2018 New Lawyers Leadership Conference

Event Description


The New Lawyers Leadership Conference (NLLC) is the premiere event for the up-and-coming legal professionals and practitioners looking to advance their career with purpose and vision.  The conference brings together experienced and fresh perspectives on the practice of law that combine to inspire and empower law students and legal professionals in their first several years of practice.  Join us for dynamic and engaging presentations, diverse and thought-provoking speakers, and practical and insightful tips for a well-rounded career.  Interact, socialize, and engage with leaders from the Minnesota State Bar Association, Minority and Affinity Bars, Ramsey County Bar Association, and the Hennepin County Bar Association, and find out about opportunities to get involved in the legal community.  Whether you're a big law, small firm or solo practitioner, in the public or private sector, the NLLC is a unique opportunity to meet, network, and engage with colleagues and leaders in the Minnesota legal community.1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit and 4.0 Standard CLE Credits have been applied for.

This year's event takes place in the hip Solar Arts Building in Northeast Minneapolis, home to Indeed Brewing and artists lofts. Abundant parking available onsite.Free happy hour immediately following the conference.

Many thanks to this years generous sponsors: Principal Financial Group ; Minnesota CLE; Minnesota Lawyers Mutual; Madigan, Dahl & Harlan, P.A.; Messerli Kramer and Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.

Schedule of Events:

8:30-9:00 am Registration & Breakfast

9:00-10:00 am "Stress Signals: Ignore them at your Peril" | 1.0 Standard CLE Credit Applied for
28% of lawyers experience mild or higher levels of depression.  19% experience anxiety. 23% experience chronic levels of stress.  Why does this happen?  And what can we do about it?  Litigator Sybil Dunlop explores how the latest research can help us address these issues and find peace in our practice.

Sybil Dunlop | Partner | Greene Espel
Sybil is a business and IP litigator, with first-chair trial and arbitration experience. She has also represented clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including the first patent owner to score a complete victory in a CBM proceeding. She offers her thoughts about the practice of law in a monthly column for Minnesota Lawyer entitled Sybil Procedure, and she hosts a recurring website series for Minnesota CLE.

10:00-11:00 am "How do I Protect the Immigration Status of My Client?" | 1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit Applied for
Nysha Cornelius is an immigration attorney with Paschal-Nwokocha & Chukwu. She will present on the various pitfalls for attorneys who do not specialize in immigration law but represent immigrant clients. The goal of the presentation is to educate all practitioners about how to protect their client's status.

Nysha Cornelius | Attorney | Paschal-Nwokocha & Chukwu
Nysha’s strong cultural ties to her Mexican heritage is what lead her to work in the field of immigration. She handles employment and family based immigration cases and also represents clients in removal proceedings in front of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and the U.S Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. In addition to her employment at Paschal Nwokocha & Chukwu, Nysha volunteers at many places including the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota. 

11:00-11:15 am BREAK

11:15-12:15 pm "5 Ways to Improve Your Life and Your Law Practice" | 1.0 Standard CLE Credit Applied for
The legal industry has been slow to modernize. We’re behind many other sectors on things like adopting technology, meeting consumer needs and marketing. How do we stay relevant and compete with the internet and not-a-law-firm services? Even for new lawyers, modernizing or trying new things can seem intimidating. Jess Birken has a successful solo practice and loves her lawyer-life, and she’s convinced every attorney can modernize their law practice without huge expense or tech knowledge. What if you could design your practice to be more efficient, make clients happy and enjoy your work more? Join us for this session to learn 5 key rules to get you there

Jess Birken | Esq | Birken Law Office
Jess is a solopreneur attorney in Minneapolis. She helps nonprofits solve problems so they can stop worrying and get back to the mission

12:15-12:45 pm LUNCH

12:45-1:45 pm "The Dangers of Anecdotes: Transitioning to Data-Driven Decisions in Legal Practice" | 1.0 Standard CLE Credit Applied for
"Lawyers are entrusted with some of the most difficult and consequential issues facing their clients. When clients have difficult decisions to make, they rely on their attorneys to understand what the likely outcomes are. In the business world, important decisions are now almost always made by analyzing data. Analytics are used for important decisions on everything from sales and marketing to supply chain management and HR. For the most part, though, lawyers still tend to advise their clients based not on data, but on their own anecdotal experience. With clients continuing to adapt to a data-driven world, do lawyers face a professional obligation to use data analytics to inform their legal advice?

Jeffrey Asjes | Research Platform Product Manager | Fastcase
Jeffrey is responsible for planning and implementing all new features for Fastcase, and improving the user experience. Prior to joining the Fastcase team, Jeffrey worked on policy and outreach for the United Nations Information Center and the Partnership for a Secure America. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Jeffrey Asjes earned an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

1:45 Presentation of ‘Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year Award’ to Recipient Erica Holzer

2:00-2:30 pm Group Speed Networking featuring MSBA Section Leadership

2:30-3:30 pm New Lawyers Leadership Panel | 1.0 Standard CLE Credit Applied for
Moderated by Sarah Roeder, this panel will feature New Lawyers currently in leadership positions and those that have held leadership positions during their time as New Lawyers and will seek to describe the benefits of getting more involved in leadership amongst new lawyers and in other facets of law practice. Current panelists include: Michael Boulette, Nicole Kettiwick, Stuart Nostdahl, Jennifer Olson, and Laurie Young.

Sarah Roeder | Attorney | DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore
Michael Boulette | Of Counsel | Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Laurie Young | Senior Intellectual Property Counsel | Katun Corporation
Stuart Nostdahl | Davern Mcleod & Nostdahl LLP

Nicole Kettwick | Attorney | Brandt Criminal Defense
Jennifer Olson | Attorney | Best & Flanagan

3:30-4:30 pm Social Hour

CLE Credits:

4.0 Standard CLE Credits & 1.0 Elimination of Bias Credits applied for | Event Code: 264727


All attendees $40.00.

Remote Participation: 

Teleconferencing is not available.

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Questions? Contact Kara Haro | 612-278-6329


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Thursday, November 15, 2018

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Main Room / Solar Arts Building Minneapolis, MN United States