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Telling our Stories: Sexual Violence- From the Holocaust to our own Communities

Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
Time: 7:00 P.M.- 9:00 P.M.

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

World Without Genocide will host an event on Tuesday, April 4 to commemorate April as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  The theme is ‘Engaging New Voices,’ bringing together women who have survived sexual violence in schools, in the military, in churches, families, workplaces, and bedrooms- and in places like Rwanda, Guatemala, Burma, Indian boarding schools, and more.

Women across age, ethnicity, religion, experience, and nationality are invited to gather to share stories, listen to one another, and unite to improve efforts to end the violence. 

The event is free and open to the public; no reservations are required, and attendees may participate anonymously. 

Complete details are available here.

MWL is Pleased to be a Community Partner for:
The 2017 Alan Page CLE Seminar: "Elimination of Gender Bias"

Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2017
Time: 8:00 A.M. Check-in & Breakfast Reception; 9:00 A.M- 11:30 A.M. CLE Program

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

Equal opportunity allows women to make the choices that are best for them, their families and their communities. However, opportunities for women are not equal in the legal and business sector where gender differences are prevalent and can have far-reaching consequences. Join us as we work to close the gender equity gap of women in business and law.

To mark his retirement from the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2015, Alan Page has 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. The Page Education Foundation is seeking 2.0 hours of Elimination of Bias CLE credit (MN) for the program.

View the official event flier here.

View full program details and register here.

World Without Genocide Presents: 
A World of Upstanders: Celebrating International Justice for Women in War

Date: Monday, May 8, 2017
Time: 6:45 P.M.- 9:00 P.M.

Location: The Women's Club of Minneapolis at Loring Park (410 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis)
Please RSVP by May 1, 2017

Join World Without Genocide for a champagne and dessert gala to benefit their programs and advocacy. 

The evening will be highlighted by honoree and speaker Judge Peggy Kuo, who prosecuted war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia. 

The event will also feature a silent auction, and an exhibit titled: Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict

View the complete event flier here.

Find out more and register here.

MWL is Pleased to Serve as a Promotional Partner for: 
An Evening with Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, Co-Creators and Hosts of the Serial Podcast

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 7:00 P.M.

Location: Beth El Synagogue (5225 Barry Street West, St. Louis Park)

Minnesota Women Lawyers is pleased to serve as a promotional partner for the next installment of the Inspiring Minds Speaker Series on May 10th at 7:00pm, at Beth El Synagogue in Saint Louis Park. Launched in 2014, Serial became the fastest podcast to reach five million downloads in iTunes history, with the first season of the podcast presenting a 12-part series on one legal case. On May 10th, Sarah and Julie will take the audience backstage in this cultural phenomenon, using some of their favorite tape to narrate personal stories about the ups and downs of creating a new form of modern storytelling. Motivated by the epidemic that is wrongful conviction, Beth El Synagogue selected Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder as Inspiring Minds speakers to bring the stories they share, and the struggles they embody, closer to our Minnesota community.

Tickets are available at or by calling 952-873-7300.  

Apply now for the MNAPABA Summer Fellowship Award

This year, MNAPABA will award Summer Law Fellowships to three (3) individuals who will serve underserved communities through a summer internship position with a governmental or non-profit organization. The three awards will be in the following amounts: $2,500 (3M), $2,500 (3M), and $2,000 (MNAPABA).

Download the application here. To qualify, the summer position must:

be arranged by the individual who is a law student or a recent graduate,
extend at least eight weeks or a total of 320 hours, and 
pay $500 or less per week.
Preference will be given to those directly serving Minnesota and/or Asian Pacific American communities.

Applications are due by June 1, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. CST 
by email to

Please contact Touch Thouk with any questions at or 612.335.7336.


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 February 27, 2017:

Fox Rothschild (Minneapolis)

-Employee Benefits and Compensation Associate

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, 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.


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

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