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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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2021 Construction Case Law Update

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The MSBA Construction Law Section is pleased to host their annual Case Law Update CLE. Join us for a summary and analysis of important case law developments in Minnesota Construction Law over the past year.

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  • Construction Law
2021 FDA Medical Device Cases and the 2022 FDA Outlook

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Join this presentation to hear a brief review of recent enforcement trends and cases from 2021, as well as a discussion of FDA trends and predictions for 2022 and beyond. You will also hear some tips and best practices for engaging with the FDA and responding to FDA enforcement actions.

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2021 U.S. Immigration Update

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

1. How is the U.S. Immigration System already changing under President Biden compared with the Trump administration?
2.  What Work Visa Options are available in 2021 for employers to sponsor international talent to work in the U.S. including the most often-used categories: H-1, L-1, TN, E-2, F-1 OPT and other options?
3. What “Green Card” options are available for employers to sponsor key employees for Lawful Permanent Residence including the often-used categories: PERM Labor Certification for Professionals and Skilled Workers and Special Options for “Priority Workers” including Multinational Transferred Executives and Managers and people with Extraordinary, Exceptional or Outstanding skills?
 4. Q and A with speakers Scott Borene and George Maxwell.

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2021 Update from Minnesota's Regulatory Agencies

3.0 Standard CLE Credits

As we head into a new year, join us to get updates from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Agriculture,  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources and the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board.

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7th Annual Immigrant Attorneys Among Us | Successes and Challenges of Our Colleagues Who Were Born Outside of the U.S.

1.5 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits

Immigration law and policy remain major issues in the United States. This CLE will bring attention to these developments and provide an opportunity for successful immigrant attorneys among us to speak about their careers, going through law school in the United States, obtaining a Minnesota law license, and practicing in different settings. The panel discussion will allow speakers to share successes and challenges as well as discuss implications that possible changes in law and policy could have on future immigrant attorneys.

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8th Annual Immigrant Attorneys Among Us | Successes and Challenges of Our Colleagues Who Were Born Outside of the U.S.

1.5 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits

Immigration law and policy remain major issues in the United States. This CLE will bring attention to these developments and provide an opportunity for successful immigrant attorneys among us to speak about their careers, going through law school in the United States, obtaining a Minnesota law license, and practicing in different settings. The panel discussion will allow speakers to share successes and challenges as well as discuss implications that possible changes in law and policy could have on future immigrant attorneys.

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A 2022 Preview to Legislative Goals from Across the Energy Regulatory Spectrum

1.5 Standard CLE Credits

Please join us for a 2022 legislative overview and energy policy discussion.  After the presentation, we will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a dialogue with the panel.  This is a great opportunity for Public Utilities Section members to engage in direct dialogue with the officials most responsible for setting Minnesota energy policy.

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A Moderated Discussion with Members of the Chauvin Trial Team

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The Chauvin trial was perhaps the most significant trial in Minnesota history and the much of the world watched it.  While it was a criminal case, three local private practice attorneys set aside their practices to prosecute the Chauvin case pro bono. Jerry Blackwell is a full-time civil litigator, who founded his own firm Blackwell Burke, focusing on product liability. Steve Schleicher, a former prosecutor, is currently Maslon LLP’s Co-chair of Government & Internal Investigations Group, with practice areas including business litigation and tort & product liability.  Lola Velazquez-Aguilu, also a former prosecutor, is currently Lead Counsel, Brain Modulation at Medtronic, working on litigation and investigations.

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A Transformative Vision for Youth Justice

1.0 Standard CLE Credits

Is Minnesota's current youth justice system meeting its statutory intent? At its core, is it meeting the needs of youth, our community, or broader conceptions of "public safety"? If not, what can be done? Join restorative practitioners for a conversation about transformative justice and the current work happening to reimagine Minnesota's youth justice system and apply frameworks of transformative justice to interactions with youth.

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Addressing Substance Use Disorder in Health Care Professionals

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

Featured speaker Dr. Stephen Delisi, Medical Director at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, will examine the neurobiology and neuroscience of addiction and trauma and explain why people who suffer with addiction continue to make the “choices” they make and how these are often not “choices” at all. Participants will learn that what is commonly called “relapse” (a return to use) is really a recurrence of symptoms of a chronic disease, and not a moral failing. This understanding offers attorneys who represent health professionals with substance use disorder a new and more accurate perspective in situations that can be challenging, by helping them to acknowledge and overcome their own biases regarding the disability of addiction.
 
Presenter Laura Nelson, Partner at Stinson LLP, will discuss integrating this understanding of addiction into legal representation of health care practitioners facing adverse professional and licensing actions in connection with a substance use disorder and health care facilities seeking to address these issues in their workforce. 

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Advanced Issues in Online ADR

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The Covid-19 pandemic, beginning in March 2020, brought the legal world and the dispute resolution process to a screeching halt. Social distancing and meeting bans made it impossible to continue with in-person ADR. The dispute resolution world scrambled to transition to online and virtual mediums. Today, most ADR Professionals have mastered the basics of zoom and online meetings. Beyond the basics, there are nuances and finer points of online ADR worthy of being explored and allowing virtual ADR practices to be taken to the next level. This one-hour seminar will examine advanced issues and explore challenges facing today’s ADR professionals as the virtual world continues to expand and evolve.

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An Open Meeting Law and Data Privacy Refresher in Pandemic Times

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The program will cover the provisions of the Open Meeting Law governing meetings via interactive technology and recent changes to the law. It will also address the requirements of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and best practices for providing access to and protecting government data during pandemic times.

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An Update on the Office Market and the Workplace | Where We Go from Here

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

A recap of what we have seen in the office market during the last year and looking beyond in the wake of a pandemic, social unrest and working from home. The presentation will include topics such as the utilization of office space by law firms, trends in "papering the deal", and the impact on property values and tax appeals.

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Annual Legislative Update and Construction Connection to Community Presentation

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

During the first half of this program the Construction Law Section will present its annual review of legislation passed last session affecting the development, design, and construction industry and a discussion of likely upcoming industry and Section legislative proposals. The second half of the program will feature a presentation on Construction Connection to Community (CCC). CCC is an initiative of Makee Company and Consortium MN, in partnership with Associated General Contractors of Minnesota.

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Appellate CHIPS CLE Series | Appellate Practice to Strengthen your Parent Advocacy

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This series of CLEs features speakers on a variety of topics in appellate child protection matters. Whether you’re taking your first appeal from a child protection matter or your fiftieth, we hope you’ll find some useful tips, information, and best practices from these presentations. 

This session features the Honorable John R. Rodenberg, former district court judge and Minnesota Court of Appeals judge, who will present on best written and oral argument practices in appeals of CHIPS and permanency matters. Judge Rodenberg served on the Court of Appeals for eight years and was a district court judge for 12 years, retiring from the bench in August 2020.

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Appellate CHIPS CLE Series | Best Practices for Preserving the CHIPS Trial Court Record

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This session features Anne Carlson of Anne M. Carlson Law Office PLLC who will present on best practices for preserving the CHIPS trial court record for appeal. Ms. Carlson has extensive appellate experience, including a reversal of a termination of parental rights in an appeal, and currently provides contract appellate representation through the Adult Representation Services of Hennepin County.

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Appellate CHIPS CLE Series | Civil Maltreatment
1.0 Standard CLE Credit
This session features Jon Geffen, Director of the Reentry Clinic, of Mitchell Hamline School of Law who will present on maltreatment appeals and opportunities for reform. Director Geffen was previously an assistant attorney general for the State of Minnesota and a staff attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. He litigated maltreatment determinations as a private attorney at Arneson & Geffen PLLC.

