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Diversity Bar Meet and Greet

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 5:30 P.M.- 8:00 P.M. 

Location: Halunen Law (IDS Center- 1650, 80 South 8th Street, Minneapolis)

The Minnesota Federal Bar Association's Diversity Committee is pleased to invite you to its fourth annual Diversity Bar Meet & Greet. Join the group for complimentary drinks and appetizers and mingling. You will get a chance to mix with our diverse Minnesota legal community and affinity bar associations.

Please RSVP to if you would like to attend.

View a flier with complete details here.

Benefit Concert for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Friday, January 26, 2018
Time: 6:00 P.M. 

Location: Mitchell Hamline School of Law Auditorium (875 Summit Ave, St. Paul)

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) provides free, confidential assistance to Minnesota lawyers, judges and law students who are struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

Sony/ATV Music singer-songwriter Daphne Willis will headline a fundraising benefit for LCL. Making a stop in the Twin Cities during a nationwide tour for her new album, Freaks Like Me, Willis will bring her upbeat pop sounds to the Auditorium of the Mitchell-Hamline Law School.

Noting that her music, including her latest singles "Somebody's Someone" and "Dopamine," have helped many others begin the path to recovery, she told LCL that she is excited to perform at the benefit.  She promises Minnesota's music-lovers that "it will be a really amazing night."

Tickets are $20 for general admission.

Complete details and tickets are available here.

The Ramsey County Bar Association is Seeking Nominations for This Year's Law Day Awards

Nominations Deadline: 
Monday, February 12, 2018

The Ramsey County Bar Association is seeking nominations for the following awards:

Distinguished Humanitarian Service Awardwhich will be presented to a lawyer who has provided outstanding service to our community


Liberty Bell Awardfor a non-lawyer who has promoted a better understanding of and respect for our government and the courts


Excellence in Diversity Awardfor an individual or organization that has worked to promote diversity and equal opportunities for members of historically under-represented groups in our community


Instructions and nominations forms for all awards are available at .

View a flier with complete Diversity Award criteria here.

View the nomination form here.

MABL General Membership Meeting

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 11:30 A.M.- 1:00 P.M. 

Location: Stinson Leonard Street LLP (50 South 6th Street, Suite 2600, Minneapolis)

For over a year, leadership of MABL has worked to develop MABL's three-year Strategic Plan. Join us to reflect on MABL's history, focus on MABL's future and vote on the Strategic Plan.

Networking reception (with food and drink) to follow and to include special recognition of the Honorable Peter Reyes, who guided MABL's strategic planning efforts.

Complete details and registration is available here.

School Sisters of Notre Dame Women's Leadership Luncheon

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Time: 11:30 A.M.- 1:00 P.M. 

Location: University of St. Thomas- James B. Wolfe Alumni Hall (2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul)

The School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province invite you to a Women’s Leadership Luncheon to further the understanding of leadership and bring women leaders and colleagues together to reflect on the integration of the spiritual and professional dimensions of life.

The event is free, but registration is required.

Featured Speaker:
Justice Anne K. McKeig, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice

“I’m Just a Girl from Federal Dam - Pathways to Leadership”
The Honorable Anne K. McKeig joined the Minnesota Supreme Court on September 1, 2016. She is the first American Indian appointed to the state’s highest court.

Justice McKeig previously served as an assistant Hennepin County Attorney and District Court Judge. She has worked on several committees focusing on child welfare and domestic violence issues. She also taught as an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and has spoken at numerous conferences regarding child protection and tribal community issues.

A descendant of the White Earth Nation, Justice McKeig is a native of Northern Minnesota. 

Complete details and registration is available here.

Special MSBA Membership Offer from the Civil Litigation Section

In an effort to increase the section's diversity, the MSBA Civil Litigation Section has received permission to waive membership dues for up to ten new diverse members for one year. This includes membership in the Section, the MSBA, and a district bar association. This has a value of up to $539.00. The only requirement to be considered is applicants cannot have been a member of the MSBA in the last three years. 

Any interested attorney may contact MSBA Diversity and Inclusion Director Athena Hollins at or the Civil Litigation Chair Annamarie Daley at 612-217-8844 or


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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