Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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  • Mon, August 02, 2021 6:56 PM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    The Asian Media Access is holding a Commemoration and Appreciation Night on the 20th anniversary of September 11 to acknowledge and commensurate communal losses and appreciate frontline heroes. Ticket proceeds will be donated to the Frontline Families Fund, which provides financial support and educational scholarships to the families of healthcare workers who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

    This black-tie event will take place at the St. Paul Union Depot, and feature Pan-Asian cultural and festivity themes. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please email Lily Do, Program Coordinator, at lily.do@amamedia.org

  • Fri, July 30, 2021 11:16 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Join the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), Minnesota Chapter for a session with Dr. Richard Lee as part of NAAAP MN's Break the Cycle Professional Development Series. Dr. Lee is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Morse-Alumni Distinguished University Teaching Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.

    In this session, Dr. Lee will discuss how Asian Americans navigate their ethnic and racial experiences in the family, in the workplace, and in public spaces. He will focus on Asian American identity developing, coping with racism and discrimination, race relations, and the impact of anti-Asian hate on mental health. To register, please click hereFor more information, please contact William Cheng, william.cheng@naaap.org, 763-784-8848.

  • Wed, July 28, 2021 1:18 PM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    The Sixth Judicial District announces the swearing-in ceremony for Bhupesh R. Pattni, who will become the first APA judge in Northern Minnesota. The Investiture will take place on Friday, July 30, at 3:00 pm at the Minnesota Discovery Center Pavilion (1005 Discovery Drive, Chisholm, MN 55719). Cupcakes will be served following the ceremony.



  • Wed, July 28, 2021 5:18 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Join Twin Cities Diversity in Practice and Minnesota Women Lawyers at Women of Color in the Law Summer Social Gatherings, a series of casual events focused on building community and lifting each other up. Between August 14 and 28, small groups of 8-10 individuals will gather for camaraderie, community, and real conversations. Each gathering will be centered on the experience of Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color. All women, gender non-binary, transgender people, and allies are welcome to join. For more information or to register, please click here.

    Please note the intended audience for each gathering on the registration page and register accordingly. Please also note that any COVID restrictions as mandated by state and local governments at the time of the scheduled gathering will be followed and any guest not fully vaccinated must wear a mask. More COVID-related information is on the registration page.

  • Thu, July 15, 2021 9:15 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    The Inaugural Workshop for Asian American and Pacific Islander Women in the Legal Academy is aimed at supporting and mentoring AAPI women aspiring to enter or are in the legal academy. This workshop will include a space for workshopping incubator or works in progress, exploring our shared identities and history, dialoguing about professional development and wellness, and building community. 

    This event is hosted by Penn State Law and the Western New England University School of Law. NAPABA is co-hosting this event with the Asian American Bar Association of New York, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty, South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut, and South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston. For more information or to register, please click here.

  • Thu, July 15, 2021 9:14 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Join Minnesota state judges and various other speakers for a virtual event to learn more about the Tenth Judicial District and the judicial appointment process, in anticipation of many upcoming vacancies in the district. 

    Speakers include: Supreme Court Justice Anne McKeig; Chief Judge Stoney J. Hiljus; Assistant Chief Judge Elizabeth Strand, Karl Procaccini, General Counsel/Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor; Erin Sindberg Porter, Judicial Selection Commission Chair; Keiko Sugisaka, Judicial Selection Commission At-Large Member; Viet-Hanh Winchell, Judicial Selection Commission Tenth District Member; with moderator Roxanna Gonzalez, Dorsey & Whitney; and one-on-one strategy sessions facilitated by Office of Governor Walz & Lt. Governor Flanagan, Judicial Selection Commission Members, State court judges, and Affinity bar organization leaders.

    This event is sponsored by MNAPABA and various other Minnesota affinity bar organizations and the Infinity Project. 

    For more information or to register, please click here.

  • Thu, July 08, 2021 5:05 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Chief Judge John R. Tunheim, Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright, Judge Michael J. Davis, and the Judges of the District of Minnesota are hosting a reception on Thursday, July 15, to honor our minority judges in the Minnesota state and federal courts. 

    The reception will be held at the Diana E. Murphy United States CourthouseOutdoor Plaza (300 South 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN).

    A group picture will be taken at 6:00 pm. 

    To RSVP or for questions or requests for accommodations, please email: RSVP@mnd.uscourts.gov. Please RSVP by July 9, 2021.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Minnesota Women Lawyers, Somali American Bar Association, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, Twin Cities Diversity In Practice, and the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association.

  • Wed, June 16, 2021 7:56 AM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    Join the Conflict Resolution Center (CRC) for continued dialogue through Community Circles. The first event of the series begins on June 18, led by Brian Fullman, lead organizer for the Barbershop and Black Congregation Cooperative, who will share his story of surviving as a Black man in Minnesota and how White allies can make a difference. The Community Circles are open to anyone who would like to join and offer and receive support. For more information or to register, please click here.


  • Wed, June 16, 2021 7:55 AM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    This virtual summit will explore the obstacles, risks, and rewards on the path to a fulfilling and productive career for women and leaders from underrepresented groups. Topics include: How the Pandemic Has Exacerbated Economic Disparities in America; Moving Beyond the Hashtag and Enlisting Men to Become Ambassadors for Change; Redefining Success in a Virtual World; Recruiting, Promoting & Retaining Leaders of Color; Recognizing & Combatting Unconscious Bias; The Role of Sponsorship and Mentorship in Creating an Inclusive Culture; and Caregiving & Career: Mastering the Balancing Act. 

    For more information or to register, please click here. In-house counsel and corporate executive leaders may attend for free.


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