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Appellate CHIPS CLE Series | Identifying Issues for a CHIPS Appeal

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This session features Mallory Stoll of Blahnik, Prchal & Stoll, PLLC who will present on identifying issues for appeal in CHIPS and permanency cases and on taking your first appeal. Ms. Stoll provides representation for parents in relatives in CHIPS and permanency matters on a private and court-appointed basis.

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Appellate CHIPS CLE Series | Post-permanency Appeals

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This session features Natalie Netzel, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Institute to Transform Child Protection at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, who will present on post-permanency appeals. Professor Netzel supervises law students and social work students in the Child Protection Clinic at Mitchell Hamline and supports institute training, research, and community engagement events. She previously was a law clerk at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

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Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Fuss

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Join Attorney Jill Sauber for a lively seminar about Minnesota laws and legal issues surrounding human remains, including handling of a person's body after death, who has the right to control final disposition, and issues commonly encountered about the transfer of human remains (cremated or otherwise).  Also, a timely discussion of how funerals are being arranged or body donations are taking place during COVID-19, and what that means for families.

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Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Fuss – Part II

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Join Attorneys Jill Sauber and Michael Sharkey to continue the lively discussion about Minnesota laws and legal issues surrounding human remains, including handling of a person's body after death, who has the right to control final disposition, and issues commonly encountered about the transfer of human remains (cremated or otherwise).  Questions are welcome prior to and during the presentation –this seminar will address the timely issue of how funerals are being arranged or body donations are taking place during COVID-19, and what that means for families.

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Assisted Reproduction Technology and Its Implications for Family Law

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This presentation will explore Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART) and family formation issues in the context of family law. 

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Avoiding Environmental Liability in Real Estate Transactions

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This program was presented as part of a series of programs in preparation for the Real Property Certification Exam.

This course will be a broad overview of the law relating to land use regulation in Minnesota, with particular emphasis on Minnesota statutes relating to planning and zoning.

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Banking Bad | Legal Issues and Considerations when Lending to the Cannabis Industry

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This CLE will look at lending and banking issues related to the cannabis industry as it evolves into a regulated agribusiness. The CLE will focus on banking, regulatory and secured lending issues and considerations associated with making loans to the regulated cannabis industry.

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Bankruptcy Requirements for SBA 7(a) and PPP Loans

1.0 Standard CLE Credits

When representing SBA lenders in bankruptcy, it is imperative to understand the requirements upon lenders in order to maintain a lender’s SBA guaranty.  This presentation will address what steps to take when handling SBA loans, including PPP loans, in bankruptcy and address certain amendments to the bankruptcy law in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Beyond the Barking Dog | Ethics and Security Issues in Remote Practice

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

This CLE will touch on the ethical and security issues associated with remote law practice and court hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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  • Ethics
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California Prop 65 Warnings | Why Minnesota Companies and Attorneys Should Care

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This program is sponsored by the MSBA Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section.

California's Proposition 65, officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. These chemicals can be in the products that Californians purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or released into the environment. The practical reach and impact of Proposition 65 is far beyond the borders of California and can adversely impact Minnesota based businesses selling products directly or indirectly into California.

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Careers in Communications Law

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Are you interested in a legal career in Communications Law? Are you interested in finding out more about what a career as a communications lawyer in Minnesota entails? You are invited to join an online panel of Minnesota attorneys who will profile their legal careers in the communications industry, answer questions, and share experiences. The panel will feature perspectives from the public and private sector as well as senior attorneys. This unique opportunity will provide insight on an incredibly dynamic and cutting-edge area of law. If you are a 2L, 3L, or a new attorney, this event will be particularly beneficial as you navigate your many specialization options.

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Cell Phones Are the New DNA | The Emerging Role of Mobile Device Forensics in Wrongful Conviction Exonerations

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

New evidence produced from testing using new, innovative technology can open the door to judicial action for wrongful conviction review and exonerations. For decades DNA testing was the most popular and effective example of new technology. Now mobile device forensics is emerging as an effective alternative to watch, or even the most promising form of new evidence, because of its speed of technology innovation and adoption, also its support of a diversified number of proof vectors as compared to DNA.

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Changing Environmental Regulations and the Administrative Procedure Act | Sauce for the Goose is Sauce for the Gander

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Over the past twenty years, changes in Presidential administrations have typically led to changes in Federal environmental regulations, often with a new administration seeking to alter the regulatory landscape set by the prior administration.

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Chapter 12 Bankruptcy for Family Farmers

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This presentation will cover the current status and updates on family farmer bankruptcy from petition to discharge and beyond. 

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Child Support, Tax Credits and Dependency Exemptions

1.0 Standard CLE Credit 

This program will discuss an overview of tax issues related to child support. Covered topics will include the impact of parenting time schedules on tax credits/exemptions, how to structure child support or other family law Orders to correctly address tax issues related to child support and joint children, and the effect of arrearages on tax credits or dependency exemptions. The goal of this program is to educate attorneys on the language or provisions necessary to affect the parties’ agreements or the court’s Order as related to tax issues and consequences.

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Civil Bench Trial Tips and Strategies | A Panel Discussion with Hennepin County Judges

1.25 Standard CLE Credits

Civil bench trials can be an excellent (and potentially less expensive) alternative to a jury trial, but they require different planning, preparation, and management. This panel of Hennepin County Judges will discuss and answer questions about civil bench trial tips and strategies, including:

• How should you frame the legal and factual issues in a bench trial?
• How is your presentation different in a bench trial?
• What are some ideas and options for handling exhibits and witness testimony in a bench • What about Zoom? Should you try your bench trial remotely?

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Civil Litigation During a Pandemic | The Bench’s Perspective

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Hear from our distinguished panel of judges regarding effective ways to navigate the challenges of civil litigation during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including tips for effectively handling remote discovery and motion practice, managing continuances and delays, successful ADR strategies, and court preferences for in-person hearings and trials.

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Cold FERC Winter

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Former FERC Commissioner Tony Clark will share updates and insights on recent developments at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Join us to learn about the 2021 “Hot FERC Summer” initiative to bring visibility to the Commission, and how the Commission will transition into the coming months as we enter “Cold FERC Winter.”

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Communications Law State Legislative Preview

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Join an esteemed panel of telecommunications industry veterans and government relations experts as they provide their analysis of the policy issues that will shape and dominate the upcoming state legislative session, including anticipated communications issues.

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Construction in Indian Country | Labor and Employment Issues

1.0 Standard CLE Credit 

A contractor embarking on a tribal project needs more than just an enforceable contract. They need to know the rules that govern labor and employment on the project—rules that sometimes differ significantly from those that apply elsewhere. We’ll cover federal labor and employment standards that apply to Indian Country work, the limits of state regulatory jurisdiction, and recent cases. 

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Construction Law and Related Trade Associations

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The construction industry is built on relationships, including industry trade and professional organizations. This CLE presentation will feature several construction industry organizations who will discuss the connection and crossover between the industry and the legal community. You will learn how the associations serve their members, how they are dealing with the current complex and challenging environment, and how you can be involved in their activities as a construction law attorney specifically.

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Contract Checkup | Diagnosing Problems in State and Municipal Contracts

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The goal of this presentation is to provide information to help you in drafting and reviewing contracts.
• Things to consider when negotiating contracts.
• Identify areas in contracts that cause problems for governmental entities and learn how to solve them.
• Understand what types of insurance and limits should be required in contracts including additional insured endorsements.
• Learn what to look for in indemnification clauses. 
• Get tips for reviewing certificates of insurance. Review issues related to COVID-19.

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Contracts for Deed Key Topics

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This program was presented as part of a series of programs in preparation for the Real Property Certification Exam.

