Lunch & Learn Virtual Event – What Am I Missing? How Hmong American Cultural Dynamics May Impact Family Court

Pre-Event Listing:

Co-Hosted with the Hmong American Bar Association

Date: February 12th, 2021 12:00pm-1:00pm

Join the Honorable Sophia Vuelo and Adam Yang and as they discuss how Hmong American cultural factors may impact family cases entering the Minnesota legal system. This event is co-sponsored by the Hmong American Bar Association.

The learning goals for this program:

1.    Identify how Hmong American cultural norms affect how professionals work with Hmong American families and may need to change their approach.

2.    Identify resources in the Minnesota Hmong community which may assist Hmong families involved in family law systems.

1 CLE Credit Pending:Elimination of Bias


Judge Sophia Y. Vuelo, Second Judicial District

Judge Vuelo was appointed by Governor Dayton in 2017 to the Ramsey County Bench. She is the first judge of Hmong descent to be appointed to the Bench in the State of Minnesota. She graduated from the Univeristy of Hamline Law School and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota. Before being appointed, Judge Vuelo worked in various roles as an Asst. Rochester City Attorney, Asst. Ramsey County Attorney and Asst. Second District Public Defender. Judge Vuelo also worked in private practice and represented clients in Juvenile Protection and Family Law matters, as well as Managing Attorney for Catholic Charities. Judge Vuelo was a past vice-president of the Hmong American Bar Association and serves as a mentor at St. Thomas Law School. Judge Vuelo also serves on the Board of Asian Women Untied, Inc. and is a representative on the Minnesota District Judges Association. She has recently rotated onto the Family Law Bench.

Judge Adam C. Yang, Second Judicial District

Judge Yang was elected to the Ramsey County Bench in 2018. He graduated from Hamline University School of Law in 1998. He received a Master of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota in 1995 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1993. Judge Yang worked at the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office for seventeen (17) years, six of them representing juvenile defendants. Prior to that Judge Yang worked with the Neighborhood Justice Center for two years. Thus his whole legal career has been representing marginalized clients from underserved communities. Judge Yang has served in the family law rotation for over a year. Judge Yang currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Hmong American Bar Association, and other organizations.


Hmong American Bar Association

The AFCC-MN is thrilled to co-sponsor this event with the Hmong American Bar Association.