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  • Wed, January 25, 2023 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    On April 3, 2023, the federal judiciary will hold its second nationwide Roadways to the Bench event as part of the Strategic Plan for the Federal Judiciary to achieve its goal of a judiciary “comprised of a diverse complement of highly competent judges, employees, and CJA attorneys.”

    Interested lawyers and law students are invited to observe a national live-streamed panel discussion followed by local roundtable discussions with bankruptcy, magistrate, district, and appellate judges about pathways to the federal bench.

    Click here for additional information. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is mandatory. Please email Minneapolis co-chair, Karl Johnson of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP at kjjohnson@taftlaw.com.

  • Tue, January 17, 2023 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota State Bar Association D&I Council, Minnesota Coalition of Bar Associations of Color, and the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association have put together a conference focused on criminal justice and eliminating racial disparities, featuring keynote speaker former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. There will also be panel presentations by national leaders on the following topics: (1) analyzing federal sentencing disparities, (2) incorporating lessons learned from state reform efforts, (3) leveraging community-based initiatives, and (4) exploring innovative programs from federal districts across the country. For more information or to register, please click here.

    Cost:
    • Public Interest: $40 (Use Code: Justice23)
    • Student: $40 (Use Code: Justice23)
    • Judge & Clerk: $40 (Use Code: Justice23)
    • Private Practice Attorney: $100
    Registration includes lunch
  • Wed, December 14, 2022 4:58 AM | Anonymous

    MDLA welcomes all diverse law students to apply for a MDLA scholarship to get free admission to the Mid-Winter Conference, January 27-29, 2023 in Nisswa, Minnesota! Admitted law students will be paired with an MDLA Diversity Committee member and receive free admission to all seminar events. Students will also receive free lodging Grand View Lodge. All meals will be provided through the seminar programming. 

    The Mid-Winter Conference is a great way for diverse law students to network with other attorneys, attend relevant and thought provoking presentations on litigation strategy, and meet attorneys, judges, and vendors who work in the civil-defense practice. Past law student attendees have enjoyed the ample opportunities to network and create relationships with local defense practitioners.

    The agenda and more information about the mid-Winter Conference can be found at https://www.mdla.org/event/2023-mid-winter-conference

    The deadline for applications is Friday, January 13, 2023. Interested diverse law students are encouraged to do the following:

    1. Join MDLA – Law student membership is $20 for the year.  Benefits include networking opportunities, and access to summer clerkship opportunities and MDLA’s annual Trial Techniques Seminar in Duluth. Consider joining a committee and make some connections.  Check out the committees and sign up athttps://www.mdla.org/.

    Note: Please check with your school about being reimbursed for the professional organization membership fee.

    2. Submit a copy of your resume and contact information to Anna Kim (akim@lmc.org) and Neven Selimovic (nselimovic@meagher.com).  Please submit by Friday, January 13, 2023.

    Limited spots are available, so be sure to apply as soon as possible.

    MDLA hopes you will consider joining on January 27-29 in Nisswa!

  • Wed, December 07, 2022 5:38 PM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota State Bar Association High School Mock Trial Program is seeking volunteer competition judges (attorneys and judges are welcome). The Program is an exciting law-related education initiative that introduces high school students to the legal system by simulating real life court proceedings. This year, 110 teams from across Minnesota will participate in five rounds of competition and a state tournament. For more information or to volunteer, please click here

  • Wed, December 07, 2022 5:38 PM | Anonymous

    Join the YWCA to hear from leading artist-activists and organizers across different artistic mediums within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community reflect on how to keep our imaginations strong, and build authentic solidarity as we work to transform our local, national and global community. Presenters include: Anh Thu Pham (Managing Director, Theater Mu) and Tri Vo (Cultural Organizer, The SEAD Project), with moderator Hedy Tripp (Elder, Minnesota Coalition of Asian American Leaders and the Asian American Alliance for Justice). For more information or to register, please click here or contact Hayley Mueller (hmueller@ywcampls.org; 612-215-4137).

  • Tue, November 29, 2022 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    To mark his retirement from the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2015, Justice Alan Page launched an initiative to build awareness of ethics and the elimination of bias in the law, matters that will shape our legal community now and in the future. This year's program will focus on the Elimination of Racial Bias. Speakers include: Dr. Anton Treuer (Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University) and Kamyala Howard MSW, LCSW (Founder, We're Divine Consulting), moderated by Andriel Dees. For more information or to register, please click here.


    Speakers details:
    • Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, and author of many books. His equity, education, and cultural work have put him on a path of service around the nation and the world.
    • Kamyala Howard, licensed mental health practitioner and founder of We’re Divine - An organization challenging individuals to make transformative growth by leaning into discussions and content often avoided.
    • Immediately following will be an exclusive Q & A with both speakers, moderated by Andriel Dees

    The Page Education Foundation is seeking 2.0 hours of Elimination of Bias or General CLE credit (MN) for the program.

    Thank you to Event Sponsors: Minnesota Vikings, Thomson Reuters, Greenberg Traurig, Best & Flanagan LLP, Cargill, Karen Boros, and Matonich Law.
     

  • Tue, November 29, 2022 10:53 AM | Anonymous

    Please join the Minority Women Lawyers’ Association (MWLA) and Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) for a co-sponsored winter social at The Reserve in Minneapolis (Wells Fargo Center, 90 South 7th Street, 7th Floor). This social is an opportunity to connect and socialize with minority women lawyers in an informal setting. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. For more information or to register, please click here.

    Special thanks to event host: Greenberg Traurig

    Contact: MWLA Co-Chairs Rebecca Chaffee (rebecca.chaffee@courts.state.mn.us) or Rose Park (rpark@advrights.org) or MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa (dpexa@mwlawyers.org)

  • Tue, November 22, 2022 9:15 AM | Anonymous


    Organized by veteran performers of the most significant opera houses and conservatories in China, as well as talented local musicians, this unique showcase concert will share a variety of peaceful and inspiring music. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here.
  • Mon, November 21, 2022 9:38 AM | Anonymous
    Join the YWCA to hear from leading artist-activists and organizers across different artistic mediums within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community reflect on how to keep our imaginations strong, and build authentic solidarity as we work to transform our local, national and global community. Presenters include: Anh Thu Pham (Managing Director, Theater Mu) and Tri Vo (Cultural Organizer, The SEAD Project), with moderator Hedy Tripp (Elder, Minnesota Coalition of Asian American Leaders and the Asian American Alliance for Justice). For more information or to register, please click here or contact Hayley Mueller (hmueller@ywcampls.org; 612-215-4137).


  • Thu, November 10, 2022 10:05 AM | Anonymous
    The Advocates for Human Rights, Research in Action, and the Chair of the state of Minnesota's Missing and Murdered African American Women Task Force will be discussing their joint advocacy efforts using the United Nations review process. This presentation will highlight their recent submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on violence and discrimination against Black and Indigenous women and girls in the United States. This program is a hybrid in-person/virtual event. Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees who register. 1.0 standard CLE credit will be requested. For more information or to register, please click here.
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