This session will focus on contracts for deed and cancellations, including “What is a Contract for Deed,” characteristics of the vendor/vendee interests, the uniform conveyancing form, remedies of the vendee and the vendor, the purposes, mechanics and effect of statutory cancellation, and injunctions against cancellation.

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Cooperative Clean Energy

1.5 Standard CLE Credit 

In this presentation, based on a forthcoming law review article, our speakers draw on the structure and foundational principles underlying the cooperative form itself to create a framework for clean energy transition in rural electric cooperatives.

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COVID, Trauma and Students

1.5 Standard CLE Credits

Please join the Children and the Law Section as we hear from Assistant Commissioner Daron Korte of the Minnesota Department of Education and from Kelly Pieper, Licensed Child and Family Therapist at Ellie Family Services about how school-aged children have been negatively impacted by the effects of COVID-19 on their education and mental health and how schools are responding.
 
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Covid-related Price Escalation and Supply Shortages | Legal and Practical Ways to Mitigate this Unprecedented Risk in Construction

1.0 Standard CLE Credits

The industry is facing unprecedented price swings and supply shortages that has made the risky business of construction even more unpredictable. There is no magic bullet, but a price escalation clause and other legal remedies are first thing you should look to.

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Crafting Arbitration Awards

1.0 Standard CLE Credit 

An arbitrator’s duties culminate in the award, which the arbitrator must carefully craft to discourage and withstand challenges. This program will discuss how to draft awards to meet the rules governing their scope, form, and timing while communicating clearly and concisely to the parties, their attorneys, and a reviewing court.

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Cyber Threats to the Construction Industry

1.75 Standard CLE Credits

This year's annual Construction Law Mini-Symposium will focus on identifying and understanding cyber threats to the construction industry as well as responses to those threats. We will discuss what to tell your clients if they believe they have been victim to a cyber security threat or data breach. The panelists will also discuss insurance, contracts, website security, and what to do before a breach. We hope you leave with a better understanding of cyber threats to the construction industry and what you should be doing to stay on top of it.  

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Data Privacy Law Update (Schrems II, CPRA, and more)

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

On July 16, 2020 the European Court of Justice invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield program, which thousands of companies used to facilitate the transfer of personal data from the EU to the US. On November 3, the voters of California will decide if privacy regulation in California will undergo further historic changes through the California Privacy Rights Act.  Join us for some background, insight, and predictions regarding these two significant developments, as well as a few “quick hits” on other noteworthy privacy updates.

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Digital Heroes or Totalitarian Tech? Hot Topics in COVID-19 Data Privacy

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

From the invasiveness of new technologies to track the virus to the challenges of working from home, COVID-19 has unleashed a whirlwind of privacy issues. How are governments and employers reacting to our new reality? What new risks come from all this changed activity? Will technologies like wearables, biometrics, and thermal imaging save the day or accelerate a decline into totalitarian monitoring of our bodies, activities, and locations? Join us for a virtual “roundtable” discussion as we discuss the technologies, the legal and regulatory responses, and the burning COVID-19 privacy issues that are turning up in your day-to-day.

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Discussing No Knock Warrants | The policy, the law, and alternatives

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This presentation will focus on the recent changes in the General Counsel’s Office; changes to case handling and prosecutions based on rescission of GC memos and initiatives; interesting Board cases that have issued since October; and the ongoing impact of the pandemic on election and unfair labor practice cases.

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Dispute Resolution Neutral Cultural Competence | What Does this Mean?

1.0 Ethics CLE

The Rule 114 Code of Ethics states that “A neutral shall serve as a neutral only when she/he has the necessary qualifications to satisfy the reasonable expectations of the parties.” The 1997 comments include the following additional insight; “A person who offers neutral services gives parties and the public the expectations that she or he is competent to serve effectively as a neutral.” Building on last year’s presentation that raised the question as to whether “whiteness is embedded in mediation,” this year, Dr. T. Anansi Wilson and Professor Sharon Press will offer their thoughts on how competence must include cultural competence and then explore what that means as applied to ADR neutrals.

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Disruptionware and Cybersecurity Concerns in Healthcare

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Faegre Drinker’s Jason G. Weiss and Jane E. Blaney explore disruptionware and cybersecurity concerns in healthcare. Jason, a former Supervisory special agent in the FBI, will discuss tips and tricks critical to identifying disruptionware, mitigating risk and responding in the wake of an attack.

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Diverse and Inclusive Trial Teams | They Simply Work Better Together

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

Research shows that diverse and inclusive teams are more thoughtful, strategic, careful, and innovative. They are smarter. However, the urge to choose colleagues that look like you and have had the same kinds of experiences is immediate and, frankly, consistent with human nature. We are most comfortable with what we are used to, and in most businesses (especially law firms), we have historically been most comfortable with, and most used to seeing, white men in positions of leadership. The benefits of a diverse and inclusive team, however, unquestionably outweigh any initial discomfort.

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Diversion of Somali and African Youth from the Juvenile Court System in Hennepin County

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In 2004, Abdi Ali met a young Somali woman and an Oromo teenager at a homeless youth shelter in North Minneapolis. Abdi’s realization that there were significant cultural hurdles for many of the youth in these underserved communities led to a Human Rights Fellowship from the Otto Bremmer Foundation in 2006 to better understand the causes of Somali youth and the cultural responsiveness of the organizations that work with them.

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Diversity in Law Firms | Why it is lacking and strategies to address it

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

Hear from three knowledgeable panelists who have studied, experienced and worked to address the lack of diversity in the practice of law. From law school to law firms, learn some of the causes and potential solutions to this issue and how we can all participate to address it.

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Domestic Violence | Addressing Bias in Family Courts and Related Systems

1.0 Elimination of Bias Credit

Implicit - and even explicit - bias can impede the ability of family law practitioners to understand the full and complex nature of domestic abuse and how it is experienced in the lives of individual victim-survivors. Furthermore, abuse is experienced differently in different social and cultural contexts, which may not be fully understood by practitioners.  This session will prepare family lawyers to effectively account for such information gaps and biases as they represent these survivors, prepare clients for mediation or litigation, and present a clear and persuasive picture of the abuse to other practitioners and the court.

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Donor Advised Funds and Proposed Disclosure Requirements in Minnesota

1.0 Standard CLE Credit 

This presentation will give a history and overview of donor advised funds (DAF) and how they are currently regulated. The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has proposed an amendment to Minnesota’s Supervision of Charitable Trusts and Trustees Act which would require charitable trusts transferring funds to DAFs to include in their annual trust filing with the office of the attorney general an itemized list of all grants and contributions made or approved for future payment during the year from that DAF.  The purpose behind this amendment would be to increase transparency and encourage compliance with restrictions on the funds even after transfer.

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Elder Law 101 Series | Contested Guardianships and Conservatorships

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

A certain pop singer’s recent court battle to be “free” from a conservatorship has brought public and professional attention to this area of law.  Legal pundits to celebrity gossip talk show hosts have weighed in on whether adults should be subject to a guardianship or conservatorship.  Recently the American Bar Association passed a resolution calling on the United States Congress to develop better protections for persons who are or may be subject to a guardianship proceeding.

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Elder Law 101 Series | Emotional Aspects of Guardianship and Conservatorships

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

By the time a client decides to contact an attorney to obtain guardianship and/or conservatorship of a loved one, there has likely been significant strife and stress to get them to that point.  Taking the next step to file a petition and go to court can be overwhelming and heartbreaking.  Part of our jobs as advocates is to not only provide our clients with zealous representation, but also to help them through the process. 

