Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association


  • Mon, October 03, 2016 3:40 PM | Deleted user

    Address: 1100 Canterbury Rd S, Shakopee, MN 55379

    When: Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 11 to 2 p.m.

  • Mon, October 03, 2016 3:37 PM | Deleted user

    We have a wonderful opportunity for newer lawyers and seasoned ("vintage") lawyers, including several of our federal judges, to network and mingle on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.  You will hear great stories and make new connections during this special gathering at the U.S. Courthouse.  We will have several "pop-up" speakers who will share remarks about our storied judges during the event.  Don't miss this unique event, filled with life lessons, legal lessons, and much more.
    When: Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
    Minneapolis Federal Courthouse, 15th Floor
    300 South Fourth Street
    202 U.S. Courthouse
    Minneapolis, MN 55415
    Cost: Free
    Registration: To register for this event, click here.

  • Mon, October 03, 2016 3:33 PM | Deleted user

    The new Forces at Play exhibit is open at Minnesota Children’s Museum and we want to hear from you!  We are planning small focus groups in order to hear directly from adults about their experiences in the new exhibit. The purpose of the focus groups is to gather feedback on the museum’s “Delighting Adults” strategies. The feedback and insights gained through these sessions will inform how this strategy is used in other new galleries.
    We are looking for people who are willing to bring their children (or grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc.) to the museum to play in the exhibit. After playing for a short while, the children will continue playing in the museum with a staff member or volunteer while the adults participate in the focus group. If you are interested in helping us out, please click on the link below and fill out the survey. Every adult who participates in the focus groups will receive a $50 gift card to Target.
    Space is limited. Please complete the survey today. You will be contacted directly if selected to participate. Thank you!
    Take the Survey


  • Thu, September 29, 2016 11:05 AM | Deleted user

    The Minnesota Supreme Court is seeking applications from lawyers to serve as a member of the Commission on Judicial Selection.  The Governor and the Supreme Court select the members of the 49-member commission that reviews and evaluates applications for vacancies in district court judgeships, some of whom are at-large members who address all judicial vacancies.  Currently, a vacancy exists on the Commission for the Supreme Court’s lawyer-appointee from the Tenth Judicial District.  The current vacancy is for a partial-term ending on January 7, 2019.

    Commission members are expected to actively participate. They receive no compensation or reimbursement for expenses.

    Applicants interested in appointment to this position must submit a letter detailing their background. Resumes are welcome but not required. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m., Monday, October 31, 2016. Letters can be mailed to AnnMarie S. O’Neill, Clerk of the Appellate Courts, 305 Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155; or e-mailed to mjcappellateclerkofcourt@courts.state.mn.us        

  • Wed, September 28, 2016 11:59 AM | Deleted user

    WASHINGTON — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has named Jenny R. Yang, chair of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as the recipient of the 2016 NAPABA Women’s Leadership Award. The award recognizes the accomplishments of women lawyers and is presented to an individual who has achieved professional excellence in her field, demonstrated leadership and understanding of women’s issues, and made significant contributions to the Asian Pacific American legal community. 

    The award will be presented at the Women’s Leadership Network Breakfast & Plenary at the 2016 NAPABA Convention in San Diego, California, on Nov. 5, 2016.

    “Ms. Yang has a long and remarkable history of service and leadership to the Asian Pacific American community, and LGBTQ and women’s’ rights,” said NAPABA President Jin Y. Hwang. “We applaud her commitment to advancing equal opportunity and fairness in the workplace, and NAPABA is proud to honor Ms. Yang as the 2016 Women’s Leadership Award recipient.”

    Ms. Yang is the first Asian American to be named EEOC chair on a permanent basis in its 50-year history, and is also the first Asian American woman to serve on the Commission. The EEOC is a five-member bi-partisan commission responsible for enforcing our nation's laws against workplace discrimination. She leads an agency with over 2,200 employees in 53 offices around the country with a budget of over $365 million.

    Throughout her career in the non-profit, private, and government sectors, she has worked to protect the legal rights of Asian Pacific Americans through enforcement of our nation’s civil rights and workplace laws and through her service to the community. From 2007 until her confirmation to the EEOC in 2013, Ms. Yang served as a board member and vice chair of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, which is dedicated to providing linguistically and culturally appropriate legal services to Asian Pacific Americans in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. From 1998 to 2004, she served as co-chair and board member of the National Governing Board of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, the only national multi-issue Asian Pacific American women’s organization in the country.

    As chair of the EEOC, Ms. Yang is leading the agency as it charts its path forward for the next 50 years. She is also leading efforts to ensure that, as the nation's largest employer, the federal government serves as a model employer. Moreover, she is engaged in a broad effort to build stronger workplaces by exploring the root causes of persistent forms of discrimination and identifying effective strategies to prevent and remedy discrimination.

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

    The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of almost 50,000 attorneys and approximately 75 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. 

    NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

    To learn more about NAPABA, visit www.napaba.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@NAPABA).

  • Thu, September 22, 2016 11:59 AM | Deleted user


    Please join us as we present the 2016 Inspire Award to George Takei at the 28th Anniversary NAPABA Gala on Saturday, Nov. 5, during the 2016 NAPABA Convention in San Diego. Takei's dedication and involvement in the Asian Pacific American community and activism on human rights and Japanese-American relations exemplifies the ideals of our Inspire Award — an award that recognizes the outstanding achievements and dedication to promoting justice, equity, and opportunity for Asian Pacific Americans. 

