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  • Thu, August 10, 2017 6:00 PM | Vincent Pham

    It's free and 1.5 bias credits applied for!

    CLE: Perspectives on the Use of Force

    Location: Mitchell Hamline School of Law

    875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

    Room 319

    Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017

    Start Time: 6:00 pm

    End Time: 7:30 pm

    RSVP is not required, however is appreciated. Questions can be directed to Mai Neng Moua at 612-808-

    9800 or mai@mnmoualaw.com

  • Tue, August 08, 2017 7:00 PM | Vincent Pham

    The Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society and the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul present

    Sold Out: Affordable Housing at Risk

    Affordable housing is under constant threat from changing economic forces and urban development that break up vital communities. Low income residents have fewer and fewer options, and local businesses and schools must deal with the impact of losing those families. 
    Join the ACS Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter and the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul for a film screening of Sold Out: Affordable Housing at Risk. With alarming frequency, individuals, households and whole communities are being displaced as a result of a growing wave of real estate investments upscaling formerly affordable apartments across the Twin Cities region. Produced by Twin Cities PBS in partnership w
    ith the Minnesota Housing Partnership, this new 60-minute documentary lifts up the stories of affected residents, highlights the community impacts of displacement and showcases the urgent need to preserve affordable housing.

    The film will be followed by a discussion featuring these distinguished panelists:

    • Yusef Mgeni, Vice President and Political Action Chair at the Minnesota/Dakotas Area Conference of the NAACP
    • Sue Watlov Phillips, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing and Vice President of National Coalition for the Homeless
    • Libby Starling, Deputy Director of the Community Development Division at the Metropolitan Council
    • Timothy Thompson, President and Senior Attorney at the Housing Justice Center

    There is no charge to attend this event. 


    Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    7:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. CDT

    St. Anthony Main Theater

    115 SE Main Street

    Theater 3

    Minneapolis, MN 55414


    RSVP here | Add to calendar

  • Tue, July 25, 2017 3:00 PM | Vincent Pham

     Catching the Big Fish and Keeping It:

    Strategies for Working with Large Institutional Clients

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | 1.p.m. PDT/4 p.m. EDT

    Please register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7790907781414403330.

    How do solo and small firm practitioners successfully get work from larger institutional client companies and keep the business flowing to them?  The legal marketplace has been disrupted as companies that once hired only the biggest and most expensive firms are now frequently turning to smaller firms for both quality and value.  This experienced panel will share insights based on time spent as in-house and outside counsel about effective marketing strategies, the qualities and factors that matter aside from price, and how to get retained and stay competitive, and more.

    Moderator:  Judy M. Lam, Litigation Partner, Kumagai Law Group, a small minority owned firm.  After years of practice in larger firms, Judy is seeing great opportunity for small firms to capture work from institutional clients. Her litigation practice focuses on complex business and real estate disputes.  Judy is also a mediator and arbitrator. 


    Dan Kang, Senior Counsel at Phenomenex, a global technology leader committed to developing novel analytical chemistry solutions that solve the separation and purification challenges of researchers in industrial, government and academic laboratories.  Mr. Kang has prior experience working at a boutique business litigation firm.

    Linda Shi, General Counsel and head of compliance at 50onRed and cofounder of Likuma Laboratories.  Ms. Shi’s practice concentrates on technology, privacy, and intellectual property law and the real-life applications to clients ranging from international corporations to early stage startups.

    Hoyt Zia, retired as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. Mr. Zia also has experience practicing as an attorney in in law firms and in-house with Motorola, Inc. and Amfac/JMB Hawaii, Inc. Additionally, he served in the Clinton Administration as Chief Counsel for Export Administration, Department of Commerce.

    Please register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7790907781414403330.

    CLE Credit:  Code words will be used to monitor attendance during the live webinar. NAPABA will provide attendance certificates to members for attending the webinar. It is up to individual members to determine whether the webinar qualifies for credit in their state.

    Please e-mail SSF Network CLE & Programming Sub-Committee Chair Kristin Haugen (kc@kchaugenlaw.com) with any questions.

  • Thu, June 15, 2017 7:30 AM | Vincent Pham

    Brief Schedule

    Wed, June 14 7:00pm (Welcome Reception)

    Thu, June 15 7:30am-8:00pm (inc. President's Reception & Team Trivia)

    Fri, June 16 7:30am-2:00pm (inc. MSBA assembly meeting)

    At the 2017 MSBA Convention you will...

