Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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  • Wed, July 28, 2021 5:18 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Join Twin Cities Diversity in Practice and Minnesota Women Lawyers at Women of Color in the Law Summer Social Gatherings, a series of casual events focused on building community and lifting each other up. Between August 14 and 28, small groups of 8-10 individuals will gather for camaraderie, community, and real conversations. Each gathering will be centered on the experience of Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color. All women, gender non-binary, transgender people, and allies are welcome to join. For more information or to register, please click here.

    Please note the intended audience for each gathering on the registration page and register accordingly. Please also note that any COVID restrictions as mandated by state and local governments at the time of the scheduled gathering will be followed and any guest not fully vaccinated must wear a mask. More COVID-related information is on the registration page.

  • Thu, July 15, 2021 9:15 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    The Inaugural Workshop for Asian American and Pacific Islander Women in the Legal Academy is aimed at supporting and mentoring AAPI women aspiring to enter or are in the legal academy. This workshop will include a space for workshopping incubator or works in progress, exploring our shared identities and history, dialoguing about professional development and wellness, and building community. 

    This event is hosted by Penn State Law and the Western New England University School of Law. NAPABA is co-hosting this event with the Asian American Bar Association of New York, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty, South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut, and South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston. For more information or to register, please click here.

  • Thu, July 15, 2021 9:14 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Join Minnesota state judges and various other speakers for a virtual event to learn more about the Tenth Judicial District and the judicial appointment process, in anticipation of many upcoming vacancies in the district. 

    Speakers include: Supreme Court Justice Anne McKeig; Chief Judge Stoney J. Hiljus; Assistant Chief Judge Elizabeth Strand, Karl Procaccini, General Counsel/Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor; Erin Sindberg Porter, Judicial Selection Commission Chair; Keiko Sugisaka, Judicial Selection Commission At-Large Member; Viet-Hanh Winchell, Judicial Selection Commission Tenth District Member; with moderator Roxanna Gonzalez, Dorsey & Whitney; and one-on-one strategy sessions facilitated by Office of Governor Walz & Lt. Governor Flanagan, Judicial Selection Commission Members, State court judges, and Affinity bar organization leaders.

    This event is sponsored by MNAPABA and various other Minnesota affinity bar organizations and the Infinity Project. 

    For more information or to register, please click here.

  • Thu, July 08, 2021 5:05 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Chief Judge John R. Tunheim, Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright, Judge Michael J. Davis, and the Judges of the District of Minnesota are hosting a reception on Thursday, July 15, to honor our minority judges in the Minnesota state and federal courts. 

    The reception will be held at the Diana E. Murphy United States CourthouseOutdoor Plaza (300 South 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN).

    A group picture will be taken at 6:00 pm. 

    To RSVP or for questions or requests for accommodations, please email: RSVP@mnd.uscourts.gov. Please RSVP by July 9, 2021.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Minnesota Women Lawyers, Somali American Bar Association, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, Twin Cities Diversity In Practice, and the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association.

  • Wed, June 16, 2021 7:56 AM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    Join the Conflict Resolution Center (CRC) for continued dialogue through Community Circles. The first event of the series begins on June 18, led by Brian Fullman, lead organizer for the Barbershop and Black Congregation Cooperative, who will share his story of surviving as a Black man in Minnesota and how White allies can make a difference. The Community Circles are open to anyone who would like to join and offer and receive support. For more information or to register, please click here.

  • Wed, June 16, 2021 7:55 AM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    This virtual summit will explore the obstacles, risks, and rewards on the path to a fulfilling and productive career for women and leaders from underrepresented groups. Topics include: How the Pandemic Has Exacerbated Economic Disparities in America; Moving Beyond the Hashtag and Enlisting Men to Become Ambassadors for Change; Redefining Success in a Virtual World; Recruiting, Promoting & Retaining Leaders of Color; Recognizing & Combatting Unconscious Bias; The Role of Sponsorship and Mentorship in Creating an Inclusive Culture; and Caregiving & Career: Mastering the Balancing Act. 

    For more information or to register, please click here. In-house counsel and corporate executive leaders may attend for free.

  • Thu, June 10, 2021 3:18 PM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    The Elevating Black Excellence Regional Summit Series is a virtual event that showcases Black partners in front of influential in-house counsel in areas of expertise and where they truly excel. The summit will cover a variety of topics ranging from privacy to litigation to public policy, and will feature Black law firm partners from across the U.S.  A primary objective of this event is to showcase Black partners for in-house legal departments seeking to make meaningful progress on diversity and inclusion efforts.  The summit will assist participants in connecting with Black law firm partners to learn about their expertise and achievements, and ultimately to develop an ongoing relationship with them. The Regional Summit Series was created by Lloyd Johnson, CEO of Chief Legal Executive, and the founder of Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

    For more information or to register, please click here. 

  • Thu, June 10, 2021 3:13 PM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    The Asian MN Alliance for Justice (AMAJ) Combating Anti-Asian Racism Team will be kicking off an event series called Asian Solidarity Circle, beginning June 12. This kickoff session will take place at the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL), with lots of available outdoor space (941 Lafond Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104). There will be food, networking, and small group discussions to hold space for courageous conversation, healing, reflecting, and building together about the Asian experience in Minnesota. The event is reserved for individuals who identify as Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander. For more information or to register, please click here.

  • Thu, June 10, 2021 6:10 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    This virtual event commemorates one of the most horrific moments of racial violence in Minnesota history—the June 15, 1920 lynching of three young Black men, Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie in Duluth—and examines the history of racially motivated violence and our efforts toward racial reconciliation.

    The event will feature Bryan Stevenson, renowned civil rights lawyer, and Founder and Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). He will be interviewed by Jerry Blackwell, CEO of Blackwell Burke and one of the lead prosecuting attorneys in the trial of Derek Chauvin. The program will provide a broad perspective on racial violence in Minnesota and elsewhere, and the need for truth, accountability, justice, and reconciliation. As such, it will build on and complement the Duluth-based program and events that will be presented on June 13, 2021 by the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial (CJMM) to commemorate the lynchings.

    Professors John Bessler, University of Baltimore School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center, and Duchess Harris, Macalester College, will provide historical context about the legacy of lynching and racial violence in America. We will also hear from U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel, whose book “Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodward and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring,” reveals the heroic origins of the legal crusade to destroy Jim Crow and the entrenchment of racism through the tradition of states’ rights.

    For more information and registration details click here

    Questions? Contact Casey DeMarais at casey@mnhum.org or 651-772-4278.

    All are welcome at no cost.

    Registration fee for attorneys seeking CLE credit: $15 for public sector / $30 for private sector.

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

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