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Unlimited On Demand CLE Pass
The MSBA, HCBA, and RCBA offer hundreds of hours of On Demand CLE programming each year covering over 25 practice areas.  With Unlimited On Demand, you can access that content in a way that is convenient and cost-effective.

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A Reckoning with Race | The Mapping Prejudice Project

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The Mapping Prejudice project is mapping racial covenants in the Twin Cities. Racial covenants are clauses--a couple of lines of text--that were embedded into property deeds to bar people who were not white from buying or even occupying the parcels of land to which they were attached.

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  • Elimination of Bias
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A View from the Bench | Housing Court and Landlord/Tenant Law Update

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The Honorable Referee Melissa J. Houghtaling will provide her observations on the recent impact of COVID-19 to practice in the Hennepin County Housing Court. Referee Houghtaling will advise practitioners on the Court’s current efforts to assist all stakeholders with the unprecedented effects of the global pandemic on housing court practice.

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Access Rights and Severance Damages in Eminent Domain after State by Comm’r of Transp. v. Elbert

1.0 Standard CLE Credit 

This eminent domain CLE will discuss the issues, arguments, and holdings presented in the recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision, State by Comm’ r of Transp. v. Elbert, 942 N.W.2d 182 (Minn. 2020). The presenters will offer background and analysis of the Supreme Court’s treatment of access rights and severance damages in partial takings cases in Minnesota, and discuss other aspects of the decision from both the public and private practice perspective.

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Advanced Attorney-Client Privilege for In-House Counsel

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In-house attorneys face frequent and sometimes complicated challenges in establishing and preserving the attorney-client privilege with their clients. This presentation aims to place such issues in useful context, give examples of better and worse approaches, and offer guidance on how to minimize the chances that your emails will one day end up on a big screen in a crowded courtroom.

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Almost Everything You Wanted to Know About Minnesota Residential Security Deposits

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Join us for a CLE covering almost everything you wanted to know about Minnesota Residential Security Deposits. We will cover the nitty gritty of Minn. Stat. § 504B.178. You will leave understanding the ins and outs of Minnesota residential security deposits including caps, interest calculation and related tax issues, allowable deductions, time to account or pay, penalties for delay and for bad faith, sales of property, insolvent landlords, and more. Attendees will receive a collection of security-deposit cases and documents.

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Challenging the Criminalization of Homelessness

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

As unsheltered homelessness grows in the United States, so do laws penalizing homeless people for living outside. Join us to learn about the causes of homelessness and the growing number of local policies punishing homeless people's survival in public space. You will also learn about successful legal theories to challenge these policies, with a special focus on combatting evictions of homeless encampments.

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Eminent Domain 2020 - Issues for the Coming Decade

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Eminent Domain 2020 is your guide to the future of eminent domain. Ben has done his best to peer into the crystal ball and project some of the hotly contested issues in eminent domain and right-of-way in the coming decade.  The session will cover alternative public crossing and coordination methods, easement interpretation rules based on recent appellate cases, and an overview of national trends on eminent-domain-related issues.  The session will also cover appropriate best practice tips where applicable to these issues.

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Eminent Domain Case Law Update

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This CLE will provide a case law update in the field of eminent domain. Ben will discuss and review some of the key appellate cases coming out of Minnesota’s appellate courts, including the recent decisions of Hennepin County v. Laechelt, Minnesota v. Elbert, Minnesota Sands LLC v. Winona County, White Bear v. Stoddard and others.

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Considerations as the Legal Industry Returns to the Office

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

Join a panel of specialists working in EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion), Recruiting, and Professional Development to discuss strategies for inclusion, retention, and recruiting in the pandemic. In particular, the panelists will cover historical trends in the legal industry during a crisis, what happens as legal professionals start to return to work, identifying and overcoming biases that could emerge during the pandemic, inclusion and engagement strategies for everyone in the office or working from home, and more. 

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Eviction Expungement Basics

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This CLE will cover the basics of eviction expungement, from the current impact of evictions on low-income renters to the legal foundations for eviction expungement by motion. This CLE will also talk briefly about the inclusion of expungements as part of settlement agreements, as well as the nuts and bolts of how to bring a separate motion for expungement before the court.

