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  • Thu, January 02, 2020 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    Join us for a candid discussion about the current state of attorney wellness on Monday, January 13, 2020.

    1:00 – 1:05 pm - Welcome – MSBA, HCBA, & RCBA Presidents

    • Jeff Baill, Yost & Baill LLP
    • Sarah McEllistrem, Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh PLLP
    • Tom Nelson, Stinson LLP

    1:05 – 1:15 pm - Introduction – Justice David Lillehaug, Minnesota Supreme Court  

    1:15 – 2:00 pm - Panel Discussion – Inherent stressors in the practice of law and their negative impact

    • Joshua Bobich, Ballard Spahr
    • Patty Beck, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co.
    • Matthew Foli, Guaranty Commercial Title Inc.

    Moderator: Shelley Carthen Watson, University of Minnesota Office of the General Counsel

    2:00 – 2:25 pm - Keynote – Speaking Out to End the Stigma of Mental Illness - Judge Donovan Frank, US District Court

    2:25 – 2:40 pm - Break

    2:40 – 3:30 pm - Three ED Talks, followed by Q&A
    • ABCs of Wellness – Joan Bibelhausen, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
    • Neuroscience of Wellness – Robin Wolpert, Sapientia Law Group, PLLC
    • Lawyer Competence and Ethics – Susan Humiston, Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility

    3:30 – 4:00 pm - Meditation – Mike Millios, Millios Law

    4:00 – 5:00 pm - Reception

    CLE Credit: 2.0 Standard CLE Credit Applied for | Event Code: 282853


    • Regular Attorney Rate:  $20.00
    • Public Attorney Rate:  $10.00 (please call Jennifer Carter at 612-278-6309 to take advantage of this rate)
    • Law Student Rate:  Free

    Deadline to register: January 9, 2020.

  • Thu, January 02, 2020 8:25 AM | Anonymous

    Featuring Keynote Speaker: Dru Levasseurz

    Dru LevasseurDru Levasseur is the Deputy Program Officer of the National LGBT Bar Association, expanding the Bar’s programmatic work, including Lavender Law 365, an LGBTQ+ inclusion coaching and consulting initiative perfect for law firms, law schools, and workplaces. As a leading figure in the LGBTQ+ equality movement for 25 years, 15 of which in the legal profession, Dru has extensive experience in law, advocacy, philanthropy, and community organizing. 

    Previously, Dru was Senior Attorney and Transgender Rights Project Director for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV. For a decade, Dru led Lambda Legal’s transgender rights work through strategy development, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education. He served as counsel in landmark impact litigation cases and amicus briefs in federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Dru was also instrumental in the creation and development of Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project in 2013, as well as Lambda’s popular Trans Toolkit.

    Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Dru was the first staff attorney at Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, and before that, served as a law clerk in the Massachusetts Superior Court. In 2007, Dru co-founded the Jim Collins Foundation, a trans-led national nonprofit that funds surgeries for transgender people in need, and he continues to serve as a working group member for Grantmakers United for Trans Communities. Dru received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, his J.D. from Western New England University School of Law, and is admitted to practice in DC, NY, GA, and MA.

    Date: Saturday, February 1
    Time: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Register today!

  • Thu, January 02, 2020 8:16 AM | Anonymous

    Fredrickson & Byron, Minnesota Women Lawyers and the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice are proud to present The 5th Annual Women of Color in the Law Forum: Lifting as We Climb on January 28. Join women lawyers of color, indigenous women lawyers and allies for an evening of camaraderie, community and real discussion about careers and professional life.

    Wendy Unglaub, Vice President of International Tax & Global Transfer Pricing at Ecolab, Inc., will provide a keynote presentation, followed by Discussion Circles and a networking reception.

    Complimentary parking will be available.


    4:30 p.m. Registration & Networking
    5:00 p.m. Program
    5:45 p.m. Discussion Circles
    6:30 p.m. Reception


    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    1200 S. Marquette Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Register for this event.

  • Wed, December 04, 2019 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    Please RSVP here by Wednesday, November 20th. 


  • Tue, December 03, 2019 2:35 PM | Anonymous

    Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) and the MSBA Well-Being Committee are hosting a series of Monday sessions 8:45 - 10:00 a.m. on exploring and building skills for thriving in each dimension of lawyer well-being, including: intellectual, occupational, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual. You can join any or all of the sessions between Oct 7 and Dec 9. The sessions will build upon each others. Preregistration is suggested but not required. Contact Annette Erbst (aerbst@mnclc.org) or call (651) 646-5590 to preregister. More information here. 

  • Wed, November 20, 2019 5:45 PM | Anonymous

    HCBA is introducing the newest judges on the Hennepin County District Court including MNAPABA member Rachna B. Sullivan. Come meet them at Fredrikson & Byron on Wednesday, November 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Fri, November 15, 2019 10:00 AM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    Have you ever heard the phrase “Progressive Prosecution” and wondered what it looks like in practice? Please join ACS for a discussion with Ramsey County Attorney, John Choi, about how he has incorporated various progressive practices into his office. He will share his insight and experiences as to why this approach is effective and why it should be more widely adopted.

    No further information is available at this time. If interested, please check the ACS website closer to November 15th. 

  • Fri, November 08, 2019 12:00 PM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    Join NAAAP Minnesota, Knight Foundation and Mitchell Hamline School of Law for a keynote lunch with Simon Tam, founder of The Slants. Hear the incredible journey of how an Asian American rock band took on the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Where: Hamline University Klas Center

    When: 12:00 p.m. on November 8th

    Contact: NAAAP MN, hellomn@naaap.org

    Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-story-of-how-an-asian-american-troublemaker-took-on-scotus-tickets-76305472723

  • Thu, November 07, 2019 9:00 AM | Victoria Dutcher (Administrator)

    The New Lawyers Leadership Conference (NLLC) is the premiere event for the up-and-coming legal professionals and practitioners looking to advance their career with purpose and vision while creating a path for leadership. Whether you're a big law, small firm or solo practitioner, in the public or private sector, the NLLC is a unique opportunity to meet, network, and engage with colleagues and leaders in the Minnesota legal community.

    Sponsored by Minnesota CLE

    When: Thursday, November 7, 2019 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) 

    Where: Securian Financial Club Room / CHS Field Saint Paul, MN United States

    For more information, please visit: https://www.mnbar.org/members/cle-events/event?EventID=3429

    Deadline to Register: October 31, 2019

Mailing Address:
MNAPABA c/o Minnesota State Bar Association
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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