2021 MSBA Agricultural and Rural Law Institute | Part III

Event Description


The Section is excited to continue a tradition, now in its 30th consecutive year, of presenting recent developments and the latest hot topics in agricultural law. We are dividing the content up into three parts. We hope you can join us!

11:00 am - 12:00 pm   Getting Past the Bumpiness™ - Allyship for Legal Professionals Who Aren’t White in Skin Color

Americans are undergoing seismic shifts in how we relate to each other, particularly toward those who are considered “Other” because of their skin color. Many understand that we need to have difficult conversations about how white-color people have historically treated people who aren’t white. Those conversations are challenging because most are fearful of impacting sensitivities—people don’t want to feel “uncomfortable,” either for themselves or others. Sometimes, we’ll do almost anything to avoid experiencing discomfort, something that one commentator has described as “white fragility.” 

On the other hand, Ellie Krug’s work has revealed that most Americans are very compassionate and caring toward each other, regardless of skin color. It’s just that we don’t know how to exercise compassion or empathy with anyone who’s outside of our comfort bubbles.

Yet, to understand America in the ‘20s, we need to talk about skin color and how the color of one’s skin impacts their opportunities for success on many fronts. This is particularly true for the legal profession, which has lagged behind society in general in tackling this important subject.

How can lawyers begin these exceedingly difficult but necessary conversations? And in the process, can we accept the idea of providing grace or a reprieve from judgment to all involved? Can we further understand that being human means we will sometimes stumble?

Please join Ellie as she talks about challenges that the legal profession faces relative to skin color. You’ll come away with a better understanding how our profession (and country) got here and how individuals, organizations and the community at large can go forward, together. 

Ellie Krug | Founder and President, Human Inspiration Works, LLC

In 2009, when she was a civil trial attorney in Cedar Rapids with 100+ trials, Ellen (Ellie) Krug transitioned from male to female; she later became one of the few attorneys nationally to try jury cases in separate genders. The author of Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change (2013), Ellie has trained on diversity and inclusion to court systems, law firms, Fortune 100 corporations, and colleges/universities on nearly 1000 occasions. A hopeless idealist, Ellie has presented her inclusivity training, Gray Area Thinking®, across the country. In 2016, Advocate Magazine named Ellie one of “25 Legal Advocates Fighting for Trans Rights” and in 2019, OutFront Minnesota conferred Ellie its Legacy Award. She is also a monthly columnist for Lavender Magazine and Minnesota Women’s Press, and a weekly radio host on AM950 radio. Her monthly e-newsletter, The Ripple, reaches 9000+ readers and can be found at www.elliekrug.com . Ellie presently lives in Minneapolis and is the founder and president of Human Inspiration Works, LLC (www.humaninspirationworks.com).

CLE Credits:

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit | Event Code: 355974


Ag and Rural Law Section Members: Free*
Non-Section Member: $25
Law Student: Free

*Join the Section for $15 and attend for free! Email kerbach@mnbars.org to take advantage of this deal.

Deadline to register: April 27, 2021

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Payments:  Due to the pandemic, accounting staff have limited access to the office making the processing of checks difficult. We request that you register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you need assistance, please contact the program manager. If you must pay by check, please use this registration form.

Cancellations: Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Accommodations: 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 the program manager. Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:
Kayla Erbach


Register for this Event


Thursday, April 29, 2021

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Live Webinar - Zoom