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. Each Gala has a Keynote Speaker who presents on the theme of the Gala and provides inspiration for the students and attendees. Past Speakers have included Anna Richo (Cargill Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Corporate Secretary), Paulette Brown (Partner with Locke Lord LLP, and first woman of color to be President of the American Bar Association), and April Danielle Ryan (an American Correspondent and author).
Due to COVID-19 and health related concerns, the 2020 in-person Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and the MABL Foundation annual scholarship Gala will be cancelled. However, MABL will hold a virtual Gala and CLE on Thirsday, December 17, 2020. This will allow MABL to award its Gala Scholarships and provide continuing legal education relating to the need for racial equity.
Founded in January 1998, the MABL Foundation annually selects talented law students throughout Minnesota to receive scholarships. These law students have to demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, commitment to addressing issues affecting their community, and the potential to effectuate the overall goals of the organization. Scholarship recipients are recognized at the MABL Foundation Annual Scholarship Gala.
At the MABL Foundation Annual Scholarship Gala, the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and the MABL Foundation also annually recognize 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.
MABL Foundation Scholarships
The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and the MABL Foundation annually select talented law students of color throughout Minnesota to receive scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on a law student's overall application, with emphasis on the student demonstrating outstanding academic achievement, commitment to addressing issues affecting their community, and the potential to effectuate the overall goals of the organization. Scholarship recipients are selected by a Scholarship Committee appointed to review student applications, and the scholarships are awarded at the MABL Foundation Annual Scholarship Gala.
The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and the MABL Foundation are currently accepting applications for the 2020 MABL Scholarship. This year's Gala is tentatively scheduled for December 17, 2020. Applications are due no later than Monday, November 23, 2020.
The application requires submission of the student's resume, transcript, one letter of recommendation, and an essay. The student must also be a dues-paying member of MABL. Any questions can be directed to MABLBoard@gmail.com.