Diversity and Inclusion

D&I Value Proposition and Tag Line

“Building Community through Action”

Value Proposition:

The Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is committed to maintaining a culture that respects, values, and includes all individuals in the Association, the legal profession, and the justice system, regardless of their various unique differences. The Chapter believes that our diversity enriches us, and our inclusion empowers us. Diverse membership generates diverse ideas. Diverse ideas inspire targeted action for the betterment of our judicial system. The commitment to diversity and inclusion is part of our collective duty as lawyers to uphold the Rule of Law and ensure that our justice system considers and reflects the diverse nature of our society. Through thoughtful programming, events, networking opportunities, outreach initiatives, and collaboration with other diverse groups, the Chapter not only connects people through action, but builds community, both inside and outside the Association.

View the Diversity and Inclusion Communications Plan here.

Diversity Committee Programs

1. September 25, 2018: “Challenges of Statelessness Today and German Citizenship for Holocaust Survivors”; 2 CLE credits; A Discussion and Re-Naturalization Ceremony at the Germanic American Institute, St. Paul (co-sponsored by Global Minnesota, Mount Zion Temple, United Nations Association of Minnesota, and World Without Genocide)

2. October 23, 2018: “Implicit Bias CLE featuring US District Court Judge Mark Bennett”; 2 Elimination of Bias CLE credits; at Stinson Leonard Street, Minneapolis (co-sponsored by MHBA and MWL) November 1, 2018: “Leadership Summit on Gender Equity”; morning workshop – 2 standard CLE credits and 2 Elimination of Bias CLE credits; at St. Thomas School of Law (co-sponsored by the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota; U.S. Bancorp)

3. November 8, 2018: “Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession: Mental Health and Double Stigma”; 1 Elimination of Bias CLE credit; at the United States Courthouse in Minneapolis (co-sponsored by Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers)

4. November 12, 2018: Task Force meeting with Law School Deans re: Law Schools Diversity Pipeline Initiative; select members of the law schools, diversity committee and others to attend; at Fredrikson & Byron

5. January 17, 2019: “Fifth Annual Affinity Bar Meet and Greet”; at Zimmerman Reed, Minneapolis

6. April 6, 2019: “Pitfalls for All STEM Professionals in a New Era of U.S.-China Relations: National Security, Economic Espionage, Racial Bias?”; University of Minnesota's McNamara Alumni Center

Spring 2018: Hate Crime/Hate Speech CLE Series

1. February 27, 2018: “Hate Crime, Hate Speech, and the First Amendment”; (4:00-5:00pm); at Robins Kaplan LLP; (co-sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, and Minnesota Chapter of the Somali-American Bar Association)

2. April 11, 2018: “Transgender, Sexual Orientation, and Gender-based Hate Crimes”; (5:00-7:00pm); at Mitchell Hamline; (co-sponsored by the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Student Chapter of the FBA, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, and the LGBT Section of the Federal Bar Association)

3. April 24, 2018: “Hate Crimes against Immigrants”; (evening event); at Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington; (co-sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association); (possible other co-sponsors are the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, Minnesota Chapter of the Somali-American Bar Association, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association)

4. May 24, 2018: “The Rise of Hate Groups in the United States”; at the Federal Practice Seminar at Windows on Minnesota (IDS)

June 18-22, 2018: (pilot) Court Camp; week-long open doors program for disadvantaged students; at Minneapolis Federal Courthouse; (co-sponsored by the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Minnesota Chapter of the FBA Outreach Committee)


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