants would not be a priority for deportation and could apply for a temporary work authorization. The original DACA program remains unaffected and more than 100,000 Asian Pacific Americans remain eligible for that program.

    NAPABA, along with a diverse coalition of 325 immigration, civil rights, labor, and social service groups, including the National Immigration Law Center, filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in this case to urge the Court to lift the injunction that has blocked the President’s executive action on immigration from moving forward. View the brief here.

    For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or bschuster@napaba.org.

  • Tue, June 28, 2016 11:30 AM | Deleted user

    This week, NAPABA proudly shines the spotlight on the Pro Bono Award and the Women's Leadership Award. The Pro Bono Award recognizes an attorney or a team of attorneys for outstanding achievements in pro bono service. The Women’s Leadership Award is presented to an individual who has achieved professional excellence in her field or who has demonstrated leadership and advancement of women or women’s issues. 

    At the 2015 NAPABA Convention in New Orleans, NAPABA selected McManis Faulkner attorneys James McManis, Elizabeth Pipkin, Christine Peek, Ruby Kazi, and Jennifer Murakami as the recipients of the Pro Bono Award and Michelle K. Lee as the recipient of the Women's Leadership Award. 

    NAPABA is proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of the lawyers and judges who comprise its membership. We encourage you to submit a nomination for the 2016 Pro Bono Award and the 2016 Women's Leadership Award!

    Please visit www.napaba.org/awards for complete information on all of our awards.

  • Wed, June 22, 2016 11:53 AM | Deleted user

    Congratulations to MNAPABA Board Member, Emily Faber-Densely, for being recognized as one of the 2016 Minnesota’s top Up & Coming Attorneys.

    Emily Faber-Densley is an attorney with 3M Company's Office of General Counsel. Prior to joining 3M, Emily was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell (London). Emily received her Juris Doctorate from Columbia University, her Master’s degree from the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College), and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester.

    Honorees for this year’s event were selected by an outside panel consisting of past alumni. Up & Coming Attorneys were judged for their professional accomplishments, leadership and service to their community and profession, and achievements in their first 10 years of being admitted to the bar.

    The awards will be presented on September 8, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. Up & Coming Attorneys is in its 16th year of recognition.

    For more information please read the formal announcement at: http://minnlawyer.com/2016/06/20/2016-up-coming-attorneys-unsung-legal-heroes/   

  • Mon, June 20, 2016 11:37 AM | Deleted user

    MNAPABA is proud to announce its strategic plan for 2016-2019. The plan outlines five goals MNAPABA hopes to achieve in the next three years.

    Special thanks to The Hon. Judge Peter Reyes for leading the planning sessions, and MNAPABA Board Members: Greg Schwartz, Alene Sussman, Alex Dyste, and Benjamin Kwan for their hard work.

  • Wed, June 08, 2016 9:16 AM | Deleted user

    The Dakota County Law Library is looking for an attorney to present a 1-hour CLE in August 2016 on anything related to diversity and inclusion.  

    Each month the Dakota County Law Library hosts two 1-hour free CLEs: one in Apple Valley (the second Tuesday of the month between 8-9 a.m.) and the other in Hastings (the third Thursday of the month between 12-1 p.m.) It seeks for possible presenters in the area of diversity for ethics/elimination of bias credits. The dates would be August 9th or the 18th. Please follow up with Shannon Stoneking (Shannon.Stoneking@CO.DAKOTA.MN.USdirectly if anyone is interested.

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

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