Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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  • 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.

  • Fri, June 04, 2021 10:06 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    This program by Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers is designed for colleagues and managers who may observe changes in behavior that give rise to concerns. It discusses how to recognize and obtain help when you, a work colleague, or another professional colleague may have a substance use, mental health, or other issue that affects behavior, conduct, and performance. Topics include understanding the issues, special considerations for remote work, approaching the lawyer (including interventions), arranging assistance such as treatment, and practice management issues during and following a reduced work schedule or leave of absence.

    1.0 elimination of bias CLE credit has been applied for. 

    For more information or to register, please click here.

  • Fri, June 04, 2021 10:01 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, lawyers relied heavily on smartphones and related technologies. Since the start of the pandemic, attorney reliance on technology has increased exponentially, becoming a necessary part of the practice of law today. This program by Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers highlights cultural over-reliance on technology while exploring potential ethical and well-being issues raised when lawyers become over-reliant on their technology.

    1.0 CLE ethics credit applied for. 

    For more information or to register, please click here.
  • Sat, May 15, 2021 6:51 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Join the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Minnesota Chapter for its Annual Conference – a hybrid event with both live and virtual attendance options. MNAPABA members may register at the discounted AFCC member rate if registered by May 31. The keynote speaker will be Cynthia Mabry-King, Circuit Mediator for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Other speakers include Justice Anne McKeig, Judge Jessica Ryan, and Marriage and Family Therapists, Michelle Libi and Joseph Reid. Visit the AFCC website for details. 

    Learning Objectives
    1. Define what culture means in the context of working with families;
    2. Examine one’s own beliefs about culture and self-identity considering one’s own culture;
    3. Explain how consideration of culture is required in Minnesota custody law; and
    4. Practice applying culture as a best interest factor in custody cases.

    6.0 Credits CLE/CEU Elimination of Bias Pending.

  • Fri, May 07, 2021 7:44 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Employer registration is open for the 2021 Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference (MMRC). MMRC connects Twin Cities legal employers (firms, corporate legal departments, and public interest, nonprofit, and government entities) with rising 2L and  and 3L students of color from across the country for interviews for summer and post-graduate positions. Student registration opens May 10. For more information, please click here. Please email info@diversityinpractice.org with any questions.

  • Fri, May 07, 2021 7:43 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Join the MN Urban Debate League (MNUDL) for a panel discussion on criminal justice reform moderated by MNUDL students. Panelists include Minnesota State Attorney General Keith Ellison, Ramsey County Commissioner Chair Toni Carter, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Jeff Bryan, and MNUDL students. 1.0 elimination of bias CLE credit is pending. For more information or to register, please click here.

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