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FREE NAWL Webinar:

A Discussion on Resilience and Perseverance in Times of Adversity, Featuring Brigadier General Maritza Ryan, U.S. Army, Retired

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. Central Time (3:00- 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time)

Location: Webinar- FREE

Please join NAWL as we talk candidly with Brigadier General Maritza Ryan about resilience and perseverance in times of adversity in both a personal and professional sense. BG Ryan will share some of her own story on how she has adapted and overcome challenges big and small throughout her career. We will then move the conversation to our current climate and discuss sexual harassment and the #metoo  movement. We will address thoughts on the media's coverage, how the legal profession can respond, and how the military can be a part of the solution. Please join NAWLfor this powerful hour - there will be an opportunity to both listen and ask questions.

Complete details and registration are available here.

School Sisters of Notre Dame Women's Leadership Luncheon

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Time: 11:30 A.M.- 1:00 P.M. 

Location: University of St. Thomas- James B. Wolfe Alumni Hall (2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul)

The School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province invite you to a Women’s Leadership Luncheon to further the understanding of leadership and bring women leaders and colleagues together to reflect on the integration of the spiritual and professional dimensions of life.

The event is free, but registration is required.

Featured Speaker:
Justice Anne K. McKeig, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice

“I’m Just a Girl from Federal Dam - Pathways to Leadership”
The Honorable Anne K. McKeig joined the Minnesota Supreme Court on September 1, 2016. She is the first American Indian appointed to the state’s highest court.

Justice McKeig previously served as an assistant Hennepin County Attorney and District Court Judge. She has worked on several committees focusing on child welfare and domestic violence issues. She also taught as an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and has spoken at numerous conferences regarding child protection and tribal community issues.

A descendant of the White Earth Nation, Justice McKeig is a native of Northern Minnesota. 

Complete details and registration is available here.

#MeToo and the ACLU Fighting for Gender Equality in the Workplace

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 6:00 P.M.- 8:00 P.M. 

Location: Day Block Brewing Co. (1105 South Washington Ave, Minneapolis)

Join the Minnesota ACLU during Women's History Month on Thursday, March 29, for a discussion on what the future of the #MeToo movement looks like and how that will play out in our legislature and our courts. Gillian Thomas, the director of the ACLU Women's Rights Project, will discuss where we go moving forward in the continued fight for gender equity in the workplace. Gillian is the author of "Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women's Lives at Work."

Gillian will be joined by Minnesota Rep. Erin Maye Quade, who came forward last fall with her own experiences of sexual harassment at the Capitol and has been championing for reform.

Tickets are $15 and include entry and one drink. For book signings, limited copies of "Because of Sex" will be available for purchase at the door or you can purchase a copy online at the ACLU store.

Complete details and registration is available here.

2018 Justice Alan Page Elimination of Bias CLE Seminar

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 8:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

Location: Loews Hotel (601 North 1st Ave, Minneapolis)

To mark his retirement from the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2015, Alan Page launched an initiative, to build awareness of ethics and the elimination of bias in the law, matters that will shape our legal community now and in the future.

This year’s program will address the experience of women lawyers in Minnesota in response to workplace harassment in the #MeToo environment, promoting a more respectful/equitable workplace, and what lies beyond liability and professional ethics around harassment.  Presenters include Amy Kern and Robert Zeglovitch of KZ Workplace Investigations and Training, Susan Humiston, Director of Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, and Kristyn Anderson,General Counsel and Enterprise Employment Law Counsel for Minnesota Management & Budget.

Proceeds from this event provide financial support to current Page Scholars who are pursing their dreams of post-secondary education in pre-law, law enforcement, or law school.

The Page Education Foundation is seeking 1.5 hours of elimination of bias or general CLE credit (MN) and .5 hr of ethics credit for the program.

Complete details and registration is available here.

Minneapolis St. Paul Film Festival Opening Night:
A Special Presentation of the New Documentary Film RBG

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 7:30 P.M.

Location: St. Anthony Main Theater (125 SE Main Street, Suite 341, Minneapolis)

Showcasing the life and influence of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG examines her upbringing, education and remarkable career as a leading voice in the American judicial system and the fight for social change.


Director Betsy West will be in attendance, and director Julie Cohen and other special guests have been invited to attend.

Complete details and tickets are available here.

Carlson Caspers Diversity Scholarship Program

Applications Due: April 20, 2018

Scholarship recipients will be considered for a paid internship at Carlson Caspers during the summer prior to entering law school and will be considered for a paid clerkship during the summers after their first and second years of law school.

Complete details on eligibility and how to apply are available here.

MNAPABA: In-House Counsel Careers Panel and Networking Reception

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time: 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Location: 9900 Bren Road, Minnetonka

Please join MNAPABA at the In-House Counsel Careers Panel and Networking Reception on Thu, May 03, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

Complete details and registration is available here.

Special MSBA Membership Offer from the Civil Litigation Section

In an effort to increase the section's diversity, the MSBA Civil Litigation Section has received permission to waive membership dues for up to ten new diverse members for one year. This includes membership in the Section, the MSBA, and a district bar association. This has a value of up to $539.00. The only requirement to be considered is applicants cannot have been a member of the MSBA in the last three years. 

