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  • Wed, January 22, 2020 12:27 PM | Anonymous

    Immigration law and policy remain major issues in the United States and there is continued uncertainty for the future with the current administration. This CLE will bring attention to these developments and provide an opportunity for successful immigrant attorneys among us to speak about their careers, going through law school in the United States, obtaining a Minnesota law license, and practicing in different settings. The panel discussion will allow speakers to share successes and challenges as well as discuss implications that possible changes in law and policy could have on future immigrant attorneys.

    Lunch and registration begin at 11:15 a.m.


    Moderator: Nysha Cornelius | Attorney, Paschal Nwokocha & Chukwu Law Offices LLC

    CLE Credits:

    1.5 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits applied for | Event Code: 282747


    • Section Member: $15
    • MSBA Member not in the section: $25
    • Non-MSBA Member: $35
    • Law Student: FREE
    • Join the Immigration Law Section and attend for FREE: $25 (must call to register)

    Remote Participation: 

    Remote participation is available. Please indicate this option when registering. Instructions will be emailed to you the week day prior to the CLE. 

    Want more information about the Immigration Law  Section? 
    To register with a check, please mail in this registration form.
    Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.
    Questions? Contact Kayla Erbach  | 612-278-6325

    The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify Kayla Erbach.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations.

    For additional information, visit the MSBA website.

  • Tue, January 14, 2020 11:05 AM | Anonymous

    Please direct questions and RSVP to Deanna Blanchi-Rossi.

  • Thu, January 02, 2020 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    Join us for a candid discussion about the current state of attorney wellness on Monday, January 13, 2020.

    1:00 – 1:05 pm - Welcome – MSBA, HCBA, & RCBA Presidents

    • Jeff Baill, Yost & Baill LLP
    • Sarah McEllistrem, Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh PLLP
    • Tom Nelson, Stinson LLP

    1:05 – 1:15 pm - Introduction – Justice David Lillehaug, Minnesota Supreme Court  

    1:15 – 2:00 pm - Panel Discussion – Inherent stressors in the practice of law and their negative impact

    • Joshua Bobich, Ballard Spahr
    • Patty Beck, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co.
    • Matthew Foli, Guaranty Commercial Title Inc.

    Moderator: Shelley Carthen Watson, University of Minnesota Office of the General Counsel

    2:00 – 2:25 pm - Keynote – Speaking Out to End the Stigma of Mental Illness - Judge Donovan Frank, US District Court

    2:25 – 2:40 pm - Break

    2:40 – 3:30 pm - Three ED Talks, followed by Q&A
    • ABCs of Wellness – Joan Bibelhausen, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
    • Neuroscience of Wellness – Robin Wolpert, Sapientia Law Group, PLLC
    • Lawyer Competence and Ethics – Susan Humiston, Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility

    3:30 – 4:00 pm - Meditation – Mike Millios, Millios Law

    4:00 – 5:00 pm - Reception

    CLE Credit: 2.0 Standard CLE Credit Applied for | Event Code: 282853


    • Regular Attorney Rate:  $20.00
    • Public Attorney Rate:  $10.00 (please call Jennifer Carter at 612-278-6309 to take advantage of this rate)
    • Law Student Rate:  Free

    Deadline to register: January 9, 2020.

  • Thu, January 02, 2020 8:25 AM | Anonymous

    Featuring Keynote Speaker: Dru Levasseurz

    Dru LevasseurDru Levasseur is the Deputy Program Officer of the National LGBT Bar Association, expanding the Bar’s programmatic work, including Lavender Law 365, an LGBTQ+ inclusion coaching and consulting initiative perfect for law firms, law schools, and workplaces. As a leading figure in the LGBTQ+ equality movement for 25 years, 15 of which in the legal profession, Dru has extensive experience in law, advocacy, philanthropy, and community organizing. 

    Previously, Dru was Senior Attorney and Transgender Rights Project Director for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV. For a decade, Dru led Lambda Legal’s transgender rights work through strategy development, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education. He served as counsel in landmark impact litigation cases and amicus briefs in federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Dru was also instrumental in the creation and development of Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project in 2013, as well as Lambda’s popular Trans Toolkit.

    Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Dru was the first staff attorney at Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, and before that, served as a law clerk in the Massachusetts Superior Court. In 2007, Dru co-founded the Jim Collins Foundation, a trans-led national nonprofit that funds surgeries for transgender people in need, and he continues to serve as a working group member for Grantmakers United for Trans Communities. Dru received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, his J.D. from Western New England University School of Law, and is admitted to practice in DC, NY, GA, and MA.

    Date: Saturday, February 1
    Time: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Register today!

  • Thu, January 02, 2020 8:16 AM | Anonymous

    Fredrickson & Byron, Minnesota Women Lawyers and the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice are proud to present The 5th Annual Women of Color in the Law Forum: Lifting as We Climb on January 28. Join women lawyers of color, indigenous women lawyers and allies for an evening of camaraderie, community and real discussion about careers and professional life.

    Wendy Unglaub, Vice President of International Tax & Global Transfer Pricing at Ecolab, Inc., will provide a keynote presentation, followed by Discussion Circles and a networking reception.

    Complimentary parking will be available.


    4:30 p.m. Registration & Networking
    5:00 p.m. Program
    5:45 p.m. Discussion Circles
    6:30 p.m. Reception


    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    1200 S. Marquette Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Register for this event.

  • Wed, December 04, 2019 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    Please RSVP here by Wednesday, November 20th. 


  • Tue, December 03, 2019 2:35 PM | Anonymous

    Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) and the MSBA Well-Being Committee are hosting a series of Monday sessions 8:45 - 10:00 a.m. on exploring and building skills for thriving in each dimension of lawyer well-being, including: intellectual, occupational, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual. You can join any or all of the sessions between Oct 7 and Dec 9. The sessions will build upon each others. Preregistration is suggested but not required. Contact Annette Erbst (aerbst@mnclc.org) or call (651) 646-5590 to preregister. More information here. 

  • Wed, November 20, 2019 5:45 PM | Anonymous

    HCBA is introducing the newest judges on the Hennepin County District Court including MNAPABA member Rachna B. Sullivan. Come meet them at Fredrikson & Byron on Wednesday, November 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Fri, November 15, 2019 10:00 AM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    Have you ever heard the phrase “Progressive Prosecution” and wondered what it looks like in practice? Please join ACS for a discussion with Ramsey County Attorney, John Choi, about how he has incorporated various progressive practices into his office. He will share his insight and experiences as to why this approach is effective and why it should be more widely adopted.

    No further information is available at this time. If interested, please check the ACS website closer to November 15th. 

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

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