• 29 Jun 2016 3:08 PM | Bryan Browning (Administrator)

    MHBA Members and Friends:

    Much has been said since the horrific terrorist attacks that occurred in Orlando mere days ago. Our hearts are with the families and victims of this atrocity directed at the Latinx, Latino, and LGBT communities during pride month. Both the MHBA and MLBA task our members to come together as a community of love and respect and to stand in solidarity against the forces of hate and intolerance. Only a united Minnesota can address the injustices and disparities that still impact the Latinx, Latino, and LGBT communities. Let us do everything we can so that another tragedy, like the one that befell Orlando, does not repeat itself, and let us unite as a community of love and respect to ensure that terrorism does not win.

    -The Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association

    -The Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

  • 20 Apr 2016 11:14 AM | Bryan Browning (Administrator)

    The MHBA, U.S. District Court, and the Federal Bar Association have a scholarship opportunity for Latino students in Minnesota, grades 6-12!

    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

  • 12 Jan 2016 7:59 PM | Anonymous

    Governor Dayton Announces At-Large Vacancy on the Commission on Judicial Selection

    January 05, 2016

    ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the commencement of a process to fill an at-large vacancy on the Commission on Judicial Selection. This vacancy was created upon the resignation of Mary Al Balber.

    The application process is now open for this vacancy. An individual wishing to apply may submit a letter of interest and resume to Lidya Makonnen, Appointments Coordinator, via email at lidya.makonnen@state.mn.us. Application materials are due by close of business, Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

    The Commission on Judicial Selection solicits, considers, and recommends candidates to the Governor for vacancies in the District Trial Courts and the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals. Upon request by the Governor, the Commission has also considered candidates to the appellate courts. It is a joint Commission, appointed by the Governor and the Supreme Court, and made up of nine at-large members, including the Chair, and four district members from each of the ten Judicial Districts. Commission members appointed by the Governor serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

    Since at-large members consider vacancies statewide, a significant time commitment is expected of members. No compensation shall be received and no expenses incurred will be reimbursed.

    Please note that members of the Commission may not be considered or appointed to fill a district court judicial vacancy for one year following the end of their membership. Prospective applicants can review all Commission procedures and guidelines at http://mn.gov/governor/images/district_judge_application_procedures.pdf.

    For inquiries concerning the process, please contact Lidya Makonnen at lidya.makonnen@state.mn.us  or at (651) 201-3451. More information on the Commission on Judicial Selection can be found at http://mn.gov/governor/appointments/judicial-appointments/.

  • 12 Jan 2016 7:57 PM | Anonymous

    The MSBA Civil Litigation Section had just received permission to waive membership dues for up to ten new diverse members for one year. This includes a waiver of the dues for membership in the Section, the MSBA and a district bar. If anyone is interested and has not been a member of MSBA for three years please ask them to contact paul.godfrey@farmersinsurance.com.

  • 16 Oct 2015 9:02 PM | Anonymous

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    Office of Governor Mark Dayton & Lt. Governor Tina Smith

    October 16, 2015
    Commission on Judicial Selection Recommends Fifth Judicial District Candidates to Governor Dayton
    ST. PAUL, MN – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today it is recommending three candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota’s Fifth Judicial District. This vacancy was created upon the retirement of the Honorable Robert D. Walker, and will be chambered at Fairmont in Martin County.
    Nicholas Anderson: Mr. Anderson serves as the Cottonwood County Attorney As county attorney, he is responsible for handling criminal, juvenile delinquency, and child protection matters. Previously, he was a solo practitioner at Nicolas Anderson Law office and also served as the Assistant Cottonwood County Attorney. Mr. Anderson frequently volunteers as a judge for mock trial competitions and with Windom’s National Night Out Program.
    Mark Betters: Mr. Betters is a shareholder and president at Betters Wienandt Attorneys at Law, Ltd., where his practice focuses on family law and criminal defense matters. Previously, he served as a public defender for the Fifth Judicial District, where he handled felony, gross misdemeanor, and misdemeanor cases. Mr. Betters is the assistant coach of a Mankato youth hockey team and is a volunteer musician at Crossview Covenant Church.
    Michael Trushenski: Mr. Trushenski serves as the Assistant Martin County Attorney, where he primarily handles felony and gross misdemeanor prosecution. He also is an associate attorney at Viesselman & Barke, P.A, practicing in family and bankruptcy law, personal injury, and probate matters. Mr. Trushenski is the president of the Martin County Law Library Committee, past president of the Seventeenth District Bar Association, and serves on the Martin County Youth Foundation Board.
    Minnesota’s Fifth Judicial District consists of Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, and Watonwan Counties.
    An announcement of the appointment will be made following an interview process over the next few weeks.

