Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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  • Wed, March 07, 2018 5:00 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    The new NAAAP Minnesota chapter would like to welcome you, your colleagues, friends and family to hear our journey and see our vision and strategy for all Asian-Pacific Islanders (APIs) in the Twin Cities — and how we will advance professional development opportunities for all APIs, whether in the private or public sector, together.

    Hear from our board members on why this work is so important to them and get answers to your questions about the new NAAAP Minnesota chapter — this will be a moderated panel-style conversation.

    What this is not — an event to trade 20 business cards that will collect dust on your desk.

    What this is — a moment, a call to action, for this API community to come together and grow together.

    Date, Time & Location
    Wednesday, March 7, 2018
    5:00PM - 7:00PM

    Register here at Eventbrite

    612 Brewing Company
    945 Broadway Street NE
    Minneapolis, MN 55413
    (612) 930-4606

    Free and appetizers are on us!

    Available in the private lot and free street parking.

    e-mail: events@naaapmn.org

    About NAAAP MN: 
    The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is dedicated to advancing your career through professional development, building leadership skills and connecting you with people from companies around the Twin Cities and across the country. NAAAP MN members currently represent corporate, non-profit and other sectors.

    Interested in leadership opportunities or membership with NAAAP MN? Please e-mail: info@naaapmn.org

  • Fri, February 16, 2018 9:30 AM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    This CLE is for attorneys with minimal to no asylum experience who are willing to represent a client seeking asylum through The Advocates' pro bono program. This training provides an in-depth introduction to asylum law and procedure and reviews the necessary documentary evidence needed to file an asylum application. Tips and advice regarding representation of low income asylum seekers will also be provided.

    Faegre Baker Daniels
    2200 Wells Fargo Center
    90 S. Seventh Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Friday, Feb 16
    9:30 am


    Contact Alison Griffith, agriffith@advrights.org, 612-746-4673 with questions.

  • Wed, February 07, 2018 5:00 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)


    This year MNAPABA members Mai Neng Moua and Linus Chan have been selected as among the recipients of Minnesota Lawyer's 2017 Attorneys of the Year Award. Please consider attending this year to support them!


    Every year Minnesota Lawyer honors the top attorneys throughout the state of Minnesota for their notable achievements. This year's honorees are an impressive group of newcomers and veterans. We honor them at the 18th annual Attorneys of the Year award ceremony on the evening of February 7, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis.

    Event Details

    When: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
    5:00 - 6:00pm | Registration and social hour
    6:00 - 8:00pm | Dinner and award presentation
    WhereHyatt Regency Minneapolis, Great Lakes Ballroom$125 seat/$1250 for a table of 10 


  • Fri, January 26, 2018 6:00 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    Sony/ATV Music singer-songwriter Daphne Willis will headline a fundraising benefit for LCL. Making a stop in the Twin Cities during a nationwide tour for her new album, Freaks Like Me, Willis will bring her upbeat pop sounds to the Auditorium of the Mitchell-Hamline Law School.

    Mitchell-Hamline Auditorium
    Friday, Jan 26
    6:00 pm

    For more information, contact Joan Bibelhausen, 651--646-5590, jbibelhausen@mnlcl.org


  • Tue, January 23, 2018 5:30 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Fourth Annual Meet and Greet with the affinity Bar Associations

    Halunen Law
    IDS Center Suite 1650
    80 S 8th St
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Tuesday, Jan 23
    5:30 pm

    Contact damato@halunenlaw.com with questions.

  • Mon, December 04, 2017 4:30 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    On December 4th, at 4:30 PM, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office will be hosting a diversity recruiting reception for diverse 1L law students from the three area law schools who may be interested in applying for the several openings the RCAO holds for 1L students in its 2018 Summer Law Clerk Program.

