Calendar events

    • 20 Sep 2017
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Robins Kaplan LLP, 800 LaSalle Avenue, Suite 2800, Minneapolis, MN 55402

    You are invited to the engaging and interactive CLE "Getting Gritty - Using Grit and Growth Mindset to Encourage, Support and Build Diversity Within Your Legal Practice" on September 20, 2017, from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm at Robins Kaplan LLP in downtown Minneapolis.

    Explore the science of Grit and Growth Mindset.  Through interactive examples and table discussions, learn how certain characteristics play an important role in career growth.  And more importantly, learn how to develop and foster those characteristics in yourself and others to promote diversity within your practice.

    The program and group discussions will be led and facilitated by Sarah Rohne, Employer Relations Director, Career Center Associate Director at the Minnesota Law School.  She serves on the Commission on Women in the Profession that developed the Grit Project to educate women lawyers about the science behind grit and growth mindset.

    This CLE is sponsored by the FBA-Minnesota Chapter's Diversity Committee and Minnesota Women Lawyers and is being provided at no cost.  1.5 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits to be applied for.  

    To register, please email your RSVP to Cheryl Evans at ctevans@locklaw.com

    Please register by Friday, September 15, 2017.
    • 23 Sep 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Shindig Event Center, 105 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    The Minnesota Association for Black Lawyers would like to cordially invite you to our 2nd annual soirée for incoming law students in the Twin Cities area. This event will take place on September 23,  2017 (4:30pm-8:00pm) at the Shindig Event Center.

    The soirée is meant to kickoff the school year with an exciting introduction to the Twin Cities area and to give incoming students an early connection to the black professionals who live and work here. Returning 2Ls and 3Ls, as well as recent law school graduates and MABL members are all invited to attend and to get to know the first year students. There will be hors d’oevres, a bar, access to the rooftop, and a short introduction and welcome from local attorneys around 5:30pm.

    During our conversations with local law students in previous years, a common theme has been the struggle of finding a cohesive community where they feel supported. This year we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of Black law students at some of the local law schools. We’re excited about this increase, and this is a chance for our membership to support incoming students on their path to academic, professional, and personal success.

    Shindig Event Center is located at 105 S 5th Street Minneapolis, MN  55403.  The event is sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and Twin Cities Diversity in Practice. Questions and comments can be directed to Marcel Thompson at marcelleshaun@gmail.com. RSVP’s are welcome.


    • 03 Oct 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Wells Fargo Center, 90 South 7th Street, 21st Floor Century Room, Minneapolis, MN 55402

    MABL is co-sponsoring an event hosted by Faegre Baker Daniels and Fredrikson & Byron on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

    3rd Annual Women of Color in the Law Forum: 
    Lifting As We Climb

    Please join us for the singular annual Twin Cities event designed to gather all women lawyers of color in a REAL discussion about how women of color in the Twin Cities have successfully navigated their legal careers with their sponsors/mentors. The keynote speech will be followed by Discussion Circles led by distinguished women of color leaders in our legal community and a networking reception.

    If you would like to attend, please RSVP by clicking on this link by Friday, September 22. We hope you can join us!


    Keynote Speaker: Anh Le Kremer

    General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
    Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI)

    Date: Tuesday, October 3

    Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    Location: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

    90 South 7th St.
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
    21st Floor – Century Room


    4:30 p.m. Registration and Networking
    5:00 p.m. Welcome
    5:05 p.m. Statistics and Realities-Women of Color in the Legal Industry
    5:15 p.m. Keynote Presentation
    5:45 p.m. Discussion Circles
    6:15 p.m. Networking Reception


    This program is co-hosted by: 

    Faegre Baker Daniels
    Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

    This program is co-sponsored by: 

    Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association (MNAPABA)
    Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL)
    Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA)
    Hmong American Bar Association (HABA)
    Minnesota American Indian Bar Association (MAIBA)
    Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association (MMAA)
    Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL)
    Minority Women Lawyers Association
    North American Somali Bar Association
    Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP)

    • 12 Oct 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
    • Courtroom of the Honorable John R. Tunheim, 300 South Fourth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

    The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (with its Outreach and Diversity Committees), Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Jones Day, and 3M

    invite you to attend a special program on


    Economic Espionage & National Security: Bias in The Criminal Justice System?


    Thursday, October 12, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Courtroom of the Honorable John R. Tunheim,
    Chief Judge (D. Minnesota)
    United States Courthouse in Minneapolis


    Introductory Remarks 

    Andrew M. Luger
    Partner, Jones Day
    Former U.S. Attorney (D. Minnesota) 



    The Honorable Tony N. Leung
    Magistrate Judge (D. Minnesota)


    Shena Crowe
    FBI Supervisory Special Agent 

    Brian A. Sun
    Partner, Jones Day (counsel for Dr. Wen Ho Lee)

    Peter R. Zeidenberg
    Partner, Arent Fox (counsel for Xianfen "Sherry" Chen and Dr. Xiaoxing Xi)

    Special Thanks 

    Ivan K. Fong
    Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs & General Counsel, 3M Company 

    Light lunch served at 12:45 p.m. in the 15th Floor Atrium.

    Application has been made for CLE Credit.  