This session will walk through example cases and discuss the emotional aspects at each stage and how best to support clients through the process. 

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Elder Law 101 Series | Intake and Medical Assistance Issue Spotting

1.0 Standard CLE Credit 

This presentation will serve as guide the new law lawyer on how to take in a client, not take the client, and spot the salient issues that drive the planning in elder law.  Three experienced elder law attorneys will review what new attorneys should look for when accepting a new client, from the “red flags” to the important issues that can set the planning for the case.

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Elder Law 101 Series | Introduction to Estate Planning and Elder Law Planning Impacting Solo Older Adults

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

A growing number of older adults, by choice or circumstance, cannot or do not rely on family members for care and decision support during the second half of life. No one knows how many solos age 55+ there are now or will be in the future, though preliminary estimates suggest this definition could apply to from 23% to 30% of older adults. Because solos have no family safety net, it is essential that they plan for support across the “long middle,” when they have capacity, as well as for the end-of-life. Attorneys who work with older adults on incapacity planning are well positioned to assist solos.  This presentation will summarize current data related to solos, resource needs and gaps. It will offer practical tips on how participants can better assist solos and will present emerging issues that warrant discussion and likely future policy action.

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Elder Law 101 Series | Special Needs Trusts | The Basics

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Join this presentation to learn the basics of special needs trust planning. The presentation will include an overview of a special needs trust, along with tips, tricks, and warnings as it relates to the planning required to put together a proper trust without disrupting government benefit eligibility.

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Elder Law 101 Series | Will contests | Practical steps from initial contact to trial

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The purpose of the seminar is to address the basics of a will contest from the initial contact with a client to the start of trial. It is designed to have an active discussion on the factual information necessary to establish a claim or defense, the central issues of capacity, diminished capacity, and undue influence, the identification and credibility of witnesses (lay and expert), relevant documents, and the fees and costs of litigating a will contest.

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Electric Vehicle Law and Policy Update

1.5 Standard CLE Credits

The law and policy surrounding electric vehicles continues to evolve locally, regionally and nationally.  Lisa Crum, Faegre Drinker, will moderate this highly specialized panel of EV leaders as they discuss current trends in EV regulation and the future outlook for EV expansion in the Midwest.

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Employee Retention Credit | A Closer Look at the ERTC

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress enacted legislation to provide relief to American businesses through the Employee Retention Credit (ERTC). The ERTC offers a significant opportunity for businesses to claim a refundable credit on qualifying wages paid to their employees. This program will explore the origins of the ERTC, the expansion of the credit through recent legislation and offer a practical approach toward claiming the credit. Attendees will learn how to advise clients on their potential qualification and the various ways to claim the credit.

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Employment Law Implications of Coronavirus

1.0 Standard CLE credit

Join attorneys Janet Olawsky and Jennifer Zwilling from Jackson Lewis P.C. as they discuss topics with which employers and employees are grappling in the midst of this crisis. Learn how companies can manage their workforce while maintaining health and safety, and the legal issues associated with this rapidly-evolving pandemic, including disability and leave, work-from-home arrangements, and wage and hour compliance.

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  • Health Law
  • Employment and Labor Law
Endangered Species Act | The Legal Fight for Minnesota’s State Bee in a Shifting Political Landscape

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Natural Resources Defense Council Staff Attorney Lucas Rhoads will discuss the Endangered Species Act with an emphasis on habitat protections, regulatory changes under the Trump and Biden administrations, and a recent lawsuit seeking to protect the habitat of the Minnesota’s “State Bee” – the endangered rusty patched bumble bee.

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Environmental Law Update | What You Missed This Summer When You Were Up at the Cabin (or sheltering in your COVID cave)

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Neither summer, vacations nor COVID slow down environmental developments. Join us for a panel that will provide quick updates on a wide range of developments.  Topics will include US Supreme Court decisions, Minnesota legislative actions, PFAS developments, Minnesota and appellate court decisions, including the latest PolyMet actions, the latest on ASTM 1527E revisions and more.

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  • Environment and Natural Resources Law
Estate Planning in 2021

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This program will explore the estate planning landscape in 2021, including Governor Walz’s tax proposal and potential tax law and policy changes under the Biden administration.  Hear an experienced estate planning attorney, financial and investment planner, and certified public accountant provide their perspectives on possible issues and opportunities.

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  • Probate and Trust
Ethics and Duty to Disclose in Criminal Law

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

What needs to be disclosed? How are records kept, tracked, and reported? Who needs to know, and when? Hear from a panel of City and County prosecutors discussing ethical requirements and best practices in Brady/Giglio requirements.
 
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Ethics for Government Attorneys

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

This program will cover professional responsibility topics for government lawyers. This will include conflicts of interest, communications with represented parties, and unique aspects of discipline cases involving government lawyers.

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  • Ethics
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Ethics for Public Utility Lawyers

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

This program will cover professional responsibility topics for public utility lawyers, focusing on the ex parte rules for lawyers who practice in front of the Public Utilities Commission, and Q&A with Ryan Barlow, the Commission’s general counsel.

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  • Ethics
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Ethics, Mental Health and Well-Being in a Post-COVID Environment

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

In early 2020, the Minnesota legal profession was upended by the arrival of the global COVID-19 pandemic. In the ensuing weeks and months, the profession experienced seismic changes in the practice of law. This program examines the effects of those changes on lawyers, judges, and law students while providing tips and strategies to navigate the ever-changing legal landscape.

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  • New Lawyer Experience
  • Ethics
Exemption from Discharge of Contract Claims under Section 523(a)(6)

1.0 Standard CLE Credit 

11 USC § 523(a)(6) involves the exception to discharge for intentional acts. The code section has a colorful history involving medical malpractice, gunshots and all other types of mayhem. Breach of contract has seldom been considered to be an intentional act as breach of contract can be found without a finding of intent. However, there has been a groundswell of cases throughout the country that have found, on various theories, that breach of contract claims can be exempt from discharge under § 523(a)(6).

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Facial Recognition | Overview of Issues and Litigation, MN Case Report, and Mpls Ordinance

1.0 Standard CLE Credit 

Facial recognition is becoming widely used creating novel legal issues in both criminal and civil contexts. This CLE presents an overview of key issues arising from its use and resultant litigation, explores a Minnesota case where facial recognition was used in a civil context leading to potential criminal exposure, and reviews the issues around the recent passage of an ordinance by the City of Minneapolis regarding use of facial recognition.

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Federal Funds Available for Broadband, Distance Learning, and Telemedicine in Minnesota

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

With the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has appropriated funding for broadband-related equipment and services to support distance learning, telehealth, and additional broadband deployment through the CARES Act. Congress has previously allocated funds to programs for broadband-related services that may also be used during this time. This CLE will discuss broadband-related programs and funding status for Minnesota entities. Program content is based on Mendoza Law's Broadband Funding Report which you can read by clicking here.

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Federal Student Loan Update and the CARES Act

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This continuing legal education program will provide an update on recent court decisions surrounding federal student loans, public service loan forgiveness, loan servicers, and the Department of Education. This program will also explore the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and any extension thereof. If you have federal student loans, or have clients who do, this CLE is a must attend.
 
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  • New Lawyer Essentials
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Free Speech Issues in Public Employment

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Public employees have a unique relationship with their government. In one capacity, the government is prohibited by the constitution from interfering with certain civil rights. But in its role as employer, the government can restrict one’s liberties during the workday and beyond, or at least impose consequences on an employee who exercised those rights. That unique relationship is especially prevalent in the context of free speech. Join us for a one-hour discussion, hosted by Assistant Anoka County Attorney Andrew Jackola, exploring the rift between a public employee’s First Amendment rights and their government-employer’s workplace speech restrictions.

