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The MSBA Announces the Development of the Consumer Litigation Section. Join us for the Section's inaugural meeting and CLE.


"Perspectives from the Bench | Consumer Litigation"

Please join the MSBA Consumer Litigation Section* at our inaugural CLE entitled, “Perspectives from the Bench,” featuring U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Keyes and Hennepin County District Court Judge Denise Reilly as they discuss the judicial perspective on consumer law cases, including attorney best practices when presenting or defending consumer class action cases. Lunch will be provided at this event.

*MSBA’s Newest Section – Consumer Litigation Section

Consumer law is an expanding area of practice, one that deserves the attention of its own MSBA Section. We envision a section that focuses on consumer protection laws and upon financial regulations – both state and federal – and their impact on the individuals and companies those laws regulate. With the recent economic crisis, more and more consumers are exercising their legal rights under a variety of financially-related laws, e.g. FDCPA, FCRA, UDAP, RESPA, TILA, and state foreclosure and consumer protection laws. As lawsuits progress throughout our court systems, judges are charged with deciding what constitutes a violation, and what remedies are available to consumers. The Consumer Litigation Section aims to educate and promote an exchange of ideas among all practitioners in this area: plaintiff, defense and corporate. The MSBA will consider formal creation of this Section at the Association's Assembly meeting on April 28, 2011.


Judge Denise Reilly, Hennepin County District Court
Before joining the Hennepin County District Court bench in 1997, Judge Reilly served as an Assistant United States Attorney, charged with heading the Narcotics and Firearms Section. Before that, she was an attorney with Lindquist & Vennum, as well as a law clerk for the Honorable U.S. District Judge Robert G. Renner. Judge Reilly is currently also an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, teaching Trial Skills.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Keyes, U.S. District Court
Judge Keyes worked as a partner with the law firm Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett until 1986. He then began practicing with Briggs and Morgan, P.A., working in this capacity until his appointment to the U.S. District Court in 2008. Judge Keyes is currently also an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, teaching Federal Habeas Corpus.

1 hour of Standard CLE credit approved
Event Code: 154013



Date:   Thursday, April 21, 2011
Time:   12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN 55402 

Please join the MSBS Consumer Litigation Section for its inaugural meeting and CLE. Lunch and registration will begin at noon, followed by the program and a brief business meeting from 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.


Join the Section and attend for FREE:  $26.00
MSBA Members (Choosing NOT to join the Section):  $36.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $46.00

Teleconferencing is available. Please request teleconference instructions when you register or contact Elyse Farnsworth at 612-278-6336 or on or before April 19, 2011.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336