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January 2020 Newsletter

Board Message

Happy New Year!

This year is special not only because it is the start to a new decade, but also because it is HABA's 10 year anniversary. So this year we'll be doing it big, and celebrating such a wonderful achievement. The board is busy planning great events for this year including CLEs, elections, the annual banquet, service opportunities, and more! We had great turnout for our Meet the Judges event last week, so for those who couldn't attend our first event this year (and decade) look forward to more in the coming months. We would love to see more of you at future events, especially as we celebrate 10 years!

- Pa Nhia Vang, Secretary


Women of Color in the Law Forum: Lifting as We Climb
Fredrikson & Byron, Minnesota Women Lawyers and Twin Cities Diversity in Practice are proud to present The 5th Annual Women of Color in the Law Forum: Lifting as We Climb. Join women lawyers of color, indigenous women lawyers and allies for an evening of camaraderie, community and real discussion about careers and professional life.

HABA is proud to co-sponsor this event and highly encourages members to attend. It's always received rave reviews from past participants.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church 1200 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis MN 55403


Judge Adam Yang and Judge Paul Yang hosted HABA members and judges in their chambers. Thank you to both Judges for your hospitality, and to all who attended.


If you attended one of our CLE events this year, please find below the CLE Event Code number:

271808: Immigration Basics
277411: Commercial Real Estate Law 101
278336: Lawyering in the Age of Social Media

Events in the Legal Community

Cultural Conflict in Elder Care Facilities and the Need for Cultural Competency in Elder Law - CLE
This presentation will be focused on elder law attorneys, in-house counsel, and compliance experts to outline, and suggest strategies for dissipating, interpersonal conflict in elder care relationships. Further, this program will help attorneys themselves understand the complex web of social constructs impacting the elderly, and our role in managing those relationships. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Lunch will not be provided.
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
MSBA Glacial Lakes Room 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380, Minneapolis, MN 55402 - $35 for non-MSBA members
Federal Bar Association Diversity Committee Meet and Greet
Minnesota Judicial Selection Process: Challenges Facing Applicants of Color and Strategies for Success - CLE
The CLE is designed to introduce the attendees to the basic judicial application process and the challenges they may face in seeking appointment. The CLE is also intended to facilitate discourse relating to various ways in which Black and other applicants of color are likely to be "judged" differently and will provide tips and strategies to enable these applicants to prepare for and hopefully succeed during the judicial selection process.
January 27, 2020, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Bassford Remele 100 South 5th St., Suite 1500, Minneapolis, MN 55402
19th Annual Minnesota Lavender Bar Association Conference
Registration now open featuring keynote speaker Dru Levasseur. Dru Levasseur is the Deputy Program Officer of the National LGBT Bar Association, expanding the Bar’s programmatic work, including Lavender Law 365, an LGBTQ+ inclusion coaching and consulting initiative perfect for law firms, law schools, and workplaces. As a leading figure in the LGBTQ+ equality movement for 25 years, 15 of which in the legal profession, Dru has extensive experience in law, advocacy, philanthropy, and community organizing.
February 1, 2020 at 8:00 AM to 2:20 PM
Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105
MNAPABA Public Sector and Non-Profit Network

Job Postings

Chief Data Practices Compliance Officer - The University of Minnesota Office of the General Counsel is seeking a Chief Data Practices Compliance Officer position.  This is a newly created position within the Office of the General Counsel that will direct the University’s data practices compliance efforts.  The position will ensure system-wide compliance with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA) and other state and federal data disclosure laws.  The title under which the successful candidate will initially serve will depend on years of relevant experience.  Required qualifications include a Juris doctorate degree and a minimum of six years of relevant experience.  For a full description and to apply, please visit the University of Minnesota Employment website at and search for job ID 334920.
Staff Attorney Supervisor - The Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings has an opening for a band-new Staff Attorney Supervisor position. The Staff Attorney Supervisor will: (1) Provide planning, management and supervision for OAH staff attorneys; (2) Assist judges by conducting legal research, providing legal analysis and opinion, and independently preparing proposed interim orders, contested case decisions and rule reports; (3) Support OAH in the legislative process, including the drafting and review of legislation on controversial or highly complex matters and statutes; (4) Assist the Chief Judge and/or Deputy Chief Judge and perform such related duties as may be assigned by the Chief Judge and/or Deputy Chief Judge. Applications are accepted until January 22 at
Attorney/Senior Attorney - The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is seeking to fill a full-time Attorney or Senior Attorney position within its Law Department. The position involves advising and working with Bank management as well as regular interaction with attorneys from other Federal Reserve Banks and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Interested candidates must apply online at

Commission/Board Vacancies

The City of Saint Paul actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences to reflect the views and effectively represent the diverse communities of Saint Paul.  Appointments are generally made when serving members have reached their term limits or when members leave the committee, board or commission for other reasons, such as resignation. Click on for additional information.
Board on Judicial Standards
There is currently one opening on the Board on Judicial Standards for a public member.

Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee
There are currently multiple openings for a member on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.

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