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From Juvenile to Youth, Justice and Wellness Divisions | Ramsey County’s Journey to Approach Juvenile Justice from a more restorative perspective

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The Office of the Ramsey County Attorney has been on a journey to re-imagine justice for youth.  To that end the Office has worked in partnership with the community and system stake holders to work towards addressing the disparities in that exist in the Juvenile Justice System. This will be an overview of the process we have undertaken to explore the current practices and develop a restorative approach for working with youth that are referred to our office from law enforcement.

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From Published to Precedential

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The Minnesota Court of Appeals previously designated its opinions as published or unpublished. In 2020, statutory and rule changes eliminated these designations and replaced them with "precedential" and "nonprecedential" opinions. Notably, the appellate rules now allow attorneys to argue for opinion publication. Join us to hear judicial and practitioner perspectives on the new system and learn strategies for persuading the Court to publish your next opinion.

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Fun with Property Tax Appeals

2.0 Standard CLE Credits

This 2-hour CLE covers a wide variety of property tax appeal topics. The first hour will be a presentation by the three judges of the Minnesota Tax Court, offering insight and updates from the bench. The second hour will be a panel of practitioners, both petitioners and county representatives, covering the life of a tax court petition.

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  • Tax Law
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Garbage Law | Overview of Solid Waste Management in Minnesota

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This CLE provides an overview of how solid waste has been managed historically in Minnesota and how that has informed the current regulatory environment. Looking first at the historic harms of landfilling waste, the CLE will discuss how the State of Minnesota has addressed past harms of landfilling through the Closed Landfill Program. The CLE will next discuss how the State seeks to avoid past mistakes through current statutes and rules, including the Solid Waste Management Act, waste designation, and restricting disposal of certain waste. We will review key state and federal cases governing waste designation and restriction on disposal—which both play an important role in abating the use of landfills. Finally, we will discuss the State’s long-term solid waste management goals found in the Solid Waste Policy Plan that governs future management of solid waste.

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  • Environment and Natural Resources Law
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George Floyd, Covid-19, and the 2020 Elections and Beyond

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The Covid-19 pandemic and the death of George Floyd changed everything and nothing in American politics. This talk examines how both impacted the 2020 elections in terms of the issues and the way politics, campaigns, and voting are conducted. Emphasis will be on discussing the significance of the 2020 elections and how in many ways it is still all about Donald Trump and what a handful of voters in approximately seven states will decide.

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Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

1.0 Standard Credit

The American Rescue Plan gave parents an increased Child Tax Credit.  But which parent gets to take the credit?  How much is the credit?  When can I get my money?  This session will cover these questions and more relating to tax benefits for children.

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Guardianship and Conservatorship | What are They and When are They Needed

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This program will discuss the differences between Guardianship and Conservatorship Proceedings. The program will also highlight under what circumstances these interventions are employed. Additional discussion will illustrate what tools are considered less restrictive alternatives, the powers and duties of a Guardian and Conservator, and the rights of the Protected Person. 

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Hot Topics in Election Law | What you Need to Know in this Unusual Year

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

2020 will be a year like no other, especially when it comes to the election. This presentation is designed for attorneys who advise county and local election officials, attorneys who advise candidates, or any attorney interested in elections or serving as an election judge.

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How a Bill Becomes a Law

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This CLE will discuss how a bill becomes law, players involved in the bill, how the bill negotiated, how and when language can be changed.

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How Bias Affects ADR

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

This program addresses the ways that bias affects the legal profession, especially in the arena of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Specifically, we will look at research and data relating to the selection of arbitrators and mediators, interactions during a mediation/arbitration, and biases that can preclude resolution.

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How do we fix Bankruptcy for Homeowners and Creditors?

1.0 Standard CLE Credit 

Over 90% of severely delinquent homeowners end up in foreclosure after filing for bankruptcy.  Bankruptcy should prevent foreclosure, why does the current process deny debtors and creditors their rights?

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How Do You Make Uncomfortable Situations Comfortable

1.0 Standard Credit

This presentation will engage attendees in a high energy session on the topic of making uncomfortable situations comfortable. Speaker Mike Gregory will be using elements from three of his books in today’s presentation: The Collaboration Effect, Peaceful Resolutions, and The Servant Manager. Brain science will be applied to enlighten participants on the steps necessary in order to explore and enhance opportunities to provide for better client outcomes. Mike will give participants one of the tools they need so that they can apply this technique immediately at work and in life. 

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How to Become an Immigration Attorney

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Careers in immigration law are becoming increasingly popular for new law graduates and seasoned attorneys alike. But how do you navigate the world of immigration law and decide where to focus your practice? Join us to hear from a diverse panel of immigration attorneys who will share their experience becoming an immigration attorney and the journey to their current position.

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  • Immigration Law
How to Walk the Talk on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | an Employment Law CLE on Recruiting and Hiring Best Practices

1.5 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits

Effectively recruiting and hiring a diverse workforce means more than just taking the steps to avoid discrimination. Learn tips to “walk the talk” and address challenges in creating a more inclusive workplace, such as “screening in,” uncovering bias in the hiring process, and realigning job search efforts. This CLE, to promote inclusion in hiring, is presented by the MSBA Labor and Employment Section for employment lawyers and those in positions to hire lawyers and law clerks.

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  • Elimination of Bias
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Immigration Hot Topics

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

• Restoration of DACA
• President Biden's Deportation Moratorium
• USCIS Receipt Notice Delays, RFEs, etc.
• Equal Access to COVID-19 vaccines
• CDC Expulsion Order

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Impact of COVID-19 on Certain Minnesota District Courts and Court of Appeals - Moving to Remote Hearings

1.0 Standard CLE credit

Judges from the Second, Fourth, Seventh, and Ninth Judicial Districts and the Court of Appeals will discuss their court procedures modified to address the current COVID-19 situation. 

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  • Appellate Practice
  • Litigation
Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession | Mental Health and Double Stigma

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

The primary focus of this program is to understand and demonstrate how implicit bias discussions in the legal profession must include mental health (including substance use) and stress issues.  This program will begin with a general understanding of the concept of implicit bias and discuss how implicit bias stands in the way of lawyers seeking the help they need for mental health and stress issues.  While it’s hard for anyone to ask for help, there is a double stigma for those already in underrepresented groups.  This program will address the challenges faced by lawyers, judges, and law students when asking for help for mental health issues. It will also address the relationship between mental health issues and diversity and inclusion. The program includes a discussion of strategies to overcome these issues.

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  • Elimination of Bias
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Introduction to your Employee Benefits | A New Attorneys Guide

1.0 Standard CLE credit

Learn what all those benefit documents you received on your first day of work really mean. At this CLE we will discuss common employee benefits that you could be receiving from your employer. In addition we will provide a high-level overview of the various ways in which you may encounter employee benefits in your legal practice.
 
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Investigator Training | Key Differences Between Minnesota and Federal Law Regarding Employment Law Claims

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Emma Denny (plaintiff-side attorney) and Jack Sullivan (defense-side attorney) will cover some of the key differences between Minnesota and federal law regarding common employment law claims and summarize recent cases in which Minnesota courts have departed from federal jurisprudence with respect to employment law claims.

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Investigator Training | Workplace Investigations | Understanding the Impact of Recent Court Decisions

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Cynthia Bremer (defense-side attorney) and Heather Tabery (plaintiff-side attorney) will summarize recent state and federal case law defining actionable harassment and discrimination. They will also discuss employer best practices and workplace investigations pointers in light of these court decisions
 
Investigator Trainings are sponsored by the MSBA Labor & Employment Section and planned for the benefit of investigators at our governmental agencies.

