PRO BONO WEEK | Racial Trauma in Communities and Individuals | Increase Your Awareness - Increase Your Effectiveness

Event Description


Providing competent legal representation to all clients, including pro bono clients, goes beyond mastering the substantive law and administrative procedures. A fully proficient attorney meets the client where they are at and understands racial trauma and challenges that black and indigenous people of color (BIPOC) face in the US legal system and society at large. Join us for a question-and-answer session with Resmaa Menakem, Minnesota resident, national speaker, and author of My Grandmother’s Hands, on the topic of pro bono representation within the realm of transformational change and understanding racialized trauma. Hamra Ahmad, Director of Law & Policy at HerJustice, will follow with a presentation that aims to provide practical tools for lawyers to address challenges faced by people living in poverty and to recognize the strengths and positive attributes that clients bring to the attorney-client relationship.  The panel will be moderated by Sharon Sayles Belton from Thomson Reuters.

CLE credit is available and all sessions are free of charge thanks to our Pro Bono Week Sponsors!


Resmaa Menakem, (MSW, LICSW)
Hamra Ahmad (J.D.) Her Justice


Sharon Sayles Belton | Thomson Reuters

CLE Credits:

1.5 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits | Event Code: 417601



Thank you to our Sponsors!

Ballard Spahr
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Robins Kaplan LLP
Stinson LLP
Thomson Reuters
Wells Fargo

Deadline to Register: October 21, 2021

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Payments:  Due to the pandemic, accounting staff have limited access to the office making the processing of checks difficult. We request that you register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you need assistance, please contact the program manager. If you must pay by check, please use this registration form.

Cancellations: Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.

Accommodations: The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager. Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:
Katy Drahos


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Monday, October 25, 2021

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Live Webinar via Zoom