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The Magna Carta Regional Summit

Date: Friday, June 19, 2015 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Venue: Bakken Museum  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $25.00

Deadline to Register: June 17, 2015

The American Bar Association, in conjunction with affiliated state and county bar associations, is pleased to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta at the ABA Magna Carta Regional Summit in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

From its 13th Century roots in the English meadow of Runnymede, the Magna Carta has transcended its original time and place to become one of the world’s most recognized and enduring symbols of liberty under law.  The fundamental concepts of liberty that had their beginnings in Magna Carta were transplanted to the American colonies where they were accepted, refined, and embedded in the instruments of government as well as the thinking of the American people.  Magna Carta provided the basis for the idea of a higher law, one that could not be altered either by executive mandate or legislative acts. This concept, embraced by the leaders of the American Revolution, is embedded in the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution.  Throughout American history, the rights associated with Magna Carta have been regarded as among the most important guarantees of freedom and fairness. 

In honor of the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta, the ABA Magna Carta Regional Summit will feature preeminent speakers who will present a series of continuing legal education programs on the significance and enduring legacy of the Great Charter.  The speakers are from the following bar associations:

  • American Bar Association;
  • Minnesota State Bar Association;
  • Hennepin County Bar Association;
  • Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association;
  • Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association;
  • Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers;
  • State Bar of Wisconsin;
  • Massachusetts Bar Association;
  • Utah State Bar Association; and
  • Federal Bar Association.

The ABA Magna Carta Regional Summit will take place on Friday, June 19, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bakken Museum, which is located at 3537 Zenith Avenue South in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The Bakken Museum is located on the shores of Lake Calhoun, and is the world’s only library and museum devoted to medical electricity.  The Museum was founded by Earl E. Bakken, inventor of the first battery-operated external pacemaker and founder of Medtronic, Inc.  The Museum has many unique scientific exhibits and gardens.  A tour of the Museum will be included as part of the registration.

The ABA Magna Carta Regional Summit is chaired by Donika Pentcheva.  Donika is a Patent Attorney at Westman, Champlin & Koehler, P.A. in Minneapolis.  She is the District Representative of the State of Minnesota and the State of Wisconsin to the American Bar Association.  She was recently appointed to serve as Assistant Council Coordinator to the ABA Young Lawyers Division Council, which is the governing body of the largest lawyer organization in the U.S. with over 135,000 members and 300 affiliated groups.  In that role, she is responsible for assisting the Division Chair and Administrative Director in training and supporting ABA district representatives and in coordinating the Division’s Council meetings.


8:30 – 9:00  Registration and Breakfast 

9:00 – 9:05 Welcome and Introduction of Opening Speaker
Donika P. Pentcheva, Patent Attorney, Westman, Champlin & Koehler, P.A.; District 17 (Minnesota and Wisconsin) Representative, ABA; Assistant Council Coordinator, ABA Young Lawyers Division Council

9:05 – 9:45  Opening Speaker:
The Honorable G. Barry Anderson, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice

9:45 – 10:00 American Bar Association Leadership Representative: 
Commissioner Katherine A. Conyers, Attorney, Salt Lake Legal Defender Association; Affiliates Director, ABA Young Lawyers Division

10:00 – 11:00 The Changing Business of Law
• Micah Ascano, Legal Project Management Program Manager, Fisher & Phillips, LLP; District 3 (Massachusetts and New Hampshire) Representative, ABA; Fellow, ABA Law Practice Division
• Ann N. Cathcart Chaplin, Principal - Litigation Practice Group Leader, Fish & Richardson, P.C.
• Bree Johnson, Legal Project Manager, Stinson Leonard Street, LLP
• Esteban A. Rivera, Managing Partner, Rivera Law Firm, LLC; President, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association

11:00 – 12:00 Anatomy of a Personal Injury Case:  No Courts, No Juries, No Justice
• Michael M. Miller, Attorney, Sieben Carey; Minnesota State Bar Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates; Member, Minnesota State Bar Association Assembly; Member, Board of Directors, Hennepin County Bar Association
• Tanner J. Moe, Attorney, McEllistrem, Fargione, Landy, Rorvig & Eken, P.A.; Chair, Hennepin County Bar Association New Lawyers Section 
• Briana C. Gornick, Attorney, Godfrey & Ashley; Member, ABA TIPS Leadership Academy; Member, ABA TIPS Law in Public Service Committee

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch and Award Presentation

12:30 – 1:00 Museum Tour

1:00 – 2:00 Hot Topics in Health Care Law: Policy Development and Nursing Regulations and Licensing
• Wing-Sze W. Sun, Managing Partner, The Wong Sun Law Office; Chair, ABA Young Lawyers Division Litigation Committee; Vice Chair, ABA Young Lawyers Division Health Law Committee
• Rene Cronquist, JD, RN, Director of Practice and Policy, Minnesota Board of Nursing
• Eileen Weber, DNP, PHN, RN, JD, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
• Renee Dahring, MSN, APRN, CNP, President, Minnesota Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Coalition

2:00 – 3:00 Practical Corporate Law: What You Can't Learn in Textbooks
• Aaron D. Hall, CEO and Managing Partner, Thompson Hall Santi Cerny & Katkov
• Candice Wagner, Partner, Wagner at Law
• Kimberly A. Lowe, Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.; President-Elect, Hennepin County Bar Association

3:00 – 4:00 Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession: What Can the Bar Associations Do?
• Richard H. Kyle, Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.; President, Minnesota State Bar Association
• Chuck Stertz, Assistant District Attorney, Outagamie County, Wisconsin; President, State Bar of Wisconsin Young Lawyers Division; Member, ABA Young Lawyers Division Resolutions Committee 
• Irene Kao, Staff Attorney, League of Minnesota Cities; President, Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association
• Maria S. Mitchell, Assistant Public Defender, Hennepin County Public Defender; President, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
• Danielle Shelton Walczak, Minnesota State Bar Association Director of Diversity and Inclusion
• George H. Norris, Attorney, Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P.; Secretary, Minnesota State Bar Association New Lawyers Section 

4:00 – 5:00 Reception

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CLE Credits:

5.0 Standard & 1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE credits applied for | Event Code: 206722


Everyone:  $25.00 
Law Students:  Free 

Remote Participation: 

Remote participation is NOT available.

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Questions? Contact Jennifer Brask  | 612-278-6305

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