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Investing in US Businesses by Foreign Persons | Common Business and Tax Considerations

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This program is sponsored by the MSBA International Business Law Section.
The United States remains one of the most attractive markets for foreign direct investment in the world. At the same time, a foreign person who wishes to invest in a U.S. business has to navigate through an intricate web of state entity and business laws and comply with the most complicated tax system in the world.

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IRS Voluntary Disclosure Options for U.S. Owners of a Foreign Business

1.5 Standard CLE Credits

A failure of a U.S. owner of a foreign business to properly comply with his U.S. international tax reporting obligations may result in the imposition of draconian IRS penalties.  In such situations, a timely utilization of one of the IRS offshore voluntary disclosure options may significantly reduce and even completely eliminate IRS penalties.

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Judicial Roundtable | Best Practices in MN Employment Litigation, including Discovery, ADR, SJ, and Trial

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

A routable discussion with state trial judges regarding best practices for employment litigants in state courts, including a plaintiff-side and employer-side issues relating to: typical discovery disputes, ADR, summary judgment, and trial.

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Jury Trials and Other Tribulations of COVID-19

2.0 Standard CLE credits

Panelists look at how the resumption of criminal jury trials has been working out and what those participating in the first trial pilots and other contested hearings believe you need to know. We will also look at how hearings have been expanding in counties during July and what to expect in August, and discuss ethical obligations and traps for the unwary under remote hearings and the new limitations at courthouses.

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Jury Trials in the COVID Era

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

From jury selection to closing, learn what works and what doesn’t when trying a case in the era of COVID. Hear from experienced defense attorneys and prosecutors that have tried cases to jury since courts reopened.
 
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Environmental Law and Evolving U.S. Supreme Court Environmental Law

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This program is sponsored by the MSBA Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section.

Join us for an event that will look at how the U.S. Supreme Court has approached environmental law questions and how that may be changing.  We will also look at the late Justice Ginsburg’s environmental law legacy.

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Land Use Regulation

1.0 Standard CLE credit

This program was presented as part of a series of programs in preparation for the Real Property Certification Exam. 

This course will be a broad overview of the law relating to land use regulation in Minnesota, with particular emphasis on Minnesota statutes relating to planning and zoning. 

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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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Lawyer Well-Being | Surviving and Thriving in Challenging Times

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In early 2020, the Minnesota legal profession was upended by the arrival of the global COVID-19 pandemic. In the ensuing weeks and months, the profession experienced seismic changes in the practice of law. This program examines the effects of those changes on lawyers, judges, and law students while providing tips and strategies to navigate the ever-changing legal landscape.

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Legal Writing | Striving for Clarity

1.25 Standard CLE credits

Judge Bacharach will illustrate principles from his recently published book (ABA Press), entitled Legal Writing–A Judge’s Perspective on the Lessons from Science and Rhetoric.

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  • Legal Research and Writing
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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  • Practice Management
Lessons Learned from Virtual Depositions

1.0 Standard CLE credit

Hear from a panel of litigators who have been in the trenches taking and defending depositions remotely during the pandemic.  They will share with you their experiences and lessons learned.  Learn from their successes and mistakes before you take your next remote deposition.

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  • Criminal Law
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Let’s Discuss Trademark Rights for Businesses and How to Protect Them

1.0 Standard CLE credit

A discussion on trademarks for businesses. This will be geared toward learning and understanding the role that trademarks have in a business, including considerations in choosing a trademark, what is protectable, how rights are established and maintained, how to protect the trademarks you own and proper usage.

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LGBTQ Equity in ADR | Building Stronger Human Connections

1.0 Elimination of Bias credit

As ADR practitioners, we know that creating a welcoming, comfortable space is critical to being able to provide effective ADR services.  However, for many members of the LGBTQ Community, accessing legal services such as mediation and arbitration is not always a safe process. 

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Meet the Pollution Control Agency Commissioner (and her lawyer)

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Last Fall, Governor Waltz appointed Katrina Kessler as Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).  Climate change, water quality challenges, PFAS, aging infrastructure and environmental justice are just some of the issues facing MPCA.  Join us for a discussion with Commissioner Kessler and MPCA’s general counsel, Adonis Neblett, where they will discuss the agency’s challenges, initiatives and policy goals.

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  • Environment and Natural Resources Law
  • Public Law
MERA is Alive and Well

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This CLE will provide an introduction and overview of one of Minnesota's bedrock environmental statutes, the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act, for law students and new lawyers. We'll walk through the statutory provisions, review some of the most important historic MERA cases, and brief participants on cases the appellate courts decided this year. Come learn about this important tool for protecting Minnesota's resources!

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Minnesota Water Law 101

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Learn about the common law underpinnings of modern water law in the State of Minnesota.  This presentation will focus on Minnesota’s public waters work permit and water appropriation permit programs.  The presentation will also cover common misperceptions about water law.

This CLE is co-sponsored by the MSBA Public Law Section and Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section

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Minnesota Workouts and Foreclosures

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The current economic upheaval will likely lead to an increase in distressed properties and real estate loans.  While some troubled loans can be worked out short of foreclosure, others will head into formal foreclosure processes.  This seminar will provide a refresher on workouts, foreclosure alternatives, receiverships, and foreclosures.

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Mixed Modes | Promoting Effective Interplay of Mediation and Arbitration in Construction and Commercial Disputes

2.0 Standard CLE Credits (pending)

Construction and commercial practitioners regularly employ mediation and arbitration in the course of resolving disputes.  Although multi-step dispute resolution provisions are widely used, our experience suggests that often, other ways of “mixing modes” may often be more effective.

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Moving Beyond the County Home School | Juvenile Out of Home Placements and Opportunities for Change

1.0 Elimination of Bias Credit

Staff from the Legal Rights Center (Beau RaRa and Malaika Eban) will be discussing the upcoming closure of the Hennepin County Home School and the opportunities it provides for attorneys and community members to advocate for a new approach to youth justice. This CLE will cover ongoing advocacy to eliminate out of home placements and the racial disparities pervasive in the youth justice system by building up a network of support that effectively meets the needs of youth and families.

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Mutually Assured Destruction? Data Nationalism Picks Up

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Will recent developments in privacy and cybersecurity law “break” the internet?  Will cloud services continue to function across national boundaries?  We will discuss the latest privacy law expansions in the U.S. including the California, Virginia, and Colorado laws that take effect in 2023.  We will also cover recent rulings in Europe, steeper fines, and new laws in China which make transferring data to the U.S. increasingly difficult and risky.

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Negotiation Practice Pointers

1.5 Standard CLE Credits

This will be a practical CLE with perspectives from experienced defense attorneys and prosecutors about the best way to handle negotiating the best outcome for your client. There are many different possible methods.

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New Chapter 13 Plan

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Effective January 1, 2022 the District of Minnesota updated the model Chapter 13 plan. The presentation will discuss the major changes in the new Chapter 13 plan that impact your clients whether they are creditors or debtors.  This CLE will discuss the practical application of the new plan along with sample calculations. 

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NLRB Update | Changes Afoot, Caselaw Developments, and the Ongoing Impact of the Pandemic

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This presentation will focus on the recent changes in the General Counsel’s Office; changes to casehandling and prosecutions based on rescission of GC memos and initiatives; interesting Board cases that have issued since October; and the ongoing impact of the pandemic on election and unfair labor practice cases.

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Non-Debtor Agreements in Bankruptcy

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In this presentation, we will discuss key terms, new case law developments, and common issues that come up in bankruptcy cases related to intercreditor agreements, subordination agreements, and guarantees between and amongst non-debtor parties. We will cover key considerations for drafting these agreements and advising your clients on potential liability before entering into these agreements, as well as the status of case law interpreting the enforceability of various types of provisions.

