Titled “This Summer and Beyond,” the Affinity Bar Student Job Symposium gave law students a unique opportunity to network with their peers, hear from legal professionals, and explore job opportunities with a host of potential employers. The March 21st event featured a jobs panel moderated by Halunen Law attorney, and President of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Benjamin Kwan. The panel discussed various practice areas, the need for increased diversity in the legal field, job search strategies, and more. Kwan co-organized the event, which drew nearly 100 law students and more than 70 lawyers from 54 different legal employers to the networking portion of the evening. Employers came from all over Minnesota. Halunen Law is proud to support Benjamin Kwan’s continued leadership role in the legal community, and his dedication to support and mentor the next generation of attorneys.
Halunen Law attorney Ben Kwan was appointed to a one-year term as president of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association (MNAPABA) on October 1. As president, Ben leads a board of nine directors overseeing the non-profit association of Asian and Asian American attorneys in Minnesota. MNAPABA counts approximately 200 attorneys, judges, and law students as members.
This will be Ben’s fourth year of service on the MNAPABA board. During his tenure he overhauled and launched MNAPABA’s website, implemented a sophisticated membership management platform, and used his skills as a former television journalist to promote and give voice to the organization and its members through numerous stories in the media.
As board president, Ben looks forward to overseeing programming and events that further MNAPABA’s mission: “promoting and supporting the personal and professional development of Asian American and Pacific American lawyers, judges, and law students, serving as an advocate for the Asian Pacific American community in Minnesota, and promoting equal access to justice.” At the MNAPABA Annual Gala, Ben called on MNAPABA members to devote the next year to service–to the profession, the Asian Pacific American community, and to one another.
Halunen Law congratulates Ben on this important appointment and the opportunity to share his tremendous leadership skills with MNAPABA in the year ahead.
MNAPABA), Kwan’s term will begin October 1, 2016. He attended the CBLA on behalf of MNAPABA and in preparation for his upcoming leadership of the 200-plus-member organization.Halunen Law attorney Benjamin Kwan recently attended the 2016 Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA) in Seattle, Washington on June 26-28. As President-Elect of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association (
The American Bar Association in conjunction with the Hispanic National Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, National Bar Association, National LGBT Bar Association, and the National Native American Bar Association sponsored the event.
The CBLA is a coordinated effort to strengthen the pipeline of diverse bar association leaders by providing leadership training and professional development programs benefiting current and future leaders, the bar association community, and the legal profession overall. The CBLA marks the first substantive program to result from a collaboration of the six sponsoring bar associations and lays the foundation for further collaborative efforts that foster diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
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