    Office of the Governor & Lt. Governor, Communications Department
    116 Veterans Service Building, 20 West 12th Street, St. Paul, MN 55155
    T: 651-201-3400 | E: Dayton.Media@state.mn.us

  • 12 Jul 2015 8:07 PM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association Rejects Trump's Racist Comments and Joins the Hispanic National Bar Association Press Release

    The Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA) is an affiliate of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), which represents the interests of nearly 54 million Hispanics/Latinos in the United States, which is approximately 17% of the U.S. population. By his recent derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants, Donald Trump’s disrespect of such a large segment of the population of America is not only unbelievable, but outright wrong.  His comment that Mexico only sends rapists and criminals to the United States reveals a racist nature that cannot and will not go unnoticed by the HNBA, the MHBA, nor the Latino community.


    Those who seek our highest public office should attempt to engage all Americans, not divide us. His comments are clearly divisive and racist and do nothing to promote equality and justice for all.  Trump’s statements reveal a bias that all Americans should reject and respond to accordingly.  We cannot stand silent and allow Trump to promote such racist and discriminatory behavior. This is the time for all Americans to take a stand against his insensitive, offensive and untrue statements. 


    The HNBA and the MHBA calls for a boycott of all of Trump business ventures, including golf courses, hotels, and restaurants.  We salute NBC/Universal, Univision and Macy’s for ending their association with Trump, and we join them in standing up against bigotry and racist rhetoric. Other businesses and corporations should follow the lead of NBC/Universal, Univision and Macy’s and take similar actions against Donald Trump’s business interests.  We can and will make a difference.


    Contrary to Mr. Trump’s divisive statements, recent data suggests that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born residents, as highlighted by the latest report of the American Immigration Council. Unfortunately, many U.S. policymakers and politicians ignore the evidence and succumb to their fears and prejudices about what they imagine immigrants to be. As a result, far too many immigration policies are drafted on the basis of stereotypes rather than substance. These laws are criminalizing an ever broadening swath of the immigrant population by applying a double standard when it comes to the consequences for criminal behavior. Immigrants who experience even the slightest brush with the criminal justice system, such as being convicted of a misdemeanor, can find themselves subject to detention for an undetermined period, after which they are expelled from the country and barred from returning.


    The MHBA calls for a more tolerant, respectful, and socially conscious conversation about immigration policy in the United States during the upcoming election cycle. We demand—and deserve—leaders and law-makers that reject racism and anti-immigrant prejudices.


    Esteban A. Rivera, Esq.

    President of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association

  • 26 May 2015 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    Ann Anaya Receives 2015 Manuel Guerrero Courage in Leadership Award

    By: Amy Conners

    Ann Anaya, Senior Counsel, Litigation and Preventative Law at 3M Company, received the 2015 Manuel Guerrero Courage in Leadership Award at the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association’s Annual Gala on February 19, 2015 at the Walker Art Center. She was recognized for a career that has
    spanned the public and private sectors, in which she has continually worked to advance justice in the community by championing diversity and serving as a mentor. Throughout many roles in her career, Anaya has been the voice at the table advocating for a more inclusive legal community. Ann currently serves as Vice President of Membership for the Minnesota Chapter of the FBA.