    Hear from 2 Prominent Commentators on the Legal Profession

    The 2017 MSBA Convention will highlight two prominent legal commentators, Frank H. Wu and Steven J. Harper, with insights on our profession and its role in our society.

    • Frank H. Wu
      Distinguished Professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law
      Race and Immigration in the 21st Century: Can Lawyers Unite a Divided America?

    • Steven J. Harper
      Author of The Lawyer Bubble and the law blog The Belly of the Beast
      The Role of the Legal Profession in the Trump Era

    Engage in 4 “Critical Conversations” on Important Legal Policy Issues

    • The Impact of New Immigration Policies on Minnesota Families, Businesses and Universities

    • Juvenile Justice Sentencing in Minnesota

    • Innovation in Legal Education

    • The Mall of America as Constitutional Battleground

    Enjoy 8 Brief “Ed Talks” on a Variety of Timely and Provocative Subjects

    And Have a Whole Lot of Fun!

    Attendees will enjoy lunch, two receptions, a team trivia contest, a chance to win great prizes, and much more!

    Plus, stay and play at the MOA – bring your family and enjoy a long weekend at the Mall of America! Reserve your room at Radisson Blu today – only $169 per night (plus tax) for Convention attendees. Visit this reservation page to book your room at this special rate. Or call 1-800-333-3333 and ask for the Minnesota State Bar Association or MSBA room block. Or use promotional code MSBA17 when booking. Reservations must be made by May 15, 2017; any reservations after this date are subject to availability and at prevailing room rates.

  • Fri, June 09, 2017 6:00 PM | Vincent Pham

    Support Mu by attending their 2017 Gala on June 9. Mu produces performances born of arts, equity, and justice from the heart of the Asian American experience.

    Register at http://www.muperformingarts.org/

  • Thu, May 18, 2017 3:00 PM | Vincent Pham

    Brought to you by the Entertainment Law Committee and Solo & Small Firm Network

    Soft IP – 10 Hot Topics in Copyright and Trademark Law
    May 18 at 4 p.m. EDT

    Register Here

    In this ever-changing digital world, navigating intellectual property issues has become more difficult, but also more important. Lawyers should be vigilant to ensure clients know their rights – and their limitations – when it comes to the use of intellectual property. This webinar will provide a primer of the hottest issues in copyright and trademark law, including the recent cases involving attorneys' fee awards and cost shifting in copyright and trademark litigation.


    • Jason H. Wilson is a partner of Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado LLP. He regularly represents Fortune 500 companies on copyright and trademark disputes.
    • Melvin N.A. Avanzado is the principal of The Avanzado Law Firm, APLC. He has substantial experience representing both companies and individuals in intellectual property cases, including motion picture studios, television networks and production companies in entertainment litigation over copyrights and trademarks.

    Register Here

    National Asian Pacific American Bar Association | 1612 K St. NW, Suite 510 | Washington, D.C. 20006 | www.napaba.org


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  • Tue, May 16, 2017 9:00 AM | Vincent Pham

    via the RCBA news and announcements page

    Judge Nicole Starr to Receive the Excellence in Diversity Award

    The Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA) Diversity Committee has chosen Ramsey County District Court Judge Nicole Starr as the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Diversity Award.

    Judge Starr has been actively involved in local, national and international human rights and diversity and inclusion issues for many years. Locally, she has organized tours of law offices for students of color. She served as vice chair of the St Paul Human Rights Commission from 2005 to 2010 and has been a legal consultant for the Indian Child Welfare Center.

    Judge Starr served as president of Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association in 2009 and on the Minnesota State Bar Association Assembly from 2005 to 2008. She was a volunteer with the Lambda Legal Defense Fund from 2001 to 2011. She also was a member of the Twin Cities-based PFund Racial Equity Initiative Leadership Program.

    In addition to her service to our local community, Judge Starr has made an impact on national and international human rights. In 2013, she was a legislative fellow at the Partners of the Americas in Haiti. In this program, funded through the United States Department of State, she participated in a professional legal exchange focused on creating a comparative understanding of the civil and criminal legal system in Haiti. She also participated in a group study exchange in southern India in 2010 through Rotary International, where she examined the Indian legal system and presented to professionals throughout South Western India. In the early 2000s, she served as a judicial law clerk in the Constitutional Court of South Africa and worked for the Institute for Democracy in South Africa, monitoring South African Parliamentary Committees.

