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The MSBA's Family Section Presents


"Lawyer Safety Issues for Family Lawyers"

Lawyer safety is often taken for granted, however, this much-neglected issue can quickly become relevant.  Often the flippant response on this issue is to get a conceal and carry permit, however, this seminar will teach you that this is not the most effective answer.  Practical safety measures every attorney and staff member should consider and implement will be discussed along with  methods for evaluating safety issues in your own practice , including defining safety and addressing the physical environment and human environment.

We will examine lawyer safety issues in light of the known lethality risk factors identified for evaluating domestic violence cases, including the Blueprint for Safety Practitioner’s Guide to Assessing Risk and Danger in Domestic Violence. We will also discuss ethical issues raised in Ms. Melcher’s experience regarding a duty to warn another attorney that his/her client may pose a danger and/or has threatened to harm or kill the other attorney. 


Honorable Mary Louise Klas (Ret.)
◦ Retired Judge, Second Judicial District
◦ Founder, Isaiah Project

Cynthia J. Vermeulen
◦ Family lawyer and criminal defense attorney

Terri Melcher
◦ Family lawyer
◦ Victim of stabbing assault by opposing party in dissolution file, June 2010

1 hour of Standard CLE credit approved
Event Code: 166810



Date:   Saturday, April 14, 2012
Time:   11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380 Minneapolis, MN 55402 


Section Members:  Free
MSBA Members (But Not Family Section Members):  $5.00
Law Students:  Free
Non-MSBA Members:  $10.00


"There is No Such Thing as a Stupid Question" - Question and answer session with family law experts from 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
0.5 Standard CLE credit approved
Event Code: 166811

The Family Law Section will have a monthly meeting starting at 9:30 a.m. The Domestic Abuse Committee will meet from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Participation by web and audio is available. Please indicate that you will be joining by teleconference or webcast when registering online or contact Tamara Patton at or (612) 278-6305 on or before April 12th. Instructions will be sent out on April 13th via email.

Satellite Locations: There are satellite locations available in the following communities:

Duluth -- Eskomo Pizza Pies, Esko, MN, hosted by Peter Radosevich

Mankato -- Chelsey, Kroon, Harvey & Carpenter, 75 Teton Lane, Mankato, MN (available for the FLS business meeting and CLE), hosted by Herb Kroon


Please contact Tamara Patton for further information regarding the satellite locations.


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