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Location: Kelley Board Room, Mitchell Hamline School of Law (875 Summit Ave, St. Paul)
World Without Genocide will host an event on Tuesday, April 4 to commemorate April as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The theme is ‘Engaging New Voices,’ bringing together women who have survived sexual violence in schools, in the military, in churches, families, workplaces, and bedrooms- and in places like Rwanda, Guatemala, Burma, Indian boarding schools, and more.
The event is free and open to the public; no reservations are required, and attendees may participate anonymously.
Location: Loews Hotel, Minneapolis (601 North 1st Ave, Minneapolis)
World Without Genocide Presents:
Location: The Women's Club of Minneapolis at Loring Park (410 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis)
Location: Beth El Synagogue (5225 Barry Street West, St. Louis Park)
Minnesota Women Lawyers is pleased to serve as a promotional partner for the next installment of the Inspiring Minds Speaker Series on May 10th at 7:00pm, at Beth El Synagogue in Saint Louis Park. Launched in 2014, Serial became the fastest podcast to reach five million downloads in iTunes history, with the first season of the podcast presenting a 12-part series on one legal case. On May 10th, Sarah and Julie will take the audience backstage in this cultural phenomenon, using some of their favorite tape to narrate personal stories about the ups and downs of creating a new form of modern storytelling. Motivated by the epidemic that is wrongful conviction, Beth El Synagogue selected Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder as Inspiring Minds speakers to bring the stories they share, and the struggles they embody, closer to our Minnesota community.
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.
Current Open Positions as of February 27, 2017:
-Employee Benefits and Compensation Associate
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.