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New Lawyers Section

Annual Report

2016-17

Section Membership

As of June 7, 2017, the Section has 3826 members.

Financial Status

The Section had an account balance of $2,685 as of April 30, 2017.

CLEs & Events

The Section hosted 13 programs in fiscal year 2016-17.  

Program Title

Date

Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Post Bar Happy Hour

7/27/16

 

 

39

The View from 10 Years Out – How to Set Yourself Up for Early Success

9/8/16

225985

1.0 Standard

48

Health Care Law Basics and Careers

10/13/16

228700

1.0 Standard

46

New Lawyers Leadership Conference

11/3/16

229040

5.0 Standard
1.0 Ethics

106

Winter Tri-Bar

12/1/16

 

 

40

Alternative Legal Models: Changes on the Horizon and Opportunities for New Lawyers

12/8/16

231869

1.0 Standard

41

New Year – New Job?

1/12/17

232795

1.0 Standard

54

The Ethics of Managing Negativity in the Profession

2/9/17

234035

1.0 Ethics

40

Winning Tips for Successful Negotiation

3/16/17

236930

1.0 Standard

37

Spring Social with Consumer Litigation

3/23/17

 

 

33

Path to Partnership Institute

4/13/17

236931

6.25 Standard

57

Make Par with the Bar

6/29/17

 

 

24


The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on May 11, 2017.

The following council members were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018:
 
Chair: George Norris
Vice-Chair: Ryan McCarthy
Treasurer: Adina Florea
Secretary: Blair Harrington
 
Diversity and Inclusion

The section continued its work to foster involvement by new, diverse lawyers. In 2016-2017, the diversity committee hosted and sponsored a panel discussion on Diversity Challenges and Strategies in the Legal Profession for new lawyers and law students.
 
The section also continued to work on cross-generational diversity through efforts including collaboration in a Presidential Summit, and participation by members in the Next Generation Bar workgroups.
 
Other Section Accomplishments
 
This has been an exciting year for the New Lawyer’s Section, with all of the following accomplishments:

  • We hosted our third annual New Lawyer’s Leadership Conference. For the first time this year, the conference was hosted in collaboration with MSBA staff, and succeeded in attracting over 100 new lawyers for discussion surrounding leadership, practice building, and bar engagement.
     
  • In a joint effort with the HCBA New Lawyers, the Section also hosted its first Path to Partnership Institute, specifically targeting lawyers 5-10 years in practice with information about the “business side” of lawyering.  Hosted at Dorsey and Whitney, the summit drew nearly 60 new lawyers in its first year, and was very well received.
     
  • We named Landon Ascheman our fourth annual Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year.
     
  • The section made inroads with several other sections looking to create informal mentorship opportunities for newer lawyers.  The NLS began what we hope will be an ongoing effort with the civil litigation section to explore regular, informal mentorship connection for new lawyer.  We also reached out to several other sections to discuss creating mentor partnerships.
     
  • Several members of the section spearheaded an early bar exam task force studying whether or not to permit third year Minnesota law students to sit for the bar in February of their third year so they would be ready to practice upon graduation.  The proposal was accepted by the MSBA assembly at its June meeting due in part to strong new lawyer support, and the association will be petitioning the state supreme court.
     
  • The section established a Barriers to the Bar Taskforce, charged with exploring and grappling with the barriers to the bar that are leading to declining new lawyer enrollment and engagement in the MSBA and other bar associations.  The taskforce has committed generating no less than 5 actionable items for the MSBA to make the bar more accessible, more meaningful, and more vibrant for new lawyers. These ideas (after approval by the new lawyer’s section) will be presented to the MSBA’s governing bodies for immediate action. 
 
Submitted By:
Michael P. Boulette, Section Chair
Date: June 30, 2017


2015-16

Section Membership

As of June 10, 2016, the Section has 3,240 members.

Financial Status

The Section had an account balance of $11,788 as of May 31, 2016.

CLEs & Events

The Section hosted 17 CLE programs in fiscal year 2015-16. 

Program Title

Date

Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Fit to Practice: Foundations of Real Estate Transactions

9/10/15

209779

1.0 Standard

76

Fall Social co-sponsored by the Real Property and New Lawyers Sections

9/11/15

N/A

N/A

33

Fit to Practice: Negotiation Fundamentals

10/8/15

210471

1.0 Standard

93

2015 New Lawyers Leadership Conference

11/12/15

211220

1.0 Standard

1.0 EOB

3.0 LOM

115

2015 Winter Tri-Bar Social and Fundraiser

12/3/15

N/A

N/A

28

Fit to Practice: Cultural Competency in Law Practice

12/10/15

212811

1.0 EOB

78

Fit to Practice: What to Do When Your Client is Sued

1/14/16

214312

1.0 Standard

62

Fit to Practice: Effective Courtroom Appearance and Decorum

2/11/16

215442

1.0 Standard

60

Sharpening Important Tools of Your Trade - Better lawyering through intentional focus on vivid language (Co-sponsored with the Practice Management & Marketing Section)

