Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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  • Fri, November 13, 2020 6:36 AM | Anonymous

    The Page Education Foundation will be hosting its first ever Virtual Justice Alan Page Elimination of Bias CLE Seminar on December 4, 9:00-11:00 am CST, as part of its efforts to build awareness of ethics and the elimination of bias in the law.

    This year’s theme is Recruitment and Retention of Professionals of Color in the Law Industry. The discussion will include attrition rates and barriers professionals of color face while trying to climb the corporate ladder. Speakers include:

    Traci V. Bransford, Attorney and Partner at Stinson LLP, who will speak on the issues faced by BIPOC in the law field and her personal experience making partner; and

    Kevin Warren, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, who has done tremendous work diversifying the Minnesota Vikings and now the Big Ten Conference will speak on where we go from here and what actionable steps we can take to make systemic change.

    Tickets are currently sold at an early bird rate of $75 until November 20. Proceeds benefit the Page Education Foundation to support its mission of encouraging Minnesota students of color to pursue post-secondary education. Please click here to purchase tickets or for more information.

  • Fri, November 13, 2020 6:19 AM | Anonymous

    We're excited to bring The Women in Law & Leadership [Virtual Summit] to Minneapolis on 12/8 and would like to invite you to attend. This is not a boring-zoom/webinar-type-meeting! You will be able to move from table to table and network face to face on our new-state-of-art platform. We will explore topics from 'Dealing with Unconscious Bias' to 'Mentor and Sponsorship' with speakers from Best Buy, 3M, Land O'Lakes, Target, Wells Fargo, Cargill...

    For additional information, visit The Women in Law & Leadership website.

  • Fri, October 23, 2020 6:04 AM | Anonymous

    Here's the big idea... Everyone has a leadership voice, whether they know it or not. From the most quiet to the most gregarious, we all have the ability to lead others.

    The problem is... Most people don’t know their leadership voice or how to use it. Some don’t know what it is, others are insecure in their voice and have been told it is unimportant, and others immaturely overuse their voice and dominate the airwaves.

    Welcome to the 5 Voices™... The 5 Voices™ is designed to help every individual discover their leadership voice and be empowered to use it effectively.

    For additional information, contact NAAAP MN, hellomn@naaap.org, 763-784-8848

    Click here to register for the event. 

  • Mon, October 19, 2020 6:26 AM | Anonymous

    Please join the Arizona Asian American Bar Association (AAABA) virtually for its annual banquet on October 20, featuring keynote speaker Ivan Fong, General Counsel of 3M.  For more information and to RSVP, please visit AAABA’s website or email AAABA President Tony King at aking@swlaw.com.

  • Tue, October 13, 2020 9:51 AM | Anonymous

    The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans is happy to announce a joint event with the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office to provide a free online webinar on voter information and to address any pandemic-related changes to voting in the 2020 elections. The Council will have the privilege of hosting the Minnesota Secretary of State, Steve Simon, and Minnesota’s Director of Elections, David Maeda, as they provide insights on the current election and answer questions from Asian Pacific Minnesotan voters.

    For more information and latest updates, please go to the Facebook event page. If you would like to submit a question to the panelists in advance, please email Anjuli Cameron at Anjuli.Cameron@state.mn.us.

  • Mon, October 05, 2020 5:42 PM | Anonymous

    The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) is thrilled to launch a series of virtual conversations with writers across genres discussing the experience of migration, leaving one’s home, and creating a new one. Three to four times a year, ILCM will feature writers of nonfiction, fiction, graphic novels, children’s books, and more who are offering new insights and inspiring meaningful dialogue on political and personal issues.

    The premiere of Perspectives will be held on October 8, at 7:30 pm CST, featuring Jia Lynn Yang, Deputy National Editor of the New York Times and author of One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924-1965. For more information or to register, please see here. Please register by October 7 to receive a link in time for the event.

