Events in the Community

  • 24 Jun 2016 9:19 AM | Bryan Browning (Administrator)

    2016 Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Annual Summer Social

    Friday, July 15, 2016
    5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Location Seven: Steakhouse, Sushi Rooftop Deck (700 Hennepin)


    This is intended for all TCDIP members, affinity bar members and students.  Help TCDIP celebrate and support diversity within our legal community by attending its most exciting social event of the year. TCDIP's summer celebration, co-hosted with local affinity bar organizations, is a way to connect and/or reconnect with your colleagues here in the Twin Cities.

    We look forward to having you join us!

    Register Here!!

  • 18 May 2016 9:48 AM | Bryan Browning (Administrator)

    The MHBA is proud to sponsor the Second Annual MDLA Diversity & Networking Social on June 2, 2016 at the AT&T Tower in Minneapolis!

    The MDLA Diversity Committee was created in 2014 to promote and achieve greater diversity within the MDLA and its member firms.

    This year’s event will feature two panels and a keynote address.


    3:00 – 3:30 pm

    3:30 – 3:40 pm
    Welcome & Introduction
    Rich Scattergood and Jack Hennen

    3:40 – 4:40 pm
    General Counsel, Insurance Carrier Panel


    • Ann Anaya, Sr. Litigation Counsel, 3M
    • Amanda Daeges, VP & Sr. Counsel, US Bank
    • Angelita Hernandez, Sr. Counsel, Target Corp.
    • Peter Glass, Assistant General Counsel, Xcel Energy
    • Kenya Bodden, Progressive Insurance

    A candid discussion regarding industry expectations for increasing diversity. What real diversity looks like; why it matters to clients; and why it should matter to you. This panel will explore the value increased diversity brings to companies through who they hire and retain (inside and outside counsel). In addition, panelists will share steps that corporate legal departments are taking to measure diversity performance at law firms, as well as the challenges corporate legal departments face in implementing and measuring the diversity initiatives of the law firms they employ.


    • Bryan Browning, Bassford Remele, P.A.
    • Colleen McGarry, Meagher & Geer, PLLP

    4:40 – 4:45 pm

    4:45 – 5:45 pm
    Judges/Educators Panel


    • Judge Michael Browne, Hennepin County District Court
    • Judge Kevin Ross, Minnesota Court of Appeals
    • Val Jensen, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice
    • Luiza Dreasher, PhD Assistant Dean & Director of Multicultural & International Inclusion, Mitchell-Hamline School of Law

    This discussion will concentrate on why diversity matters to the Courts and the future of the legal system as a whole. The panel will focus on providing strategies for overcoming institutional, cultural, and  other barriers to increasing diversity in the legal profession. The judges on the panel will focus on the view from the bench of diversity in our profession and will make the case for the need for increased diversity in the legal community. The panel also includes “pipeline” experts, who will help identify issues facing our legal community when it comes to recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys. They will also explore practical strategies firms can employ to increase the number of diverse attorneys thereby increasing the opportunities to hire diverse attorneys.


    • Judge Peter Reyes, Minnesota Court of Appeals

    5:45 – 6:15 pm
    Keynote Speech
    Michelle Miller, Medtronic

    Moving Beyond Mentoring to Sponsorship. Law Firm/ Legal Employer diversity initiatives and efforts that work. How increasing diversity makes you a stronger, healthier, more stable and nimble organization.

    6:15 – 7:15 pm
    Reception/Social Hour 

    Space is limited and will sell out quickly, so register today!!

    Registration and more event information is available HERE

  • 20 Apr 2016 2:18 PM | Bryan Browning (Administrator)

    The MHBA, U.S. District Court, and the Federal Bar Association have a scholarship opportunity for Latino students in Minnesota, grades 6-11!

    Applicants can either submit an essay (max 1000 words); a poem (max 1000 words); a video (max 5 minutes); an audio recording or interview; or an art piece. 

    The topic for the submission is: My Past, My Future: Latino in Minnesota.

    Winners will receive a scholarship award ranging from $250-$1000 AND VIP tickets to a Special Guest Event in October 2016.

