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Courage to Fly Annual Luncheon & Benefit

Date:  Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time:  11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M. 

Location: University of St. Thomas (2115 Summit Ave, Woulfe Alumi Hall, St. Paul)

The Courage to Fly luncheon is a free event featuring a keynote from a community leader that provides perspective on how domestic violence impacts our community. Survivors of domestic violence will also share their stories, and attendees will learn about how they can help advocate for women’s safety in the community. Proceeds from this event will assist domestic violence survivors with shelter, support, advocacy, counseling, and provide community education to break the cycle of violence.

Complete details and registration is available here.

Economic Espionage & National Security: Bias in the Criminal Justice System?

  Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time:  11:30 A.M.-12:45 P.M. 

Location: Courtroom of the Honorable John R. Tunheim (300 South 4th Street, Minneapolis)

The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Jones Day, and 3M invite you to attend a special program entitled "Economic Espionage & National Security: Bias in the Criminal Justice System?"

Complete details and registration is available here.

MNAPABA Pro Bono Legal Advice Day Clinics- Volunteer Training

Date:  Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time:  12:00 P.M.-1:30 P.M. 

Location: Robins Kaplan LLP (800 LaSalle Ave, Suite 2800, Minneapolis)

MNAPABA will be launching a regularly scheduled legal advice clinic to serve the under-served.

To make this a success, we will need more MNAPABA attorney and law student volunteers to staff our clinics--typically two attorneys and one law student intake clerk per clinic. Sign-ups for the clinics will be coming soon. Meantime, join us for a 90-minute lunch and volunteer training to get equipped to answer the call to service.

If you have any questions you can contact Summra Shariff at

Complete details and registration is available here.

GPSolo Women's Initiative Network:
The TeaLit Encounter: A Dialogue on "Health and Wellness" for Women and Lawyers

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. 

Location: The Saint Paul Hotel (350 Market Street, St. Paul)

About TeaLit™: Today, more than ever, women in the legal profession need to hear stories and meet others who inspire and demonstrate positive values. Over tea, in addition to participants sharing their own stories, three dynamic women will share their captivating stories of survival that provide encouragement and inspiration to all. These stories will explore faith, perseverance, trust, and hope.

Please register by Friday, October 6, 2017


Facilitated by: Rose McGee, Founder Tealit™ 
Sponsored by: ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division
University of St. Thomas (Office of Diversity and Inclusion)  

This event is presented in conjunction with the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division Solo & Small Firm Summit.


Find out more and register HERE.

Minnesota Lavender Bar Association Fall Social

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Time: 4:30 P.M.-7:00 P.M. 

Location: Wilde Cafe and Spirits (65 Mail Street SE, Minneapolis)

Spend an evening enjoying time with new and old friends from the MLBA! The Fall Social is focused on building connections between MLBA members and on welcoming law students to the new school year.  MLBA members and law students are invited.
We hope to see you for some food, drinks, and great conversation!

Please register by Friday, October 20, 2017


Complete details and registration is available here.

Cocktail and Culinary Experience to Benefit the Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center, PSC

Date:  Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time:  6:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. 

Location: Pub 112, Stillwater (112 Main Street North, Stillwater)

Join Pub 112  and Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center, PSC ("DALAC") for an event to raise funds for DALAC's general expenses in providing pro bono legal services to victims and survivors of domestic abuse at shelters DALAC collaborates with in Minnesota.


Cost is $60* per person (non-refundable). Mail check to:
Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center, PSC

962 St. Clair Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

*$40 of the $60 is tax deductible.

View a flier with complete event details here.

Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association: Jueves Social

Date:  Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time:  5:30 P.M.-8:30 P.M. 

Location: Chino Latino (2916 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis)

The MHBA will be honoring our members of the Minnesota bench, including those recently appointed! 

Registration will be available shortly.

Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association Joyce Preschool Barristers' Breakfast

Date:  Friday, November 10, 2017
Time:  8:00 A.M.-9:30 A.M. 

Location: Joyce Preschool (3400 Park Ave, Minneapolis)

Diversity in the legal field depends on a diverse pipeline of prepared, talented students. Success means not only passing the bar exam, but achieving the requisite college, high-school, and elementary school milestones — all of which depend on the core foundation of being ready for school upon entry. The Barristers’ Breakfast brings together members of the greater MSP legal community to support children at a critical point in their development.

Joyce Preschool and the MHBA invite you to mark your calendars for this benefit breakfast, which includes networking, coffee and light breakfast.

Registration and further details will be available shortly.

The 2017 MABL Foundation Scholarship Gala

Date:  Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time:  6:00 P.M.- 11:00 P.M. 

Location: Minneapolis Marriott City Center (30 South 7th Street, Minneapolis)

Each year, the MABL Foundation raises money to award scholarships to students attending local law schools who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and who are committed to addressing issues that impact the black community. These students are recognized and honored at the gala, along with the recipient of the MABL Profiles in Courage Award (to be announced), awarded to an individual who has demonstrated courage, excellence, and integrity in furthering the Association's mission of representing the interests of black citizens in the legal profession and judicial system.

This year's gala will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by an amazing dinner and program, and ending with dessert and entertainment.

Our keynote speaker is White House Correspondent April Ryan. In addition to her role as a White House Correspondent, Ms. Ryan also serves as the Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief for American Urban Radio Networks.

Complete details and registration is available here.


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.


Current Open Positions as of July 2017:

Fish & Richardson (Minneapolis)

-Patent Prosecution


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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