2016 New Lawyers Leadership Conference

Event Description

Deadline to Register EXTENDED: October 31, 2016

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.  The conference brings together experienced and fresh perspectives on the practice of law that combine to inspire and empower law students and legal professionals in their first several years of practice.  Join us for dynamic and engaging presentations, diverse and thought-provoking speakers, and practical and insightful tips for a well-rounded career.  Interact, socialize, and engage with leaders from the Minnesota State Bar Association, Minority and Affinity Bars, Ramsey County Bar Association, and the Hennepin County Bar Association, and find out about opportunities to get involved in the legal community.  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.

Free happy hour immediately following the conference.


8:15 - 9:00 Registration

9:00 - 10:00 A Day in the Life of a Lawyer:  How Your Daily Technology Habits Affect You, Your Clients, and Your Law Practice  (1.0 Ethics CLE Credit)

Emily Duke , Esq., CyberSmart Law, a division of Duke Law Office

From the time you wake up until the time your head hits the pillow, if you’re like many lawyers, you are multitasking for work and personal life throughout the day.  Learn how your habits related use of smart phones, tablets, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, portable devices, etc. may be impacting your professional obligation of client confidentiality. We will also address the importance of vendor and staff oversight to protect confidentiality of client information and specifically examine rules 1.6 and 5.3 of the Rules of Professional Responsibility.  A brief discussion about opportunities for careers in data security and privacy law will conclude this session.

10:00 - 11:00 How to Gain Confidence and Credibility in Your Law Practice (1.0 Standard CLE Credit)

Carolien Moors ,   Hardtalk Biz Coaching

Whether you’re just starting your legal career or have been practicing for a few years, you have likely experienced the pressures and challenges to always be available, to know more, to do more, to compete for assignments or a better position, or to handle shifting client needs on ever-tighter budgets.  Before you know it, your confidence and resilience take a hit.  This presentation will provide you with relevant insights and practical techniques to strengthen your confidence and credibility in your law practice and to shape better interactions with clients, judges, other lawyers, or members of your team.

11:00 - 12:00 Manage Your Way to Leadership - How to Successfully Work with Legal Support Staff (1.0 Standard CLE Credit)

Danielle M. Doocy , Executive Director, Special Counsel
Jonathon M. Zentner , Shareholder, Arthur Chapman Smetak Kettering & Pikala, P.A.
Nancy Lochner Howard , Manager of Legal Recruiting, Fredrikson & Byron P.A.
Vikas Narula , Creator and Co-founder, Keyhubs

Having a strong referral network of attorneys and clients is key to building a book of business. This presentation will discuss strategies for building your name, reputation and network, and highlight tips and best practices for leveraging your network to build and grow your business.

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch with the Leaders

Mingle with bar leaders, leaders in the community, colleagues, presenters and attendees while enjoying lunch.

1:00 - 2:00 New Lawyers at Risk: How Stress, Mental Health and Substance Use Can Impact Your Career, Client Relationships, Performance, and Advancement as a Lawyer – And What You Can Do About It (1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit)

Honorable Susan Miles , Assistant Chief Judge, 10th Judicial District
Joan M. Bibelhausen , Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Stress, anxiety, substance misuse and related issues are potentially disabling conditions that may be present in our clients, our colleagues and us.  Understand the continuum from stress to distress and the risk factors in our profession. Learn to recognize and respond to triggers and challenges.  Effective strategies for dealing with these issues and stressors will be introduced. Judge Susan Miles will discuss the research regarding stress and anxiety in our profession and her own experience.  Joan Bibelhausen will discuss mental health, including substance use issues, and the importance of exploring biases toward ourselves and others in the legal community.

2:00 - 3:00 Learn, Serve, Lead - Becoming a Board Member (1.0 Standard CLE Credit)

Adine S. Momoh , Associate, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Brent E. Routman , Partner, Merchant & Gould
Victoria A. Elsmore , Esq., Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh PLLP
Esteban Rivera , Managing Partner, Rivera Law Firm, LLC
Bryan Browning , Associate, Bassford Remele

There are many ways to get involved in the legal community.  With the MSBA and local county bar associations, area-specific groups, and non-legal ventures, the opportunities are endless.  But how exactly do new lawyers show their value and ideas to more senior members of the group? Our inspiring panel will share the strategies they used to become chief contributors in their organizations and leaders among new lawyers seeking to make their mark.

3:00 - 4:00 How to Work a Room and Make Lasting Connections (1.0 Standard CLE Credit)

David Bateson , Esq., Bateson Consulting LLC

Have you ever scanned the crowd at a networking event, frantically searching for a familiar face to chat with instead of mingling?  You’re not alone.  Now is the time to break out of your shell and work the room!  Learn tips for networking in all types of situations, such as within your firm, with court staff and judges, at receptions and meetings, and even in the elevator.  Whether you are an extrovert or introvert, it’s helpful to know how to keep a conversation moving and what topics to avoid, and develop those relationships beyond one happy hour to create a vast network of colleagues.

4:00 - 6:00 Social Reception & Happy Hour 

Grab a beverage, have your business cards ready, and mingle! Get to know MSBA section leadership and representatives of local county and affinity bar organizations, and connect with conference presenters and other attendees in a fun and relaxed setting.  Discover resources and opportunities to contribute to the legal community and the many ways in which your involvement and leadership will benefit you, your career, and your professional network.

CLE Credits:

5.0 Standard and 1.0 Ethics CLE Credits approved | Event Code: 229040


All attendees $35.00 .

Remote Participation: 

Teleconferencing is not available. 

Event Sponsors: 

Arthur Chapman Smetak Kettering & Pikala, P.A.
Law Pay
Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.
Messerli & Kramer
Minnesota CLE
Robert Half Legal
Thompson Reuters - Westlaw


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Thursday, November 3, 2016

8:15 AM to 4:00 PM

East Room / Day Block Event Center Minneapolis, MN United States