Annual MSBA Civil Trial Law Update

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Join us for the Annual MSBA Civil Trial Law Update on April 11, 2024 at the Minnesota State Bar Association sponsored by the MSBA Civil Trial Law Specialist Certification Board.

Learn about the shift in jury selection and dive into the realm of tribalism where alliances are forged and verdicts are reached. Unravel the enigma of electronic evidence and the clandestine world of cyber crimes where every keystroke holds the key to justice and truth is uncovered. Witness the power of visual advocacy as trial lawyers wield the power of persuasion and craft compelling narratives. Prepare for the climatic crescendo of closing arguments where every word is a weapon and every pause is a moment of suspense. Feel the adrenaline surge as trial lawyers confront the screwups that haunt them at night. Join us to engage in the intricate dance of media relations, where stories are spun and perceptions are shaped. Welcome to the new frontier of trial law - the Annual Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Trial Law Update!

MSBA Civil Trial Law Update

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.  – Registration

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. –  Welcome  – MSBA Civil Trial Law Certified Specialist Update
Donald R. McNeil, Heley Duncan Melander, Course Chair

8:45 – 9:30 a.m. – The “New Normal” of Jury Selection: Tribalism, Safetyism, and Conspiracies
Jill Leibold, Ph.D., Senior Jury Consulting Advisor, IMS Legal Strategies

9:30 – 10:15 – Electronic Evidence and Cyber Crimes for Trial Lawyers
Jake Iverson, Supervisory Special Agent and Cyber Program Coordinator, Federal Bureau of Investigation
10:15- 10:30  Break

10:30 – 11:15 – Visual Advocacy for Trial Lawyers
Hon. Charles Webber, Minnesota First Judicial Disctrict
David Gross, Faegre Drinker
11:15 – 12:00 – Persuasive Closing Arguments
 Kathleen Flynn Peterson, Ciresi Conlin LLP
12:00 – 12:15 Break

12:15 – 1:15 – Box Lunch Keynote: Ethical Screw Ups that Cause Trial Lawyers to Lose Sleep
Susan Humiston, Director, Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board

1:15 – 1:30 – Break

1:30 – 2:30 – Media Relations for Trial Lawyers: What you Need to Know
Jennifer Mayerle, WCCO
Jeff Meitrodt, Star Tribune
Donald R. McNeil, Heley Duncan Melander, facilitator

CLE Credits:

4.0 CLE Credits, plus 1.0 Ethics Credit


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

Registration Deadline:  April 4, 2024. 

Remote Participation:   There is no remote participation for this event.

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 .

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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Thursday, April 11, 2024

8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Apex Training Room
City Center
40 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

In Person: 24