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May 2018 Newsletter

President's Message

Many of the members of our bar organization were first generation immigrants and/or the first in our family to attend graduate school.  We didn't have the benefit of paying for prep courses or even knowing they existed.  If you were like me, much of the early stages was reaching in the dark.  The joy of having our bar organization is to provide a light, however big or small, to guide future generations through that darkness.  In an effort to fuel that light, HABA has created a scholarship for law school hopefuls to create a strong base for his/her future career in the law.  As a member of this bar organization, you are the reason why the scholarship exists in the first place.  I hope that you will encourage future law students who look to you for guidance to apply for the HABA scholarship.

- Fue Lo Thao


The Hmong American Bar Association (HABA) invites the community to submit applications to be considered for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) preparation course scholarship. Strong LSAT scores can lead to law school scholarships, highly competitive law school applications, and a greater likelihood of acceptance into law school. Additionally, HABA is committed to diversifying the legal field by aiding law school hopefuls at the earliest stages of their legal career. This scholarship is intended to remove the financial barrier of a LSAT preparation course for a potential law student who cannot afford to pay for the course. The scholarship will be a direct payment from HABA to a LSAT preparation course provider on behalf of the scholarship recipient.

Applications due by May 30, 2018, 12 Midnight Central Time, submitted by email to, subject line: ”HABA LSAT PREP COURSE SCHOLARSHIP”.
View HABA LSAT Prep Course Scholarship Application

Seeking Volunteers 

The Hmong Parent Advisory Council in Saint Paul Public Schools is hosting a Hmong Senior Recognition on Saturday, May 26th from 4pm - 7pm for this year's graduating seniors.  The theme this year is "Professionals that Look Like Us".  The Hmong seniors are selected by their counselors in the areas of academic achievements, leadership, community service or athletics and they expect to recognize about 130 students.

If you are available to help staff our HABA table, please email us at  

CLE: Compliance Careers in the Banking Industry

Monday, June 11, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Social Hour
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CLE Presentation

Hmong Village, Room A18
1001 Johnson Parkway
Saint Paul, MN 55106

1 CLE credit pending
RSVPs not required but preferred to

Come join us for an evening with four law graduates/attorneys on how they use their degree in the banking industry.  Come learn about how they got started in the banking field, what areas of expertise they work in, how they use their JD in their jobs and what opportunities for growth there are in the banking field.

  • Yee Xiong, RCA Consultant - Targeted Specialist, AVP
  • Mai Ka Moua, Fair and Responsible Banking Division - Complaints RCA, AVP
  • Kabao Alisa Yang, Fair and Responsible Banking Division - Compliance Consultant, AVP
  • Pajjar Yang, Strategic Assessment Manager, VP
RSVP for June CLE


In September, HABA will hold elections for officers and board positions.  All positions are for term years 2019 and 2020.  Email, call, or talk to one of the current officers and boardmembers if you are interested or have questions.

Come help lead HABA into 2020!  

Events in the Legal Community

Housing Discrimination Training for Landlords
Sponsored by the Saint Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity
Free CLE
May 23, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
See attached flyer.
44th Annual Federal Practice Seminar
May 24th, 2018 (full-day agenda)
Registration and details available here.
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota Biennial Gala

The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota's 2018 Gala! This year's Gala is Friday, June 1, 2018 at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center.  ILCM anticipates over 500 guests from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions and the sponsorship benefits are substantial.
The evening's highlights include a lively cocktail reception, a silent auction, a delicious dinner, an inspiring program, annual awards, and lively entertainment. ILCM's annual gala is well regarded among fundraising events as a great evening to come together, have fun, and stand strongly together to protect, defend and celebrate New Minnesotans. Proceeds from the event will help provide legal services, education and advocacy for immigrants and refugees in our community and raise awareness of the challenges they face today.

View Immigrant Law Center Gala Letter & Sponsorship Opportunities.
National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. 
June 13-16, 2018. 
See conference details at

Job Postings

  • General Counsel, Saint Paul Public Schools.  Position oversees delivery of comprehensive, client-focused, and cost-effective legal services to school districts and reports to Board of Education and Superintendent.  For a detailed job description and to apply, visit  Reference Job Number 1005598 for General Counsel.  The posting closes on May 17, 2018.
  • Senior Attorney/Senior Counsel, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.  See job posting #255304 at

2018 Schedule of HABA Events




HABA Board Meeting
May 1, 2018


Summer Picnic - SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, June 2, 2018

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Island Lake, Shelter #2
3611 North Victoria Street
Shoreview, MN  55126

See our flyer below!


HABA Board Meeting
June 5, 2018


CLE: Compliance Careers in the Banking Industry
Monday, June 11, 2018
6-7 pm:  Social Hour 
7-8 pm:  CLE Presentation
Hmong Village, Room A18
1001 Johnson Parkway
Saint Paul, MN 55106
1 CLE credit pending
RSVPs not required but preferred to




HABA Board Meeting




CLE:  Topic to be announced.


HABA Board Meeting


Fall Social & HABA Elections

HABA officers and board positions are up for term years 2019 and 2020.  Come help lead HABA into 2020!


HABA Board Meeting


CLE: Family Law topic to be announced.


HABA Board Meeting


Annual Banquet - SAVE THE DATE!
Friday, November 30, 2018


HABA Board Meeting


HABA Board Meeting


Spotlight Tshwjxeeb Feature

Name:  Shoua Xiong
Law School:  University of Minnesota Law School
Year Graduated:  2009
Current Position & Firm:  Corporate Attorney at Cantel Medical
Five Fun Facts People May Not Know About Shoua:
  1. I have 3 rambunctious kids.
  2. I love being outdoors.
  3. I enjoy traveling in general.
  4. If I didn't have kids, I would take up mountain climbing.
  5. If I could go back in time, I would backpack through Europe (before the whole parenting thing).
Why did you choose to go to law school?  What influenced you to become an attorney? 

I think I became a lawyer just to prove I could!  When I was 12, one of my dad’s friends asked me what I wanted to do as an adult.  I told him I was going to become a lawyer, because I thought it sounded smart.  I had never really thought about it until that very moment.  He laughed and said I would get married and pop out kids and never pursue being a lawyer.  Well, he got two out of the three right!  The funny thing is that it was that very conversation that prompted me to seriously consider law school.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about law school?  To a new graduate?

I think practicing law can be quite fulfilling.  My advice to a potential law student would be to do your homework and go into the law school with open eyes; know the costs of a legal education versus the pay of legal positions and make sure it is what you want.  

Tell us about a mentor or someone who helped you to where you are today.

I’ve been very fortunate to have a number of wonderful mentors, from my college advisor to my former managers, and even my current manager.  I would have to give credit to my manager at my first post-college job for encouraging me to go to law school and showing me that attorneys are just like you and me.

What areas of law do you practice?  If not practicing, how did your JD help you?   What do you enjoy most about your career?  What do you enjoy least?

I practice commercial law, with some generalist work thrown in.  I really like being in-house because I only have one client whom I get to know really well! 
Thank you Shoua for being our spotlight Tshwjxeeb Feature attorney for the month of May.  We look forward to highlighting more of our Hmong legal community members.  Our goal is to feature the diversity of our Hmong legal community, from non-practicing attorneys to recent law graduates, to experienced practitioners.  Please continue to share your ideas and referrals!
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