    The award will be presented at the Diversity Committee’s annual elimination of bias CLE, “Mental Health Issues and the Practice of Law.” Presenters will discuss how negative attitudes towards people with mental health issues impact and affect how clients with mental health issues are served in the legal system.

    The CLE and award presentation will take place on Tuesday, May 16 from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the Ramsey County Courthouse. More information and registration available here.

  • Fri, May 05, 2017 12:00 PM | Vincent Pham

    Daniel Lew is being recognized by the MSBA Public Law Section for his caliber of work, his achievements, and his demonstrated commitment to public service by awarding him the 2017 William E. McGee Public Defender Award.

    Daniel is the chief public defender for the 6th Judicial District in Minnesota. He is the first Asian American to serve as a chief public defender in Minnesota, and only the fourth nationwide.

    Please join the Public Law Section (PLS) at its Annual Meeting & luncheon, where the 2017 PLS Awards will be presented and the annual council elections will be held.

    Event details here.

  • Thu, March 30, 2017 3:00 PM | Vincent Pham

    Things that Go Bump on the Internet
    Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017 | 4 p.m. EDT

     Register Here

    Social media plays a significant role in today’s society and has changed how we market law practices and access information. Effective and ethical lawyering means navigating the dangers that lurk for lawyers on social media, and also the multitude of electronic tools that may seem appealing and helpful in our zeal to obtain the best results for our clients. A misstep comes with a disciplinary price tag. Attendees will learn do’s and don’ts, helpful tips and guidance regarding the ethics of self-promotion on the internet, LinkedIn endorsements, investigating and manipulating online data and evidence, astroturfing, Web bugs, and Internet scams involving settlement funds.

    Moderator | Judy M. Lam (Litigation Partner, Kumagai Law Group, Jeanne P. Gray Diversity Scholarship recipient and Diversity Committee, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility)

    Speakers | Wendy Wen Yun Chang (Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson; member, ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility) and Ellyn Rosen (Deputy Director of ABA Center for Professional Responsibility)

    This webinar is the result of collaborative efforts of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and NAPABA. Applicable ethics rules will be discussed and cited by rule number during the presentation. Code words will be used to monitor attendance during the live webinar. NAPABA headquarters will provide attendance certificates to members for attending the webinar. It is up to individual members to determine whether the webinar qualifies for credit (and what kind) in their state.

    Please e-mail Kristin Haugen, chair of the CLE & Programming Sub-committee of the SSF Network at kc@kchaugenlaw.com with any questions. 

    Register Here

    National Asian Pacific American Bar Association | 1612 K St. NW, Suite 510 | Washington, D.C. 20006 | www.napaba.org


  • Tue, March 07, 2017 10:00 AM | Vincent Pham

    Event - Practicing Law Across Generations 

    The Minnesota Chapter of the FBA and The Vintage, along with the Civil Litigation and New Lawyers Sections of the Hennepin County Bar Association, invite you to a program addressing "Practicing Law Across Generations."

    Our experiences shape how we practice law, and how we interact with the court and other attorneys. The senior partner who has seen everything (and maybe went to law school with the presiding judge) will approach a case differently than a junior attorney who is an expert with e-discovery issues but who has never conducted a cross-examination. Interactions between attorneys of different generations and backgrounds sometimes lead to tension as each attorney struggles to understand the other.  But practicing law alongside or across the table from an attorney with different experiences can also be an opportunity to improve our practice and examine the assumptions we make about others.

    Please join us for a candid, thoughtful, and engaging panel discussion with both attorneys and judges from different backgrounds and generations.  Our panel will talk openly about the frustrations, opportunities, and understanding that comes with engaging in the practice of law across generations, and will also offer advice for how to evaluate our own assumptions and overcome them while working productively with attorneys of all backgrounds.

    The moderated panel will include a mix of judges and attorneys from different backgrounds and years of practice, and will include United States District Court Judge Ann D. Montgomery, Hennepin County District Court Judge Marta Chou, Tom Nelson of Stinson Leonard Street, Brittany Skemp of Nichols Kaster, Barry Landy of Ciresi Conlin, and Rebecca Moos of Bassford Remele.



    Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 4:30 p.m., with reception following the program

    Stinson Leonard Street

    150 South Fifth Street

    Minneapolis, MN 55402


    One hour elimination of bias credit applied for.

    All are invited and encouraged to attend.

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

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