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Nunc No More? Retroactive Relief in Bankruptcy Post-Acevedo

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Following the Supreme Court’s February 2020 decision in Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Juan v. Acevedo Feliciano, federal courts around the country have begun re-evaluating the granting of nunc pro tunc relief to litigants.  This presentation will examine how the decision in Acevedo has impacted bankruptcy proceedings in particular by examining subsequent bankruptcy case law as courts wrestle with implications of the Acevedo decision.

The presentation will also briefly discuss the recently proposed FRESH START through Bankruptcy Act of 2021, which, if enacted, would make certain student loans dischargeable after ten years.

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Parental Leave of the Court | Could Minnesota Courts Adopt a New Parental Leave Rule?

1.0 Standard CLE credit

This program will explore the development of court rules for parental leave in other jurisdictions and discuss the ongoing work to propose rule amendments for parental leave here in Minnesota. A member of the current parental leave working group will present the current version of the proposed rule amendments, discuss their development, and take questions and comments as to how they can be improved. 

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Party-Appointed Arbitrators | The Presumption of Bias

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

Party-appointed arbitrators have traditionally been partisans for the party that selects them.  This presumption of bias creates practical and ethical issues for both arbitrators and the parties.  This presentation will explore how the peculiarities and challenges of party-appointed arbitrators (both neutrals and non-neutrals) should be addressed in the arbitration agreement and managed before and during the hearing.  

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Policing Indian Country | Recent Developments

1.5 Elimination of Bias

Criminal jurisdiction in Indian country has been referred to as a "maze" by scholars and practitioners, and its complexity has been shown to result in increased rates of violent crimes against Native people. This panel will discuss how recent Minnesota legislation, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Cooley, and other developments may produce better outcomes for Minnesota tribes and their members. The panelists will also offer additional suggestions for tribal, state, and federal reform.

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  • Tribal Law
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Postconviction Remedies for Noncitizens | Diving into Minnesota's Postconviction Statute and Expungement Law

1.0 Standard CLE Credits

This CLE will cover what happens after a conviction when a client has not been provided immigration advise? Or where there is new evidence? Are there exceptions to the 2-year statute of limitations? When do the exceptions kick in? And the pros and cons of expunging your criminal records.

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Preference Cases and Defenses | A Review of the Standard Defenses in Light of the Small Business Reorganization Act and Recent Covid Legislation

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

A review of common defenses to preference litigation from preference litigators and a discussion of the way the burdens of proof have (or have not) been relaxed in light of recent statutory changes.

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Preparing for Trials in Covid Time

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Join a panel of Judges from various counties as they discuss ways to conduct a meaningful pretrial during Covid time. While there are many considerations that would never have crossed your mind pre-Covid, they are now important questions to ask in the pretrials to understand how to move forward safely and effectively. We look forward to presenting this working pretrial checklist as we navigate this new normal.

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Proposed Changes to the Minnesota Veterans Homes Administrative Rules

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has issued proposed changes to Minnesota Rules Chapter 9050, pertaining to the administration of the Minnesota Veterans Homes.  A hearing is scheduled for January 31, 2022 at 9:30 AM on the proposed changes.  Many of these changes are significant, including altering wait list criteria, eligibility for admission, and the discharge process.  As proposed, the rules will have a great and adverse impact on veterans and their families who may need to receive long-term care services at the Veterans Homes. 

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  • Military and Veterans Law
  • Public Law
Protecting Children’s Privacy During COVID-19

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

With COVID-19 still raging, many classrooms are operating virtually, and educators and parents need to understand the privacy implications posed by virtual platforms their students and children are using daily. This CLE will discuss relevant federal child privacy laws, provide examples of how popular video conferencing platforms may be used by schools, and offer some suggestions for parents on how to protect their children’s privacy.

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  • Family Law
  • Technology
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  • Communications Law
Protecting Tribal Resources | Legal and Forestry Management Strategies

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The program will examine tribal forests, which are critical cultural and economic resources for Indigenous people. 18 million acres, nearly one-third of all reservation and trust land in the United States, is tribal forest land. Tribal forests implicate many important topics, including the protection and management of these vital resources, climate change, and complex legal frameworks.

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  • Environment and Natural Resources Law
Public Utilities Section 2021 Legislative Session Overview

1.0 Standard CLE Credit 

Please join us for a 2021 legislative overview and energy policy discussion. Representative Jamie Long (61B), Chair of the House Energy Finance and Policy Committee will discuss what his priorities are for the 2021 legislative session and beyond.  After the presentation, we will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a dialogue with Chair Long and other members of the section.  This is a great opportunity for Public Utilities Section members to engage in direct dialogue with the officials most responsible for setting Minnesota energy policy.
 
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Questionable Immigration Reform | No Masks, No Meat, Know Your Rights and More

1.0 Standard CLE credit

The Coronavirus has impacted every sector of the US work force. Immigrant health care workers and meat processors are amongst those who have been hit the hardest. DACA recipients have been left in dark about what their futures hold and immigrant families across the nation are feeling even more vulnerable. This CLE will cover the impact of the pandemic on foreign medical graduates, meat processing plants and other "essential workers" on the frontline, DACA recipients, Know Your Rights, ethics issues for attorneys advising clients in light of the pandemic, and consular processing updates.

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  • Immigration Law
Racial Trauma in Communities and Individuals | Increase Your Awareness - Increase Your Effectiveness

1.5 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits

Providing competent legal representation to all clients, including pro bono clients, goes beyond mastering the substantive law and administrative procedures. A fully proficient attorney meets the client where they are at and understands racial trauma and challenges that black and indigenous people of color (BIPOC) face in the US legal system and society at large. Join us for a question-and-answer session with Resmaa Menakem, Minnesota resident, national speaker, and author of My Grandmother’s Hands, on the topic of pro bono representation within the realm of transformational change and understanding racialized trauma. Hamra Ahmad, Director of Law & Policy at HerJustice, will follow with a presentation that aims to provide practical tools for lawyers to address challenges faced by people living in poverty and to recognize the strengths and positive attributes that clients bring to the attorney-client relationship.  The panel will be moderated by Sharon Sayles Belton from Thomson Reuters.

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Remembering Fredrick L. McGhee, Minnesota's First African American Attorney

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In Celebration of Black History Month, this program is co-sponsored by the RCBA, HCBA and MSBA New Lawyers Sections in Partnership with The Givens Foundation for African American Literature
Fredrick McGhee was and is the only major Minnesota public figure born in slavery; the first locally-famous African American; and still the greatest of Minnesota civil rights leaders.

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  • RCBA
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Remote Work and Employment-Based Immigration

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Remote work is now the norm for many jobs. What special considerations apply to immigrant employees who are working remotely? Can you hire someone who needs sponsorship to work remotely or on a hybrid schedule? Can F-1 visa holders with OPT authorization work remotely? How do you prepare an H-1B or PERM for a remote worker? What if they want to move or work temporarily from another remote location? What happened to itineraries and proving that remote workers are being supervised? This CLE will discuss these topics and more.

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  • Immigration Law
Restorative Justice for Youth in the 3rd District

1.0 Standard CLE Credit 

The presenters will share the history of Three Rivers Restorative Justice (TRRJ), describe how Victim Offender Conferencing (VOC) is being implemented, and look at where and how it is being used in the 3rd Judicial District.  Plans for the future will also be discussed.

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  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
Reverse Mortgages Instead of Bankruptcy and In Bankruptcy

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage - Reverse Mortgages: A Government Insured loan that provides cash flow benefits for seniors.  We will cover how it is used and myths and truths about them.