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Eviction Update During the Pandemic

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Larry McDonough, Senior Minnesota Counsel, National Anti-Eviction Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, will discuss the status of evictions under Minnesota Executive Orders, CDC Eviction Suspension Order, and other federal and state laws enacted in 2020 The training will be based on his Eviction Prevention Training for Lawyers under Pandemic Orders and Laws.

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Evidence of Construction Related Interference Damages After Hennepin County v. Laechelt

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In this course, the attorneys representing Hennepin County and Tami Laechelt in the case Hennepin County v. Laechelt will address the admissibility of evidence of construction related interference following the Supreme Court's decision in that case. The attorneys will also discuss how the Supreme Court's decision will impact how the acquiring authority and the property owner prepare for and schedule commissioners hearings.

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Exemption - Protecting Consumers From Garnishment

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This presentation will discuss the ins-and-outs of exemptions in Minnesota. The panel will address when exemptions apply and how it can be utilized to effectively protect consumers’ income and property from garnishment.

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Forfeitures | Differing Legal Perspectives on how Criminal and Civil Law Interact Throughout the Forfeiture Process

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Observe a panel of specialists working in diverse areas of the law discuss the intricacies of forfeiture law. The panel will consist of both civil and criminal attorneys on both sides of the process. The speakers will discuss the basics of how criminal law interacts with civil law to result in forfeitures of both personal and real property, the rights of the respective parties involved (i.e., the accused, secured creditors, government), and best practices. The panel will also discuss how the changing forfeiture laws have impacted their practice and the parties involved.

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Get Your Bounce Back: Using Resiliency to Build Your Fitness to Practice

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This program reviews the lawyer impairment and well-being reports. It explores proven elements of resilience and offers examples and methods for incorporating them into our work as lawyers.

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In the Eye of the Beholder? Key drivers of method, perception, and conflict in business valuation

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Determining the value of a business can involve a range of differences and potential disputes. These differences can range from the methodological approach, to varying perceptions of value, to deeply seeded personal or professional history that impacts the stakeholders’ point of view. Our presenters will discuss both their experience and lessons learned as well as current trends that relate to whether or not a disagreement over value can lead to legal disputes as well has how valuations play a role in resolving existing legal disputes.

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Interpreting the Minnesota Wage Theft Law and the Minneapolis Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The Minnesota Wage Theft Law became effective on July 1, 2019. The law includes civil and criminal penalties for employers that commit wage theft or fail to comply with the law’s notice and recordkeeping requirements. Sanctions for committing wage theft include imprisonment up to 20 years and a fine up to $100,000. To help prevent wage theft, Minneapolis adopted part of the state's Wage Theft Law into its local ordinance and imposed additional requirements. The Minneapolis Wage Theft Ordinance is effective January 1, 2020.

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Intro to Litigation Funding

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

What is litigation funding?  What are the legal, policy and ethical issues, and how does it really work?  Get an overview from a panel that includes a lawyer with experience in litigation funding and an asset manager from the funding side. Ethics topics will include:  whether and in what circumstances litigation funding arrangements may violate Minnesota Rule of Professional Conduct 5.4(a) prohibition on fee-splitting with non-lawyers (including New York City Bar Association opinion on this topic); ABA best practices concerning litigation funding and a lawyer’s ethical obligations (e.g. maintaining client confidentiality, fully advising the client, assuring that client retains control of the litigation, representing the interests of the client and not the funder).

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Landlords and Tenants - What are your Options in the real world?

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Like most relationships, landlords and tenants try to maintain courteous interactions. Eventually, life rears its head and one party doesn't live up to the bargain. So what happens when things stop being polite and start getting real? This program will address this and other questions.

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Law and Literature Trial Trilogy | Race, Gender, And Bias in Three Acts Trial Act III | “Twelve Angry Men”

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE credit

The law embodies a perspective, but whose?  These three law and literature CLEs look at the role that racial and gender biases have in the law through a discussion of three literary works: Susan Keating Glaspell’s short story, “A Jury of Her Peers,” Ann Petry’s short story, “The Witness;” and Reginald Rose’s play, “Twelve Angry Men.” 

