Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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  • Mon, March 22, 2021 1:27 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    The Minnesota State Bar Association Labor and Employment Section invites law students to a panel on diverse career paths within the field of labor/employment on over Zoom, moderated by local plaintiff's attorney, MSBA section council member, and MNAPABA member, Ben Kwan.

    There will also be job postings with a number of legal employers posting opportunities and informational interview openings in a virtual "Posting Parade" at the event, including some opportunities exclusive to this event. For more information or to register, please click here.

    Employers with opportunities to share in the "Posting Parade" should email Ben Kwan at ben@hallerkwan.com to be included.


  • Mon, March 22, 2021 1:26 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Join the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) for a public event to hear from leaders and community members about anti-Asian racism occurring in Minnesota and nationwide. Speakers include: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, MDHR Commissioner Rebecca Lucero, CAAL Network & Executive Director Bo Thao-Urabe, and others. Please click here to register or for more information.


    This event is hosted by the Asian Minnesotan Alliance for Justice (AMAJ), a collective of Asian American organizations dedicated to fighting for solidarity and justice in MN. The organizations hosting this event include: Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP), Asian Media Access (AMA), CAPI-USA, Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL), Filipinx for Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice Minnesota (FIRM), India Association of Minnesota (IAM), Japanese American Citizens League - Twin Cities (JACL), National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) - St. Cloud Chapter, Release MN8, Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE), SEWA-AIFW, The Southeast Asian Diaspora (SEAD) Project, TaikoArts Midwest, Theater Mu, Transforming Generations, Vietnamese Social Services (VSS).

  • Mon, March 22, 2021 8:50 AM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    Minnesota will be back in the spotlight during the trial, but this is only part of the story. George Floyd's killing last May also led to renewed efforts toward racial equity—in neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, businesses and many other institutions. How are we doing on our path toward racial equity? How are Black people, Indigenous people, people of color and their white counterparts navigating conversations about the trial and its broader implications for racial justice in a state known for its persistent racial disparities?

    Join Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP) and Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) as host Angela Davis leads the next In Focus conversation as how Minnesotans are experiencing the Derek Chauvin trial and how we can move forward as neighbors. Panelists include Jesse Ross, Executive Director of Still Kickin; Jamil Stamschror-Lott, CEO and Co-Founder of Creative Kuponya, Salma Hussein, Assistant Principal of Central High School; and Darnell Cage, Associate at Faegre Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP.

    For more information or to register, please click here.

  • Tue, March 09, 2021 10:46 AM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    The Asian Minnesotan Alliance for Justice (AMAJ) is hosting a community conversation for Asian Minnesotans to come together to discuss and reflect upon what it means to be here as Asian Minnesotans; how to connect the dots between the anti-Asian violence happening on the ground to larger systems of injustice; and how to demand for a more caring form of public safety in our communities that include investments into our neighborhoods, schools, and businesses. 

    AMAJ is a coalition of Asian American organizations dedicated to fighting for solidarity and justice in MN. The organizations hosting this event include: Asian American Organizing Project, Asian Media Access, CAPI-USA, Coalition of Asian American Leaders, Filipinx for Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice Minnesota, India Association of Minnesota, Japanese American Citizens League- Twin Cities, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum- St. Cloud Chapter, Release MN8, Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment, The Southeast Asian Diaspora Project, TaikoArts Midwest, Theater Mu, Transforming Generations, and Vietnamese Social Services.

    For more information or to register, please click here.


  • Tue, March 02, 2021 10:07 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Join women lawyers of color, indigenous women lawyers, and allies for a (virtual) evening of camaraderie, community, and real conversations about careers and professional life. The event will feature a fireside chat with Shelley Carthen Watson, Senior Associate General Counsel at the University of Minnesota and recipient of the 2020 Woman of Power Award. For more information or to register, please click here.

    MNAPABA is pleased to be a supporting sponsor for the event. 

  • Tue, March 02, 2021 6:54 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    A volunteer-based Asian Community Safety Escort group has been established for the Saint Paul area to match people willing to escort or chaperone with other vulnerable members of the Asian community in light of recent attacks that happen to vulnerable, “easy” targets, such as the elderly walking alone at bus stops. Please visit this Facebook group to join or for more information.

  • Fri, February 19, 2021 8:26 AM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    The MN China Friendship Garden Society welcomes visitors to the China Friendship Garden at Phalen Park, a 1.2 acre site currently consisting of the Xiang Jiang Pavilion (completed in 2018-2019), Hmong Heritage Wall (completed in 2018), and the West Entrance Archway (completed in 2019). The China Friendship Garden is a sister city collaboration initiated by the MN China Friendship Garden Society, the City of St. Paul Department of Parks and Recreation, Payne Phalen Community Council, with the City of Changsha (Hunan Province, China), the Changsha People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and the Changsha Yanghu Wetland Park (Phalen Park's sister park) in China.

    The MN China Friendship Garden Society is seeking donations for its 2021 New Year Matching Gift Challenge to help fund the next phase of building the Friendship Garden. All donations will be matched by the society's founders, board, and advisors up to $76,850. For more information, please visit the MN China Friendship Garden Society's website or the City of St. Paul's project page.

  • Mon, February 15, 2021 1:04 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Join the American Constitution Society (ACS) Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter for a presentation examining the nation’s history of enacting and enforcing federal criminal hate crime laws, featuring the Honorable Mark Kappelhoff of the Minnesota Fourth Judicial District. This event will trace this history from the civil war reconstruction era to the Jim Crow era to the enactment of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. 1.0 CLE credit is pending. For more information or to register, please click here.

  • Tue, February 09, 2021 9:46 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) New Lawyers Section, along with the Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA), Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL), Federal Bar Association (FBA) Minnesota Chapter, and Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) are co-sponsoring a “rotating roundtable” event celebrating trailblazing women attorneys and judges. This event is the latest in a series of The Vintage events, which brings together experienced and new lawyers to share stories, learn, and preserve the history of the Bar.

    Trailblazing women lawyers and judges will share insights about their successes and overcoming adversity. Attendees will hear from multiple speakers in small, rotating breakout room groups for a more personalized discussion and Q&A. For more information or to register, please click here. 1.0 hours of CLE credit has been applied for.

  • Tue, February 02, 2021 11:08 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    The Minnesota Lavender Bar Association is holdings its 20th Annual Conference this Friday, February 5. Topics covered in the conference include: 

    • Bostock and Beyond: The Landmark Decision and Future of LGBTQ+ Advocacy
    • Building Inclusive Schools: A Case Study of the Landmark N.H. v. Anoka-Hennepin Decision
    • Protecting Transgender Minnesotans: Confidentiality in the Name Change Process
    • A Primer on Estate Planning for the LGBTQ+ Community
    • Love Has No Borders
    • Adoption, Assisted Reproduction, and Family Formation in the LGBT Community
    • Reproductive Rights are LGBT Rights
    • What’s Happening with Gender Protection Under the Affordable Care Act?

    For more information or to register, please click hereMLBA has generously offered three complimentary access codes for MNAPABA members and free admission to any MNAPABA law student member. Please email sukanyamomsenmn@gmail.com if you are attending and would like an admission code. Codes will be given on a first-come first-serve basis.

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