Representing Clients With Mental Illness

Event Description

*This program will now be held at Davanni's Pizza at 1242 Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis

Elimination of Bias CLE

Deadline to Register: February 11, 2018

This program is sponsored by the Consumer Debtor Attorney Subcommittee of the MSBA Bankruptcy Section.

This program will cover the following topics:

1) The American with Disabilities Act-
• Individuals dealing with mental illness
• Barriers to attorney services that individuals with mental illness face

2) Effective Communication
• “People first” language
• Language that plays into stereotypes
• How to approach the topic of mental illness with your client (if necessary)

3) Understanding how a client’s mental illness diagnosis may affect their ability to communicate, take direction, and comprehend the way that you may be expecting them to.
• Understanding of how individuals may communicate when they are being affected by mental illness.
• How to change your communication to more effectively represent your client.

4) De-escalating techniques that help to preserve the attorney client relationship

5) Reasonable accommodations may be desired by your client to access your services more effectively.
• Tools that may help
• Meeting location and duration
• Utilization of support people
• Service animals

6) Obligations under the rules of professional conduct
• Capacity
• Diminished capacity
• Instances of immanent danger to your client or others


Pamela Hoopes, Director of Minnesota Disability Law Center (MMLA)

CLE Credit:

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit approved | Event Code: 251464


FREE for everyone!  Food and refreshments will be provided.

Remote Participation: 

Remote participation is not available.

To register by mail, please mail in this registration form.
Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.
Want more information about the Bankruptcy Law Section
Questions? Contact Tram Nguyen | 612-278-6316

If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event please notify Tram Nguyen at or 612-278-6316. Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations at this meeting.

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Pre-Registration is Closed

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Davanni's Pizza / 1242 Hennepin Ave