Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Local Bar & Community News

  • Tue, August 25, 2020 5:41 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    The Federal Bar Association (FBA) is offering a $15,000 scholarship to a first-year law student, to be disbursed over three years of the student’s enrollment at an ABA-accredited law school. The recipient will also receive a complimentary FBA student associate membership. Incoming law students are welcome to apply.

    The Dr. J. Clay Smith Jr. Scholarship aims to promote diversity in the legal profession and to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to pursue a legal education and complete law school. The scholarship is named in memory of the FBA’s first African American president. The Foundation of the FBA wishes to continue Dr. Smith’s legacy by encouraging racial and ethnic minority students to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must submit an application, personal essay, college transcript, law school enrollment verification, and two letters of recommendation.

    For more information about this scholarship (including the application process) or about Dr. Smith, please click here.

  • Fri, August 14, 2020 2:10 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    The Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) is hosting a session with community leaders and experts to discuss the barriers that shape healthcare disparities for Asian Minnesotans, including the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 and how communities are responding. Feature speakers include Ignatius Bau, National Health Policy Consultant, as well as local leaders.

    For more information and registration, please click here.

  • Mon, August 03, 2020 11:22 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Join Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP) for a virtual gathering as we come together during a tumultuous summer. For over 16 years, the TCDIP Summer Social has provided an opportunity for members of our affinity bar organizations and legal community to connect. This year, as we face a global pandemic and take action for racial justice, the TCDIP Summer Social is being turned into an alliance. More than ever, we need a space to reflect and build community.

    During the 2020 Summer Alliance, you will virtually meet new people and re-connect with colleagues, while also enjoying a topical show by Blackout, a group that “seek[s] to put more Black performers on more stages, to create comedic dialogue around serious truths, and to provide improve access for Black students.” Blackout will also be leading small-group discussions. Family and householde members are welcome to join. 

    For more info and to register, please click here.

  • Sun, August 02, 2020 11:40 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Join LCL for weekly check-in and support opportunities, via Zoom. Lawyers, judges, law students, and legal organization staff members are welcome.


    Mondays, 9:00 -10:00 a.m., Path to Lawyer Well-Being Group

    Join URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/292189703

    Join LCL’s Path to Lawyer Well-Being Group as we learn about and discuss tools for resilience in these challenging times or any other. This group will provide an opportunity for check in and offer specific resources.

    Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Career Challenges and Choices To register for this meeting, click this link below:


    The legal profession, our jobs, and our personal lives have been upended by the global pandemic and social changes. Our jobs may have ended, our practices may be at risk or we are questioning how and whether to continue in the legal profession. This confidential group will provide focused topics and facilitate the exchange of ideas among participants.

    Additional LCL groups include Family Support, ADHD Support, Parenting (co sponsored with Minnesota Women Lawyers), and Discipline and Practice, see www.mnlcl.org/services/groups/groups-overview/ 

    For LCL hosted phone and Zoom 12-step meetings, see www.mnlcl.org/resources/meeting-links/lcl-meeting-links/

    Many additional resources are available at www.mnlcl.org

    LCL staff will be working remotely.

    During business hours you may reach a staff member by calling 651-646-5590 or email: help@mnlcl.org.

    Counselors are available 24/7 at 651-430-3383

    651-646-5590 • 866-525-6466 • help@mnlcl.org www.mnlcl.org www.facebook.com/mnlcl

  • Wed, July 29, 2020 2:37 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    The National Asian American Bar Association (NAPABA) is pleased to present Officer and Director candidates for 2020-21, who have been approved by the Nominating and Elections Committee for their demonstrated leadership capabilities, passion about NAPABA’s mission, and skill sets and perspectives that align with NAPABA’s strategies, goals, and needs. Information about each candidate is available here.

    The Committee believes the active participation of members is essential to a vibrant and diverse organization, and encourages any NAPABA member in good standing to submit endorsements of the 2020-21 candidates to support NAPABA’s electoral process and determine Board leadership for future years. NAPABA will accept endorsements through September 4, at 8:00 pm EST.

    Details about the endorsement process and eligibility are available here.

  • Wed, July 29, 2020 10:54 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Join Theater Mu for a virtual cabaret fundraiser to celebrate the resiliency of the arts and support Mu’s mission. The evening will be hosted by Lily Tung Crystal and Saymoukda Vongsay, and feature other virtual performances from Mu artists. More information, registration, and opportunities to donate are available here

    Theater Mu is the Twin Cities’ Asian American theater company and second largest Asian American theater in the country. Mu seeks to celebrate and empower Asian Americans through theater, and produce performances born of arts, equity, and justice. Find out more here.

  • Tue, March 10, 2020 4:20 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    The Stepping Up Breakfast is Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers' (LCL) first annual breakfast aimed at encouraging the legal community to Step Up to address the issue of well-being within the profession. LCL's theme this year is One Small Step. LCL is your partner in taking those small steps toward well-being.

    Keynote speaker, Judge Donovan Frank, will address the importance and benefit of One Small Step, personally and professionally. The breakfast will be emceed by MNAPABA member Judge Gail Chang Bohr. Details and tickets here.

  • Tue, March 03, 2020 9:26 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    On April 2, Asians from across Minnesota will gather at the Capitol to advocate for their communities, meet with legislators, and learn about the legislative process. The day will start with a brief training about how to talk to legislators and go over key priority issues. After the training, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with their Minnesota State Legislators to discuss issues that matter to them and their communities. This event will go from 9am to 4pm.

    Priority registration is due by March 13, with a final registration deadline of March 25. Click here to learn more and register.

  • Tue, March 03, 2020 9:23 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Writer, Professor, and Director of the Immigration History Center at the University of Minnesota Erika Lee will hold an event for her newest book, America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States, on March 18th in St. Paul. This event is sponsored by the Coalition of Asian American Leaders and the East Side Freedom Library. This event is free and open to the public – register here

    Date & Time: March 18th | 6pm to 8pm

    Location: East Side Freedom Library | 1105 Greenbriar St., Saint Paul, MN 55106

  • Fri, February 28, 2020 9:50 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Join the NAAAP Minnesota team as they launch their next initiative, Women in NAAAP; an initiative dedicated to the empowerment of Asian women professionals.

    * Learn more about what's to come this year

    * Network with Asian American professionals

    * Join discussion about women in the workplace, professional and personal growth, and barriers and opportunities for advancement


    • 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Check-In
    • 6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | WIN! MN Welcome
    • 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Dinner & Keynote Speaker
    • 7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Cake Cutting & Networking

    Logistics Notes:

    • Limited free parking is available at the venue (with paid street meter available).
    • Upon arrival, following NAAAP signage to event space on 2nd floor (ring door bell for someone to buzz you in; building is secure).
    • Food will be inclusive of gluten free and vegetarian dietary needs (except cake).

    For additional event and registration information, click here.

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

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