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  • Fri, February 24, 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Spring 2017 Symposium

    Mitchell Hamline Law Journal of Public Policy and Practice Presents:

    Policing in Minnesota: Policy, Practice and the Law

    Friday, February 24, 2017
    Conservatory and Great Hall
    Mitchell Hamline School of Law
    875 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105

    Register Here

    8:30a.m. Check-in, light breakfast served

    9:00a.m. Session 1: Civilian Oversight of Police: The Minneapolis Model

    Description: Office of Police Conduct Review Staff will present the Minneapolis model for civilian oversight system of law enforcement. Civilian oversight functions through a hybrid of administrative, criminal and employment law. The session will be interactive, with a mock “review panel” where attendees will participate in the decision-making process for a police misconduct case.

    Presenters: Office of Police Conduct Review Director Imani Jafaar (JD) and colleagues

    11:00a.m. Session 2: Police Accountability Through the Law (Panel)

    Description: This panel will focus on what legal avenues are available to promote and ensure police accountability. It will specifically look at how officers can be held either criminally or civilly liable for their actions and what changes could be made to further promote accountability.

    Panelists: BCA Superintendent Drew Evans (JD), Civil Rights Attorney Zorislav Leyderman, Civil Rights Attorney J. Ashwin Madia, Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman (JD), FBI Representative

    Moderator: Mitchell Hamline Law Professor Jim Hilbert

     12:30p.m. Lunch Served and Keynote Address from Michael Quinn, Author of Walking with the Devil: The Police Code of Silence

    Description: Michael Quinn is a former Minneapolis Police officer and author of a book examining police ethics and accountability. He now works as a police ethics trainer, and recently worked to implement his Peer Intervention for Law Enforcement Program in the New Orleans Police Department.

     1:30p.m. Session 3: Police and Community Trust (Panel)

    Description: This panel will address the current movement to build trust between police departments and communities and how successful, or unsuccessful those efforts are, what barriers exist, ideas for future success and how lawyers can assist in the process.

    Panelists: Police Conduct Oversight Commissioner Jenny Singleton (JD), Private Attorney Joshua Williams (JD), Neighborhoods Organizing for Change Executive Director Anthony Newby, NAACP Minneapolis President Jason Sole

    Moderator: Police Conduct Oversight Commission Chair/Ramsey County Public Defender Andrea Brown (JD)

     3:00p.m. Networking Reception, beverages and appetizers served

     4:00p.m. Close of Event

     The program is especially relevant for attorneys, law students, and community stakeholders in policing, police accountability and building community trust.  Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Application has been made for 1.5 hours of CLE credit for each of Sessions 1, 2 and 3 for a total of 4.5 for the entire symposium.


    The fee for the entire symposium is $75, or $30 per Session. Public Interest attorneys can attend for a reduced cost of $50 for the entire day or $20 per session.

    Current law students and non-lawyer community members can attend for free but registration is required.

    Breakfast and lunch are included, as well as refreshments at the reception following the day’s program.

    space is limited. please register as soon as possible. Online registration will close on Monday February 20, 2017. After that date, please contact the Symposium Editor for information on availability.


    Contact the Symposium Editor with any questions or concerns at kaela.mcconnon@mitchellhamline.edu

  • Sun, February 19, 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous
    On behalf of Gail Chang Bohr:

    Mu Performing Arts "Flower Drum Song" - the musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein updated by David Henry Hwang, playwright - is playing now in St. Paul through Feb. 19, 2017, at the Park Square Theatre. Mu Performing Arts, aka Theater Mu, is the Asian American Theatre started in the Twin Cities by Rick Shiomi who directed MNAPABA's Korematsu enactment in 2015. I went to opening night - and I can say without reservation, this play is well worth seeing.  It not only has great songs and music and great acting by an Asian American cast, it also deals with issues of identity, assimilation, and immigration - all topics relevant for our times!   Also, MNAPABA members, Daniel Le, Michael Dai, and Ivan Fong sit on Mu's board of directors.


    Celebrate Mu's 25th Anniversary


    Flower Drum Song


    Flower Drum Song


    "To create something new, we must first love what is old," claims Mei-Li in Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang's new adaptation of this Rodgers and Hammerstein jewel. The sentiment is obviously shared by the author himself, who has created something dazzlingly new while honoring the original material. 


    Mei-Li flees Mao's communist China after the murder of her father and finds herself in San Francisco's Chinatown. This naïve young refugee is befriended by Wang, who is struggling to keep the Chinese opera tradition alive despite his son's determination to turn the old opera house into a swingin' Western-style nightclub.


    A unique blending of American razz-ma-tazz and stylized Chinese opera traditions creates a beautifully theatrical tapestry. The wonderful score, by turns lushly romantic and showbiz-brassy, retains all of its luster in this lovely new version of an American classic. Mei-Li's gradual assimilation is informed by her realization that the old and new can coexist when there is respect for both.


    Flower Drum Song


    "Flower Drum Song has the elements of classic Rodgers and Hammerstein mixed with the beautiful flavors of Asian sounds and culture."

    "It's highly entertaining. The music, as everyone knows, is great. When you mix the vaudeville influences with nightclub and Peking Opera, plus a complicated love story, you get a lot of heart and soul. Plus, it's being done with great talent. We have 17 members of the cast, all Asian-American. And they're having fun."


    -- Randy Reyes, director of Flower Drum Song, and Artistic Director of Mu Performing Arts



    Flower Drum Song

  • Tue, February 07, 2017 11:06 AM | Anonymous

    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  
    Driving Directions 

    Jeanette Bazis 
    Minnesota Chapter Federal Bar Association 

  • Sun, January 08, 2017 2:45 PM | Anonymous

    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


    RSVP here | Add to calendar

  • Sun, January 08, 2017 2:23 PM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

     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.


    RSVP here | Add to calendar

  • Mon, November 21, 2016 8:23 AM | Anonymous

    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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