Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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  • Wed, February 12, 2020 1:03 PM | Deleted user

    On behalf of the MHBA, we are proud to announce that our 2020 Annual Gala will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Minneapolis.

    Our 2020 Keynote Speaker: Claudia Romo Edelman

    This year, we have the honor of hosting Ms. Claudia Romo Edelman, founder of the New York-based non-profit We Are All Human Foundation and formerly of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Claudia is dedicated to advancing the agenda of diversity, inclusion, and equity through developing and hosting events on a global, regional, and national scale, along with conducting and publishing research.

    A Mexican-Swiss Diplomat, Claudia is also a Founder and Co-Host of ‘Global GoalsCast,’ a podcast distributed by CBS News Digital, which highlights global progress through the stories of champions making a difference.

    Through an extraordinary background with global organizations, including the United Nations and the World Economic Forum, Claudia has, for 25 years, worked on humanitarian causes with agencies such as UNICEF, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. She is an advocate for social causes, a journalist, and a diplomat with a track record on shaping public opinion, building the narrative on perception change, creating global campaigns and mobilization efforts, and leading partnership activation. We are excited to welcome her to Minnesota and hear about her efforts to galvanize our Hispanic community! RSVP online.

  • Thu, February 06, 2020 6:47 AM | Deleted user

    On behalf of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, you are invited to join us for a panel discussion led by Attorney General Keith Ellison. The discussion topic will be on the challenges encountered by diverse attorneys as well the importance of cultural competency in the legal profession. Attorney General Ellison will be joined by two other prominent attorneys in the community. 

    The event will be held at the Minneapolis Club on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. There will be complimentary appetizers and beverages. FBA membership is not required as this is a free event open to everyone.

    If you are able to join us, please RSVP to rsvp@zimmreed.com.

  • Mon, January 27, 2020 11:52 AM | Deleted user

    Are you familiar with the Dakota County Court System? Do you have experience to share? Join staff from the District Court at Dakota County to speak about what's happening in the courts. This is an opportunity for people to voice concerns, share suggestions, and help the courts understand the court experience and those entering it.

    The evening includes a meal, general information about the district court system, and small group discussions. The event is free for participants. Pre-registration is appreciated.

    Date: February 11
    Time: 6-8 p.m.
    Location: Simley High School, Cahill Court, 2920 80th Street East, Inver Grove Heights, MN

    Click here for the full flyer.

  • Wed, January 22, 2020 12:49 PM | Deleted user

    The next training for the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota’s Pro Bono Citizenship Project, which will be hosted by Ballard Spahr, LLP.  Attorneys who are interested in volunteering with ILCM’s Citizenship Pro Bono Project, and have not yet attended one of ILCM’s citizenship trainings can register to attend the CLE

    The training will take place on February 13, 2020 from 1:00-4:45pm. This training is full. Please email Jess to be added to the waitlist.

  • Wed, January 22, 2020 12:27 PM | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    Please direct questions and RSVP to Deanna Blanchi-Rossi.

  • Thu, January 02, 2020 8:30 AM | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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. 


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

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