More About P. Paul Yang

After the USA was defeated in the Vietnam War and Secret War in Laos, many Hmong faced persecution in communist Laos for supporting the Americans during the war and thousands of Hmong including Paul and family had to flee their homeland and immigrated to Thailand and eventually America. As a child refugee, he learned about the important of hard work and humanity from his parents. 

His parents never had any formal education, did not speak any English and they came to America with just the clothes on their back, yet they were able to survive, raised the family and started a new life. Both of his parents worked long hours in the kitchen at Leeann Chin Restaurant for years until retirement.

Paul grew up in Ramsey County and had deep roots in the community. He graduated from St. Agnes High School in 1995 and earned his B.A. in Public Policy from Concordia University, St. Paul in 1999.  He went on to attend Hamline School of Law, earning his J.D. in 2002.

Paul’s diverse life-experience and extensive trial experience in both criminal law and civil law make him an outstanding choice for Ramsey County Judge.  If elected, he plans to work with our local nonprofit and legal community to further assistance for pro se litigants (those without attorneys).


  • Solo Practitioner, Yang Law Office, St. Paul, Minnesota; 2003 to present
  • Part-time Assistant Public Defender, First Judicial District Public Defender’s Office, St. Paul, MN 2005 to present
  • Law Clerk, Mazzitelli & Associates, P.A., Minneapolis, Minnesota; 2002
  • Law Clerk, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, Minnesota; 2001-2002
  • Law Clerk, Ramsey County Public Defender's Office, Minnesota; 2000-2001
  • Census Coordinator, Asian American Census 2000 Awareness Committee; 1998-2000
  • Legislative Aid, MN House of Representative (Rep. Andy Dawkins); 1999 


  • Hamline School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law), J.D. 2002 
  • Concordia University, St. Paul, B.A. in Public Policy, 1999

Volunteer Works

  • HOPE Community School (Treasurer and Chartered-School Board Member)
  • United States National Defense Corps (Member)
  • Yang Wang Meng Association of USA (Board Member)