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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.  


Location: 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis
Time: 
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: 
$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.
 

 


18th Annual Minnesota Lavender Bar Association Conference- Call for Proposals

 

Proposal Due Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Conference Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019

Location: Mitchell Hamline School of Law (975 Summit Ave, St. Paul)


The MLBA annual conference is coming up soon, and MLBA is looking for your expertise and knowledge for their 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? Submit a proposal today! 

 

To submit a proposal, please send the following information to info@mnlavbar.org by Tuesday, January 15.

  • Name
  • Title
  • Employer
  • Proposed Breakout Title
  • Paragraph about the topics you would like to cover

Find out more and register for the 2019 MLBA Conference here.

 

The Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association's Diversity Committee is Pleased to Present:
Affinity Bar Meet & Greet!

 

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Time: 4:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

Location: Zimmerman Reed (1100 IDS Center, Minneapolis)

 

Please join the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, for their 5th Annual Affinity Bar Meet-and-Greet Event.

This event provides an opportunity to connect FBA leadership with the affinity bar leaders and members. Please extend this invitation to fellow MWL members and colleagues.


There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

 

If you are able to join us, please RSVP to derek@zimmreed.com

 

 

Bending the Arc Toward Justice: A Review of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Racial Bias Task Force

 

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Time: 12:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

Location: University of St. Thomas School of Law (1101 Harmon Pl., Minneapolis)

 

Presented By: Hennepin County Bar Association Bench and Bar Committee &The Fourth Judicial District Equal Justice Committee

In the early 1990s, the Minnesota Supreme Court launched the Racial Bias Task Force to examine racial bias issues throughout the Minnesota justice system. In 1993, the Task Force issued an extensive report on its findings and offered a number of recommendations to address and improve racial equity in the Minnesota justice system. This seminar will offer a review of the Task Force report by assessing the progress that has been made in implementing the Task Force recommendations and identify where we have fallen short to realize the goal of improving racial equity in the Minnesota justice system. The program will consist of an opening panel discussion that will focus on what led to the creation of the Racial Bias Task Force, the goals of the Task Force, its findings and recommendations, and an analysis of what has been accomplished since the report was issued nearly three decades ago. The opening panel will be followed by a series of seven “Topic Talks” that will provide an in-depth analysis on several of the issues addressed in the Task Force report.  The seven “Topic Talks” will address the following issues: Minnesota Sentencing Disparities; Working with Diverse Communities in the Justice System; Use of Interpreters in our Justice System; Children in Need of Protection and Out of Home Placements; Juvenile Justice System -- Hennepin County Juvenile Court’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative; Cultural Diversity in the Justice System Workplace and Policing Practices in the 21st Century.

This program features a diverse and prominent group of speakers who have extensive experience working within the justice system. Included among the speakers are individuals who worked on the original Task Force Report, assisted in implementing the Task Force recommendations, or currently work within the justice system. 

4.25 Elimination of Bias MBCLE credit applied for.

 

Complete details and registration are available here.


Fourteenth Annual Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association Gala

Date: Friday, March 8, 2019

Time: 4:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

Location: Hilton Minneapolis (1001 Marquetter Ave South, Minneapolis)


The Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association invites its members, friends, and supporters to join it in celebrating the Fourteenth Annual MHBA Gala! This year, Horacio Gutiérrez, General Counsel and Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs of Spotify, joins us as our keynote speaker for this year's MHBA Gala. In addition, the MHBA will be awarding the 2019 Manuel Guerrero Courage in Leadership Award. 
Finally, the MHBA Gala will once again feature live music from salsa band Tropical Zone Orchestra!

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 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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