News & Events

October 7, 2016: 2016 MABL Foundation Scholarship Applications Due

Apply here.

September 9, 2016: Profiles in Courage Award Nominations Due

Please consider nominating someone today for the 2016 Profiles in Courage Award.  The award is presented at the MABL Gala each year.  Apply here.

June 16, 2016: General Meeting at TBD at 6:00 p.m. 

February 18, 2016: General Meeting at TBD at 6:00 p.m.

November 14, 2015: 20th Annual MABL Scholarship Gala at Marriott City Center, Minneapolis

October 15, 2015: General Meeting at Stinson Leonard Street LLP at 6:00 p.m.

September 19, 2015: Minnesota Black Women Lawyers Network's Law Student Orientation (co-sponsored by MABL)

MABL co-sponsored an orientation for female minority law students from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on September 19, 2015.   The orientation, which was held in Giddens Learning Center on Hamline's Campus, Room 100E, covered the following topics:

  • Time Management
  • Unwritten Rules for Success
  • Issues Facing Women in the Law
  • Breakout sessions will include the following:
  • Employment law
  • Corporate law
  • Family law/solo practice
  • Admin law/civil rights/legal services
  • Criminal law
  • Judicial clerkships
  • Intellectual Property
  • 1st Year Experience 

2014-2015 TERM IN REVIEW 

The 2014-2015 term was an extremely busy and successful year for MABL.  Highlights of accomplishments from the fiscal year include:

Organization Business

        • The Gala generated a profit after running at a deficit for two years
        • The Filings with the Attorney General were completed after being neglected since 2007
        • The filings with the IRS were brought up-to-date without incurring penalties or fees


        • FBA Women in the Law
        • Minnesota Women Lawyers Conference
        • MSBA Magna Carta
        • Sever's Corn Maze with HCBA's Civil Litigation Section 


        • Red Father documentary screening in collaboration with American Constitutional Society 
        • Mall of America Black Lives Matter Protest in collaboration with MSBA
        • Path to the Federal Bench in collaboration with HCBA, FBA, and others


        • Community Fair at University of St. Thomas School of Law
        • Happy Hour to celebrate Artika Tyer's book, Lawyer as Leader
        • Annual Minority Judge Reception at U.S. Courthouse, Minneapolis
        • MABL Networking Membership Event, May 30, 2015 
        • Paving the Road Ahead: Women of Color in the Law
        • Open Doors to Federal Courts - Thurgood Marshall 

 General Membership Meetings

        • MABL Summer BBQ, September 20, 2014
        • General Membership Meeting at Hamline School of Law, April 9, 2015 
        • Annual Meeting at MSBA Offices, June 18, 2015

Member Offerings

        • MWL Leadership Lecture - Table
        • Thurgood at the Illusion Theater - Sponsorship and free tickets to members
        • Campaign for Legal Aid - Sponsorship
        • Real Talk - Sponsorship and free tickets to members to attend live showing
        • MABL Judicial Committee - offers mock interviews and letters of support to eligible members


        • Letter to Minnesota Senators in support of more attorneys of color on the federal bench
        • Guest on MPR regarding police and body cameras 
        • Letter in support of Minneapolis repeal of lurking and spitting ordinances

Other Meeting Issues of Note:

Elected Slate for 2015-2016 :  

President:  Maria Mitchell, Hennepin County Public Defender

Vice President:  Michael Essien, Essien Law Office

Secretary:  Camille Bryant, Hennepin County Public Defender

Treasurer:  Angela Porter, Dorsey & Whitney

Member At-Large:  Amran Farah, Waldeck Law Firm P.A.

Member At-Large:  Charmaine Harris, Blackwell Burke P.A.

Guest Speakers:

Marianne Ellis of the Office of the Attorney General is willing to make herself available to answer questions and provide general infromation for any MABL member interested in applying to the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Minnesota   

Lindsay W. Davis of MSBA would like to encourage MABL members to apply for the MSBA Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee (LAD).  For additional information follow this link.

meet mabl 


President: Michael Essien
Vice President: Amran Farah
Secretary: Danielle Shelton-Walczak
Treasurer: Angela Porter
At-Large Members:  Camille Bryant, Charmaine Harris, Adine S. Momoh, Johannes Widmalm-Delphonse

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