CLE & Events

Improve your ADR and Law Practices by Increasing your Cultural Awareness

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Venue: Honors Room / Minnesota State Bar Association  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $15.00


Deadline to Register:  Friday, January 9, 2015 

A panel of representatives from the Somali, Hispanic, Hmong, and African American communities will discuss how lawyers and ADR neutrals can more effectively represent and interact with clients, co-workers, and mediation participants who come from diverse cultural backgrounds by becoming more culturally aware.  Topics will educate lawyers and ADR Neutrals to identify and eliminate bias and prejudice in the practice of law and in the administration of justice.

A brief section business meeting will be held at Noon followed immediately by the CLE presentation.

Lunch is not provided but please feel free to bring your own!

Nhia Vue X. Chu is the Executive Director of the Hmong American Mediation Center and in the past managed the Hmong mediation and arbitration program at the Mediation Center at Hamline University Law School in St. Paul. He also was responsible for the operation of the Hmong 18 Council Mediation Program for 8 years.

Referee JaPaul J. Harris serves as a District Court Referee in the 4th Judicial District (Hennepin County).  In the 4th Judicial District, Referee Harris presides over housing court, harassment court, mental health court, and petty misdemeanor court.  Referee Harris serves as a member of the Hennepin County District Court’s Equal Justice Committee and the Minnesota Supreme Court Committee for Equality and Justice.

Hamse Warfa is the author of the book America Here I Come: A Somali Refugee’s Quest for Hope and is a Program Officer at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.

Edwardo Wolle is a mediator and arbitrator with the MN Department of Labor and Industry and an ADR Advisor with FEMA. He created and was Executive Director of the Rice County Dispute Resolution Program, a community mediation program, and Consultant to Panama’s Supreme Court Mediation Center.

1 Elimination of Bias credit applied for | Event Code: 199811
Alternative Dispute Resolution Rule 114 credit applied for.

Remote Participation:
Remote participation is available.  Please indicate that you will attend remotely when registering.  Instructions will be sent via e-mail on Monday, January 12.

ADR Law Section Member:  Free
MSBA Member but not a member of the ADR Law Section:  $10.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $15.00
Law Students: Free
New Admittees (Attorneys Admitted to the Minnesota Bar after January 1, 2014):  Free

Join the ADR Section:  $37.00  MSBA members who are not members of the ADR Section can join the section & attend this CLE for FREE.  Click here to add the section to your membership and then contact Sue Bores to register for this meeting at no charge.

ADR Neutrals who are not eligible for membership in the MSBA can join the ADR Section.  Details are available here.

ADR section members should register online using this link:  Non section members can use this link to register and pay by credit card.

To register and pay by check, use the registration form located here.

Need to cancel?  Please see our cancellation policy.

Questions?  Contact:

Sue Bores l l 612-278-6325

No sessions have been associated with this event.