Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association


  • Thu, April 26, 2018 12:00 AM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)


    Office of Governor Mark Dayton



    April 5, 2018


    Contact: Sam Fettig

    651-201-3408 desk

    612-214-2886 cell



    Commission on Judicial Selection Announces Additional Vacancy and Extension of Deadline in the Second Judicial District


    ST. PAUL, MN – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that an additional judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. This vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable William H. Leary III. Applicants will be considered within one process for this vacancy and the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Edward S. Wilson, which was announced on Monday, April 2, 2018. Both seats will be chambered at St. Paul in Ramsey County.


    The Commission is searching for fair, experienced, and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench and offer their talents and services to Minnesota’s judicial system. The following qualities will be considered for judicial office: integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience, and community service. The application process has been extended and is now open for both seats.


    An individual wishing to apply may request an application by writing to Lee E. Sheehy, Chair of the Commission on Judicial Selection, at 130 State Capitol, 75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155, or by contacting Megan Jablonski Johnson, Judicial Appointments Coordinator, via e-mail at aMegan.JablonskiJohnson@state.mn.us. A cover letter and resume should also be submitted with the application.


    Individuals who have already applied for the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Edward S. Wilson will be considered for both seats. Application materials for both vacancies are due by close of business on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Interviews for are scheduled to be held on Monday, May 14, 2018. 


    For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact Megan Jablonski Johnson at megan.jablonskijohnson@state.mn.us or at (651) 201-3451.




    Office of Governor Mark Dayton, Communications Department

    130 State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155

    T: 651-201-3400 | E: Dayton.Media@state.mn.us

  • Sun, March 18, 2018 10:14 AM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    MNAPABA is now accepting applications for two (2) Summer Law Fellowships.

    This year, MNAPABA will award Summer Law Fellowships to two (2) individuals ($2,000 each) who will serve underserved communities through a summer internship position with a governmental or non-profit organization. 


    Download the application here.

    To qualify, the summer position must:

    • be arranged by the individual who is a law student or a recent graduate,
    • extend at least eight weeks or a total of 320 hours, and 
    • pay $500 or less per week.

    Preference will be given to those directly serving Minnesota and/or Asian Pacific American communities.


    Applications are due by May 1, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. CST 
    by email to  touch.thouk@stinson.com.

  • Tue, March 13, 2018 1:20 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)
    Minority judges in Minnesota State and Federal Courts were honored in a reception at the Federal Courthouse on March 8.

    Pictured below are (left to right) the Honorables Shan Wang, Sophia Vuelo, Gail Chang Bohr, and Tony Leung. Thank you all for your service!

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

    Every year Minnesota Lawyer honors the top attorneys throughout the state of Minnesota for their notable achievements. Members Mai Moua and Linus Chan are among this years recipients. They, along with other recipients, were honored at the 18th annual Attorneys of the Year award ceremony on the evening of February 7, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis.

    More details here: http://minnlawyer.com/attorneys-of-the-year/

  • Sat, January 06, 2018 12:00 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    Our members volunteered at the Minneapolis Crisis Nursery on Saturday, January 6. Thank you to all who joined us!

  • Tue, December 05, 2017 12:00 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    MNAPABA members enjoyed volunteering at Second Harvest and packing rice to serve the local community! Thanks to everyone that volunteered!

  • Sun, December 03, 2017 9:04 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    We are seeking a representative and an alternate representative for the MSBA. Volunteer to attend regular MSBA meetings, and report back to the President-Elect/Board with updates and relevant information. We will recognize you on our website!

    Only requirements:

    • Member of MNAPABA
    • Member of the MSBA
    Contact Alex Dyste, dysteale@gmail.com, President-Elect of MNAPABA with questions.

  • Fri, December 01, 2017 5:05 PM | Anonymous

    Governor Dayton Appoints First Hmong-American Judge in Minnesota—MNAPABA Member Sophia Vuelo 

    ST. PAUL, MN – Yesterday, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Sophia Vuelo as a District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. Ms. Vuelo will replace the Honorable Margaret M. Marrinan, and will be chambered at St. Paul in Ramsey County.

    “Ms. Sophia Vuelo has dedicated her career to pursuing justice for all Minnesotans, through her work with Minnesota courts, charities, and in her own private practice,” said Governor Dayton. “Ms. Vuelo’s commitment to public service has prepared her well for this important new role, as District Court Judge for Minnesota’s Second Judicial District.”

    Minnesota’s Second Judicial District consists of Ramsey County.

    More information on the Commission on Judicial Selection, as well as vacancies it is currently considering, can be found at http://mn.gov/governor/appointments/judicial-appointments/.

    About Sophia Y. Vuelo:

    Ms. Vuelo is a solo practitioner at Vuelo Law, where she manages a high volume caseload in juvenile protection, family, and criminal matters. Previously, she was a Special Assistant Ramsey County Attorney, Assistant Public Defender in the Second Judicial District, Assistant Rochester City Attorney, and Managing Attorney at Catholic Charities. Ms. Vuelo received her BA from the University of Minnesota and her JD from Hamline University School of Law.

    She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Collaborative Community Law Initiative, an active volunteer at Weaver Elementary School in Maplewood, and the former Vice-President of the Hmong American Bar Association.

    Ms. Vuelo will be the first judge of Hmong descent to serve in Minnesota, and the second to be appointed in the nation.

    About MNAPABA's Efforts to Increase Diversity on the Bench

    MNAPABA's Judicial Selection Committee works all year long to promote diversity and inclusion on the state and federal bench in Minnesota. 

    Since its inception less than five years ago, the MNAPABA Judicial Selection Committee has helped dozens of MNAPABA members and allies through both the state and federal judicial application processes and seen four appointed to the bench. 

    With Mr. Vuelo's appointment by Governor Dayton this week, MNAPABA counts eleven state or federal APA judges active with MNAPABA within the state of Minnesota currently on active or senior status. This number has more than doubled in the past three years. 

    MNAPABA's Judicial Selection Committee is led by Irene Kao and the Honorable Nicole J. Starr.

  • Fri, December 01, 2017 12:00 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    Volunteer to attend monthly meetings in St. Paul, mostly in the mornings, and report back to the President-Elect/Board with updates and relevant information once a month. We will recognize you on our website.

    Only requirements:

    • Member of MNAPABA
    • Member of the RCBA
    • Lawyer
    Contact Alex Dyste, dysteale@gmail.com, President-Elect of MNAPABA with questions.

  • Tue, November 21, 2017 11:03 AM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    Thank you all for attending our CLE on retaining diverse attorneys! It was a great opportunity to hear from past MNAPABA leadership on how legal employers in Minnesota can do a better job of fostering an environment that will retain their diverse attorneys. We really enjoyed having you all there to be a part of this important discussion. Let's continue to have these discussions into the future.

    See you again soon!

    Sukanya Momsen
    Executive Board Member 2017-18, VP of Outreach

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

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