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"Representing Clients in the 24 Hour News Cycle"

Whether your client wanted the attention or not, they are or will soon be the subject of media scrutiny. What can you, as their attorney, do to be helpful to mitigate the damage and even advance your client's cause? Learn the various legal, ethical, and public relations issues surrounding crisis communication. The presenters will use actual cases to illustrate what can be done or shouldn't be done on behalf of your client. Topics include interacting with the press, professional responsibility issues, social media, evidentiary issues, client control, communication planning, internal messaging for corporate clients, keeping out of the press, and "leaks." We've probably all seen attorneys take actions on behalf of clients in the media that made us wince. Don't be that attorney, be ready, attend this CLE.


Cynthia Bemis Abrams 
Ms. Abrams is a veteran public relations professional with deep experience in the government and non-profit sectors. Her distinctive crisis communications and management experience includes ethics investigations, political campaigns, emergency preparedness, labor strikes, public health interventions and unexpected outcomes from business operations. Cynthia emphasizes crisis communications planning (with strategic use of social media) in addition to crisis management basics of message planning and layering, audience prioritization and the identification and training of key communicators within an organization.

Doug Kelley  
Mr. Kelley is a well-respected trial attorney who has been involved in several high-profile cases. He successfully represented the plaintiff in La Société Générale Immobilière (LSGI) v. The City of Minneapolis in which a federal jury awarded $34 million to his clients for breach of a municipal development contract. Early in his career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he successfully prosecuted Deil Gustafson and Joseph Agosto in a Las Vegas Casino bank fraud deal involving the Mafia. For this effort, Mr. Kelley received the Department of Justice Meritorious Achievement Award. Even so, many of Doug's cases are handled discretely so that his greatest achievements on behalf of clients are known only to the entities involved. Doug has successfully represented both individuals and corporations in many areas including mail, wire, bank and health care fraud; RICO; breach of contract and gaming law. He also has expertise in political campaign finance reform and fair election practices. Most recently, Mr. Kelley has served as a court-appointed receiver charged with managing and liquidating the personal assets of Thomas J. Petters and five codefendants convicted of the largest Ponzi scheme in Minnesota history.

1 hour of Standard CLE credit applied for
Event Code: 166189



Thursday, May 10, 2012

Networking Breakfast | 8:00 a.m.
Seminar | 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

  MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN 55402 

PM&M Section Members:  $15.00
Join the PM&M Section and attend at no additional cost:  $31.00
Law Students:  $15.00
Other Registrants:  $45.00

Teleconferencing/webcasting is available upon request. Request instructions when registering or contact Elyse Farnsworth prior to May 7, 2012. Instructions will be distributed via email on May 9, 2012.

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