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How YOU Can Advance Human Rights of LGBTQ Communities Woldwide

Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018

Time: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Location: Ballard Spahr LLP (2000 IDS Center, 80 South 8th Street, Minneapolis)

Cost: FREE

Presented by the MLBA, The Advocates for Human Rights, and Ballard Spahr LLP

Remote attendance is available


Please join the MLBA in learning about the ways in which LGBTQ communities worldwide are fighting back against attacks on their human rights, and how Midwest-based attorneys, judges, and other advocates can use their unique skills to join these vulnerable communities in advocating for their rights to be protected and advanced, in a time where those rights face a variety of attacks.

3.5 Standard CLE credits will be applied for.

Complete details and registration is available here.


Upcoming Programs About Genocide
Presented by: World Without Genocide

The Age of Consequences
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Time: 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Cost: FREE

Location: Mitchell Hamline School of Law Auditorium (875 Summit Ave, St. Paul)

This award-winning film documents the threat of global warming on U.S. national security and worldwide violence.

Climate Change and Genocide
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Time: 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Location: Mitchell Hamline School of Law Auditorium (875 Summit Ave, St. Paul)

Panelists will speak about the destruction of the environment, cultural genocide, and options for legal action.

$25 for 2 standard CLE credits available for lawyers (pending).

The Crisis in Syria
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Time: 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Location: Mitchell Hamline School of Law Auditorium (875 Summit Ave, St. Paul)
Cost: FREE

Lindsey Smith, NP, President of the Minnesota chapter of the Syrian-American Medical Society, will discuss the war in Syria and her medical missions to Syrian refugee camps.

View a flier with complete details here.

Complete details and registration is available here.

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

Date: Friday, August 17, 2018

Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.

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


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.

1.5 CLE Standard Credits will be applied for.

This event is also co-sponsored by American Immigration Lawyers Association-MN/Dakotas Chapter and is hosted by Robins Kaplan LLP.

Complete details and registration is available here.


Minnesota Women Lawyers is Pleased to Co-Sponsor the Global Rights for Women Fall Luncheon:
"We Rise: A Conversation With Eve Ensler."

Date: Monday, October 1, 2018

Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.

Location: Hilton Minneapolis (1001 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis)

From Global Rights for Women: “We are excited to announce that Global Rights for Women will welcome Eve Ensler as keynote speaker for our 2018 Fall Luncheon on October 1st. Join us to hear Eve Ensler's insights on ending the global pandemic of violence against women and girls and learn about her work beginning with The Vagina Monologues 25 years ago, V-Day, 1 Billion Rising, and everything in between. 

We will also welcome our international partner, Iluta Lāce of Latvia, and expert trainer, Lori Flohaug, on stage to share their stories and why they support the work of Global Rights for Women. Learn more about Eve Ensler, Iluta Lāce, and Lori Flohaug here

We hope you will rise with us in supporting the millions of women and girls who are affected by violence. Eve Ensler says it best: "I am over violence against women not being a number one international priority when one out of three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime -- the destruction and muting and undermining of women is the destruction of life itself." 

All proceeds from the event will fund Global Rights for Women's international work promoting women's human rights through effective reform to end violence against women and girls. Together, we can make ending violence against women an international priority.”

Complete details and registration is available here.

National Association of Women Lawyers' Minneapolis Conference

Date: Friday, October 5, 2018

Time: 8:30 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.

Location: Hilton Minneapolis (1001 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis)

Minnesota Women Lawyers is pleased to be a partnering organization of the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Minneapolis Conference on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Hilton in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We have arranged a special 10% discount for our members.  To register, please go to: and use the code MNCMWL2018 to get the discount.

Since 1899, NAWL has been empowering women in the legal profession, cultivating a diverse membership dedicated to equality, mutual support, and collective success. NAWL’s mission is to provide leadership, a collective voice, and essential resources to advance women in the legal profession and advocate for the equality of women under the law.


The Meeting the Challenge Conference is NAWL's distinctive forum during which attendees learn from thought-leaders, share best practices, and forge the meaningful and lasting connections necessary to meet NAWL's One-Third by 2020 Challenge. Issued in March 2016, the 2020 Challenge urges the legal profession to increase the representation of women, particularly diverse women, in every branch of the legal profession. This conference will offer attendees skills to develop their own leadership potential as well as strategies for making systemic change. NAWL will also unveil the results of its 2018 Survey on the Promotion and Retention of Women in Law Firms, administered by Professor Destiny Peery of Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law at the conference. 


Registration is open to NAWL members and non-members. Scholarships are available for attorneys who wish to attend but may not be able to do so due to cost considerations.


For additional information about NAWL and our 2018 Minneapolis Conference, please visit If you have any questions, please reach out to Nor Attisha, NAWL’s Administrative Coordinator, at, or 312.932.6450.

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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