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Upcoming Events in September!

Monthly Luncheon - September 11th

The Minnesota FBA Chapter hosts a month luncheon at the Minneapolis Club. Each month features a different speaker, and there is always a brief social/networking session prior to the lunch and presentation. This month Professor Carol Chomsky from the University of Minnesota Law School will speak on the 1862 Dakota War Trials. As a student member of the FBA, the Mitchell Hamline chapter will cover the cost of your attendance. If you would like to attend, please send me your full name and whether you prefer a meat or vegetarian option. Also, I try to attend most of these so you have a friendly face to help with introductions.

For future planning purposes, the remaining luncheons will take place on October 10th, November 8th, December 12th, January 10th, February 14th, March 14th, April 11th and May 9th.

CLE - "Getting Gritty - Using Grit and Growth Mindset to Encourage, Support and Build Diversity Within Your Legal Practice" - September 20th (3:30 - 5:00 at Robins Kaplan)

Explore the science of Grit and Growth Mindset. Through interactive examples and table discussions, learn how certain characteristics play an important role in career growth. And more importantly, learn how to develop and foster those characteristics in yourself and others to promote diversity within your practice.

The program and group discussions will be led and facilitated by Sarah Rohne, Employer Relations Director, Career Center Associate Director at the Minnesota Law School. She serves on the Commission on Women in the Profession that developed the Grit Project to educate women lawyers about the science behind grit and growth mindset.

This CLE is sponsored by the FBA-Minnesota Chapter's Diversity Committee and Minnesota Women Lawyers and is being provided at no cost.

Getting Gritty CLE

Volunteer Opportunity - Judge Edward J. Devitt and Practical Justice – September 22nd

On Friday, September 22, Mitchell Hamline and the new MHSL History Center will be putting on a half-day program on the legacy of federal judge Edward J. Devitt, who was an adjunct here, who hired mostly Mitchell clerks in his later years, and who is honored by a Devitt scholarship and Devitt professorship (held by Professor Failinger.) Professor Failinger needs 3-5 student volunteers who would be willing to check in lawyers and judges coming for this CLE, and make sure that they have signed the relevant Continuing Judicial Education/Continuing Legal Education signup forms at the auditorium, point them to the restroom, etc. The program runs from 1-5 in the auditorium followed by a reception in the Conservatory.

There are two shifts:

- 12:15-1:30 (3 Students)

- 1:30-4:30 (1-2 Students)

There will be over 180 attendees, so you’d have plenty of opportunity to meet lots of judges and lawyers, most of whom are alums. If you are interested, please contact Professor Failinger at [email protected].

Mentorship Program – Coming Soon!

Last year the Minnesota Chapter of the FBA was invited to participate in a pilot mentorship program, which was a great success. We had several judges and many experienced attorneys participate as mentors. The program matched students with a professional FBA member in their geographic area. We are excited to continue to expand this program this year and will be in touch with additional information as soon as it is available.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if there is anything in particular you would like to see from our student chapter.


Hello fellow classmates!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! The New Lawyer Committee of the Minnesota Chapter of the FBA puts together a fabulous luncheon for law students with the Chief Judge. There are two available dates - June 30th or July 19th, both starting at noon at the Minneapolis Federal Courthouse (Courtroom 15, 300 South Fourth Street, Minneapolis, MN). The luncheon consists of a formal presentation by Judge Tunheim followed by an informal Q&A session.

I strongly encourage you to attend - these luncheons are fantastic networking opportunities and a chance to hear from the bench.

If you would like to attend, please email be no later than 8:00 am Friday, June 16th with your full name, the date you can attend and your choice of meal from the following:

1. Chipotle Ranch Club Sandwich
2. Bacon Bleu Sirloin Sandwich
3. Fresh Veggie Sandwich


4-17-17 Law School Outreach Committee Panel

Many thanks to our panelists and everyone who was able to attend our panel earlier this week! Our panelists shared a lot of information about the FBA and the opportunities membership provides to law students and practitioners.

If you couldn't make it, a video of the panel is available here:

This is "4-17-17 Law School Outreach Committee Panel" by Multimedia Services on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.


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General information

The mission of the Association is to promote interaction and learning between law students and federal judges and lawyers. This student group will work with the state and national chapters of the Federal Bar Association to strengthen student interest and knowledge of the federal legal system. The group will also seek to afford law students opportunities to observe federal court proceedings and interact with federal practitioners, as well as to provide students with information on careers in various areas of federal law. 2017-2018 Officers President: Cassandra Doran Vice President: Cory Marsolek Secretary: Tom Olson Treasurer: Amy Mattson Law School Delegates: Madeline Davis; Minaal Khan; Faline Williams **** 2016-2017 Officers President Joey Balthazor Vice President/Treasurer| Amy Mattson Secretary Karen Beckman Delegate Cory Marsolek


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