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Leasing in a Pandemic | Addressing Common Issues in Existing Leases and Negotiating Provisions in New Leases

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In this CLE, we will discuss issues that we’ve seen during the pandemic with respect to existing leases, and solutions on how landlords and tenants can work together to address those issues.  We will also discuss how landlords and tenants are adjusting their expectations in the lease negotiation process in light of the pandemic, and possible strategies for getting a lease that everyone can live with.

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Lessons from COVID | Best Practices for Interviewing, Hiring, On-Boarding, and Orienting Remotely

2.0 Standard CLE credits

Tips, processes, protocols for how best to function remotely: remote interviews and hiring; introducing new hires into the organization’s community and keeping them engaged; and ensuring ongoing mentoring and professional development opportunities are available and utilized. Discussion will include framework and principles for successful orientation of new attorneys, generally and virtually, with special attention to inclusivity in our COVID times.

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Made You Look | The Ethics of Using Clickbait-style Headings and 3 Insights That Could Change Your Legal Writing Forever

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

Did I get your attention with that title? Are you curious to learn more? Sensational or “clickbait” headlines have that effect: they draw interest and prompt a reader to fill the “curiosity gap” left by the headline, sometimes using colorful language to heighten the intrigue. This CLE will delve into what makes a strong heading in legal writing, through comparisons to clickbait headings. The presentation will introduce the concept of a hybrid "curiosity heading" and discuss ethical considerations when drafting headings.

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Minnesota Landlord-Tenant Anti-Retaliation Law after Central Housing Associates v. Olson

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In Central Housing Associates v. Olson, 929 N.W.2d 398 (Minn. 2019) the Minnesota Supreme Court promulgated a new, common-law retaliation defense residential tenants can assert in an Eviction Action (“UD”) while also slightly limiting the reach of Minn. Stat. § 504B.441. This CLE seminar, by one of Mr. Olson’s attorneys, will review that case as well as other retaliation defenses – First Amendment defenses, reprisal defenses under the FHA & the MHRA, defense under Minn. Stat. § 504B.205, and defenses under Minn. Stat. § 504B.285, plus a city ordinance -- along with associated case law. 

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New Minneapolis Renter Protection Ordinances - Legal Considerations for Landlords and Tenants

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Last year, the City of Minneapolis passed several new renter protection measures which are coming into effect June 1. This session will cover changes to tenant screening and security deposit laws, along with other municipal housing law changes. Join us for an overview of the new laws, and a discussion of legal implications for tenant and landlord advocates, with presenters from the City and Legal Aid. 

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Paying for New Street Infrastructure

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

One of the many challenges cities face is funding new infrastructure as land within the city develops. The MN Supreme Court in the Harstad vs. Woodbury case changed the entire framework of funding for new street infrastructure. The decision has left a significant funding gap. This presentation describes the history of street fees and the court opinion in Harstad. It explores the advantages and disadvantages of various funding options and considers both the philosophical and practical options for funding new street infrastructure.

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Price Gouging During Emergencies

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This CLE will discuss the structure and effectiveness of state emergency price-gouging laws. It will cover examples of the major types of price gouging laws states have enacted, how private suits and suits brought by enforcers differ, issues that may arise when attempting to model damages and prove causation, and the appropriateness for such claims for class treatment. Mr. Kozen will then discuss weaknesses the pandemic has revealed in the efficacy of such statutes, alternative litigation under consumer protection statutes, and ways they could be shored up in the future.

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Professional Responsibility A Year In Review

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

This annual presentation will highlight what is new in professional responsibility and cover the prior year’s highlights.  2020 was a year unlike any other.  How did the pandemic impact issues of professional responsibility?  One year in, how are lawyers meeting their ethical responsibilities? What has changed and what has stayed the same? What issues trip us up, and what should we know as we continue to work remotely to meet the current challenges of our practices.  This session will also review key discipline decisions from 2020, and preview potential ethics rule changes on the horizon.

