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  • Sun, January 13, 2019 11:57 PM | Alex Dyste-Demet (Administrator)

    Cozen O'Connor is hosting a four-part in-house counsel CLE series in 2019. The sessions are focused on various aspects of in-house practice, and a couple of the sessions will be eligible for ethics credit. The series will take place on the first floor of the City Center, APEX Conference Center, at 33 South 6th Street The schedule is below: 

    Part I: “Conducting Effective Internal Investigations”                             

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019   (3:30pm–6:30pm)

    This session will be followed by keynote remarks given by Jim Rowader, VP and General Counsel for Labor & Employment at Target. Jim will be discussing his thoughts on the current state of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

    For more information, please click here.

    Part II: “Litigating Efficiently to Achieve Business Objectives”                       

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019   (11:30am–1:00pm)

    Part III: “Antitrust Issues for In-house Counsel: The Basics of Pricing, Distribution and Antitrust Compliance”                      

    Thursday, May 9, 2019   (8:30am–10:00am)

    Part IV: “Ethical Pitfalls for In-House Counsel”                                     

    Wednesday, June 12, 2019   (3:30pm–6:30pm)

  • Thu, November 29, 2018 5:30 PM | Alex Dyste-Demet (Administrator)

    AscendNAAMBA is excited to invite MNAPABA to be a participant in the inaugural Make It MSP Professionals of Color Organizations Mingle! This event will bring together professionals of color organizations from across the Twin Cities and will provide an opportunity to showcase the opportunities and events each offers.  It will also feature guest speakers from the 2019 Minneapolis Final Four(r) Local Organizing Committee who will highlight their initiatives to support diversity and inclusion in the community and share exciting news about how you can get involved! 

    • Connect with the Twin Cities professionals of color community and share information about your organization
    • Build your organization’s brand recognition as a supporter of efforts to make the Twin Cities a prosperous and diverse community for men and women of color
    • Develop new relationships that can lead to new opportunities and partnerships.

    This exclusive after-hours event will take place at the James J. Hill Center in St Paul on November 29th and will include complimentary appetizers and a hosted bar.

    Please contact Vivian Chow, AscendNAAMBA MN Chapter President, at ascendnaamba.mn@gmail.com with questions and to RSVP. 

  • Fri, November 16, 2018 8:19 PM | Anonymous

    The UST Law MSBA, APALSA, and BLSA are proud to partner to bring you a presentation and roundtable discussion with John Pollock. Mr. Pollock is the Coordinator of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel and an attorney at the Public Justice Center. Mr. Pollock and the NCCRC encourage, support, and coordinate advocacy to expand recognition and implementation of a right to counsel for low-income people in civil cases that involve basic human needs such as shelter, safety, sustenance, health, and child custody. Please plan to attend this unique event/opportunity, and appetizers will be provided.

    The event will be held in the University of St. Thomas School of Law, room MSL 242 from 4-5 pm.

  • Tue, September 18, 2018 5:00 PM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    Join MHBA on September 18th for a candid discussion about what it means to build a career in labor and employment law. The three distinguished panelists will discuss: 

                        the day-to-day tasks of an employment lawyer,

                        how they achieved success in their careers,

                        what motivated them to pursue employment law, and

                        what are some diversity and inclusion issues unique to employment law.

    The panelists for this great event are:

                        Lori Lannan: Director of Employment Law at SUPERVALU, Inc.

                        Ryan Conners: Founder and shareholder at the local plaintiff's side firm Leland Conners

                        Veena Iyer: Shareholder in the Labor & Employment group at Nilan Johnson Lewis

                        Miguel Pozo: Shareholder in the Labor & Employment group at Cozen O’Connor

    The event will take place on September 18th at Nilan Johnson Lewis (120 S. 6th Street, Suite 400). There will be a reception/social event starting at 5 p.m., and the presentation will start promptly at 6 p.m. Though the event is geared toward law students and younger attorneys, all are welcome. CLE credit will be given.

    Please RSVP to Pablo Orozco at porozco@nilanjohnson.com.

  • Thu, July 19, 2018 12:00 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    The Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, Region XI, Volunteers Lawyers Network and The Advocates for Human Rights, in partnership, are offering the following CLE:

    The Border is Here: Timely Opportunities for Legal Volunteers in Minnesota, Session One-No Immigration Experience Necessary!

