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    • 11 Aug 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Beard's Plaisance, Lake Harriet, 4525 South Upton Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55410

    Summer Fun with Lots of Sun!

    Please join the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers for our Annual Picnic at Beard’s Plaisance on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

    The picnic is a fantastic chance for MABL members, and their family and friends to spend some leisure time together and have some good food. This is a family-friendly event, with a playground area for the kids. We hope you can join us to reconnect with some fun in the sun!

    When: Saturday, August 11, 2017
    11:00am – 4:00pm

    Where: Beard’s Plaisance
    Lake Harriet
    4525 South Upton Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55410

    Please RSVP! Even if you do not RSVP, please stop by and say Hi!

    • 04 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 05 Oct 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Hilton Minneapolis, 1000 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers is pleased to be a partnering organization of the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Minneapolis Conference on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Hilton in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We have arranged a special 10% discount for our members. 

    To register, please click HERE and use the code MNCMABL2018 to get the discount.

    The Meeting the Challenge Conference is NAWL's distinctive forum during which attendees learn from thought-leaders, share best practices, and forge the meaningful and lasting connections necessary to meet NAWL's One-Third by 2020 Challenge. Issued in March 2016, the 2020 Challenge urges the legal profession to increase the representation of women, particularly diverse women, in every branch of the legal profession. This conference will offer attendees skills to develop their own leadership potential as well as strategies for making systemic change. NAWL will also unveil the results of its 2018 Survey on the Promotion and Retention of Women in Law Firms, administered by Professor Destiny Peery of Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law at the conference.

    Meeting the Challenge Schedule

    Thursday, October 4

    Enjoy wine and light hors d'oeuvres while networking with NAWL's Legal Leadership Summit attendees. You'll have the opportunity to get to know other conference attendees in advance of the full day of programming and meet and mingle with NAWL Board Members, speakers, and leading women lawyers in this more intimate setting. Be sure to bring your business cards, you're sure to make new connections!

    Friday, October 5

    Networking Breakfast | 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    Join us for a networking breakfast to connect with other Meeting the Challenge attendees including outside and in-house counsel, and attorneys from government, military, non-profits, and academia.

    Plenary Programming | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Plenary Programming | 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Concurrent Workshop Programming | 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

    Luncheon & Featured Panel | 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
    Judges Panel

    Concurrent Workshop Programming | 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

    Plenary Programming | 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
    General Counsel Panel

    Closing Reception | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Before you depart for the day, join us to unwind, debrief your favorite sessions, and network with all of your new contacts!

    Pricing & Venue Information

    Ticket Pricing

    On or before August 17, 2018
    Early Bird NAWL Member Rate: $175
    Early Bird New Member Rate: $305
    (includes NAWL membership through July 2019

    After August 17, 2018
    NAWL Member Rate: $225
    New Member Rate: $345
    (includes NAWL membership through July 2019)

    Click HERE for more information

Past events

12 Jul 2018 Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Summer Social
28 Jun 2018 MABL's Annual Meeting
18 Jun 2018 CLE Book Discussion: "The Hate U Give"
13 Jun 2018 National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts
18 May 2018 Criminal Law Section: Immigration Consequences Overview and Update
16 May 2018 Retirement Party For Judge Wilson
04 May 2018 Minnesota Black Women Lawyer's Network Lena O. Smith Luncheon
27 Apr 2018 2018 MWL Conference for Women in the Law
24 Apr 2018 Hate Crimes Against Immigrants: A Discussion
24 Apr 2018 Leadership Within the Community: A Lawyer's Role
12 Apr 2018 Justice Alan Page Elimination of Bias CLE
11 Apr 2018 Night of Distinction - Crack v. Opioids: The Politics of Race and Addiction
05 Apr 2018 Insights From Corporate Trailblazers of Color
04 Apr 2018 Lawyering in the 21st Century: Legal Innovation Meets AI
29 Mar 2018 Neon's Open House
13 Mar 2018 Leadership in the Bar, Profession and Community: An opportunity and an obligation
08 Mar 2018 Minority Judges Reception
24 Feb 2018 The Scott Collection Publication Celebration
22 Feb 2018 MABL General Membership Meeting
21 Feb 2018 MN Affinity Bar Legal Career & Networking Symposium - 2nd Annual
20 Feb 2018 The Scott Collection: Minnesota's Black Community in the '50s, '60s, and '70s
16 Feb 2018 Race on the Brain: What Implicit Bias Gets Wrong About the Struggle for Racial Justice
13 Feb 2018 Bloomington Human Rights Commission - Never Caught: The Washington's Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave Ona Judge
08 Feb 2018 Federal Bar Association 2018 Law Student Reception
23 Jan 2018 4th Annual FBA Diversity Bar Meet & Greet
14 Dec 2017 MABL Holiday Happy Hour
11 Nov 2017 2017 MABL Foundation Scholarship Gala
02 Nov 2017 2017 Multicultural Bar Reception
12 Oct 2017 Economic Espionage & National Security: Bias in The Criminal Justice System?
03 Oct 2017 3rd Annual Women of Color in the Law Forum:  Lifting As We Climb
23 Sep 2017 Law Student Welcome Soiree
20 Sep 2017 Getting Gritty CLE: Using Grit and Growth Mindset to Encourage, Support, and Build Diversity Within Your Legal Practice
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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Amran Farah
Vice President:
Angela (Angi) Porter
Athena Hollins
Franklin Aba-Onu
At-Large Directors:  
Brooke Achua
Camille Bryant
Gloria Stamps-Smith 
Ivory Umanah 
Lauren Yates
Immediate Past President:
Michael Essien

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