    Submissions are due June 13, 2016. Send your entry to MHBAScholarship@gmail.com, or U.S. District Court, Hispanic Legal Experience Committee, 300 S. Fourth Street, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415

    Submissions sent via hard copy should include a cover sheet indicating the student’s name, school, the grade the student is entering in fall 2016, home address, phone, and email address.  The "Re:" line on the cover letter should be: “Hispanic Experience Submission."  Submissions sent via email should include the same information in the body of the email with the following subject line: “Hispanic Experience Submission.”

    Email any questions to: MHBAScholarship@gmail.com

  • 26 Jan 2016 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    Strengthening the Pipeline: Importance of Judicial Clerkships


    Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 

    Schedule: 5:00 - 7:30 pm

    Location: Stinson Leonard Street

    Co-Sponsors: Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, and The Infinity Project

    RSVP: http://mnapaba.org/event-2151661


    Attend a rare opportunity to hear from judges and clerks/former clerks about what it takes to be a judicial law clerk. The program starts with a clerk/former clerk panel who will give insight into their experiences and how a judicial clerkship has informed their current work.  Next, the judges panel will dive deeper into what how they select and develop judicial law clerks.  The program ends with a unique networking reception where additional judges, clerks, and former clerks will answer individual questions. 


    Clerk/Former clerk panel:

    Veena Iyer (moderator) – Nilan Johnson Lewis

    Erin Knapp – US Bank

    Adine Momoh – Stinton Leonard Street

    Ann Motl – U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

    Nic Puechner – Minnesota Court of Appeals

    Forrest Tahdooahnippah – Dorsey & Whitney

    Fue Thao – Ramsey County Attorney's Office

    Lola Velazquez-Aguilu – U.S. Attorney’s Office


    Judges panel:

    Justice Lorie Gildea (moderator) – Minnesota Supreme Court

    Judge Margaret Chutich – Minnesota Court of Appeals

    Judge Michael Davis – U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

    Judge Tony Leung – U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

    Judge Jeannice Reding – Hennepin County District Court

    Judge Peter Reyes– Minnesota Court of Appeals


  • 03 Nov 2015 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, November 11, 2015
    8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

    Click here to RSVP.

    “It is essential that educational opportunities facilitate the creation of qualified future leaders that reflect the diverse society that they will one day represent.“

    “Hispanics and the Pipeline to the Legal Profession:
    AKA Lawyers Don’t Do Math,” HNBA Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2011).

    Diversity in the legal field depends on a diverse pipeline of prepared, talented students. Success means not only passing the bar exam, but achieving the requisite college, high-school, and elementary school milestones — all of which depend on the core foundation of being ready for school upon entry.

    The Barristers’ Breakfast brings together members of the greater MSP legal community to support children at a critical point in their development. Joyce Preschool and the MHBA invite you to join us for this benefit breakfast, which includes networking, coffee and light breakfast, and a keynote presentation.The Barristers’ Breakfast is an opportunity for the legal community to support tomorrow’s leaders, while raising awareness of the critical role early childhood education plays in building a more diverse professional community in Minnesota.

    Congressman Keith Ellison

    Our 2015 keynote is Congressman Keith Ellison.

    Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Rep. Ellison’s guiding philosophy is based on “generosity and inclusion” and his priorities in Congress are building prosperity for working families, promoting peace, pursuing environmental sustainability, and advancing civil and human rights.

    As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, the congressman helps oversee the nation’s financial services and housing industries, as well as Wall Street. He also serves on the House Democratic Steering & Policy Committee, which decides committee assignments for Democratic Members and sets the Democratic Caucus’ policy agenda. In the past he served on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

    Rep. Ellison was elected co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus for the 113th Congress that promotes the progressive promise of fairness for all. He is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, founded the Congressional Consumer Justice Caucus, and belongs to more than a dozen other caucuses that focus on issues ranging from social inclusion to environmental protection.

    Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Ellison was a noted community activist and ran a thriving civil rights, employment, and criminal defense law practice in Minneapolis. He also was elected to serve two terms in the Minnesota State House of Representatives.

    Keith was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He has lived in Minnesota since earning his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1990. Keith is the proud father of four children.