Any interested attorney may contact MSBA Diversity and Inclusion Director Athena Hollins at or the Civil Litigation Chair Annamarie Daley at 612-217-8844 or


OnRamp Fellowship

We are thrilled to make Minnesota Women Lawyers aware of an innovative initiative in the legal profession called the OnRamp Fellowship. The Fellowship helps place experienced women lawyers who have taken a break from practicing law in year-long, paid fellowships in law firms and legal departments. This re-entry platform gives returning women lawyers a chance to broaden their legal experience, skills, and contacts while demonstrating their tremendous value in the marketplace. 


Please see below for more information on the positions available, eligibility requirements, and benefits to the women lawyers who participate. If anyone you know is interested, please direct them to All open positions are listed here.


Program Eligibility:

Women lawyers who have at least three years of legal experience and have taken a hiatus from the practice of law for two or more years are eligible to apply.  Applicants to law firms need to be licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction where they plan to apply for a Fellowship; applicants to legal department positions may be licensed in any U.S. jurisdiction.  This re-entry program is for women lawyers who are currently unemployed as well as those who are working in temporary/contract jobs or in non-legal jobs due to the barriers faced when attempting to re-enter the legal profession after a hiatus from practicing law.


Benefits to Participating Women Lawyers:

•    A paid, one-year training contract with a top law firm or legal department to gain additional legal experience, skills, and contacts;

•    Unlimited, free access to online continuing legal education (CLE) courses

•    Training by specialists in negotiations, leadership, oral advocacy, project management, and business development; and

•    Individualized counseling from experienced legal career coaches. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Be the Change in a Child’s Life—Become a Mentor

Mentoring a child has been described as an excellent way to make a difference in their life while improving our community. If you agree, consider Kids ‘n Kinship, our local friendship-mentoring organization. Kids ‘n Kinship has been matching individuals, couples and families with youth in Dakota County for over 43 years and is seeking mentors for nearly 62 children ages 5-16 in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount. There is a particular need for men willing to be positive role models for the 41 boys on our wait list. Mentors spend time on a weekly basis with the youth, doing activities they both enjoy. The program provides ongoing support and training as well as seasonal activities and tickets to events.

All interested individuals, couples and families are invited to attend an upcoming new volunteer information session. To take the first step to become a mentor or obtain information about mentoring, please visit our website:, or call us at 952-892-6368.

Legal Advice Volunteer - Our Saviour's Housing

Our Saviour's Housing serves adults experiencing homelessness through our emergency shelter and long-term housing programs. Our mission is to be a community of hope providing shelter, support, and a chance to start over. Many of our residents experience legal difficulties as a cause or effect of their poverty. We know that those without access to counsel often get caught in a system that makes it harder to access housing and employment. You can help break the cycle.

Our Saviour's Community Services
2315 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612/871-5900
Fax: 612/871-0017

The volunteer will provide short counsel sessions to advise our residents about their options and rights in areas such as:
• Child support
• Landlord/tenant issues
• Criminal record expungements
• Social Security, Worker's Compensation, and other disability benefits

The volunteer will not be required to provide representation or further services. The purpose is simply to help our residents learn how to start navigating the legal system.

Volunteers are requested to visit every other week for approximately two hours (preferably on a weekday afternoon or evening).

For more information contact Colleen O'Connor Toberman at 612/872-4193 x25 or

Children's Law Center - Be the expert who makes a difference in a foster care youth's life.

Children's Law Center of Minnesota (CLC) has been advocating for foster children through direct legal representation and systemic reform for 17 years. When children are taken from abusive or neglectful parents, they are forced into a confusing and complicated legal system. They need advocates to listen to them, to advocate for what they want, and to explain the many changes that happen in their lives. CLC lawyers provide stability, hope, and opportunity for abused and neglected youth.

Committed to making children's voices heard, CLC's mission "is to promote the rights and interests of Minnesota's children, especially children of color and children with disabilities, in the judicial, child welfare, health care, and education systems.”

CLC works to stabilize and protect foster and at-risk youth. Along with a team of 300 volunteer attorneys, CLC ensures that foster children receive the services to which they are entitled, including those related to shelter, clothing, educational stability, physical and mental health care, adoption searches, sibling contact agreements and much more. In the past year alone, CLC's caseload has increased 31%.

CLC provides each child client with a trained volunteer attorney who is supported by CLC staff and a social worker. This enables young foster children to understand their options, empowers them to voice their opinions, and provides them with an advocate to explain what is happening throughout the course of their representation.

Children's Law Center
450 N. Syndicate Street, Suite 315
St. Paul, MN 55104
Phone: 651/644-4438

Tubman Legal Services

Tubman is a multiservice agency with almost 40 years of experience. Tubman offers a full complement of services including safe shelter, legal services, mental and chemical health counseling, youth programming, elder care resources and community education. Tubman Legal Services provides pro bono legal representation, advice, and advocacy to low-income clients in the Twin Cities metro area.

To volunteer, contact Shiloh Bute, Tubman Staff Attorney, at (612) 870-2418 or Or contact Keri Diem, Tubman Legal Services Coordinator, at (612) 870-2435 or

Family Law Pro Bono Project. Represent clients in a range of family law matters from motion hearings to divorce, in Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington Counties. Tubman screens clients for income eligibility and compelling need for representation. If desired, a volunteer law student or paralegal can prepare a preliminary case file and otherwise assist you.

Tubman is currently looking for attorneys to serve in one or all of their programs. View a flier with more information HERE.

Apply to volunteer HERE


Minnesota Women Lawyers
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 390B
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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