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September 29, 2017: 2017 MABL Foundation Scholarship Applications Due

For more information, visit our MABL Scholarship page.

September 4, 2017: Profiles in Courage Award Nominations Due

Please consider nominating someone today for the 2017 Profiles in Courage Award.  The award is presented at the MABL Gala each year.  Apply here.

2016-2017 TERM IN REVIEW  

Initiative

Update

·         Monthly Board Meetings

·         Quarterly General Meetings

·         Newsletter

o   Announcements

o   Events

o   General Interest

Gala

21st anniversary Gala was one of the most successful in recent years.  Scholarship amounts were higher for each category.  Over $19,000 realized for MABL Foundation Mission

Strategic Plan

MABL is working on a detailed 3–year strategic plan, facilitated by Judge Peter Reyes of the MN Court of Appeals

Judicial Workshop

Held a very successful Judicial Workshop, with support from the Infinity Project for members and community. Workout sessions included specific resources for junior, mid-career and vintage practitioners.  Audience included those considering opportunities on the bench and judges who may consider changes in the future.

Community Outreach

Conducted 5 very successful sessions on the following key issues – (wrap up and action plan meeting coming up in July).

1.      Tools for Legislation & Advocacy,

2.      Health

3.      Housing

4.      Education

5.      Economic Development

Advocacy

·         Testified before the Sentencing Guidelines Commission

·         Anti-shackling

Membership

·         Conducted membership survey for pulse on and about MABL

·         Updated membership profile section on website to include searchable database for lawyer referrals

·         Improved job listing at mabl.org

Law Students

·         Held Law Student Soiree for incoming law students

·         Continued and focused support of law students throughout the year, including resume workshops, interviewing skills, class success skills, etc. 

·         All of the BLSA students that MABL worked with through its Law School Committee secured summer clerkships

·         Intentional support for summer internship

·         Held an inaugural Law Student/Summer Intern cookout - with panelists discussing success strategies, socializing and more – special thanks to Stinson Leonard Street for co-sponsoring the event!

Volunteer Events

·         Leadership work on 2017 Open Doors Program

o    Preparation and facilitation of Implicit bias training

o    Preparation of case studies for use in classrooms

o    Training of participants/volunteers

·         Books for Africa – Sorting books for shipment to African countries

Bylaws

·         Bylaw amended to include Immediate Past President position for increased efficiency and institutional knowledge

Minority Judges Reception

·         Held another successful Minority Judges Reception

Community/Legacy

·         Supported and participated in Mayor Sayles Belton Statue project/unveiling

Partnership/Co-sponsorship

 ·            Cosponsored and participated in the Affinity Bar Job Symposium.  MABL members were panelists, offering guidelines to students of color. 

·               Cosponsored and participated in the first Affinity Bar Leadership Dinner/social

·            VLN – Race, Policy and Justice Workshop

    ·            BFA Law and Democracy Project – Law Day event at Fredrikson

·            People of Color Career Fair

·            American Constitutional Society - American Denial Movie and Panel discussion

·            Diversity Report with Affinity Bar 

 

CLE

·         Avoiding Common Ethical Problems CLE

Participation/collaboration with MSBA

·         Affinity Bar Committee

·         Diversity and Inclusion Committee

·         Amicus on issues of shared concern – Karen Riley case

·         Policy Series

Social

·         Annual Picnic

·         Annual Presidents’ Dinner

·         Severs Corn Maze

NBA

·          Work towards 2021

MABL Foundation

·          Work ongoing

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

Collaborations

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

 CLEs

        • 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

 Programs

        • 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

 Advocacy

        • 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.




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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Michael Essien
Vice President: Amran Farah
Secretary: Michelle Hatcher
Treasurer: Angela Porter
At-Large Members:  
Camille Bryant 
Adine S. Momoh 
Gloria Stamps-Smith 
Ivory Umanah 
Johannes Widmalm-Delphonse


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