Ma Manee Moua ‘99, Philosophy, is the founder and owner of Moua Law Office, with offices in Roseville, Minn., a Twin Cities suburb, and Appleton. Previously, she was an assistant attorney general with the state of Wisconsin Department of Justice, where it was believed she was the first Hmong American to serve in such a capacity in any state justice department, nationwide.
Moua is a frequent speaker at campuses and conferences across the Midwest. She has delivered keynotes at Macalester College (Minn.), Edgewood College (Wis.) and UW System institutions in Madison, Parkside, Green Bay and Oshkosh. She has been a speaker and trainer for state agencies including Corrections, the Department of Natural Resources and children’s services. Her topics have included “Overview of the Criminal Justice System,” “Legal Issues and the Hmong,” “Leadership and Issues Affecting Asian Americas” and “Legal Issues and Leadership.”
Moua is fluent in English and Hmong, and has hosted a monthly legal advice show, Xovtooj Cua Haiv Hmoob, on a Twin Cities radio station. She is a contributing writer for the Hmong Pages, a local community newspaper in Minnesota, and co-author of the Auto Accident Q&A series.
In her capacity as a private attorney and former assistant attorney general, Moua has handled significant and complex civil and criminal cases. She has been active at the state and federal trial and appellate court levels, filing and defending cases; negotiating for settlement; and engaging in motions practice, jury trials and writing and arguing appeals. Moua has handled, briefed, argued or successfully tried cases in Minnesota district courts and that state’s Court of Appeals; Wisconsin circuit courts and Wisconsin Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
At UW-Green Bay, Moua was a student senator and multi-cultural director in the Student Government Association, an officer of the Southeast Asian Student Union, and founder and co-chair of the People Educating and Communicating Everywhere organization (PEACE) that promoted inter-cultural harmony. She received her bachelor’s degree with honors in Philosophy, along with the Chancellor’s Medallion for academic excellence and the Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award, which is presented to the top graduating senior.
While pursuing her law degree at the University of Wisconsin, Moua was a managing editor for the Wisconsin International Law Journal and president of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. She also planned and coordinated the first ever Hmong Legal Symposium held at the law school to encourage and recruit prospective Hmong students to attend law school. In recognition of Moua’s early career achievements, the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association presented her with its Outstanding Recent Alumni Award in 2007.
UW-Green Bay’s 44th spring-summer commencement will take place at the Kress Events Center on campus at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18. About 900 graduating students are eligible to participate. A full house of approximately 5,000 is expected for the presentation of diplomas and the ceremonies that will include Moua’s address.