    Please register by noon, Monday, October 9, 2017 at:

    Click Here to Register

    • 11 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Minneapolis Marriott City Center, 30 South 7th Street Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

    Save the Date 

    2017 MABL Foundation Scholarship Gala

    November 11, 2017

    6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

    Marriott City Center  

Past events

12 Aug 2017 MABL Annual Summer Picnic
21 Jul 2017 Open House in Celebration of Senior U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. Davis's 70th Birthday
15 Jul 2017 Legislating Equity: Making a Community Action Plan - Members Only Event
15 Jun 2017 Advocates for Human Rights Awards Dinner
15 Jun 2017 MABL Annual Meeting
09 Jun 2017 MABL Inaugural Law Student Summer Cookout
10 May 2017 Legislating Equity A Focus on Economic Development
29 Mar 2017 Legislating Equity, the Intersection between Law and Policy: A Focus on Health
21 Mar 2017 Minnesota Affinity Bar Law Student Job Symposium: This Summer and Beyond
16 Mar 2017 Twin Cities Black Employee Network March Madness Event
16 Mar 2017 Race and the Justice System: Tools for Engaging in Constructive Conversations
09 Mar 2017 Celebration of Minority Judges
07 Mar 2017 Roundtable Follow up "A Focus on Housing"
04 Mar 2017 Books for Africa - Volunteer With MABL
23 Feb 2017 Minnesota Legislative Update
22 Feb 2017 Legislating Equity, the Intersection between Law and Policy: A Focus on Housing
16 Feb 2017 MABL General Membership Meeting
16 Feb 2017 Avoiding Common Ethics Problems - Ethics CLE
11 Feb 2017 Black History Month Event: Planting People Growing Justice - Barnes and Noble Book Fair
19 Jan 2017 Diversity Bar Meet & Greet | Federal Bar Association (MN)
19 Jan 2017 Race and the Justice System: Tools for Engaging in Constructive Conversations
18 Jan 2017 Eliminating the Gavel Gap: Increasing Judicial Diversity in Minnesota
10 Dec 2016 MABL Judicial Workshop
08 Dec 2016 Affinity Bar Board Dinner (limited to board members of invited affiliate bar associations)
08 Dec 2016 Race and the Justice System: Tools for Engaging in Constructive Conversations
07 Dec 2016 Roundtable Discussion Follow Up To A Focus on Education
17 Nov 2016 Legislating Equity: A Focus on Education
12 Nov 2016 2016 MABL Foundation Scholarship Gala
07 Nov 2016 Federal District Court Opening: Learn about the process
02 Nov 2016 Between the World and Me
29 Oct 2016 Minnesota Career Fair
25 Oct 2016 Federal Bar Association Minnesota Chapter's Vintage and Newer Lawyers Event
25 Oct 2016 Promoting Systemic Change: Learning to lobby policymakers to address disparities in communities of color
22 Oct 2016 Fourth Annual Monster Mash
20 Oct 2016 MABL Fall General Membership Meeting
20 Oct 2016 Race, Policing, and Justice: A Community Dialogue on Inequities, Issues, and Impact
18 Oct 2016 People of Color Career Fair
13 Oct 2016 MWL Seminar: Which Shoe Fits? Legal Career Transitions on October 13, 2016
13 Oct 2016 Ujamaa Place Transformation Breakfast
28 Sep 2016 Diversity in the Practice of Law: Effecting Change in the Private, Public, and Non-Profit Sectors
26 Sep 2016 Why Diversity in the Judiciary Matters
17 Sep 2016 Welcome to Minneapolis - MABL Law Student Welcome Soirée
16 Sep 2016 New and Returning Students of Color and International Students Reception
20 Aug 2016 MABL Annual Summer Picnic
26 Jul 2016 American Denial-Presented by MABL and ACS
20 Jul 2016 Between the World and Me (A Bench and Bar Discussion)
24 Jun 2016 Reception for Justice Natalie Hudson
21 Jun 2016 2nd Annual Women of Color in the Law Forum: Lifting As We Climb
16 Jun 2016 MABL General Meeting
15 Jun 2016 Civil Rights: The March Continues
08 Jun 2016 How to Be An Effective Summer Intern (Panel and Mixer)
07 Apr 2016 Demystifying the World of Estate Planning: Issues and Practical Considerations
17 Mar 2016 MABL General Membership Meeting
09 Mar 2016 Open Doors To Federal Courts Orientation
09 Mar 2016 Volunteers for Open Doors to Federal Courts Program
05 Mar 2016 Books for Africa - Volunteer With MABL
01 Mar 2016 Celebration of Minority Judges Reception
25 Feb 2016 9th Midwest Conference on Interpersonal Violence & Abuse
24 Feb 2016 Affirmative Action in Danger this Supreme Court Term
24 Feb 2016 Black History Month CLE: Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin
17 Feb 2016 Strengthening the Pipeline: Importance of Judicial Clerkships
02 Feb 2016 Step Up Acheive Partners Breakfast
19 Jan 2016 A Happy Hour with Retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page
08 Jan 2016 Member Holiday Happy Hour
14 Nov 2015 MABL Foundation 20th Anniversary Scholarship Gala
24 Oct 2015 Third Annual Monster Mash
15 Oct 2015 General Membership Meeting

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President: Michael Essien
Vice President: Amran Farah
Secretary: Michelle Hatcher
Treasurer: Angela Porter
At-Large Members:  
Camille Bryant 
Adine S. Momoh 
Gloria Stamps-Smith 
Ivory Umanah 
Johannes Widmalm-Delphonse

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