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World Without Genocide Presents:
#MeToo: Next Steps in Ending Sexual Harassment

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 7:00 P.M.- 9:00 P.M. 

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

Our nation’s discourse is focusing on widespread sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and rape, with women as the primary targets.


They are victimized by child marriage, sex trafficking, nearly 400,000 untested rape kits, lack of Title IX enforcement on college campuses, inadequate services for rape survivors, and the potential elimination of the federal Violence Against Women Act.


Abigail Hencheck and Erinn Valine, Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellows in Human Rights and Law at World Without Genocide, will discuss these challenges and efforts to address them through legal means at local, state, and federal levels.


The program is open to the public; no reservations are necessary. $10 for general public, $5 students and seniors, and free to Mitchell Hamline students. $25 for 2 standard CLE credits (pending).


World Without Genocide promotes education and action to protect innocent people, prevent genocide, prosecute perpetrators, and remember those affected by genocide.  

Complete details and registration is available here.

View a flier with additional details here.

The Minnesota Lavender Bar Association 17th Annual Conference

Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time: 8:00 A.M.- 2:30 P.M. 

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

Join MLBA for their 17th Annual Conference!

MLBA is pleased to welcome keynote speaker Monica Jones. Monica Jones is a Black transgender advocate who also advocates for the rights of sex workers and low income women of color. She holds a degree in social work from Arizona State University. She has advocated at the United Nations in Geneva and New York, has presented at International AIDS Conferences in Australia and South Africa, and has been a keynote speaker at numerous events including the Desiree Alliance Conference in 2016. She is the founder of The Outlaw Project, an organization based on the principles of intersectionality to prioritize the leadership of people of color, transgender women, gender non-binary and migrants for sex worker rights.

Breakfast, lunch, and happy hour provided. Applying for 4.0 CLE credits.

Complete details and registration are available here.

MWL is Pleased to Co-Sponsor: The Minnesota Affinity Bar Legal Career & Networking Symposium

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time: 3:30 P.M.- 6:30 P.M. 

Location: University of St. Thomas Law School (1101 Harmon Place, Minneapolis)

On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, the sponsoring affinity bars and their partners will bring legal employers from all corners of the profession to one place for a rare opportunity for law students to learn about various practice areas and to learn about job and recruiting opportunities for this summer and beyond. 

This affinity bar event is being put together for both students and employers.

Event Schedule:
3:30 to 3:45 p.m. - Law Student Registration
3:45 to 4:45 p.m. - Concurrent Jobs Panels, One for 1Ls, one for 2L/3L
4:30 to 4:45 p.m. - Employer Registration, Refreshments
4:45 to 6:30 p.m. - Informal but Organized Networking, Refreshments

WHO: Affinity Bar Law Students, Their Friends, & Legal Employers/Recruiters

WHAT: 1L and 2L/3L Panel Discussions 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 all the resumes at once, after the event. Each employer attendee should register so we have contact information for last minute announcements and name tags.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Candid advice from attorney panelists with discussions about 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 (

Employer representatives with questions should contact MNAPABA V.P. Aalok Sharma ( or MNAPABA Past-President Ben Kwan (

Sponsored By:

Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association | Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers  | Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association | Minnesota Lavender Bar Association | Minnesota Women Lawyers

and our host,

University of St. Thomas School of Law

Complete details and registration is available here. 

MABL General Membership Meeting

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 11:30 A.M.- 1:00 P.M. 

Location: Stinson Leonard Street LLP (50 South 6th Street, Suite 2600, Minneapolis)

For over a year, leadership of MABL has worked to develop MABL's three-year Strategic Plan. Join us to reflect on MABL's history, focus on MABL's future and vote on the Strategic Plan.

Networking reception (with food and drink) to follow and to include special recognition of the Honorable Peter Reyes, who guided MABL's strategic planning efforts.

Complete details and registration is available here.

The 2018 Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association Gala

Friday, March 2, 2018
Time: 5:30 P.M.- 10:30 P.M. 

Location: Radisson Blu Hotel (35 South 7th Street, Minneapolis)

The Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association invites its members and friends to theThirteenth Annual MHBA Gala honoring:

Tamara Cabán-Ramirez and Senator Melisa Lopez Franzen,

recipients of the 2018 Manuel Guerrero Courage In Leadership Award

and featuring Keynote Speaker Kim Rivera, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary of HP Inc. 

Complete details and registration is available here.  

Women's Forum for Achievement Event:
Diversity on the Silver Screen: Balancing the Scales

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 P.M. 

Location: Minnesota CLE Conference Center (600 Nicollet Mall # 370, 3rd Floor, City Center, Minneapolis)

Faegre Baker Daniels is proud to partner with Minnesota CLE to present to all of our U.S. offices a screening of a documentary that explores gender inequality in the legal profession. Join us to view “Balancing the Scales,” the story of women lawyers in America, hear from the film’s writer/director, and engage in facilitated discussions.  CLE and Elimination of Bias credits pending. Together, we’re giving diversity the red carpet treatment.

Please RSVP to Kaitlin Fisher at Faegre Baker Daniels ( by March 2.

NAWL Pre-Conference Happy Hour

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. 

Location: BANK (88 South 6th Street, Minneapolis)

We’re in the early stages of planning a National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) conference that will take place October 4 - 5, 2018, in Minneapolis. We hope you can join us!

We are eager to develop a conference program that will continue to cultivate change within corporations and law firms and increase the representation of women in leadership roles in the legal profession. We would love to see you on March 7th and hear your thoughts on what will make the 2018 conference a truly worthwhile experience. 

Please RSVP to if you plan to attend, and feel free to invite your friends and colleagues.

How to Shine as a Young Attorney: Panel and Networking Event

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 P.M. 

Location: The Republic (221 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis)

Whether it is your first summer position or your first job out of law school, learn from other women attorneys in public interest, private practice, and government who will provide insight on how to take ownership of your experiences and advocate for yourself.

The panel discussion will start at 6:00, followed by socializing and networking. 

Panelists needed: 

We are looking for 1-2 more panelists and 5+ more women who would want to connect with students during the networking portion of the event. We would love to have women lawyers from all different sectors and practice areas participate. Members who are interested should contact Sammi Nachtigal at


Leadership in the Bar, Profession and Community: An Opportunity and An Obligation

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 P.M. 

Location: Stinson Leonard Street LLP (50 South 6th Street, Suite 2600, Minneapolis)

Many lawyers are unaware that bar associations have the potential to offer opportunities to make a difference in addressing bias in the legal profession and in the administration of justice. This free program will focus on women, communities of color, LGBT lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities, to identify those opportunities. Bar involvement can help attorneys from traditionally-underrepresented populations develop the critical leadership skills needed to make a difference in challenging bias.

Medaria Arradono, Chief of Police, City of Minneapolis 
Ann Anaya, Assistant Chief Diversity Officer at 3M 
Judge Leo Brisbois, U.S. Magistrate Judge  
Bryan Browning, Shareholder at Bassford Remele 
Irene Kao, Intergovernmental Relations Counsel at The League of Minnesota Cities 
Vildan Teske, Partner at Teske, Katz, Kitzer & Rochel, PLLP

This promises to be an exciting CLE presentation, featuring diverse leaders from across the Minnesota legal and justice community. Two Elimination of Bias CLE credit applied for.

Sponsored by the MSBA Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council

Space is limited. 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.

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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