• 25 Sep 2017 3:27 PM | Priscila Barron Sanchez (Administrator)

    Serve on the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights

     Many people are wondering what tangible action they can take during this time of political uncertainty.  Applying for a seat as a Commissioner for the Department of Civil Rights provides that tangible opportunity to promote and protect Minneapolis residents’ civil rights. 

     Established in 1975, the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights assists in implementing Minneapolis City’s Civil Rights policies through: public information, research, case review, and education.

     As a Commissioner you will:

    •  Represent your Ward and act as a liaison between the Department of Civil Rights and your fellow neighbors relating to civil rights;
    • Serve on appellate review panels for appealed department determinations;
    • Educate, encourage, and dialogue through outreach about civil rights laws, growing issues of concern within your Ward, and the greater Minneapolis community;
    • Advise the Mayor, City Council, and City agencies with respect to Civil Rights matters; and
    • Conduct research and studies that address Civil Rights Ordinances objectives.

     You must be a resident of the City of Minneapolis.  All applicants are welcome and needed.  Attorneys in good standing are highly encouraged to apply.  Applications are received on a rolling basis.  However, to begin starting January 2018 we ask you submit your application no later than the close of business, Thursday, October 5, 2017.  You can find the application hereor go to http://www.minneapolismn.gov/boards/openings/WCMSP-185721You can determine which Ward you reside in by accessing the following link here.


    Questions:    Taylor Edward Crouch-Dodson

    Civil Rights Commission Liaison

                            Phone: 612-673-2091

                            Email: taylor.crouch@minneapolismn.gov

  • 06 Sep 2017 3:02 PM | Priscila Barron Sanchez (Administrator)

    Governor Dayton Appoints Thomas J. Conley and Nelson L. Peralta to Fill Fourth Judicial District Vacancies

     ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointments of Thomas J. Conley and Nelson L. Peralta as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. Mr. Conley and Mr. Peralta will be replacing the Honorable Lyonel Norris and the Honorable Thomas M. Sipkins, and will be chambered at Minneapolis in Hennepin County.

     “I am pleased to appoint Mr. Thomas J. Conley and Mr. Nelson L. Peralta to serve as judges in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “Both Mr. Conley and Mr. Peralta will bring a diverse range of legal experience to the bench. I thank them for their willingness to serve their fellow Minnesotans.”

    About Thomas J. Conley

    Mr. Conley is a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Thomas J. Conley, where he handles employment discrimination cases and business disputes involving non-competition and confidentiality agreements, trade secrets, and contractual matters. Previously, he was a partner at Leonard, Street and Deinard, P.A., an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School, and an attorney at Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistant. Mr. Conley earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

     Mr. Conley is a volunteer mediator for the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, past Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Loft Literacy Center.

     About Nelson L. Peralta

    Mr. Peralta is a solo practitioner at Peralta Law Firm, where his practice includes areas of immigration law, personal injury, and general litigation. Previously, he was a founding shareholder of Peralta & Peralta, Ltd., and an associate attorney at Capistrant & Associates, P.A., Livgard & Rabuse, P.L.L.P., and Peterson Fishman, Livgard & Capistrant, P.L.L.P. Mr. Peralta earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Michigan.

     Mr. Peralta is a board member of the Collaborative Community Law Initiative, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and a volunteer attorney at Volunteer Lawyers Network. He is also a member and past president of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, and previously served on the Board of Directors for Minnesota Continuing Legal Education.

     Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District consists of Hennepin County.

     More information on the Commission on Judicial Selection, as well as vacancies it is currently considering, can be found at http://mn.gov/governor/appointments/judicial-appointments/.

     Click here for headshots of Mr. Conley and Mr. Peralta. 

  • 06 Sep 2017 2:59 PM | Priscila Barron Sanchez (Administrator)

    The MSBA Elder Law Section has allocated funds to offer up to four (4) scholarships to attend the 2017 Elder Law Institute.  The institute occurs on October 12 and 13, 2017, at the Minnesota CLE Conference Center in Minneapolis. Each scholarship covers the complete cost of tuition. (Recipients will need to cover any other expenses that they may incur.)

    To qualify, 1) you must practice at least partly in elder law, 2) you must be practicing law within a solo, small firm, legal aid, or public interest law practice in either a paid or unpaid capacity, and 3) you must either reside over 150 miles from the Twin Cities -or- have started your practice in elder law within the last three (3) years. Unemployed and underemployed attorneys are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications are available on the Elder Law Section's website. 

    Interested applicants must apply by midnight on Friday, September 22, 2017.  Scholarship recipients will be notified by Tuesday, September 26, 2017.  Scholarship recipients must be MSBA Elder Law Section members by October 12, 2017; however, applicants do not need to be section members in order to apply and be selected.  Previous recipients of scholarships from the MSBA Elder Law Section are ineligible. 

    Please visit the application document for any further information.

  • 10 Aug 2017 7:23 AM | Roxanna Gonzalez (Administrator)

    Dear MHBA Members & Supporters:


    The MHBA is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Manuel Guerrero Courage in Leadership Award. The award honors the legacy of one of the co-founders and the first President of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association. Manuel Guerrero served as an attorney in a remarkable career spanning more than half a century and embodied the principles behind the purpose of the award. 


    The Manuel Guerrero Courage in Leadership Award recognizes a visionary community leader whose work is transformative and has broad impact in the State of Minnesota and beyond - a leader who mobilizes and unifies the community around causes that improve people's lives. The award is for leaders that go beyond personal achievement and strive to empower the community, strengthen community participation, and advance social change and the capacity of others to improve the well-being and prosperity of the Latino community.


    Please send your nominations for the award to Aleida Conners, aconners@fredlaw.com, by September 8, 2017, for consideration. Include a brief nomination statement about your nominee and the nominee's CV.

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