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    • 17 Oct 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • D'Amico & Sons, RBC Plaza, 555 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Minority Women Lawyer's Association (MWLA) - Third Thursday Lunch

    Every third Thursday of the month, a group of minority women lawyers meets for happy hour or lunch in downtown Minneapolis at a location to be determined. This group is dedicated to empowering minority women lawyers through discussion of relevant topics, mentorship and networking. Please join if interested.

    This month’s lunch is taking place on Thursday, October 13, 2019 from 12pm to 1pm, at:
    D'Amico & Sons
    RBC Plaza
    555 Nicollet Mall

    Please RSVP and become a member on Facebook: Minority Women Lawyers Association if interested in future lunches. RSVP is appreciated so MWLA can reserve the appropriate amount of space.

    Please click HERE for menu and pricing.

    Questions? Contact: Rosalyn Park rpark@advrights.org or Rebecca Chaffee –rchaffee@bestlaw.com

    While this event is organized by minority women lawyers, people from all backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    • 17 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401

    "Milwaukee 53206" is a chronicle of people living in the ZIP code that incarcerates the highest percentage of black men in America, up to 62%. Through the intimate stories of three 53206 residents, we witness the high toll that mass incarceration takes on individuals and families that make up the community. Screening followed by a discussion with filmmaker Keith McQuirter and Dennis Walton. Sponsor: Friends of the Hennepin County Library. 

    Minneapolis Central Library
    300 Nicollet Avenue
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

    Click HERE for more information

    • 23 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Prime Therapeutics, 2900 Ames Crossing Road, Eagan, Minnesota 55121

    MWL's 25th Annual Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture

    Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) is pleased to announce the 25th Annual Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture to be held on the evening of Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Prime Therapeutics (2900 Ames Crossing Road, Eagan; at Prime Therapeutics, the surface lot parking is free and plentiful. Directions are available HERE).

    The evening will begin with a general reception from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be provided. The program will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., with a dessert reception to follow immediately after the program.  (Each attendee will receive one drink ticket; subsequent drinks will be available via a cash bar.)

    In addition to the keynote presentation, the evening will also include a presentation of the MWL Foundation Law Student Scholarships, a live auction to benefit the MWL Foundation, and recognition of MWL's support of the Rosalie Wahl Pro Bono Attorney's office at Tubman East.

    Please click HERE for more information

    Please click HERE to register

    • 24 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401

    In "Tribal Justice," two Native American judges apply indigenous concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities, and create a more positive future for their youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are providing models of restorative justice that are working. Mainstream courts across the country are taking notice. Screening followed by a discussion with filmmaker Anne Makepeace and judges Abby Abinanti and Claudette White. This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series "POV" (www.pbs.org/pov).

    Sponsor: Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

    Minneapolis Central Library
    300 Nicollet Avenue
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

    Click HERE for more information

    • 09 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Marriott City Center, 30 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55402



    Each year the MABL Foundation raises money to award scholarships to students attending local law schools who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and who are committed to addressing issues that impact the Black community. These students are recognized and honored at the gala, along with the recipient of the MABL Profiles in Courage Award—awarded to an individual who has demonstrated courage, excellence, and integrity in furthering the Association’s mission of representing the interests of Black citizens in the legal profession and judicial system.

    With typically over 400 people in attendance, the MABL Foundation Scholarship Gala is one of the largest events in the Twin Cities legal community.

    Please feel free to contact Athena Hollins at ahollins@mnbars.org or Taylor Moore-Willis at tmoore-willis@robinskaplan.com if you have questions. Thank you in advance for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at the gala on November 9th!



Past events

10 Oct 2019 Hennepin County Library Film Screening: The Stairs
03 Oct 2019 Hennepin County Library Film Screening: True Conviction
03 Oct 2019 MABL General Meeting
02 Oct 2019 Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They've Ever Made
27 Sep 2019 MABL Happy Hour: Elevate Your Network
17 Sep 2019 Cozen O'Connor In-House Counsel Panel Seminar
28 Aug 2019 Women of Color in the Law Forum
24 Aug 2019 2019 MABL Annual Picnic
20 Aug 2019 "Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw" $6 Movie Night Showing
05 Aug 2019 Free "Brian Banks" Movie Screening
05 Aug 2019 MWL Legal Athletes - Teeing Up to the FBA Golf Tournament
26 Jul 2019 How to do Business with the Metropolitan Council
17 Jul 2019 Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Summer Social
11 Jul 2019 Federal Bar Association July Law Student Luncheon
25 Jun 2019 HCBA's A Table For 10
20 Jun 2019 MABL Annual Meeting & Election
19 Jun 2019 Federal Bar Association June Law Student Luncheon
14 Jun 2019 Shaft 2019 Movie Showing and Costume Contest
13 Jun 2019 MABL Happy Hour
12 Jun 2019 Ethical Pitfalls Facing Today's In-House Counsel
17 May 2019 HCBA: A Table For 10
15 May 2019 The Judge's Notebook Series: What's it Like to be a Judge?
14 May 2019 38th Annual Law Day Testimonial Dinner
11 May 2019 BlackIncubation Launch
26 Apr 2019 MWL Conference for Women in the Law
25 Apr 2019 Stand Against Racism
17 Apr 2019 Justice Page Elimination of Bias CLE
01 Apr 2019 MSBA: Cultivating Diversity and Resilience in Challenging Times
29 Mar 2019 HCBA Presents | A Table for 10
28 Mar 2019 Mixed Blood Presents Roe & Bench Bias Lingo
14 Mar 2019 Minority Judge Reception
08 Mar 2019 Fourteenth Annual MHBA Gala
28 Feb 2019 Ameriprise Financial Legal and Compliance Diversity Reception
21 Feb 2019 Public Interest Multicultural Law Student Networking Reception - Ramsey County
07 Feb 2019 Bending the Arc Towards Justice: A Review of the MN Racial Bias Task Force Report and the Future of Racial Equity in the Courts
25 Jan 2019 Don Johnson Retirement Celebration
25 Jan 2019 MABL Brown Bag Lunch Series: Succeeding As an Associate
17 Jan 2019 5th Annual Affinity Bar Meet + Greet
05 Dec 2018 4th Annual Women of Color in the Law Forum
12 Nov 2018 Barristers' Breakfast
10 Nov 2018 2018 MABL Foundation Scholarship Gala
08 Nov 2018 Ramsey County Attorney Office (RCAO) 1L Law Clerk Networking Reception
08 Nov 2018 Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession: Mental Health and Double Stigma
08 Nov 2018 10th Midwest Conference on Interpersonal Violence & Abuse
23 Oct 2018 CLE: Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession and in Legal Proceedings
20 Oct 2018 Autumnal Fun at Valley Fair
04 Oct 2018 NAWL 2018 Meeting the Challenge Conference: Working Together in a Post #MeToo World
05 Sep 2018 MABL + All Square: Good Cause + Grilled Cheese
28 Aug 2018 Minnesota's Affinity Bars Leadership Dinner (limited to board members of invited affinity bar associations only!)
17 Aug 2018 The Border Is Here: Timely Opportunities for Legal Volunteers in Minnesota
11 Aug 2018 MABL's Annual Picnic
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:
Franklin Aba-Onu
Athena Hollins
Taylor Moore-Willis
At-Large Directors:  
Annsara Elasky
Angi Porter
Gloria Stamps-Smith 
Davida Williams
Lauren Yates
Immediate Past President:
Michael Essien

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