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  • Fri, February 19, 2021 8:26 AM | Stephanie Chen (Administrator)

    The MN China Friendship Garden Society welcomes visitors to the China Friendship Garden at Phalen Park, a 1.2 acre site currently consisting of the Xiang Jiang Pavilion (completed in 2018-2019), Hmong Heritage Wall (completed in 2018), and the West Entrance Archway (completed in 2019). The China Friendship Garden is a sister city collaboration initiated by the MN China Friendship Garden Society, the City of St. Paul Department of Parks and Recreation, Payne Phalen Community Council, with the City of Changsha (Hunan Province, China), the Changsha People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and the Changsha Yanghu Wetland Park (Phalen Park's sister park) in China.

    The MN China Friendship Garden Society is seeking donations for its 2021 New Year Matching Gift Challenge to help fund the next phase of building the Friendship Garden. All donations will be matched by the society's founders, board, and advisors up to $76,850. For more information, please visit the MN China Friendship Garden Society's website or the City of St. Paul's project page.

  • Mon, February 15, 2021 1:04 PM | Anonymous

    Join the American Constitution Society (ACS) Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter for a presentation examining the nation’s history of enacting and enforcing federal criminal hate crime laws, featuring the Honorable Mark Kappelhoff of the Minnesota Fourth Judicial District. This event will trace this history from the civil war reconstruction era to the Jim Crow era to the enactment of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. 1.0 CLE credit is pending. For more information or to register, please click here.

  • Tue, February 09, 2021 9:46 AM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) New Lawyers Section, along with the Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA), Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL), Federal Bar Association (FBA) Minnesota Chapter, and Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) are co-sponsoring a “rotating roundtable” event celebrating trailblazing women attorneys and judges. This event is the latest in a series of The Vintage events, which brings together experienced and new lawyers to share stories, learn, and preserve the history of the Bar.

    Trailblazing women lawyers and judges will share insights about their successes and overcoming adversity. Attendees will hear from multiple speakers in small, rotating breakout room groups for a more personalized discussion and Q&A. For more information or to register, please click here. 1.0 hours of CLE credit has been applied for.

  • Tue, February 02, 2021 11:08 AM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota Lavender Bar Association is holdings its 20th Annual Conference this Friday, February 5. Topics covered in the conference include: 

    • Bostock and Beyond: The Landmark Decision and Future of LGBTQ+ Advocacy
    • Building Inclusive Schools: A Case Study of the Landmark N.H. v. Anoka-Hennepin Decision
    • Protecting Transgender Minnesotans: Confidentiality in the Name Change Process
    • A Primer on Estate Planning for the LGBTQ+ Community
    • Love Has No Borders
    • Adoption, Assisted Reproduction, and Family Formation in the LGBT Community
    • Reproductive Rights are LGBT Rights
    • What’s Happening with Gender Protection Under the Affordable Care Act?

    For more information or to register, please click hereMLBA has generously offered three complimentary access codes for MNAPABA members and free admission to any MNAPABA law student member. Please email sukanyamomsenmn@gmail.com if you are attending and would like an admission code. Codes will be given on a first-come first-serve basis.

  • Tue, February 02, 2021 11:05 AM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) is holding a webinar with nationally-renowned career development consultant, Ida Abbott, moderated by Annamarie Daley of Jones Day, to discuss mentoring in the virtual world, when hallway chats and in-person coffees are difficult, if not impossible. Ida will discuss the importance of mentoring in today’s socially-distanced environment, how to be the best mentor, and how to get the most out of a mentoring session. Bring questions to this webinar for the Q&A session. For more information or to register, please click hereMNAPABA members attend for free (please email sachen@locklaw.com for a code to use during registration).

  • Tue, February 02, 2021 10:58 AM | Anonymous

    AMTA is a nonprofit that hosts trial advocacy competitions for undergraduate students, serving nearly 6,000 students who attend institutions ranging from community collects to research universities. These competitions use courtroom trial experience to teach critical and analytical thinking skills to students. AMTA is hosting virtual tournaments on all weekends in February and on the weekends of March 13 and March 20. Each trial takes approximately 2.5 hours to argue, and volunteers will attend a 30-minute virtual training session on the Thursday before the tournament.

