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The MSBA's Family Law Section Presents


"Working with South Asian Victims of Domestic Violence in Minnesota"

According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data released on the state's ethnic groups, between 2000 and 2010, the number of Minnesotans with roots in India nearly doubled, from 16,887 to 33,031. This growth places Minnesota among the leaders of the nation's Asian Indian boom.

As the South Asian population in Minnesota continues to grow, it presents new challenges for advocates and attorneys. SEWA – Asian Indian Family Wellness has collaborated with the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project to help attorneys understand the unique barriers faced by South Asian victims of domestic violence in Minnesota.


Saima Hassan  
Saima Hassan works as an Advocate for Cornerstone Advocacy Services and Asian Women United of Minnesota. She has a Master of Science Degree in Social Responsibility from St. Cloud University and has worked on women's issues for various organizations since 2003. Born and raised in Dubai with a South Asian and East African background, Saima brings a unique perspective to her advocacy on gender violence.

Fatema Haji-Taki  
Fatema Haji-Taki is a Legal Fellow at the Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2012 and is a newly licensed attorney in Minnesota. Her legal interests include immigration law, family law, civil rights law, international law, and health law. Prior to law school, she worked for non-profits in Washington, DC, and Boston, focusing on human rights, civil liberties, and international law.

1 hour of Elimination of Bias CLE credit approved
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Date:   Saturday, February 9, 2013
Time:   11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN 55402 


Section Members:  Free
MSBA Members (But Not Family Law Section Members):  $5.00
Join the Section:  $33.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $10.00
Law Students:  Free

Participation by web and audio is available. Please indicate that you will be attending by teleconference or webcast when registering online or contact Tamara Patton prior to February 7, 2013. Instructions and materials will be sent on February 8, 2013, via email.


Satellite LocationsThere are satellite locations available in the following communities:

Duluth - Eskomo Pizza Pies, Esko, MN, hosted by Peter Radosevich


In addition:

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. - 
"There is No Such Thing as a Stupid Question" - A question and answer session with a panel of family law experts. 

9:30 - 11:00 a.m. - 
The Family Law Section will have a monthly business meeting.

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - The Domestic Abuse Committee will meet.


Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Nicole Battles, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336