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Apply for the MLBA Greater Minnesota Fellowship

Applications due by March 1, 2017.

MLBA is proud to sponsor the MLBA Greater Minnesota Fellowship, which is intended to support LGBT attorneys who office and practice outside the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan region.  The primary goal of theFellowship is to increase LGBT attorney visibility in Greater Minnesota.  In turn, it is hoped that the MLBA Fellow will serve to welcome LGBT clients and community members, thus increasing access to legal services and serving community needs.

We invite all eligible applicants to apply for the MLBA Greater Minnesota Fellowship.  Please see the Fellowship Application for eligibility requirements. State Program Administrators and Supervisors employed by the State of Minnesota are encouraged to apply.

Find out more and apply here.

Please submit completed applications to

Apply to Join the MLBA Board of Directors

Applications due by March 7, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.


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.

If you would like to apply for an open board appointment, please send us your resume and a personal statement (no more than 1-2 pages) to In your personal statement, please let us know how you believe you could contribute to the Board based on your interests and skills. Please submit your materials by 7:00pm on March 7, 2017 to be considered for a position.

Please submit completed applications to

Practicing Law Across Generations 

Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Time: 4:30 P.M.- 5:30 P.M. program, 5:30 P.M- 6:30 P.M. Networking reception.

Location: Stinson Leonard Street (150 South 5th Street, #2300, Minneapolis)

The Minnesota Chapter of the FBA and The Vintage, along with the Civil Litigation and New Lawyers Sections of the Hennepin County Bar Association, invite you to a program addressing "Practicing Law Across Generations."
Our experiences shape how we practice law, and how we interact with the court and other attorneys. The senior partner who has seen everything (and maybe went to law school with the presiding judge) will approach a case differently than a junior attorney who is an expert with e-discovery issues but who has never conducted a cross-examination. Interactions between attorneys of different generations and backgrounds sometimes lead to tension as each attorney struggles to understand the other.  But practicing law alongside or across the table from an attorney with different experiences can also be an opportunity to improve our practice and examine the assumptions we make about others.
Please join us for a candid, thoughtful, and engaging panel discussion with both attorneys and judges from different backgrounds and generations.  Our panel will talk openly about the frustrations, opportunities, and understanding that comes with engaging in the practice of law across generations, and will also offer advice for how to evaluate our own assumptions and overcome them while working productively with attorneys of all backgrounds.
The moderated panel will include a mix of judges and attorneys from different backgrounds and years of practice, and will include United States District Court Judge Ann D. Montgomery, Hennepin County District Court Judge Marta Chou, Tom Nelson of Stinson Leonard Street, Brittany Skemp of Nichols Kaster, Barry Landy of Ciresi Conlin, and Rebecca Moos of Bassford Remele.

1.0 Elimination of Bias Credit has been applied for.

Complete details and registration is available here.


MWL is Pleased to Co-Sponsor: A Celebration of Minority Judges

Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Time: 5:00 P.M.- 7:00 P.M.

Location: U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, Minneapolis (300 South 4th Street, 15th Floor Atrium, Minneapolis)
Cost: FREE

Chief Judge John R. Tunheim, Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright, and Judge Michael J. Davis and the Judges of the District of Minnesota invite you to join them in honoring our minority judges in the Minnesota State and Federal Courts at a reception on Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

This event is co- sponsored by the Federal District Court, District of Minnesota, the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers,The Federal Bar Association Diversity Committee, The Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, The Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, The Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, and Minnesota Women Lawyers.

Complete details and registration is available here.

International Women's Day Celebration

Celebration:Saturday, March 11, 2017
Due date for proposal applications: Friday, December 30, 2016
Time:8:30 A.M.- 1:00 P.M.

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


Download the application and submission instructions here.

Find out more on the Advocates for Human Rights website here.

MWL is Pleased to Co-Sponsor: Minnesota Affinity Bar Law Student Job Symposium: This Summer & Beyond

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time: 5:00 P.M.- 7:30 P.M.

Location: Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Minneapolis (50 South 6th Street, Suite 1500, Minneapolis)
Cost: FREE for students and legal employers.
Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged.



. . . 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 (


Sponsored By:


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


Special thanks to our host:


Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Register and find out more 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.

Apply to join the Advocates for Human Rights on a
Study & Advocacy Tour at the United Nations in Geneva

Get behind the scenes of the United Nations in Geneva:
-Work side-by-side with The Advocates and its civil society partners
-Conduct on-the-ground advocacy on violence against women, racial discrimination, the death penalty, and discrimination against religious minorities
-Engage, as part of The Advocates' team, with the United Nations for the reviews of the human rights records of several countries, including Bahrain, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Poland, South Africa, and Tunisia

There are two tour dates to choose from:

Tour One: March 11, 2017- March 18, 2017
Tour Two: March 18, 2017- March 25, 2017

For more information about applying to join one of the tours, contact Patrick Finnegan ( at the Advocates for Human Rights.


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 January 1, 2017:

-3M (Maplewood)

- Compliance Counsel— Investigations

- Division Counsel 

- Government Contracts Compliance Analyst

- Information Technology (IT) Counsel

- Trademark Policing Counsel


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.

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