Children and the Law Section Annual State of the Child Summit - Centering Perspectives from Families and Children in the Child Protection System

Event Description

Online registration is closed.  To register, please email Tram Nguyen at

Remote participation only.

Please join us virtually on Friday, October 8, 2021 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm for the Eleventh Annual MSBA Children and the Law Summit. 

8:30 am:  Perspectives from Foster Families and the Asian/Pacific American community on the Child Protection Court System by Brook Mallak, Ombudsperson for Asian Pacific Families from the Office of Ombudsperson for Families at the State of Minnesota.
9:30 am:  Legal Representation and Advocacy for Children by Anne Gueinzius, Managing Attorney of the Children’s Law Center.
10:30 am:  Panel of Perspectives of Persons Formerly in Foster Care by three young people from the Youth Leadership Council.
11:30 am:  Judges’ Panel on Seeing the Child’s Perspective in Child Protection Cases and Strengthening Child Advocacy by Judge Janet Cain of Carver County,  Judge Anne Rasmusson of Polk County and Judge Korey Wahwassuck of Itasca County and facilitated by Judy Nord of the Children’s Justice Initiative.

Speakers and Panelists:

Brook Mallak, Ombudsperson for Asian Pacific Families, Office of Ombudsperson for Families at the State of Minnesota
Anne Gueinzius, Managing Attorney of the Children’s Law Center
The Honorable Janet Cain, District Court Judge of Carver County
The Honorable Anne Rasmusson, District Court Judge of Polk County 
The Honorable Korey Wahwassuck, District Court Judge of Itasca County
Judy Nord, Staff Attorney at the State Court Administrator’s Office and Children’s Justice Initiative

CLE Credits:

4.0 Standard CLE Credits | Event Code: 409703


Children & the Law Section Member: $20
Public/Non-Profit Lawyers: $20 (use discount code PUBLIC at check out)
MSBA Member not in the Children & the Law Section: $30*
Non-MSBA Member: $40
Law Student: FREE

*Join the Children & the Law Section and attend this CLE for Free:  Not a Section Member? Click here to add the section to your membership and then contract Tram Nguyen at to register for this CLE at no charge.

Deadline to register: October 6, 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:
Tram Nguyen


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Friday, October 8, 2021

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Live Webinar via Zoom