    In accepting the award, Anaya gave an inspiring speech about continuing the commitment to developing leadership roles for Hispanics and women, saying “we don’t want to be window
    treatment, we want equal treatment.” Anaya said that the Hispanic community needs to show that unique voices and diversities of perspective are the solution to old questions. Throughout her career, often as the first Latina in a position, Anaya has had to prove that she is not only capable and qualified, but valuable because of the unique voice she provides. She has advocated for the idea that innovative solutions and problem solving require fresh and diverse perspectives.

    Anaya has an inspiring background: she was the first professional and lawyer in her family, was raised in a working-class family, and is a second-generation Mexican American. In attending
    a nearly all-white school in Inver Grove Heights she gained insights that fueled her commitment to diversity and inclusion. Anaya attended the University of Minnesota, earning a political science degree with an emphasis in Latin American Politics and serving as Director of the Chicano Latino Student Center. In her studies, she examined justice for Latino Americans, and this focus led her to law school, which she attended to address issues of equality and fairness in the justice system.

    Anaya’s commitment to the justice system shows in her significant public service with the First District Public Defenders’ Office, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, and 11 years as an Assistant United States Attorney. In each of these roles, Anaya worked to bring an awareness and appreciation for fairness and inclusion, whether in sentencing advocacy or working toward diversity in hiring and advancement.

    Mentorship is also important to Anaya, and she seeks out opportunities to mentor young Hispanics in high school and law school. She has volunteered with the Open Doors program,
    reaching out to high school students throughout the state. Anaya now chairs the Diversity Committee of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board, where she is a strong advocate for public education and providing educational opportunities for all Minnesotans.

    At 3M, Anaya has continued her commitment to diversity as a Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Board and as a member of the 3M Legal Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Committee, where she is leading initiatives to ensure that the outside lawyers that 3M hires value diversity and inclusion. Kevin Rhodes, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at 3M and Chair of the 3M Legal Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Committee, describes Anaya as a thought leader who is involved in a number of initiatives to promote and maintain diversity and inclusion.

    Manuel Guerrero was one of Minnesota’s most influential Hispanic attorneys and a founder and first director of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association. He was a mentor to many Latino attorneys in Minnesota. In receiving the 2015 Manuel Guerrero Courage in Leadership Award, Anaya was honored for her commitment to leadership, mentorship, and equality.


    Amy Conners is a litigation partner at Best & Flanagan

    To View The Article Click Here!

  • 09 Mar 2015 7:08 PM | Lariss Maldonado (Administrator)

    Please join us for our annual meeting, on April 16, 2015 from 5-8pm at Fredrickson & Byron, 200 S 6th St, Ste 4000, Mpls, where we will unveil our 3 year strategic plan. We will also be honoring our Access to Justice Award Recipient. Finally, voting for the 2015-2016 board will be held. If you are interested in a running for a board position, please contact the current President, Tamara Caban-Ramirez at tamara@cabanramirezlaw.com.

    Please rsvp by April 9.

  • 08 Apr 2014 4:57 PM | Deleted user
    Professor Dolores Atencio, former Hispanic National Bar Association Latina Commissioner, has reached out to the MHBA for assistance in locating the first Latina lawyer from the states of North Dakota and South Dakota. Currently, the Latina Commission is identifying the first Latina lawyers in each of the 50 states and North and South Dakota are some of the few remaining states.

    If you know of any Latina lawyers in North Dakota or South Dakota who would be able to help the Commission, please email Barbara Pena with their contact information. The MHBA thanks you in advance for your assistance.
  • 08 Apr 2014 4:55 PM | Deleted user
    The Hispanic Contractors Association of Minnesota (“HCAM”) has requested information regarding MHBA attorneys who practice construction, OSHA/safety, and regulatory compliance law. If you are interested in having your information provided to HCAM, please email contact information and a brief description of your practice to MHBA Board Member, Bryan R. Browning at bbrowning@bassford.com.

    Information regarding the HCAM is available here.
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