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Please visit legal and community organization websites directly for the most up-to-date information.



Upcoming Events in Support of:
The Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center

Victorian Afternoon Tea (COVID-19 Style)
September 19, 2020
2 to 4 p.m. at Spangler and De Stefano PLLP in St. Paul
Details and registration HERE


A Culinary Experience
September 28, 2020
6 to 8 p.m. at the Iron Ranger in St. Paul (on the patio)
Details and registration HERE



Casting the Vote: Candid Conversations with Voting Rights Leaders

SAVE THE DATE: The National Association of Women Lawyers presents "Casting the Vote - Candid Conversations with Voting Rights Leaders" on Thursday, September 24th, 1-2:30 PM EST.

As we approach, this pivotal election in November and commemorate the centennial of the 19th amendment, join NAWL for a conversation on 100 years of voting rights, from suffrage to civil rights and the ongoing fight for equality.  A link to more information and registration will be available soon.



Law Day / Constitution Day CLE: Myths About the Nineteenth Amendment

·         Date/Time: September 23, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Webinar only)

·         Speaker: Speaker: Professor Jill Hasday, University of Minnesota Law School, with introductory remarks from Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea

·         Description: Professor Jill Hasday will discuss the history of the Nineteenth Amendment and how Americans remember and misremember that history.

·         CLE Credit: One standard CLE credit has been applied for (#327024).

·         Registration: Please register using this webinar registration form.

CLE schedule:



Voter Suppression and the Impact of COVID-19 on Voting Rights 


The Diversity Committee of the Federal Bar Association-Minnesota Chapter, along with the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association are pleased to host this two-hour CLE event exploring the topic of voter suppression and the impact of COVID-19 on voting rights for the 2020 State and National elections. The presenters will discuss both historical and current issues surrounding this topic. Do not miss this unique opportunity to hear from individuals with a depth and breadth of knowledge on this timely and important topic!


Thursday, October 1, 2020, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Virtual Presentation


Colin Pasterski (moderator), Attorney, Halunen Law.

Annastacia Belladonna-Carrera,  Executive Director for Common Cause Minnesota.

David McKinney, Staff Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota.

David Schultz, Hamline University Professor of Political Science and Associate Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota (teaching election law).

Steve Simon, Minnesota's 22nd Secretary of State.

This event is free. To register, click here.  
CLE credit:  Application for two CLE credits is in process.

If you have any questions please contact:  Frank Aba-Onu ( Please contact Mr. Aba-Onu or at least 10 days in advance of the event for any accommodations you may need. FBA membership is not required to attend.


Global Rights for Women NOW


Tickets are now available for the human rights event of the year-- Global Rights for Women NOW on October 2nd, 2020 at 12:00 noon - - the virtual, global gathering in solidarity to end violence against women and girls.


Hear from renowned human rights leaders, actors, musicians including Judge Rosemarie Aquilina who presided over the USA Gymnastics sexual abuse scandal; Emcee Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, with special appearances by Eve Ensler and Marcia Gay Harden. All ticket proceeds support Global Rights for Women’s critical efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls in our community and around the world, as the risk of violence continues to increase due to COVID-19.


Complete details are available HERE.


2020 Law Student Writing Competition 


The challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented, and the construction industry in particular has been and will be impacted in ways that are immediately be felt, and in ways that are as yet unknown.


The Construction Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association invites 2L’s and 3L’s thinking about membership in the MSBA to showcase their writing skills and compete for one of two prizes.  The prizes will be awarded to the best submissions on this year's topic.

First Place:      $1,000

Second Place:  $500


Even if students are not a member of the Construction Law Section, they are welcome to participate.  Submit a paper of 1,000 words or less on the topic in the attached announcement. Submissions are due by  October 31, 2020.  Complete details are available HERE.


Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers: Resources and Connections

Join LCL for weekly check-in and support opportunities, via Zoom. Lawyers, judges, law students, and legal organization staff members are welcome.


Path to Lawyer Well-Being Group 
Mondays, 9:00 -10:00 a.m. 
Join LCL’s Path to Lawyer Well-Being Group as we learn about and discuss tools for resilience in these challenging times or any other. This group will provide an opportunity for check in and offer specific resources.


Career Challenges and Choices 
Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.,  
The legal profession, our jobs, and our personal lives have been upended by the global pandemic and social changes. Our jobs may have ended, our practices may be at risk or we are questioning how and whether to continue in the legal profession. This confidential group will provide focused topics and facilitate the exchange of ideas among participants.


Additional LCL groups include Family Support, ADHD Support, Parenting (co sponsored with Minnesota Women Lawyers), and Discipline and Practice, see 

For LCL hosted phone and Zoom 12-step meetings, see


Many additional resources are available at



Still Broken: Sexual Harassment and Misconduct in the Legal Profession—Report of a National Study

Posted July 7th: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Women Lawyers On Guard Inc. (WLG), in collaboration with Nextions LLC, today releases the results of its national, experiential Survey on Sexual Harassment and Misconduct in the Legal Profession. The Report reveals that the current system of addressing sexual harassment in the legal profession is still broken. Individuals working in every position within the legal profession are currently experiencing sexual misconduct and harassing behaviors that have significant, deleterious injury to the individuals being harassed, their organizations, and the entire legal profession. As lawyers begin to return to the workplace, the legal profession can seize the opportunity to tackle this stubbornly persistent and destructive issue and make a change for the better.


Contacts: Cory M. Amron, Esq., 
President, Women Lawyers On Guard Inc. 
(703) 623-1101,


Arin N. Reeves, PhD, Esq., 
President, Nextions LLC 
(312) 922-3552,


To read the full report, visit



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. 





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