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Apply to Join the MLBA Board of Directors
The MLBA elects new board members every April for two-year terms, and we would like to extend an open invitation to apply for a position on our board. We hope to add new board members by inviting those in our membership who wish to contribute their time and talents to the Association through board service. The Board and its various subcommittees meet monthly; board members can be involved with all aspects of MLBA such as CLE/Conference planning, marketing and communication, social events, and public policy work. Most board members can expect to spend 3-5 hours per month on board-related activities.
Practicing Law Across Generations
Location: Stinson Leonard Street (150 South 5th Street, #2300, Minneapolis)
Location: U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, Minneapolis (300 South 4th Street, 15th Floor Atrium, Minneapolis)
Location: Hamline University- Anderson Center (774 Snelling Ave N, St. Paul, MN)
International Women’s Day is an official United Nations holiday, celebrated worldwide. Our International Women’s Day event celebrates the diversity of Minnesota women and seeks to increase understanding and tolerance in our community. It is an occasion to highlight advancements in women’s rights and equality, to encourage activism, and to educate participants about human rights issues that affect girls and women locally, nationally and internationally. This event is also an opportunity for you and your organization to share your work on issues affecting women and girls in Minnesota and throughout the world.
International Women’s Day is co-presented by the Justice Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates, The Advocates for Human Rights, Hamline University’s Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice, and Hamline University’s Women’s Resource Center. The celebration is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The day features a keynote speaker, six workshops on a variety of women’s rights issues, and artistic performances. The content of the day will highlight the priority theme of this year’s Commission on the Status of Women: women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.
The co-presenters invite organizations to apply to present a workshop. The general guidelines for workshops are:
·Subject matter relating to women’s human rights, with priority given to proposals addressing women’s economic empowerment
·Local and global connections to the issue
·Appeal to a broad audience
·Articulate and dynamic speakers
·50 minutes in length
·Presenters are unpaid
Location: Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Minneapolis (50 South 6th Street, Suite 1500, Minneapolis)
. . . What’s OCI? What if I skipped OCI? How do I become a Prosecutor? Are there still jobs for this summer? If I got a 1L summer associate position, can I stop updating my resume? How do I become a judicial law clerk? What do legal employers really want to hear in an interview? What job should I pursue so I can try cases? I hate the courtroom—what can I do? . . .
Well fear not, because five of Minnesota’s bar organizations for diverse attorneys are hosting the student jobs event of the school year on March 21, 2017, where all of these questions will be answered—and you do not want to miss it.
WHO: Affinity Bar Law Students, Their Friends, & Legal Employers/Recruiters
WHAT: Panel Discussion and “Informal but Organized” Networking with attorneys from all corners of the profession including judges who hire clerks.
WHAT ELSE: A resume collect-- we are going to have four boxes where students can deposit their resumes. Students, bring up to four resumes to drop off for (1) Large firm (25+), (2) Medium/Small Firm (<25), (3) Government/NP, (4) Judges. Employers who wish to be able to follow up with students can sign up to receive resumes for their practice area.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Candid advice from a panel of attorneys with job searching and career planning perspectives from all areas of the profession. And a low-stakes, friendly networking reception where you will literally have a map of the room and can meet attorneys from many different practice settings.
If you have questions, please email Aalok Sharma, a vice president of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association (email@example.com)
Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association | Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers | Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association | Minnesota Lavender Bar Association | Minnesota Women Lawyers
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
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Location: Loews Hotel, Minneapolis (601 North 1st Ave, Minneapolis)
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 OnRampFellowship.com. All open positions are listed here.
Current Open Positions as of January 1, 2017:
- Compliance Counsel— Investigations
- Division Counsel
- Government Contracts Compliance Analyst
- Information Technology (IT) Counsel
- Trademark Policing Counsel
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.