Annual MSBA Civil Trial Law Update

Event Description

Would you like to get current with breaking developments in civil trial practice, hear from local Judges about changes over the last three years, and renew acquaintances with your fellow Certified Civil Trial Specialists?

OR are you curious about the requirements to earn Specialist Certification? Then join us for the MSBA Civil Trial Law Update on April 11, 2023 at the Minnesota State Bar Association.


MSBA Civil Trial Law Update


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.  – Registration

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.  – Welcome – MSBA Civil Trial Specialist Update
Scott Rusert, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Donald R. McNeil, Heley Duncan

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.  – The Science Behind Jury Selection in the Social Media Era: What Every Trial Lawyer Should Understand
Suzanne L. Davis, PhD, Director | DecisionQuest

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.  – The Evidence Hidden on Electronic Devices: ESI and Cybersecurity for Trial Lawyers
Mark Lanterman, Computer Forensic Services

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.  – Courtroom Presentation in a Virtual World: What Film Actors Know
Dean Hyers, Sage Presence

11:15 – 12:00 p.m.  – Impactful Opening Statements and Closing Arguments
Sybil Dunlop, Greene Espel

12:00 – 12:15 p.m. Break

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  – Box Lunch Keynote: Ethical Issues that Cause Trial Lawyers to Lose Sleep
Susan Humiston, Director, Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Break

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  – What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know About the Changes Over the Last Three Years
Donald R. McNeil, Heley Duncan, facilitator
Hon. Susan Robiner, Hennepin County District Court (current presiding judge of the Civil Division)
Hon. Thomas J. Conley, Hennepin County District Court
Hon. Laura Nelson, Ramsey County District Court


CLE Credits:

5 CLE Credits including 1 ethics credit


MSBA Members- $75
Civil Litigation Section Members -$50
Certified Specialists - $50
Non-MSBA members $100

Registration Deadline:  Registration is full. To register, email the program manager.

Remote Participation:  There is no remote participation, this event is live only.

Payments/Cancellations:  Please register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you must pay by check, please use this registration form . Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Covid-19:  We are currently following CDC guidelines for Covid-19. For more information, please visit our website .

Accommodations: We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager with at least 72 hours notice prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager: Kari White || 612-278-6318

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023

8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Minnesota State Bar Association
600 Nicollet Mall #380
Minneapolis, MN 55402

In Person: 52