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Want to grow your network? Build your reputation? Demonstrate your leadership skills? Make a difference in the local community?

You can make it all happen through the HCBA.

No matter where you fit within our broad definition of a "new lawyer" (admitted to practice within the past 6 years or under 37 years of age), the HCBA offers opportunities to learn, to lead, and to connect that sync well with your needs and interests.

As a new lawyer, your experience, your insights, and your engagement are deeply valued at the HCBA. We encourage you to tailor your involvement to what makes sense for you today, expecting that this will change over time as you move up in your career and you move through different life stages. Throughout your time in the Hennepin County region, we are here to be YOUR bar association.

Need CLEs?

Your HCBA membership gives you access -- at no additional cost -- to nearly 100 CLEs per year through our substantive law sections and our committees.

Want to get to know other new lawyers and quickly gain leadership opportunities?

Get active in the New Lawyers Section. This section focuses on the unique professional development needs of new lawyers, creates opportunities for social connection, and partners with local nonprofits to be of service to the community.

Have a particular area of interest?

Sign up for sections, committees, or clubs.  You can get involved at any time of the year, and there's always the need for volunteers who will step forward and step up to make member programming and community service efforts happen.

 

Ready to get started? Here's how:

STEP 1: Be a member.

Make sure you are an HCBA member in good standing by selecting District 4 (Hennepin County) as your district bar association when joining the Minnesota State Bar. Contact Ellyse Wagener at ellyse@hcba.org for log in information for the HCBA site.

STEP 2: Stay connected.

Once logged in, make sure the contact information on your HCBA profile is kept up-to-date so that your Hennepin Lawyer magazine gets to you. Look for our weekly e-news in your inbox and follow us on social media (Facebook and Twitter). This way you won't miss out on opportunities to make the most of your HCBA membership.

STEP 3: Get involved!

There are so many options to choose from, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Don't let that happen! Pick a few opportunities, try them out, and see what works for you. And let us know how it goes -- our staff are always eager to hear your perspective and your ideas.

Recommended ways for new lawyers to get involved in the HCBA:

  • The New Lawyers Section’s monthly meeting is a great place to start getting involved. Check out the New Lawyers Section group page for details>>
  • HCBA's substantive law Sections provide the professional connections that you are looking for as a new lawyer. Meet and network with attorneys in the areas of law that you are interested in. Stay current on the latest legal issues and real-world challenges facing today’s attorneys, while making connections that will be beneficial throughout your career. Plus, there’s no extra fee for your HCBA Section memberships. View the full listing of HCBA Sections>>
  • Members can attend most Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars at the HCBA office for no cost. Choose from nearly 100 lunch hour free CLE programs per year, including many seminars designed just for newer lawyers. Plus, you won’t want to miss our full-day New Lawyers: Nuts & Bolts seminar, held each Spring.  Check out the CLE and Events Calendar for upcoming programs.
  • Start taking part in small group mentoring programs, provided for legal professionals at every stage of your career.
  • HCBA social events and happy hours let you connect with judges, new lawyers, and attorneys from specific areas of practice. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and check out the HCBA events calendar to make sure you don’t miss any of these fun events.
  • Gain real leadership experience through committee work and participation in HCBA projects. These include diversity initiatives, programs that support professionalism for the bar, and that improve access to justice in the community. View the full listing of HCBA committees>>
  • There are many opportunities to give back to the community through New Lawyers Section outreach programs, as well as through the Hennepin County Bar Foundation, and the Volunteer Lawyers Network—the pro bono arm of the HCBA.
  •  We know there’s much more to your life than just being a lawyer. Our member clubs are designed to help you meet attorneys with shared interests (such as biking, board games, cooking, photography, yoga, and many more).
  • Additional resources for new lawyers are available from Minnesota CLE's website: The Minnesota New Lawyer >>

Questions about membership and involvement opportunities for new lawyers?

Contact Joy Hamilton (joy@hcba.org) or Jim Skoog (jim@hcba.org) on the HCBA membership staff.

 

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