    Platinum Sponsor

    Winthrop & Weinstine

    Gold Sponsors


    Minnesota Continuing Legal Education


    Silver Sponsor


    Bronze Sponsors

    Professional Services Marketing (PSM)

     Thomson Reuters


    Founding Partner & Bronze Sponsor

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  • 14 Oct 2015 6:06 PM | Anonymous

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  • 14 Oct 2015 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    Minnesota Justice Foundation: 2015 Annual Awards Celebration

    Co-sponsored by the MHBA.

    Wednesday, November 11, 2015

    5:30 - 8:30PM

    Plated dinner will be served at 6:30PM

    International Market Square: 275 Market Street, Minneapolis, MN 55405

    Keynote address by: The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

    For more information visit the MJF Website.

  • 14 Oct 2015 5:49 PM | Anonymous

    The Diversity Committee of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association invites you to a free Elimination of Bias CLE on

    Understanding the Administration of Justice in Indian Country: Tribal Sovereignty and Tribal Courts

    Presenters include:

    • Joseph F. Halloran, Shareholder, The Jacobson Law Group
    • Michael L. Murphy,Associate, The Jacobson Law Group


    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

    U.S. Courthouse, Minneapolis

    Jury Assembly Room

    300 South Fourth Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

    12:00-1:00pm Brown Bag CLE 

    1.0 Minnesota CLE elimination of bias credits will be sought.


    Reception to follow 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., U.S. Courthouse, Minneapolis (Atrium)

    The Honorable Diane Humetewa (Hopi), the first Native American woman appointed to an Article III Judgeship, will provide the keynote address.

    "Why Treaties Matter" Exhibit will be on display.


    No RSVP necessary for either event.

    Event Contact  Jeanine L. Johnson at 612-630-3254 or jjohnson@meyernjus.com

  • 14 Oct 2015 5:38 PM | Anonymous

    When Criminal Law and Immigration Law Meet
    A Talk by Crimmigration Law Author
    César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

    Thursday, October 29
    Room 50
    Walter F. Mondale Hall
    229 19th Ave. S.
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    Lunch provided

    In the last thirty years, criminal law and immigration law have become so deeply intertwined that for migrants the distinction is frequently irrelevant. Immigration law often turns on the outcome of criminal proceedings, which are routinely affected by immigration status, and policing habits long associated with these areas of law have crossed the doctrinal divide. This is crimmigration law. Join author César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández as he presents Crimmigration Law, the first book to map the doctrinal landscape of this emerging body of law that is rapidly evolving in U.S. courtrooms and legislatures.

    So that we may plan food adequately, kindly RSVP for the lunch event:

    Networking Happy Hour to Follow
    Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

  • 14 Oct 2015 5:33 PM | Anonymous

    MSBA TECHstar Conference

    Deadline to Register: October 30, 2015

    Legal Technology isn’t what it used to be. Join us for the MSBA’s 2015 TECHstar Conference.

    The day will feature speakers covering a variety of topics, including technological competence, cloud security, and the impact of technology on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession from presenters including Judge Peter Reyes. The day will conclude with a "learning lab"/social hour where attendees can talk with presenters, ask questions, see demos, as well as network with other attendees.

    Sessions and Presenters include:

    The Twenty-First Century Lawyer’s Evolving Ethical Duty of Competence | Casey Flaherty, Procertas

    The Mobile Law Practice: Finding a middle ground between security and accessibility | Nerino Petro, Citrix ShareFile

    Technical Quandaries: New Challenges Imposed by the Rules of Professional Conduct | Todd Scott, MLM 

    It's Time For a Change - Better Methods for Generating Complex Documents | John Federico, Affinity Consulting Group

    Impact of Technology on Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession | Judge Peter Reyes, Court of Appeals

    CLE Credits:

    5 credits applied for (includes 3 ethics and 1 elimination of bias) | Event Code: 211394


    Law Student Members: $25

    MSBA Members: $65

    Non-MSBA Members: $195

    (To register with a check, please mail in this registration form.)

    Remote Participation: 

    Remote participation is not available.

    For more information please visit the MSBA website.


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