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  • Tue, February 07, 2017 11:06 AM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    The Minnesota Chapter of the FBA Diversity Committee and the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association are pleased to present an engaging discussion on contemporary issues facing transgender people. The diverse panel will share their personal experiences, examine the history and evolving legal landscape of transgender legal rights in employment, health care and education, and recommend practical solutions for creating a more equitable workplace.

    Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear from some of the individuals who are at the forefront of effecting positive change for transgender rights!

    Panelists Include (in alphabetical order):

    • Lee Anderson, Director, Issues Management & State Government Relations, General Mills
    • Nova Bradford, former transgender litigant
    • Jill Gaulding, Co-Founder and Senior Counsel, Gender Justice
    • Roxanne Anderson, Outfront Minnesota
    • Ezra Young, Staff Attorney, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

    The Panel will be moderated by Jeanette Bazis, Greene Espel PLLP.

    *Pending CLE Approval for 2.0 Elimination of Bias Credits*

    Get more information | Register Now!


    Wednesday February 8, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM CST 
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    Time: 3pm-5pm Panel Discussion, 5pm-6pm Social Hour

    Dorsey & Whitney 
    50 South 6th Street
    Suite 1500
    Minneapolis, MN 55402  
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    Jeanette Bazis 
    Minnesota Chapter Federal Bar Association 

  • Sun, January 08, 2017 2:45 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    The Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, ACLU, Hispanic Bar Association, Lavender Bar Association and Ramsey County Bar Association present


    Eliminating the Gavel Gap: Increasing Judicial Diversity in Minnesota


    For the first time, researchers  have gathered data on the demographics of state court judges in all 50 states. They found troubling differences between the race and gender composition of the courts and the communities they serve. We call this disparity The Gavel Gap.

    Join The Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, ACLU, Hispanic Bar Association, Lavender Bar Association and Ramsey County Bar Association as we discuss the Gavel Gap report, why judicial diversity matters, things to consider before becoming a judge, and how to apply to be a judge.



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    Judge Peter Reyes
    Minnesota Court of Appeals

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    Judge Nicole Starr
    Ramsey County District Court

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    Judge Tanya Bransford
    Hennepin County District Court


    Lidya Makonnen,

    Appointments Coordinator, Office of Governor Mark Dayton

    Cumah Blake,

    Counsel, Office of Governor Mark Dayton

    Moderated by: 


    Saraswati Singh

    Office of the Minnesota Attorney General


    Introduce a friend or colleague to ACS by inviting them to join you at this event!



    The happy hour begins at 5 pm, the panel discussion starts at 5:30, and the closing reception begins at 6:30 pm. 

    Drinks, appetizers, and parking validation will be provided. 
    1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE credit pending


    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CDT

    Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P

    100 Washington Avenue South

    Mill City Room - 4th Floor

    Minneapolis, MN 55401


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  • Sun, January 08, 2017 2:23 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    On behalf of the HCBA Diversity and Inclusion Committee

    The HCBA Diversity and Inclusion Committee would like to invite you to a unique event entitled, 13th: From Slave to Criminal with One Amendment? A Movie and Popcorn… and a Meaningful Discussion of an Important Amendment.

    At this event, we will be viewing Ava DuVernay’s new documentary “13th,” which is the only documentary to ever open the New York Film Festival.  Since its debut at the 2016 festival, the documentary has aired on Netflix to critical acclaim.  It will form a dynamic backdrop for a discussion by the Bench and the Bar about important issues confronting the criminal justice system and race relations.  Following the movie, we will have a thought-provoking panel share their views of the issues raised in the movie, as well as to engage the audience in a further discussion. 

    We would love for you to not only participate in the discussion but to invite your friends and colleagues as well.  The event flyer is attached.  The cost of the event is free but please register through the HCBA here to reserve your space.

    Hennepin County Government Center
    Auditorium-Level A

    Tuesday, January 24
    4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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    Diversity Committee 13th flyer.pdf

  • Mon, January 02, 2017 4:45 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    Dear Community Partners,

    At the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (“the Council”), we believe that citizen engagement in government, specifically in the policy making process, is one of the most essential strategies to accomplish our goals at the legislature. In an increasingly diverse Minnesota, our role in informing policy deliberations in an effective, objective and relevant manner is absolutely necessary. Our involvement is crucial in ensuring that the policies designed for the people of Minnesota do not neglect our Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities.

    I invite you to join us at this year’s “API Day at the Capitol” on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017, from 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. Together, we will send a clear message to our policy makers that we are a community that has come of age, and that we are ready to assist them in their ongoing endeavor to create public policies that are equitable and broadly impactful.

    Your presence at our annual API Day at the Capitol is important for several reasons. First, by showing up, we claim our place in “the People’s House.” Since we are the fastest growing ethnic minority community in Minnesota, when we show up in numbers that reflect our size and our diversity, we actualize our collective power. Second, when we show up, we align our actions with our belief that relying on the good intentions of government is no longer sufficient; we want to influence the actions of government.

    Our community members depend on all of us to not allow them to remain in the background and in the policy shadows – let us, with our policy makers, advance equity together.

    Your active participation in our legislative process is essential to ensuring that the actions of government reflect all of our hopes and dreams; that these actions will allow us to share in the opportunities that are so uniquely Minnesotan and American. When we act together, we increase our individual and collective capacity to meet the challenges that we all face – today, tomorrow, and in the future.

    To ensure that this year’s API Day at the Capitol is as successful as possible, please register at:

    EventBrite Registration Link


    On behalf of the Council board of directors, I invite you to join us as we continue to redefine our role in building a more equitable and thriving Minnesota – for all of us – by setting aside time in your busy schedules to show up, step up, and be heard.


    Sia Her

    Executive Director

  • Sun, November 27, 2016 3:00 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

     The Supreme Court, the 2016 General Election, and the Future of DACA

    Join the ACS Minneapolis- St. Paul Lawyer Chapter for happy hour and discussion.


    John Keller,

    Executive Director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
    Light appetizers and drinks will be provided by Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.


    Thursday, December 8, 2016

    5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CDT

    Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P
    100 Washington Avenue South
    Suite 2200
    Minneapolis, MN 55401


    ACS Members’ Non-Partisan Voter Protection Participation

    If you volunteered for any non-partisan election protection activity (e.g. Election Protection, ACLU, Common Cause, etc.), please email LCemails@acslaw.org to let us know. We would very much like to keep track of the awesome work our ACS members are doing. Thank you.


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  • Mon, November 21, 2016 8:23 AM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    Hmong American Bar Association (HABA) is holding our annual banquet on December 2, 2016 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brother's Event Center located at 7133 10th Street North, Oakdale, MN 55128. 

    Cost to attend is $50 per person. Payment also includes membership to HABA. We would love for members from other Affinity bar to attend. Nikki Starr will be the speaker.

    If you or your members are interested in attending, you may make checks payable to HABA and send it to 

    Mai N. Moua Law Office 
    Attn: Shuly Her
    5901 Brooklyn Blvd #213
    Brooklyn Center, MN 55429.

    Please contact HABA for more information! (HABA.Minn@hotmail.com)


    Chong Y. Lo

    President of HABA

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