HABA Collaborates with MN 18 Council



HABA and MN 18 Clan Council collaborated to start our first community CLE regarding gun rights and collateral consequences. Thank you to the panelists, Mai Neng Moua, Esq., and Chong Lo., Esq.  There were many great questions and a thoughtful discussion on gun ownership.

HABA Legal Advice Clinics

HABA has partnered with the Volunteer Lawyers Network, Hmong American Partnership, and Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association to launch a summer legal advice clinic to serve low-income communities on the East Side of Saint Paul.

Your help is needed to make the legal clinic a success!  Please consider serving as a volunteer attorney or volunteer law student at one of our clinics.  This summer we are holding three clinics on June 27th, July 25th, and August 29th from 1pm to 3pm at Hmong American Partnership.  Volunteer attorneys are asked to provide legal advice only in the areas of law they are familiar with.  Law students will screen and conduct client intake.  The Volunteer Lawyers Network will provide malpractice insurance for all registered attorneys.

HABA at the RCBA Judges Dinner

Many members of HABA attended the 2018 Ramsey County Judges Dinner on March 22, 2018. HABA made a great showing at the event and celebrating Ramsey County’s first Hmong judge!  Unfortunately, there was so much fun, we did not take photos of the event!

2018 HABA Banquet


The 2017 HABA Annual Banquet went off without a hitch as members, friends, and community members gathered at Brothers Event Center in Oakdale, MN to celebrate the accomplishments of HABA members and hear about what HABA has been up to in 2017.  Macy Lee led the festivities as the night’s emcee followed by words from the HABA president, Fue Lo Thao.  Attendees also had the distinct pleasure of hearing from keynote speaker, Justice Anne McKeig, and the first Hmong American attorney appointed to the bench in Minnesota, Sophia Y. Vuelo.  The night was capped off with the inaugural year of the Paaj Ntaub award, given to a member of HABA that has been pivotal in its success.  The inaugural award was given to James Song for his dedication and passion to HABA.  After the program, members stuck around for entertainment from Blue Sky Band and danced the night away!

Congratulations to James Song as the 2017 Paaj Ntaub Award recipient!


In no particular order, HABA thanks the following people/organizations for their help in making this banquet a success:

  • Banquet Chair: Pa Houa Vue
  • Keynote Speaker: Justice Anne McKeig
  • Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Sophia Vuelo
  • Emcee: Macy Lee
  • Venue: Brothers Event Center
  • Entertainment: Blue Sky Band
  • Event Sponsors:
    • Adam Yang & Theresa Thao-Yang
    • Dewitt, Mackall, Crounse & Moore Law
    • Disabled Home Health Care
    • Hawj Legal services, LLC
    • Hmong Home Healthcare, Inc.
    • James Song & Pahoua Yang
    • Mai N. Moua Law Office
    • Macy Lee, Creative Results
  • Silent Auction Donors:
    • Bamboo Hut
    • Bjorn Photography
    • Dr. Mai Na Lee
    • Firebox Deli BBQ
    • Hmong Home Healthcare, LLC
    • Kao Kalia Yang
    • Pinwheel Photo Booth
    • Sushi Tango
    • Susun Xiong
    • The Honorable Gary Bastian
    • Xauvhmoob.com

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!