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Legal & Community Announcements 

The Surgeon General's Report on Addiction: A Call to Action

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Time: 9:00 A.M.- 11:30 A.M.

Location: Wayzata Country Club (200 Wayzata Blvd, Wayzata)

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Time: 7:00 P.M.- 9:30 P.M.

Location: The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth (1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth)

LCL is pleased to join with Acadia Healthcare, The Retreat, and others in welcoming Dr. Michael V. Genovese, M.D., J.D., Chief Medical Advisor, Acadia Healthcare, Recovery Division, to Minnesota. Dr. Genovese will discuss this groundbreaking report and the opportunities it provides.

Register here for the Wayzata program

Register here for the Duluth program.

Applications Sought for Appointment to The MSBA's Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council

The Leadership Council's purpose  is to lead the advocacy and promotion of historically discriminated groups within the MSBA and the legal profession, through an inclusive culture where various viewpoints, experiences, and beliefs are respected and considered.

Members appointed to the D & I Council must be available for quarterly meetings as well as participation on one of the D & I Council’s sub-committees, which tend to meet every other month. The term for each of these positions will run through June 30, 2019.

Applicants should submit a completed “Qualifications and Interests Statement” (attached and available here) along with a curriculum vitae to Tiana O’Konek, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Minnesota State Bar Association, 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380, Minneapolis, MN 55402 or via email to Applications must be received no later than 4:30 pm on June 28, 2017. 

View the complete vacancy announcement here.

Global Rights for Women at the Women's Club: 

An Event Featuring Representative Ilhan Omar, Zuri Balmakund Santiago, Sarah Super, Doualy Xaykaothao, and DJ Chamun

Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Time: 7:00 P.M.- 9:00 P.M.

Location: The Women's Club (5225 Barry Street West, St. Louis Park)

Mark your calendars for “Global Rights for Women at The Woman’s Club: An Event Featuring Representative Ilhan Omar, Zuri Balmakund Santiago, Sarah Super, Doualy Xaykaothao, and DJ Chamun”.

Global Rights for Women’s event at The Woman’s Club will feature:

  • Representative Ilhan Omar, the first elected Somali-American lawmaker
  • Zuri Balmakund Santiago of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
  • Sarah Super of Break the Silence

Doulay Xaykaothao of Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) will host and emcee. And DJ Chamun will provide music.

This conversation is FREE, but you must be registered to attend and you also have the option to give a suggested donation of $15+ p/person.

Light dessert will be served.

Complete details and registration is available here.

MWL is Pleased to Sponsor:
National Association of Women Lawyers' 2017 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017
Time: 8:00 A.M.- 6:00 P.M.

Location: The Grand Hyatt New York (109 East 42nd St, New York, NY)
Cost: Full Day and Luncheon-Only options available. View the NAWL website HERE for details.
*MWL Members receive 10% off registration with code: AMMWL2017

Networking Breakfast* | 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Morning Programming* | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Awards Luncheon | 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Afternoon Programming* | 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Closing Networking Reception | 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM
*Full-Day Ticket Required

You're invited to attend the National Association of Women Lawyers’ 2017 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon which will be held at the Grand Hyatt New York on Thursday, July 20. The Awards Luncheon will draw over 900 attendees, including outside and in-house counsel, and attorneys from government, military, non-profits, and academia. The luncheon will celebrate leaders within NAWL and the profession, including the following Minnesotans:

• Hon. Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Senator from Minnesota, as the 2017 Arabella Babb Mansfield Award recipient in recognition of her professional achievement, positive influence, and valuable contribution to women in the law and in society;

• Hon. Wilhelmina M. Wright, Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, as the 2017 M. Ashley Dickerson Award recipient in recognition of her commitment to promoting diversity

• Angela Beranek Brandt, Partner at Larson · King LLP, as the incoming NAWL Board of Directors President for the 2017-2018 term.

In addition to the Awards Luncheon celebrating leaders in our organization and profession, there will be comprehensive and rich programming relevant to women in all fields of legal practice. The morning and afternoon programming will feature candid conversations on diversity, overcoming challenges, and the importance of having a supportive network.

Complete details and registration available at


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.


Current Open Positions as of February 27, 2017:

Fox Rothschild (Minneapolis)

-Employee Benefits and Compensation Associate

Fish & Richardson (Minneapolis)

-Patent Prosecution


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, 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.

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