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Professional Responsibility Year in Review 2019

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

This session will review highlights from 2019 in the area of professional responsibility by covering important rule changes, interesting court decisions regarding attorney discipline and new ABA opinions on ethics. This session will also look at areas that lead to private discipline that might not be obvious to the practicing bar.

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Public Health and the Constitution

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Covid-19 is a major public health challenge, but addressing it raises many legal issues. What powers does the national government, including the president, have to address public health issues, including “opening or closing the economy,” and what powers do states and governors have? This CLE examines the constitutional issues regarding what level of government and which officials have what authority to address public health issues.

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Real Property Case Law Update

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This seminar will discuss decisions in the last year of importance, or at least interest, to members of the real estate bar.  This case law update begins with decisions issued after the November 2019 Real Estate Institute and through June 2020.  We will touch on virtually all areas of real property, from adverse possession, easements, and property tax appeals to mortgage foreclosure, landlord-tenant disputes, and land use.  Join us for a refresher and an update.  And please stay for the social immediately following the seminar for an opportunity to connect virtually with other attorneys with similar interests.

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Requirements that Agencies Resolve Realty/Personality Issues – What does this mean?

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In the Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act (URA), at 49.CFR 24.205 (c)(2)(i)(C) under the “planning, advisory services, and coordination” section it states, “Every effort must be made to identify and resolve realty/personality issues prior to, or at the time of the appraisal.” What does this mean? Is this rule followed? How should it be handled? Who is qualified? What is the applicable law? This rule is largely ignored. Why should it be followed closely?

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Securities 2020

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Join Zachary Robins for a securities law update. This presentation will be concerning recent changes to federal and state securities laws.  Particular attention will be paid to Reg D, Reg CF, Reg A, and the MN Securities Act. Additionally, developments in new and evolving areas of law including cryptocurrency and securities tokens.  The up and coming space of investment crowdfunding will be discussed, as well.

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Should Minnesota’s Punitive Damages Statutes Be Applied In Federal Court? A Debate.

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Minn. Stat § 549.191 limits how and when claims for punitive damages can be brought.  At one time, cases in the District of Minnesota unanimously held that the statute applied in federal court.  However, over the past few years multiple cases have held that the statute does not apply.  Jeff Justman and Josh Jacobson, who have authored dueling articles discussing this issue, will debate whether the statute should apply.

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Student Loan Debt - How the 2020 Election Could Impact Forgiveness and Dischargeability

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This continuing legal education program will discuss student loan debt and, in particular, the current status of efforts to have it forgiven under public service programs or discharged in bankruptcy.  This program will then explore how these issues could be affected by proposed action from the 2020 presidential candidates. We will discuss what the candidates are proposing, how it would affect current and future student loan debt, and whether the proposals could realistically be enacted.

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Transition Planning for Closely Held and Family-Owned Businesses

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In this hour-long session, Josh Bobich, an attorney in Ballard Spahr LLP’s Owner-Managed Businesses practice, will tackle and explore the multitude of considerations that face closely held and family-owned businesses in the lower-middle market when it comes time to plan for a business and/or life transition, whether it be a transfer to the next generation, a sale to key employees or a third party or, *gasp* , riding out a lifestyle business to the bitter end.

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Wild West 2.0 | How Attorneys are Solving Commercial Leasing Problems During the COVID-19 Pandemic

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

COVID-19 and resulting government orders have dramatically impacted commercial landlords and tenants. The pandemic has led to a rash of nonpayment-of-rent litigation and raised questions about how attorneys should draft, interpret, and enforce commercial leases, as well as how both tenants and landlords can try to anticipate pandemic-related issues in new contracts.

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Work in the Wake of COVID-19 | Tips for Employers and Employees

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

COVID-19 has changed the way we work. It has impacted traditional labor issues, transformed policies in the workplace, and redefined unemployment. Due to new legislation, employers face different bargaining obligations and novel requirements to create safe work environments. Displaced employees confront a daunting world of unemployment and the challenge of returning to work in uncertain times. Join us for a lively discussion on how to navigate this unique employment law landscape.

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