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April 2017 Newsletter
What's in This Issue!
  • President's Message
  • HABA's Immigration CLE
  • Overview of 2017 Event - Save the Dates
  • Job Postings
  • People & Practice

"Our next CLE is just a short time away on April 19th.  We're continuing our efforts to keep our programming continuous..."

— Fue Lo Thao, HABA President

President's Message

Welcome to Spring!  Our next CLE is just a short time away on April 19th.  We're continuing our efforts to keep programming continuous so you always know what's going on.  With the warmer spring temperatures, we're looking forward to the annual HABA picnic to really get all our members out and enjoying the great Minnesota weather.  If everything falls into place, we're hoping that you will have a more central location to see the latest news on all things HABA.  As always, please let the board know if you have any suggestions, comments, questions, or concerns.


HABA's Immigration CLE

On Saturday, March 11th, HABA hosted its first series of CLEs for 2017.  Attorneys Mai Neng Moua and Shuly Her presented on current immigration consequences for criminal convictions of non-US citizens.  A great turn out of over 30 attendees, composed of licensed attorneys and the public, were able to take away beneficial information from this hot-topic CLE.

Immediately following the CLE was our HABA Spring Social.  HABA members and guests were able to socialize and network, providing invaluable opportunities to meet new colleagues and strengthen existing relationships, all while munching on eggroll, springroll, and chicken appetizers from the vendors of Hmong Village.

If you missed the March CLE and social, we would love to see you at one of our CLE series, summer picnic, or fall social this year.
Attorney Mai Neng Moua (left) and Attorney Shuly Her (right) speaking at the March CLE.
Attendees listening attentively.
Responding to a tough question.

Overview of 2017 Events - Save the Dates


Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Hmong Village, 1001 Johnson Parkway, Saint Paul, MN 55106
RSVP (or questions) to Adam C. Yang, or 651-239-7982.
RSVP not required but preferred.
1 CLE credit applied.
  • The Dos and Don'ts in a Courtroom--Sir? Your Honor? Not Sure How to Address a Judge, This Is What You Need."
  • Incompetency -- MN Crim Pro Rule 20 -- The Misunderstood Rule of Getting Away with Murder
  • Order for Protection and Harassment Order and How These Orders Intersect Criminal Law
  • Specialty Courts in Ramsey County
The Honorable Gary Bastian, Second Judicial District
Jack Rice, Attorney at Law
Willow Anderson, Attorney at Law

June 3, 2017: HABA Annual Picnic
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Island Lake, Shelter #2
3611 North Victoria Street
Shoreview, MN  55126
Please see our attached flyer below.


HABA CLE:  Health Law


HABA CLE: Criminal Law



HABA Social & Welcome Back Law Students


HABA CLE: Family Law


HABA CLE: Estate Planning


HABA Annual Banquet

Job Postings

(These are sent to HABA for distribution.  Please email if you would like to be confidentially added to our job postings list-serv to receive notices more timely than the newsletter.)
  • MNAPABA Summer Law Fellowship.   This year, MNAPABA will award Summer Law Fellowships to three (3) individuals who will serve underserved communities through a summer internship position with a governmental or non-profit organization. The three awards will be in the following amounts: $2,500 (3M), $2,500 (3M), and $2,000 (MNAPABA).  Download the application here. To qualify, the summer position must:
    -be arranged by the individual who is a law student or a recent graduate,
    -extend at least eight weeks or a total of 320 hours, and 
    -pay $500 or less per week.
    Preference will be given to those directly serving Minnesota and/or Asian Pacific American communities.  Applications are due by June 1, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. CST by email to
  • Equal Opportunity Associate, University of Minnesota Job ID: 316316.  View the job posting and apply via (enter the job ID in search field).
  • Major Gifts Officer/Sr. Major Gifts Officer - Law School, University of Minnesota Job ID: 316232.  View the job posting and apply via (enter the job ID in search field).
  • Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving - Law School, University of Minnesota Job ID: 316458.  View the job posting and apply via (enter the job ID in search field).
  • Director of Appeals, Minnesota Department of Human Services.  Click here for more information.
  • Assistant Director of Admissions, Mitchell Hamline School of Law.  Click here for more information.  

People & Practice

Do you have People & Practice news to share? Please email them to to be included in our next newsletter.
  • The Moua Law Office, with attorney Ma Manee Moua, has relocated to Saint Paul.  The new location is centrally located off I-94 at 261 Ruth Street, Upper Level, St. Paul, MN 55119 (651-765-7389).  Manee continues to practice in the areas of Criminal, Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Civil Litigation, and Business.
  • Fong Eric Lee recently relocated his law firm practice to the Bremer Tower in downtown St. Paul.  Eric is a general practice attorney of 10 years, particularly in representing clients on Family, Bankruptcy, Immigration, Auto Accidents and Criminal matters.  His new office address is 445 Minnesota St., Suite 1500, St. Paul, MN 55101.  (January 2017)
  • Anivuin Xiong of Atman Law Firm, Vang Lor of Access Lawyer, LLC, and Pao Yang of the Law Office of Pao Yang, have opened up the Hmong Law Center.  The Hmong Law Center is located at Hmong Village in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The three firms will be able to more efficiently and effectively serve clients as well as be a resource for the Hmong legal community. (December 2016).
Anivuin Xiong stands in front of the new Hmong Law Center.
  • A group of invitees were able to attend a social event during the Lil' Wayne concert at Target Center, thanks to Tchao Thao of Merchant & Gould.  A fun time was had by the HABA attorneys and friends even though Lil' Wayne ended up being a no-show.  (March 2017).

Hosts Tchao Thao & Susie Vang at the concert.

Attorneys (left to right) Mai Lee Yang, Kay Yang, Susie Vang, and Nira Ly at the concert.
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