Working With Human Nature Rather than Against It - From the Rules to the Next Right Thing

Event Description

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In collaboration, the MSBA Well-Being Committee presents this second Signature CLE program in its Creating Greater Well-Being in the Legal Profession series.

Hybrid Event: Remote Zoom and In-Person Participation Choose Participation Type at Registration

Join us for a delightful wellness event with an in-person social hour to follow! Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.

Event Description:

Introduction : The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, was published in 2017 with the goal to create a movement to improve well-being in the legal profession.  The Minnesota Supreme Court, joined by the Federal courts, the MSBA, FBA, and LCL issued a call to action and hosted two well-being conferences in 2019 and 2022 to encourage discussion and spur action. With the support and encouragement of this consortium and the continued involvement of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers , the MSBA Well-Being Committee has committed to building on this momentum with informative, practical, and inspirational programs and initiatives.

The next right thing: To move forward as a profession, we must go beyond talking. This program moves beyond talking to demonstrate how legal scholars are incorporating methods to realistically enhance well-being in the legal profession. All of us will benefit from what they and future lawyers are bringing to our profession.  

Human nature: Our innate tendency toward cooperation can be harnessed at all stages of our careers to incorporate proven concepts such as civility, mindfulness, mutual care, and respect into our professional endeavors. 

Join Prof. Natalie Netzel of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Prof. David Grenardo of University of St. Thomas School of Law, and Judge Bruce Peterson from University of Minnesota Law School as they discuss the transformations they have experienced and observed in community with students. This program will provide an in-depth view of these concepts in ways that can be readily adapted and incorporated into our culture, fueling stronger client and colleague relationships, reducing stigma regarding mental health challenges and the opportunity to ask for and receive help, and enhancing overall individual and organizational well-being.  Panelists will share and demonstrate insights and methods, including:

Professor Grenardo--Elevating civility from aspirational goal to core professional competency and duty and what the evidence tells us about enhancing well-being.

Professor Netzel--Self-care and mutual care work best when our systems respect and allow for it, and how working together to do better, incorporating a resilient practice approach, trauma-informed lawyering, and self-compassion can enhance problem-solving and effect systemic change. 

Judge Peterson--How the best outcomes in the court system and the profession can be achieved by relying on our human nature and instincts like empathy, reciprocity, and group loyalty to problem-solve and work better together as peacemakers.  Judge Peterson will build on his keynote address at the LCL 2024 Stepping Up for Well-Being breakfast. 

Welcome provided by Katie Barrett Wiik, President of the Federal Bar Association - Minnesota Chapter


Hon. Bruce Peterson , Senior District Court Judge | Minnesota Judicial Branch

David Grenardo , Professor of Law and Associate Director of Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions | University of St. Thomas School of Law

Natalie Netzel , Director of Clinical Education Program; Associate Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law | Affiliated Professor at Institute to Transform Child Protection


Joan Bibelhausen , Executive Director | Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

CLE Credits:

2.75 Standard CLE Credits applied for | Event Code: 508252      


FREE for all attendees.

Registration Deadline: May 20, 2024. To register after that time, email the program manager.

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event. A calendar file with a Zoom link is available for download in the automatic receipt.

Program Manager: Geen Mui |

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.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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