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2018 Benefit for Innocence

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Time: 5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Location: Minneapolis Event Centers (212 2nd Street Southeast, Minneapolis)

The Innocence Project of Minnesota is proud to announce Cory Session as its 2018 Benefit for Innocence keynote speaker! Cory is the board Vice-President of the Innocence Project of Texas, and its former Policy Director is a champion for the wrongfully convicted. His service to the cause of justice began after his brother, Timothy Cole, was wrongfully convicted and served 13 years of a 25-year sentence before he died of complications from asthma while in prison. Session, along with the Innocence Project of Texas, never gave up in his efforts to clear Cole’s name. His story is one of bittersweet triumph, with his advocacy resulting in the first and only posthumous pardon in Texas and significant legislative changes to prevent and remedy future injustices. Mr. Session continues to speak around the country to spreading awareness of wrongful convictions to help free the incarcerated innocent.

Complete details and registration are available here.

New HCBA Initiative: A Table For 10

Registration: Opens November 15.

HCBA President Adine S. Momoh invites you to be a part of “A Table for 10.” Launching on November 15, this new association initiative is designed to help diverse attorneys expand their professional networks and increase their social circles. “While there are lots of programs designed to educate the legal community about issues affecting diverse attorneys, fewer events are offered to foster inclusive environments for diverse attorneys, particularly attorneys of color and LGBTQ attorneys,” President Momoh said.

“A Table for 10” gatherings are designed to provide an inclusive space to connect outside your law firm or office and will be held four times during the 2018-19 bar year, with different groups of members joining at each meal. HCBA members who sign up for one of the get-togethers will meet for a breakfast, lunch, or dinner to chat, confer, and connect. There’s no set agenda or theme to be covered. Discussion is open to whatever is on the minds of each group of diners. Everything is on the table—from the trivial to the trial, and all that’s in-between. Come enjoy each other’s company over a great meal. Find commonalities, celebrate differences, and let your collective conversations lead the way. Don’t forget to bring your business cards!

“A Table for 10” registration is open to the first 10 HCBA members who sign up for each gathering. The first meeting takes place on Thursday, November 15 at Prime6 in downtown Minneapolis from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. There’s no registration fee, but each diner covers the cost of their own meal.

Register today for the November dinner at

Contact HCBA Events Manager Sheila Johnson at 612-752-6615 with questions.

MHBA Presents: Managing Teams of Lawyers

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Time: 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Location: Littler Mendelson, P.C. (IDS Center, 80 South 8th Street, Suite 1300, Minneapolis)

Please join us on November 28, 2018 for an informative discussion on the practical facet of managing teams of lawyers. Intended discussion topics:
-The most effective strategies for identifying, developing, and utilizing the strength of each team member;
-How to foster effective lines of communication within the team, even when providing or receiving constructive feedback;
-Tips on how to delegate work effectively; and
-Important considerations when leading a diverse teams

Distinguished panelists for this extraordinary event are:
-Jim Rowader: Vice President, General Counsel Employee & Labor Relations at Target;
-Michelle Miller: Vice President, Chief Counsel of Employment Law at Medtronic;
-Joe Nuñez: Shareholder at Vantage Law Group; and
-Donna Arbisi: Assistant General Counsel at Securian Financial Group.


Please RSVP to Pablo Orozco via email at If you forget to RSVP, please drop by anyway. You can view details about this and other MHBA events at

CLE Credit will be applied for.

2018 Holiday Shopping Event to Benefit the Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center, PSC.

Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Time: 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location: The University Club of Saint Paul (420 Summit Ave, St. Paul)


MWL is pleased to sponsor the 2018 Holiday Shopping Event! Unique Artisans and Silent Auction: this is your one stop shop for the holidays! Shop local artisans for your family, friends and for yourself!

This event is to raise funds for DALAC’s general expenses in providing pro bono legal services to victims and survivors of domestic abuse at shelters DALAC collaborates with in Minnesota. DALAC is located in St. Paul, MN.

Purchases at vendors are made to the vendor and are not tax deductible.Silent auction purchases are tax
deductible for any value paid above fair market value and only to the extent allowed by law.

A flier with complete details is available here.

It's Time to Act: Four-Act Forum Series Presented by the YWCA Minneapolis

Recent events continue to demonstrate that racial disparities are deeply ingrained in our communities and that disrupting these inequities requires proactive, intentional and collaborative efforts. In this series of thought-provoking and honest conversations about race, renowned experts lead us to create action plans as cohorts and as individuals to take definitive steps towards racial equity.  

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
$250 for the full series, $65 per event 

Act One

Systemic Racism: Identifying It and Dismantling It
December 4, 2018
Dr. Nell Irvin Painter

Act Two

White Fragility: Unpacking Privilege
February 5, 2019
Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Act Three

Before Jesus Was White: Unlearning Our Truths
April 11, 2019
Rev. Dr. Curtiss DeYoung and Anthony Galloway

Act Four
Racism and Sexism: Revealing the Intersectionality
June 13, 2019
John Biewen

Complete details and registration are available here.

MWL is Pleased to Co-Sponsor:
The 4th Annual Women of Color in the Law Forum: Lifting as We Climb

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Time: 4:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Location: Fredrikson and Byron (420 Summit Ave, St. Paul)

Please join us for the 4th annual Women of Color in the Law Forum. This is a signature event designed to bring together women lawyers of color for an evening of camaraderie, community and real discussion about careers and professional life. Following an engaging conversation with Michelle Miller, Vice President & Chief Counsel of Employment Law at Medtronic, guests will participate in Discussion Circles and a reception.

Complete details and registration are available here.



Gender Equity, the Workplace, and You: A Panel Discussion


Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Time: 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Location: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (90 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis)


This event is hosted by the Minneapolis Fed's Law Department. Please join us or an engaging dialogue featuring a range of perspectives on the issue of gender equity in the workplace. Panelists and presentation topics include the following: 

Senior Research Economist Alessandra Fogli will discuss why gender equity issues matter from an economic standpoint, disparities between male and female participation in certain areas of the workforce, and meaningful inclusion of women.

Professor June Carbone, University of Minnesota Law School, will discuss her recent publication, “Gender and the Tournament: Reinventing Antidiscrimination Law in an Age of Inequality,” and the ways in which aspects of the current corporate structure may contribute to the gendered nature of advancement.

Professor Marie Failinger, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, will discuss why diversity of judges is an important issue, and the history and work of the Infinity Project, which seeks to increase gender diversity of the Eighth Circuit bench.

Complete details and registration are available here.


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. 

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:, 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.

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

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