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, MABL hosted its first-ever virtual Gala in 2020! Thank you to the sponsors, panelists, and attendees at the 2020 MABL Gala. The event was a tremendous success. We celebrated MABL’s 25th Anniversary, awarded scholarships to talented local law students, and recognized recipients of the President’s Award and Profiles in Courage Award. The Gala also included a panel discussion and CLE program on racial equity issues featuring St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, National Urban League President Marc Morial, and former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles-Belton. Don Lewis, co-founder of Nilan Johnson Lewis, moderated the discussion. The CLE program has been approved for 1 hour of elimination of bias credit.
MABL congratulates its scholarship recipients. The 2020 MABL Scholarship recipients are:
Judge Michael Davis Scholarship
Ricardo Johnson III, 2nd year law student at University of St. Thomas School of Law
Judge Pamela Alexander Scholarship
Bernice Hodge, 3rd year law student at Mitchell Hamline School of Law
William McGee Scholarship
Aretha Haynes, 3rd year law student at Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Judge Posten Scholarship
Jullian Gibson, 2nd year law student at University of St. Thomas School of Law
Jesse Addo, 2nd year law student at University of St. Thomas School of Law
MABL congratulates the recipients of the President’s Award and Profiles in Courage Award:
Judge JaPaul Harris
Profiles in Courage Award
Save the Date for the 2021 Gala
The 2021 MABL Gala will be held on November 13, 2021. We will be updating the website with additional information as it becomes available. Please check back again later.
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 is not currently accepting applications for the 2021 MABL Scholarship.
Once we start to accept applictions, the application requires submission of your resume, transcript, one letter of recommendation, and an essay. Any questions can be directed to Board@MABL.org