    Advance Registration for the 2016 NAPABA Convention will close on Oct. 21. NAPABA members save an additional $200 off the non-member rate. Not a member? Become a member today and save!


  • Tue, September 20, 2016 9:02 PM | Deleted user

  • Tue, September 20, 2016 8:11 PM | Deleted user


    The countdown to the election continues. You can now follow Facebook (Facebook.com/VoteMNJudges) until the election. And don’t forget, absentee voting starts this Friday (9/23)!

    Thank you for helping us educate the public about judicial elections and the importance of voting in the Minnesota Supreme Court race. 

    With reliable and timely information, voters can make informed choices at the poll.

  • Tue, September 20, 2016 10:47 AM | Deleted user

    This event will recognize the work of the Center for New Americans and its partners and will feature a panel of distinguished experts. During the discussion, panelists will consider the positive contributions of immigrants in Minnesota and the regional implications of national and global migration trends. The panel will also discuss how to protect immigrants' rights locally amidst national deadlock on comprehensive immigration reform and growing anti-immigrant sentiment.

    Speakers include:  

    • Alondra Cano, Minneapolis Council Member, Ninth Ward
    • Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations Minnesota
    • Kalia Abiade, Advocacy Director, Center for New Community
    • Deepinder Mayell, Moderator, Center for New Americans

    Thursday, October 13, 2016
    Panel will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Lockhart Hall
    Followed by a reception in Auerbach Commons
    University of Minnesota Law School
    Lockhart Hall, Room 25
    229 19th Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    One CLE credit will be requested.
    Please RSVP at CNAImmigrationNation.eventbrite.com

  • Mon, September 19, 2016 8:59 PM | Deleted user

    The complexity of federal criminal cases requires particularized knowledge and client attention.   To address the need for well-trained, as well as diverse, lawyers on the CJA panel, the Federal Defender Second Chair (Mentor) Program was developed.  The Mentor Program provides training in all aspects of federal criminal practice.

    The attorneys chosen to participate in the program have a reputation for excellence and experience in some aspects of criminal and/or federal litigation.

    In 2007, the first class of lawyers, six in all,  was selected.  The second class, selected in 2011, was composed of ten attorneys.  The program is now on its third class, made up of 11 lawyers.  The backgrounds of the mentees are varied, ranging from solo practitioners practicing primarily criminal defense in state cases to attorneys at large firms with significant experience in pre-indictment federal litigation.  Through the program, the mentee attorneys have handled cases that were varied both in complexity and subject matter. 

    Monthly class meetings: 

    The mentee class meets once a month for a CLE-type gathering.  During these trainings, different aspects of federal criminal law are discussed, as well as practical points for effective defense of clients.  Additionally, mentees learn about the important structural/agency components involved in federal criminal practice.  Trainers include CJA panel members, attorneys from the Federal Defender’s Office and people from various federal agencies, including the U.S. Probation Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Clerk’s Office.

    Case Work:

    Experiential learning is important part of the Second Chair Training Program.  Mentees are assigned to work on cases with senior lawyers, through the Federal Defender’s Office.  The senior, or mentor, lawyers guide mentees through the procedural and litigation aspects of the case.  Mentees are prepared for and get to participate in a meaningful way in the cases.  Ranging from client interviews through witness examinations and, as necessary, sentencing elocutions, the casework component provides mentees with important courtroom/case experience.

    In the most recent mentee class, every mentee worked on at least three (3) cases.  Ten of the mentees were involved in cases that went to trial.  All have had cases that involved significant litigation/issues resulting in evidentiary hearings. 

    Mentees are paid $70/hour for work on their appointed cases. 

    Benefits to the Mentees:

    Beyond the training aspects, mentees are provided with numerous opportunities to build important networks that strengthen their practice.  Class members build relationships with each other and, through the exposure to members of the federal criminal defense bar, broaden their base of resources, contacts and knowledge.  Courtroom experience and strengthening client skills are also benefits mentees gain.  Additionally, due to the significant amount of writing involved in the cases, legal writing skills are deepened.

    Expectations of Mentees:

    The attorneys chosen to participate in the program will be expected to attend the monthly training sessions, participate in the regular seminars put on by the Federal Defenders Office, meet regularly with the Program Coordinator and work on three assigned cases over a two-year period. 

    Former and Current Mentee Attorneys Include:            

    Patrick Cotter                                                            

    Kevin Magnuson                  

     Shannon Elkins

    Ryan Garry                                                     

    Doug Micko                           

     Kirstin Kanski

    Kimberly Hall                                                            

    Catherine Turner                  

     A.L. Brown

    Dan Le                                                                        

    Ryan Pacyga                          

     Chris Zipko

    Wolanda Shelton                                        

    Stephen Smith                                  

     Gretchen Gurstelle

    Theresa Bevilacqua                                               

    Beth Forsythe                                   

    Lauren Campoli

    John Conard                                                 

    Marcus Almon                                  

    Charlie Clippert

    Lousene Hoppe                                            

    Eric Hawkins                         

     Paul Edlund

    Application Process

    A call for applicants will be sent later this fall via email.  Applicants will be asked to submit a formal application, writing sample and references.  After applications are received, interviews will be scheduled.

    If you have additional questions, please contact the Program Coordinator Caroline Durham at (612) 272-9111 or caroline@carolinedurhamlawyer.com.

    Announcement for Applicants.pdf

    Program Flyer FINAL 2016.pdf

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

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