    For more information or to register, please click here. For questions, please email Mr. Andy Hogan, AMTA Judges Committee, at andy.hogan@gmail.com.

  • Tue, February 02, 2021 10:57 AM | Anonymous

    Maslon UPLIFT is a mock trial program serving eighth grade students who reflect the rich diversity of the Twin Cities. UPLIFT offers students engaging opportunities to learn from volunteer attorneys about the legal profession, criminal justice, and the court system. This year, UPLIFT will be taking place virtually this spring. Although there will not be a mock trial at the end of the program, UPLIFT will break students into groups with two coaches for weekly meetings.

    St. Louis Park UPLIFT will meet on Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm, March 3-May 5. Columbia Heights UPLIFT is still being scheduled, but will likely take place on Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm in April. For more information or to become a volunteer, please emailuplift@maslon.com.


  • Mon, January 11, 2021 1:48 PM | Anonymous

    Amid rising reports of discrimination from the Asian American community, Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan launched a Discrimination Helpline. You can call the Discrimination Helpline at 1-833-454-0148 or submit this online form. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Translation services are available.

  • Mon, January 11, 2021 1:38 PM | Anonymous

    The United States is known as a nation of immigrants. Paradoxically, it is also a nation of xenophobia, and this irrational fear, hatred, and hostility toward immigrants has been a defining feature of our country from the colonial era to the Trump administration. Join award-winning author and historian Dr. Erika Lee, as she helps confront this history and explains how xenophobia works, why it has endured, and how it threatens the United States.

    Dr. Erika Lee teaches American history at the University of Minnesota, where she is a Regents Professor, a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, and the director of the Immigration History Research Center. Headliners is a popular series in which University scholars and researchers share firsthand knowledge of today’s most intriguing stories.

    For more information about the program or to register, please click here.

  • Mon, December 07, 2020 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    Target’s Legal Affairs team is pleased to announce its Ninth Annual Legal Affairs Mock Interview Program. This program is an exciting opportunity for diverse 1Ls, 2Ls, and paralegals to polish up interview skills. This year’s event will take place January 7, 2021 via Zoom, from 12:45 pm to 4:30 pm.

    Target’s General Counsel, Don Liu, will kick off the program, followed by a panel discussion with HR and other professionals, informal discussion sessions with Target team members, and two realistic interviews and feedback. RSVP to the program by December 14.

    Target Legal Affairs Mock Interview Program

    Target’s Legal Affairs team is pleased to announce its Ninth Annual Legal Affairs Mock Interview Program. This program is an exciting opportunity for diverse 1Ls, 2Ls, and paralegals to polish up their interview skills!

    These interviews are not for actual positions at Target but rather are our team’s effort to help students prepare for future interviews regardless of career aspirations.

    Schools will be provided three different sample job descriptions (Law Clerk, Paralegal, and Consultant - Reputation Management) for students to consider. Limited spots are available for diverse (i.e., race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and physical abilities) 1Ls, 2Ls, and paralegals at each school.

    WHEN AND WHERE:

    • Thursday, January 7, 2021

    • Online via Zoom

    • 12:45 4:30

    WHAT TO EXPECT:

    • Target’s General Counsel, Don Liu will kick the program off (15 minutes)

    • Panel discussion with HR and other professionals (30 minutes)

    • Informal discussion sessions with Target team members regarding how they put their legal education to use supporting various areas of Target’s business (30 minutes)

    Two realistic interviews and feedback (Two 30 minute interviews between 2-4:30)



    HOW TO RSVP:

    RSVP by December 14 by sending a copy of your resume to the contact listed below from your school in an email entitled Target Legal Affairs Mock Interview Program. Space is limited so please respond quickly.

    DRESS CODE:

    This is a mock interview, and although you are not being considered for a real position, get the most out of the experience and wear interview appropriate attire.

    The Target Team looks forward to seeing you on January 7!


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