    Date/Time:     Thursday, July 19, 2018, 12:00-1:30pm

    Location:        Nilan Johnson Lewis, PA
                            Canadian Pacific Plaza
                            120 South Sixth Street
                            Suite 400
                            Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Presenters:    Michele Garnett McKenzie
                             Colleen Beebe Purisaca 
                             Michelle Rivero
                             Alison Griffith

    Description:  There is a crisis in our land. There is a groundswell of volunteers wanting to help.  The need to address the crisis is not limited to the border. There is a lot for legal volunteers to do in Minnesota-and you don't need to be an immigration lawyer to help. Are you a lawyer without immigration experience wondering where you fit in? This is the CLE for you. 

    Topics Covered:

    • Putting the crisis into context: the unaccompanied minor waves beginning in 2014 and the current border surge of parents and children. What is the Minnesota connection to these surges?
    • What's happening with immigration enforcement and detention in Minnesota.
    • What organizations are working on these issues in Minnesota and what are their volunteer needs
    • How non-immigration lawyers and other legal professionals can help

    Note: This CLE will not address current travel ban issues.

    Cost: FREE

    To Register:    Click here.

    1.5 CLE Standard Credits will be applied for.

    This event is also co-sponsored by American Immigration Lawyers Association-MN/Dakotas Chapter.

  • Thu, July 12, 2018 5:00 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    MNAPABA membership is invited to the 14th Annual Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Summer Social on July 12 at Union Restaurant from 5 pm to 8 pm. This event brings together TCDIP members and attorneys of color from across the Twin Cities. The Summer Social is a fun and informal gathering that provides a great opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, make new friends and build a more inclusive legal community. Here is a link for more details and registration.

  • Wed, June 27, 2018 12:00 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    The Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association's Diversity Committee, and the Hmong American Bar Association present

    Our Mental Health: Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue and The Importance of Self-Care in the Legal Profession

    Being a lawyer can be stressful. Whether you work in pro bono immigration, help clients who lost their home or job, or represent people facing prison, our profession can be emotionally draining. Coming home and listening to the news can be disheartening as well, with stories about Harvey Weinstein, violent white supremacy marches, and attacks on the Department of Justice filling the 24-hour news cycle. All of these factors can cause trauma.

    Please join The Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association's Diversity Committee, and the Hmong American Bar Association for a program that will discuss types of trauma, the impact of others’ trauma, our risks, and what to be aware of. Participants will learn self-care techniques that will lessen the impact of our exposure and help us to develop resilience.



     Joan Bibelhausen, Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

    Lunch will be generously provided by Jones Day. 
    1.0 hour of Minnesota MCLE credit (Elimination of Bias) is pending approval.
    Wednesday, June 27, 2018 
    12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. CST
    Jones Day
    90 South Seventh Street
    49th Floor
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
    RSVP here
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  • Thu, May 24, 2018 8:00 AM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    You are invited to the 44th Annual Federal Practice Seminar, to be held on May 24, 2018, at Windows on Minnesota on the 50th floor of the IDS Center.


    Thursday, May 24, 2018
    8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CDT
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    Windows on Minnesota
    IDS Center
    80 South 8th St.
    50th Floor
    MinneapolisMN 55402

    Christian Picciolini, co-founder of Life After Hate, will be our Mason Memorial Lunch Speaker. Mr. Picciolini will recount his remarkable journey from life as a neo-nazi skinhead to a new mission fighting hatred and bigotry. Watch his recent appearance on 60 Minutes, click here.

    The innovative plan for the rest of the seminar is equally exciting. Outstanding presenters--which include judges and experts in a variety of fields--will speak on topics spanning federal civil and criminal practice today. In addition to opportunities to network with friends and colleagues, the seminar will feature dynamic speakers on such topics as:

    • Cutting-edge legal issues in cell phone forensics, cryptocurrencies, and email tracking, taught in engaging "Pop-Up Talks" throughout the day;
    • Practical sessions on honing your jury trial and settlement skills;
    • Break-out segments about arbitration, visual advocacy in litigation, and the frontier of surveillance and privacy in criminal law;
    • The rising tide of hate crime in the U.S.; and
    • The annual Supreme Court Review.

    See the detailed agenda here. Numerous CLE credits will be applied for, including elimination of bias credits.

    Windows on Minnesota in the IDS Center is a convenient and exciting venue. The day will begin with a continental breakfast and end with a reception. Please join us.



    To register, please click the link below. If you have any questions about the event or need reasonable accommodations to participate, please contact Joel Schroeder at jschroeder@bestlaw.com. If you have questions about registration, please contact Morgan Shannon at 612-843-5839 ormshannon@bestlaw.com.  

    FBA Membership is not required.

    We look forward to seeing all of you on May 24!


    Hon. Kate Menendez and Joel Schroeder

    Co-Vice Presidents, Legal Education

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    Register Now!

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600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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