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  • Fri, September 25, 2020 3:04 PM | Deleted user

    The Diversity Committee of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) Minnesota Chapter, along with the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association are pleased to host a two-hour CLE event on the topic of voter suppression and the impact of COVID-19 on voting rights for the 2020 State and National elections.

    The presenters will discuss both historical and current issues surrounding the topic. Topics include:

    • A historical context regarding voter suppression, addressing issues of disenfranchisement and myth(s) about voter fraud;
    • The Voting Rights Act in general and how it manifests itself in Minnesota;
    • Voter suppression in Minnesota;
    • How grassroots and other organizations support people who feel there is a disconnect between registering to vote and the importance of staying engaged to hold leaders accountable; 
    • Voting from home;
    • Serving as a voting judge; and
    • Litigation around the country amid COVID-19 and mail-in voting.

    For more information on this CLE and to register, please click here.

  • Mon, September 21, 2020 9:37 AM | Deleted user

    MNAPABA member Alex Kim would like to share several upcoming webinar opportunities with KAPA, a non-partisan organization that advocates for issues on behalf of Korean Americans in a broader effort to help all Americans have an equal opportunity to pursue their dreams.

    • The Role of Korean Americans in Shaping the United States in the 21st Century  | September 29, 4:00 pm CST

      • This webinar will discuss key domestic and foreign policy issues important to Americans of Korean descent, and ways to make a difference now in the years to come. More information and registration is available here.

    Korean Americans Running for Congress: History in the Making | September 30, 4:00 pm CST

    • This webinar is an opportunity to meet the candidates for Congress who are of Korean descent, moderated by Juju Chang, co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline. More information and registration is available here.

    Please check KAPA’s webpage as additional webinars and events are added.

  • Fri, September 11, 2020 11:59 AM | Deleted user

    The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is holding an event that may interest you. On September 29 at 4 p.m. there will be a Zoom presentation and discussion by Ritu Bhasin on "The Profound Importance of Authentic Leadership, Especially During a Crisis."  Here is more information about the event:

    The practice of cultivating authenticity is fundamental to creating an inclusive legal work environment — a culture where every team member feels they can bring their authentic self to work as much as possible. Given the tremendous uncertainty, stress and anxiety, blurred lines between work/home and fear of bias during this crisis, authentic leadership is more important now than ever before. A commitment to authentic leadership will help to unlock belonging, inclusion, psychological safety, empowerment and creativity among team members.

    The learning objectives for this 75-minute elimination of bias program include the following:

      • Understand the link between inclusion, authenticity, belonging and empathy, especially during a crisis

      • Recognize authentic leadership and its connection to creating psychological safety at work

      • Learn how to address the fear of bias during a time of crisis

      • Acquire strategies for living, working and leading more authentically during this difficult moment

    If you wish to do some related reading before the program, information about purchasing Ritu's book, The Authenticity Principle, is here.


    If you are interested in attending, please register here. This event is free to in-house counsel only.

  • Wed, September 02, 2020 9:23 AM | Deleted user
    AAJC, a national affiliation of organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans, has partnered with Hollaback! for virtual workshops on bystander intervention. Unfortunately, incidents of anti-Asian and anti-Asian American and xenophobic harassment continue to be seen across the country during this COVID-19 pandemic. AAJC and Hollaback! together have trained 15,000 allies ready to take action and to be bystanders in action when they see hate. Below are the upcoming trainings through the end of the year:
    • Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian/American Harassment
      • September 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm CST
      • September 22, 2020 at 6:00 pm CST
    • Bystander Intervention 2.0: Conflict De-Escalation
      • September 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm CST
    • How to Respond to Harassment for People Experiencing Anti-Asian/American Harassment
      • September 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm CST
      • October 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm CST
      • November 4, 2020 at 3:00 pm CST
      • December 2, 2020 at 3:00 pm CST

    For more information on the individual trainings and to register, please click here

    If you witness or experience hate, please consider reporting to StandAgainstHatred.org. Additional resources are available on AAJC’s COVID-19 page.

  • Mon, August 31, 2020 6:16 PM | Deleted user

    As a community, we have harvested spaces to discuss challenges that women of color encounter in the workplace. These discussions provide value and unite people on the grounds of both their similarities and differences.

    While these discussions are still pertinent, let's make an effort to move forward and implement measurable actions to achieve the milestones of the greater BIPOC community. Let's champion women of all backgrounds, together.

    Event Date: September 29, 12 p.m.

    Event Location: Zoom

  • Mon, August 31, 2020 6:11 PM | Deleted user

    Personal Finance is more than just about money, it is also about your well-being.

    #savethedate for this WIN! MN event focused on financial well-being, with more details to follow via social media and website.

    Event Date: September 16, 12 p.m.

    Event Location: Zoom

  • Tue, August 25, 2020 5:41 PM | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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

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

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