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The 2020 FBA Diversity Committee's Meet & Greet Social

 

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Time: 
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: 
Dorsey & Whitney LLP (50 South 6th Street, Ste 1500, Minneapolis)

Join the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and their Diversity Committee, for their 6th annual meet and greet! Connect to FBA leaders, and local affinity bar leaders and members. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.

Please RSVP to bianchi.rossi.deanna@dorsey.com

 



2020 Minnesota Lavender Bar Association Conference


Date:
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Time:
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law (875 Summit Ave, St. Paul)

 

The Minnesota Lavender Bar Association is pleased to present their 2020 Conference featuring keynote speaker Dru Levasseur. Dru Levasseur is the Deputy Program Officer of the National LGBT Bar Association, expanding the Bar’s programmatic work, including Lavender Law 365, an LGBTQ+ inclusion coaching and consulting initiative perfect for law firms, law schools, and workplaces. As a leading figure in the LGBTQ+ equality movement for 25 years, 15 of which in the legal profession, Dru has extensive experience in law, advocacy, philanthropy, and community organizing.

Previously, Dru was Senior Attorney and Transgender Rights Project Director for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV. For a decade, Dru led Lambda Legal’s transgender rights work through strategy development, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education. He served as counsel in landmark impact litigation cases and amicus briefs in federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Dru was also instrumental in the creation and development of Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project in 2013, as well as Lambda’s popular Trans Toolkit.

Find out more about the 2020 MLBA Conference and register online here.

Call for Proposals for the 2020 MLBA Conference:
The 2020 MLBA annual conference is coming up soon, and they are looking for your expertise and knowledge for hour-long CLE breakout sessions. Are you interested in presenting on a topic related to your legal practice area? Or, are you interested in sharing how you have made an impact using your legal expertise outside of your practice area? Please share your ideas. To submit a proposal, please send the following information to info@mnlavbar.org by Tuesday, January 7. 

 

 

Fifteenth Annual MHBA Gala

Date: 
Friday, March 6, 2020
Time: 
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
Location: 
Hilton Minneapolis (1001 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis)

 

The Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association is pleased to present their fifteenth annual gala featuring keynote speaker Claudia Romo Edelman. Founder of the We Are All Human Foundation and formerly of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Claudia Romo Edelman is a social entrepreneur, an advocate, and a catalyst for change. As Founder of the We Are All Human Foundation, New York-based non-profit foundation, she is dedicated to advancing the agenda of diversity, inclusion and equity. A frequent public speaker and media contributor Claudia is a leader for diversity, inclusion and equity, focused on unifying the U.S. Hispanic community.

Complete details and registration is available here.



National Association for Women Lawyers 2020 Mid-Year Meeting

 

Date: Wednesday, March 11 - Thursday, March 12, 2020
Location: 
Swissotel (323 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL)

 

NAWL invites you to join us for the 2020 Mid-Year Meeting & Awards Luncheon in Chicago. The comprehensive program offers both professional development opportunities and skills training to help attorneys in all fields of legal practice thrive in their careers. Members will have the opportunity to shape the future of NAWL and the legal profession. We will also recognize and honor leading lawyers and business leaders who have made a significant impact on improving and diversifying the legal profession. As always, there will be plenty of time for networking built in throughout the event.

MWL is pleased to offer our members a special 10% discount on registration. Use our code "MYM20MWL" at checkout.

Complete details and registration is available here.



Building For Good Has Launched a National Platform for Pro Bono Construction Law Services in Four Pilot States- Including Minnesota

 
Building For Good (B4G) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Massachusetts, with a mission to further local philanthropic efforts by utilizing skills-based volunteering from within the construction law industry.  B4G is launching pilot services in Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Jersey but plans to expand to additional states in 2020. 
B4G will help organizations in need of construction law assistance find qualified, local attorneys to provide pro bono construction law services. 

 

A group of attorneys from the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law recognized the untapped potential of expertise among the Forum attorneys who wanted to give back to their communities.  Prior to the launch of B4G, there was no channel linking lawyers to nonprofit organizations in need of pro bono construction law services.

 

Charitable organizations with construction-related legal issues and a financial need can contact B4G for more information and eligibility requirements.  Examples of eligible organizations include foodbanks; domestic violence and homeless shelters; organizations helping citizens with physical, emotional, or mental disabilities; schools serving underserved populations; conservation and art organizations promoting access to the arts and outdoors by people of all backgrounds; and animal protection organizations. Volunteer construction attorneys, who are members of American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, may provide legal services ranging from transactional work such as drafting and negotiating construction and design agreements, to assisting clients in construction litigation, mediation, or arbitration relating to design or construction defects.
 
Minnesota law firms that are currently part of the Building for Good Network Include:
 
•         Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson
•         Heley Duncan & Melander
•         Kubes Law Offices, PLLC 
•         Larson King
•         Stinson LLP
•         TTLO Law
 
Building for Good is actively looking for projects in Minnesota. To submit a project for consideration, volunteer or donate, please visit: www.building4good.org.

 

Contact:

Kristen McDonough

Program Director

Building for Good, Inc.

877-253-4433

kmcdonough@building4good.org

Kristine Kubes

Kubes Law Offices, PLLC

612-333-3262

kristine@kubeslaw.com






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 OnRampFellowship.com. 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: www.kidsnkinship.org, 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
www.oscs.mn.org

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 volunteer@oshousing.org.


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
www.clcmn.org


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 sbute@tubman.org. Or contact Keri Diem, Tubman Legal Services Coordinator, at (612) 870-2435 or kdiem@tubman.org.

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
612/338-3205
mwl@mwlawyers.org

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