Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association


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

    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

    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

  • Tue, November 14, 2017 8:00 AM | Vincent Pham

    MNAPABA would like to assist interested members in the cost of attending NAPABA Lobby Day. 

    The NAPABA Annual Lobby Day is an opportunity for NAPABA members from across the country to educate members of Congress and Congressional staffers on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community. Lobby Day also gives members an active role in promoting NAPABA's mission of advocating for justice, equity, and opportunity for Asian Pacific Americans.

    Please contact Sukanya Momsen at smomsen@nilanjohnson.com if interested in attending.

  • Thu, October 12, 2017 5:00 PM | Vincent Pham



    For more information and to register, go to the Minnesota Lawyer website here.

  • Tue, October 03, 2017 8:57 PM | Vincent Pham

    On September 30th, a small group of MNAPABA volunteers provided lunch to children at the Crisis Nursery in Minneapolis. On a relaxing Saturday afternoon, we got to meet new people, catch up with fellow members, and brush up on our cooking skills. Then, we served and (hopefully) entertained some great kids staying at the Nursery.

    Special thanks to Victor Chan for organizing this great event!

    MNAPABA will be getting together again in January 2018 at the Crisis Nursery, and we hope to continue serving on a regular basis.

    Stay tuned to announcements on the MNAPABA newsletter and our event invites!

  • Fri, August 18, 2017 12:47 PM | Benjamin Kwan

    Governor Dayton Appoints MNAPABA Member Shan C. Wang to Fill Seventh Judicial District Vacancy in St. Cloud

    ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointments of Matthew M. Quinn and Shan C. Wang as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District. Mr. Quinn will be replacing the Honorable Vicki E. Landwehr, and will be chambered at Milaca in Mille Lacs County. Mr. Wang is filling a new district court judgeship created in the Seventh Judicial District by the Minnesota Supreme Court, and will be chambered at St. Cloud in Stearns County.

     “Mr. Matthew Quinn and Mr. Shan Wang bring diverse professional and volunteer experience to this important role,” said Governor Dayton. “I thank Mr. Quinn and Mr. Wang for agreeing to serve the people of our state as District Court Judges for Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District.” 

    About Shan C. Wang

    Mr. Wang is the Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division in the Stearns County Attorney’s Office, where he supervises the adult criminal division. Previously, he was an Assistant Stearns County Attorney and a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Regina M. Chu. He earned his B.A. from Chicago State University and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

    Mr. Wang is the President of the St. Cloud Public Library Board of Trustees, serves on the Board of Directors of the Stearns-Benton Bar Association, is a member of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and is the past president of the John E. Simonett American Inn of Court.

    Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District consists of Becker, Benton, Clay, Douglas, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd, and Wadena Counties.

    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. Wang's appointment by Governor Dayton today, MNAPABA counts ten 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.

  • Sun, August 13, 2017 4:00 PM | Vincent Pham

    The annual summer party saw 40+ MNAPABA members come together to eat delicious food around a backyard pool. This was the 18th year that the party was graciously hosted by Mike and Amy. The festive mood was highlighted by a demonstration of Amy's new flying drone and Cynthia Lee's beautifully decorated cake (below). Thanks for celebrating with us!

  • Sat, July 22, 2017 8:30 PM | Vincent Pham

    MNAPABA gathered at a free movie night in Matthews Park on Saturday, July 22nd. Star Wars: Rogue One was playing. Special thanks to Kevin Ha for organizing!

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

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