Covid and the Caregiving Crisis

Event Description

Deadline to Register:  November 17, 2020

This program is sponsored by the MSBA, HCBA, & RCBA. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted every aspect of life in the United States, and here in Minnesota. Since March 2020, Minnesota families have navigated a new normal that no longer includes access to regular care for their children or other vulnerable family members. The new school year has presented additional challenges as many Minnesota schools have now shifted to hybrid or fully distance learning. Amidst these challenges, Minnesota parents and caregivers are forced to strike a precarious balance between remaining healthy, caring for children and vulnerable family members, and fulfilling their professional and workplace obligations. Likewise, Minnesota employers are balancing the need to return to business as usual with their moral and legal obligations to support their workers during the continuing pandemic. The impact of the Covid-19 caregiving crisis on women, women of color, and other protected classes who assume greater caregiving responsibilities is substantial and has both short-term and long-term effects.

This presentation will:
● explore the impact of Covid-19 on the primary caregivers in Minnesota families, with attention to women caregivers and women of color, who, studies show, are disparately impacted during the Covid-19 crisis as they manage their professional and workplace responsibilities with their caregiving responsibilities; 
● discuss the laws that protect Minnesota caregivers and the gaps in the law that leave Minnesota caregivers vulnerable;
● address the challenges that Minnesota employers face in developing return-to-work scenarios for their businesses and employees as this crisis persists;
● offer guidance to Minnesota employers and their legal advisors as they balance the ongoing needs of the Minnesota caregivers who work for them.

This program is being held by webinar only.


Leanne Fuith | Visiting Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Leanne Fuith is a professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law where she teaches courses in business formation and management and lawyer and law student professional identity formation. She previously practiced business law, employment law, and commercial and employment litigation and is admitted to practice in the State of Minnesota.

Ann Jenrette-Thomas | Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Stinson LLP
Ann Jenrette-Thomas is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Stinson, LLP where she oversees the implementation of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan. Prior to joining Stinson, Ann was a diversity and inclusion consultant, an attorney at an Am Law 100 firm, a judicial clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and a legislative attorney for the New York City Council. She was also president and CEO of a nonprofit organization.

Susan Trombley | Law Librarian
Susan Trombley is student at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and a law librarian in the Twin Cities. 

CLE credit:

2.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits approved | Event Code: 329736


MSBA Members: $0.00
Non-MSBA Members: $25.00

Remote Participation: 

This program will be held on Zoom.  Instructions will be sent the day before the CLE. If you cannot find the instructions, please check your junk or spam folder.

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Questions? Contact Kara Haro   | 612-278-6329

The MSBA is 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 Kara Haro.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM