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What Licensed Health Professionals Fighting Chemical Dependency-and their Attorneys-Should Know

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Venue: William Mitchell College of Law  Saint Paul, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $30.00


Deadline to Register:  February 17, 2014
You can register by clicking the "Register" button at the top right of this page.


Recent news media coverage has brought to the forefront how licensing boards handle health professionals with chemical addictions. Knowledgeable and experienced representatives from state licensing boards, Hazelden, the Health Professionals Services Program, and the private bar will discuss statistics, trends, recent case law, licensing options and best practices. Whether you are an attorney representing health professionals worried about their continued ability to practice, or a supervisor or coworker of licensed health care professionals struggling with addiction, or a state attorney assisting licensing boards, this is a continuing education program you won't want to miss.

The CLE will educate lawyers about their own biases working with clients who suffer from chemical dependency, as well as any bias in the administration of justice through health licensing boards.

Rene Cronquist, BA, JD, RN - Rene Cronquist is the Director of Practice and Policy for the Minnesota Board of Nursing.  In this position she manages the Nursing Practice Section in the receipt, investigation and resolution of complaints about nurses.  She provides advisement regarding nursing practice topics and assists the Board in policy issues.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and a law degree.   Her previous experience includes acute care, rehabilitation, and long-term care nursing and clinical risk management.

Monica Feider, MSW, LICSW - Monica Feider is the Program Manager of the State of Minnesota’s Health Professionals Services Program (HPSP).  HPSP is known as one of the top monitoring programs in the country.  Ms. Feider has over 25 years of experience working in the mental health and chemical dependency fields.  Ms. Feider is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Social Work as an Independent Clinical Social Worker.  In 2011, Ms. Feider was granted the title of Social Worker of the Year by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Kent Harbison, Esq. - Kent Harbison is an attorney with the Minneapolis law firm of Fredrikson & Byron, where he works part-time as of counsel, specializing in healthcare law, particularly health licensing board proceedings.  He joined the firm’s litigation department in 1986 after serving as the Chief Deputy Attorney General for Minnesota.  Mr. Harbison has represented a variety of healthcare professionals in matters involving HPSP and licensing boards for the past 27 years. 

Ruth Martinez, MA - Ruth Martinez, M.A., has been with the Board of Medical Practice since 1988.  As Supervisor of the Complaint Review Unit, she oversees the Board’s complaint investigations and compliance monitoring of regulated professionals subject to Board actions.  She also engages in outreach activities and represents the Board on external coalitions and work groups collaborating to improve patient safety and health care delivery in Minnesota.

Marc Myer, MD - Marc Myer, M.D., is the Health Care Professionals Program Director at Hazelden in Center City, MN.  Dr. Myer has significant experience treating health care professionals afflicted with the disease of chemical dependency. He is a board certified addiction specialist and an active member of the American and Minnesota Societies of Addiction Medicine. Marc currently serves as chairperson for Physicians Serving Physicians in Minnesota. He is also an adjunct professor in the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Specific interests in addiction include nicotine dependence and cessation, treatment of opioid dependence, and treatment of addicted nurses

CLE Credits:

2.0 Elimination of Bias CLE credits approved | Event Code: 187288


Remote Participation:
Remote participation is not available for this program. 


Section Members:  $15
MSBA Members: $20
Non-MSBA Members $30
Law Students: FREE

Deadline to Register:  February 17, 2014
You can register by clicking the "Register" button at the top right of this page.


To register by mail with a check, please use the registration form located here.


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Questions? Contact:
Nicole Battles | 612-278-6336 |

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