Governor Dayton Appoints Sophia Y. Vuelo to Fill Second Judicial District Vacancy

Republished from the Office of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton:

Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Sophia Vuelo as a District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. Ms. Vuelo will replace the Honorable Margaret M. Marrinan, and will be chambered at St. Paul in Ramsey County.

“Ms. Sophia Vuelo has dedicated her career to pursuing justice for all Minnesotans, through her work with Minnesota courts, charities, and in her own private practice,” said Governor Dayton. “Ms. Vuelo’s commitment to public service has prepared her well for this important new role, as District Court Judge for Minnesota’s Second Judicial District.”

Ms. Vuelo is a solo practitioner at Vuelo Law, where she manages a high volume caseload in juvenile protection, family, and criminal matters. Previously, she was a Special Assistant Ramsey County Attorney, Assistant Public Defender in the Second Judicial District, Assistant Rochester City Attorney, and Managing Attorney at Catholic Charities. Ms. Vuelo received her BA from the University of Minnesota and her JD from Hamline University School of Law.

She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Collaborative Community Law Initiative, an active volunteer at Weaver Elementary School in Maplewood, and the former Vice-President of the Hmong American Bar Association.

Ms. Vuelo will be the first judge of Hmong descent to serve in Minnesota, and the second to be appointed in the nation.

HABA at the MNAPABA Gala!

HABA was a nonprofit partner for the 2017 MNAPABA Gala!  The HABA board and members had the pleasure of sitting with Judge Starr, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, and 6th Judicial District Chief Public Defender Dan Lew.  Thank you to outgoing president Ben Kwan for his leadership and friendship to HABA!  Congratulations and good luck to Melitta Drechsler, 2018-2019 MNAPABA President!  We look forward to working with Melitta to improve our APA legal community.  The conversations were thought-provoking and the event was wonderfully executed.  HABA is looking forward to joining MNAPABA next year for the 2018 Gala.

HABA September Social

We had a terrific showing at the Fall 2017 social.  Thank you to James Song and PaHoua Yang for graciously opening their home for us to hang out and get to know each other.  Folks got to show us their great voices and participate in fun couples therapy!

Thanks for coming to the HABA Picnic 2017

The HABA family got a nice dose of sunshine on June 3rd, 2017 at the annual HABA Picnic.  We enjoyed delicious ribs, papaya salad, fruit, noodles, and other mouth-watering picnic food!  Many of us realized that kickball was a much harder sport than we remembered in 5th grade.  Thank you to everyone who attended, brought something to share, or helped cook food.  We look forward to seeing you next year!