3/9/16

217266

1.0 LOM

14

E-Discovery: Practice and Perspective

3/10/16

217192

1.0 Standard

44

Barron Henley Webinar Series: Buried in Paper? How to Create a Paper-Reduced Law Office (Co-sponsored with the Practice Management & Marketing Section)

3/24/16

216141

1.0 LOM

19

Law Student Reception (co-sponsored with the Labor & Employment Law and Employee Benefits Sections)

4/6/16

N/A

N/A

18

Fit to Practice: Building a Construction Law Practice (co-sponsored with the Construction Law Section)

4/14/16

217999

1.0 Standard

35

Barron Henley Webinar Series: Microsoft Word Power Hour

4/28/16

218781

1.0 LOM

17

NLS Annual Meeting & CLE: How to Handle Your First (or Fifth) Appeal (co-sponsored with the Appellate Practice Section)

5/12/16

218092

1.0 Standard

53

Consumer Litigation and the Pro Se Project: Perspectives from the Bench

1.0 Standard CLE credit | Event Code: 219637

(co-sponsored with the Consumer Litigation Section)

5/19/16

219637

1.0 Standard

47

Barron Henley Webinar Series: Communication Breakdown – It’s Always The Same (But It’s Avoidable)

5/26/16

219810

1.0 LOM

2

Barron Henley Webinar Series: Technology and Business Planning for a Law Firm

6/23/16

222015

1.0 LOM

6

 

Annual Meeting and Election Results

The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on May 12, 2016.

The following council members were re-elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017:

Chair: Michael Boulette
Vice Chair: George Norris
Treasurer: Ryan McCarthy 

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

Secretary: Adina Florea 

Other Section Accomplishments

This year the New Lawyers Section created a Bar Rules Committee to investigate whether Minnesota should consider a rule change to allow early bar examination. 

Submitted By:
Elisa Murillo, Section Chair
Date: June 30, 2016


2014-15

Section Membership

As of June 9, 2015, the Section has 3,612 members.

Financial Status

The Section had an account balance of $3,002 as of April 30, 2015.

CLEs & Events

The Section hosted 10 CLE programs in fiscal year 2014-15. 

Program Title

Date

Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Law in the Grocery Aisle: All About The USDA National Organic Program

5/14/15

204955

1.0 Standard

50

Anatomy of a First Client Conference (co-sponsored with the Outstate Practice Section)

4/20/15

203608

1.0 Standard

22

Tips and Useful Hints For New Lawyers From The Bench

4/9/15

203741

1.0 Standard

56

Splitting the Baby: 5 Things You Need to Know About the New Changes to Minnesota's Custody and Parenting Time Statutes

2/12/15

200862

1.0 Standard

108

Applied eDiscovery: Practical Tips

1/8/15

199965

1.0 Standard

66

The Importance of Pro Bono in Your Practice

12/11/14

198487

1.0 Ethics

70

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now (co-sponsored with the Civil Litigation Section)

12/1/14

198277

1.0 Standard

98

Record Wars 2015: Return of the Expungements; A New Hope

11/13/14

196460

1.0 Standard

45

Negotiation Fundamentals

10/9/14

196455

1.0 Standard

47

Introduction to Veterans Advocacy Practice

9/11/14

195923

1.0 Standard

47

 

Social Events

Date

Number of Attendees

Post-Bar Social

2-25-15

 

Winter Tri-Bar Social

12-4-14

74

Post-Bar Social

7-30-14

 

 

Annual Meeting and Election Results

The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on May 14, 2015 and 10 people attended.

The following council members were re-elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015:

            Chair:             Elisa Murillo

            Vice Chair:     Mike Boulette

            Treasurer:      George Norris

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

            Secretary:      Ryan McCarthy

Other Section Accomplishments

  • The Section held a build day for Habitat for Humanity in November 2014.
  • The Section published three issues of its quarterly newsletter, Hearsay.
  • The Section awarded its second recipient of the Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year Award to Irene Kao at the MSBA Assembly meeting in April 2015.
  • The Section provided support to the ABA Magna Carta Regional Summit (which will be held on June 19, 2015).
  • The Section continues to plan the New Lawyer Leadership Conference for the Fall of 2015.
  • The Section continues to review its bylaws to update the Section’s mission and governance to ensure its effectiveness and relevancy for members.

 

 

Submitted By:

Jennifer S. Santini, Section Chair

Date: June 17, 2015

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