  • Fri, September 25, 2020 3:04 PM | Anonymous

    The Diversity Committee of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) Minnesota Chapter, along with the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association are pleased to host a two-hour CLE event on the topic of voter suppression and the impact of COVID-19 on voting rights for the 2020 State and National elections.

    The presenters will discuss both historical and current issues surrounding the topic. Topics include:

    • A historical context regarding voter suppression, addressing issues of disenfranchisement and myth(s) about voter fraud;
    • The Voting Rights Act in general and how it manifests itself in Minnesota;
    • Voter suppression in Minnesota;
    • How grassroots and other organizations support people who feel there is a disconnect between registering to vote and the importance of staying engaged to hold leaders accountable; 
    • Voting from home;
    • Serving as a voting judge; and
    • Litigation around the country amid COVID-19 and mail-in voting.

    For more information on this CLE and to register, please click here.

  • Mon, September 21, 2020 9:37 AM | Anonymous

    MNAPABA member Alex Kim would like to share several upcoming webinar opportunities with KAPA, a non-partisan organization that advocates for issues on behalf of Korean Americans in a broader effort to help all Americans have an equal opportunity to pursue their dreams.

    • The Role of Korean Americans in Shaping the United States in the 21st Century  | September 29, 4:00 pm CST

      • This webinar will discuss key domestic and foreign policy issues important to Americans of Korean descent, and ways to make a difference now in the years to come. More information and registration is available here.

    Korean Americans Running for Congress: History in the Making | September 30, 4:00 pm CST

    • This webinar is an opportunity to meet the candidates for Congress who are of Korean descent, moderated by Juju Chang, co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline. More information and registration is available here.

    Please check KAPA’s webpage as additional webinars and events are added.

  • Fri, September 11, 2020 11:59 AM | Anonymous

    The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is holding an event that may interest you. On September 29 at 4 p.m. there will be a Zoom presentation and discussion by Ritu Bhasin on "The Profound Importance of Authentic Leadership, Especially During a Crisis."  Here is more information about the event:

    The practice of cultivating authenticity is fundamental to creating an inclusive legal work environment — a culture where every team member feels they can bring their authentic self to work as much as possible. Given the tremendous uncertainty, stress and anxiety, blurred lines between work/home and fear of bias during this crisis, authentic leadership is more important now than ever before. A commitment to authentic leadership will help to unlock belonging, inclusion, psychological safety, empowerment and creativity among team members.

    The learning objectives for this 75-minute elimination of bias program include the following:

      • Understand the link between inclusion, authenticity, belonging and empathy, especially during a crisis

      • Recognize authentic leadership and its connection to creating psychological safety at work

      • Learn how to address the fear of bias during a time of crisis

      • Acquire strategies for living, working and leading more authentically during this difficult moment

    If you wish to do some related reading before the program, information about purchasing Ritu's book, The Authenticity Principle, is here.


    If you are interested in attending, please register here. This event is free to in-house counsel only.

  • Wed, September 02, 2020 9:23 AM | Anonymous
    AAJC, a national affiliation of organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans, has partnered with Hollaback! for virtual workshops on bystander intervention. Unfortunately, incidents of anti-Asian and anti-Asian American and xenophobic harassment continue to be seen across the country during this COVID-19 pandemic. AAJC and Hollaback! together have trained 15,000 allies ready to take action and to be bystanders in action when they see hate. Below are the upcoming trainings through the end of the year:
    • Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian/American Harassment
      • September 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm CST
      • September 22, 2020 at 6:00 pm CST
    • Bystander Intervention 2.0: Conflict De-Escalation
      • September 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm CST
    • How to Respond to Harassment for People Experiencing Anti-Asian/American Harassment
      • September 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm CST
      • October 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm CST
      • November 4, 2020 at 3:00 pm CST
      • December 2, 2020 at 3:00 pm CST

    For more information on the individual trainings and to register, please click here

    If you witness or experience hate, please consider reporting to StandAgainstHatred.org. Additional resources are available on AAJC’s COVID-19 page.

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

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