    RSVP to Cyndy Melby at Cyndy.Melby@co.ramsey.mn.us

    Ramsey County Attorney's Office
    345 Wabasha St. Suite 120
    St. Paul, MN 55102

  • Tue, November 21, 2017 7:30 AM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)
    From Fredrikson & Byron
    Opportunity to Lead 2017

    Please join us on November 21 for our annual leadership discussion. We’re looking forward to continuing the conversation to find pathways to leadership opportunities for a more diverse community. 

    We’ve confirmed a panel of leaders who are eager to help attendees examine and move beyond the barriers that have limited so many from accessing positions of influence. We hope you can join us.


    ·        Meredith Moore Crosby, Executive Vice President, Leverette Weekes

    ·        Jennifer Shomenta Maki, Managing Director Ag Supply Chain North America, Cargill

    ·        Heather Manley, CEO, On-Demand Services Group

    ·        Michelle A. Miller, Vice President, Chief Counsel, Employment Law, Medtronic plc

    ·        Courtney R. Reid, Assistant Vice President & Counsel, Law Department, MassMutual

    ·        Sondra Samuels, President & CEO, Northside Achievement Zone


    Sandra Smalley-Fleming, Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

    For more information, click here.

    DATE & TIME:
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017
    7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Medtronic Corporate Headquarters
    8200 Coral Sea St. NE, 
    Mounds View, MN

    7:30 a.m.
    Registration and Breakfast Buffet

    8:00 a.m. 
    Panel Discussion

    8:40 a.m. 
    Small Group/Panel Discussion

    9:30 a.m. 


    Logos for sponsors: Fredrikson & Byron Counsel for Women, Medtronic, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota Women Lawyers, Ramsey County Bar Association, Cargill, Northside Achievement Zone and On Demand Group

  • Mon, November 20, 2017 9:00 AM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    Legislative Process and Effective State Legislative Advocacy Workshop

    A workshop for members of Minnesota’s cultural communities on the legislative process and effective legislative advocacy is being organized by the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM). There is no cost for this participation in this workshop, which will be hosted at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law campus, but those that participate are asked to commit to both days of the training. Everyone will be on their own for lunch but the campus is within walking distance of many wonderful restaurants along Grand Ave.

    For more information or to sign up, contact Sia Her sia.her@state.mn.us.

    Day 1: November 20, (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) – The Legislative Process and My Role

    • Overview of Minnesota Legislative Process – How an Idea Becomes a Law
    • A Citizen’s role and Responsibility in the Legislative Process
    • Balancing Individual Rights and the Common Good
    • Developing and Maintaining Relationships (with coalition partners, legislators, legislative staff)
    • Developing Advocacy Strategies – short and long term
    • Developing Templates for Specific Modes of Communication (written, oral, storytelling)

    Day 2: December 15, (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) – Understanding the Negotiation Process, My Personal

    Negotiation Style, and the Relationship to Legislative Advocacy

    • Complete a conflict assessment to better understand one’s individual approach to conflict
    • Understand how to balance assertiveness with empathy (cooperativeness) to achieve goals
    • Understand how cognitive biases impact communication (and negotiation)
    • Understand the power of emotions
    • Understand the difference between interests and positions
    • Understand how to work with differences to create value
    • Determine when/how to cooperate (and create value) and when/how to compete (to claim value)
    • Work with your Council to develop an advocacy plan

  • Mon, November 13, 2017 4:30 PM | Vincent Pham (Administrator)

    Please join the Infinity Project for a reception and panel discussion regarding our continued efforts to increase the diversity of the bench.


    Women represent only 19% of current federal judicial nominees and roughly 38% of Minnesota state court judges, despite the fact that women have accounted for approximately 50% or more of all law school graduates since 2001.

    Our panelists for this important discussion include:
    • The Honorable Lorie Gildea, Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice
    • Marianne Short, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for UnitedHealth Group
    • The Honorable Richelle Wahi, Minnesota District Court Judge, First Judicial District

    Event Details

    November 13, 2017
    4:30 p.m. Reception
    5:15 p.m. Panel Discussion

    Stinson Leonard Street LLP
    50 South Sixth Street, Suite 2600
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

    More info here.

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

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