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Rules of Medical Necessity

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Health insurance has long been understood to cover most forms of "medically necessary" health care. But who gets to decide whether particular medical interventions for individual patients are indeed "medically necessary" and hence covered? In his talk, Professor Schwarcz will argue that health insurers are increasingly avoiding legal and regulatory constraints on their medical necessity determinations by altering their insurance policies to include detailed rules for what types of care they deem to be medically necessary.

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  • Health Law
Shaping the Arbitration | Pre-Hearing Management

1.0 Standard Credit

Advocates can and should begin managing an arbitration as soon as the demand has been filed.  Conferring with opposing counsel and preparing for the preliminary conference are opportunities to take advantage of arbitration’s flexibility and design the process to best meet the needs of the client.  A panel of three experienced arbitrators will discuss what advocates and arbitrators can do to shape and manage the arbitration before the evidentiary hearing.

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Sleep and Well-Being | Discussing the importance of sleep, its impact on performance, and how to manage workloads

1.0 Standard CLE Credits

How do we promote our own well-being and improve performance? And how do we set boundaries with clients and co-workers to make this possible? Learn the latest from the fields of neuroscience and neuro-management about the power of sleep and oxytocin (the trust molecule). Our panel will then discuss how to manage ourselves, set expectations with clients, co-workers, and superiors, and create a safe space to take care of our health and enhance performance.

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Strategies for Working with Clients with Mental Illness

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This presentation will discuss how to help clients tell their stories, how to get clients and providers to cooperate, talk about difficult mental health cases and secondary trauma, as well as share their experiences in presenting mental health cases to Administrative Law Judges (ALJs).

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  • Family Law
  • Public Law
Supported Decision Making for Attorneys

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Join social worker, Anita Raymond, and attorney, John Kantke, for a closer look at supported decision making.  John and Anita will break down supported decision making looking at forms and case studies to illustrate options. 

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  • Family Law
Technology and the Future of our Elections

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In our ever-connected world, technology plays a deeper role in elections than many would imagine. Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon will discuss an array of technological issues that have implications for our free and fair elections, especially in the context of security, accessibility, and election administration.

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  • Technology
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That Is Why They Call It Practicing Law

1.0 Standard CLE Credit 

Attorney David Kempston has been practicing law for 25 years. Early on in his practice, he was introduced to the idea of providing clients with superior customer service. Over the years, he learned that providing excellent service means focusing on the client relationship. This focus results in an ethical and effective practice.

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  • Practice Management
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The “Multiple Hats” Conundrum | Attorney-Client Privilege for In-House and Government Attorneys

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

Lawyers practicing in-house or for the government face particular challenges – you’re seen as a confidant, an advisor, and a business partner.  The easy and daily access to the legal department also increases the ability to develop friendships with the people in your organization.

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  • Ethics
  • Health Law
The 2021 Stimulus Package - PPP│EIDL│ERTC - Forgiveness and Audits and Who Gets More Money

1.0 Standard CLE Credit 

On December 27, President Trump signed the Economic Aid Act. This Act modified the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) program, as well as making significant and important changes to many other relief initiatives, including the EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) and the availability of the ERTC (Employee Retention Tax Credit).  For small firms, or solo practitioners, these changes, coupled with new guidance on how the SBA will be dealing with PPP forgiveness going forward, can be a lifeline for both you and your client.  Join Dady & Gardner’s Ron Gardner for a program that will dive into the specifics of these changes to help you determine if you (or any of your clients) are eligible for any of this new economic aid.  Ron will also take questions to help as you navigate these programs.

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The Basics of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects websites and other online platforms from liability for a wide range of user-generated content.  This program provides an overview of the history of the statute, and examines how courts have applied it over the past 26 years.

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  • Technology
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The Closing Statement

1.0 Standard CLE credit

This program was presented as part of a series of programs in preparation for the Real Property Certification Exam.

The Closing Statement is an integral part of all real estate transactions. It is the financial bridge between the parties to a transaction and their agreements.

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The Cold Shoulder of Loveless | turning its back on law-abiding industrial hemp and CBD businesses

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Join this panel presentation to learn about the Loveless a/k/a “leafy green” decision, the critical legal issues involved and their far-reaching impact on the Minnesota industrial hemp and retail CBD industries, including the potentially significant adverse economic fallout. You will also learn about efforts to curtail these impacts via an appeal of Loveless to the Minnesota Supreme Court and potential legislation from attorneys, an author of corrective legislation, and an industry CEO.

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  • Business Law
The Farm Cooperative Antitrust Exemption Under the Capper-Volstead Act

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This program is co-sponsored by the MSBA Antitrust Law Section and the MSBA Agricultural and Rural Law Section

The Capper-Volstead Cooperative Marketing Associations Act gives farm cooperatives a limited exemption from federal antitrust liability. Aaron Gott and Luke Hasskamp of antitrust boutique firm Bona Law will discuss the history and scope of the Act, outline the risks that farm cooperatives face despite the exemption, and best practices for lawyers representing clients who are members of farm cooperatives, are farm cooperatives, or compete with farm cooperatives.

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  • antitrust
The First 90 Days of Being In-House Corporate Counsel

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Hear from a panel of current general counsel and corporate counsel about their experiences and advice regarding being in-house counsel and their first 90 days. The panel will cover tips for surviving and thriving as new in-house corporate counsel as well as best practices and ways to improve performance. This is a great opportunity for law graduates, in-house counsel and private practice attorneys to learn more about the various challenges and successes that attorneys have experienced when moving in-house.

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  • Business Law
The Future of Natural Gas in Minnesota

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This program will focus on recent developments in the natural gas industry, especially around new legislation and studies that focus on what’s next for Minnesota’s natural gas utilities as they take steps to address greenhouse gas emissions in the gas system. Hear from utility representatives and policy experts as they discuss different technologies and policies that could shape this future.

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  • Environment and Natural Resources Law
  • Public Law
The Life and Legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s career as a litigator and her decades of service on the Supreme Court shaped the law and our lives. Join us for this review of Justice Ginsburg’s legal legacy from a number of angles. Our presenters will also discuss the upcoming confirmation process—what we know about it, and what to expect.

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  • Appellate Practice
The Minnesota Appellate Courts Strengthen Employee Protections

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In several cases over the last year, the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals reinforced and expended protections for Minnesota employees. These opinions touch on the frequently litigated areas of sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, whistleblower protections, and the regulation of wages and hours. This presentation will provide an update on these developments and discuss their implications for future litigation.

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  • Appellate Practice
  • Employment and Labor Law
The New Workplace | Remote Working Policies

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

If you work out of your bedroom, you might spend something like 20 hours a day in the same room. Even if you don’t, working from home during the pandemic, with kids, extended family, and pets, has all but erased the separation we normally expect between our work and our personal lives. Join us to learn what experts and industry leaders have recommended (and adopted in their own lives) to maintain work-life balance and achieve best practices.

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  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Public Law
The Path to Lawyer Well-Being | Practical Recommendations for Positive Change

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

This groundbreaking and comprehensive report, released in August 2017, was created by a coalition of entities from the American Bar Association and throughout the profession. It contains 44 recommendations for 7 groups of stakeholders along with an action plan, and has been the basis of many more initiatives to reduce stigma and bias regarding seeking help for serious mental health issues.

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  • Elimination of Bias
  • Wellness
The Rules They Are a Changin’ | A Discussion of the Proposed Rules and Forms Amendments

1.0 Standard CLE Credit 

This presentation will cover the proposed restyling of and amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure ahead of the February 16, 2021 deadline for submitting public comments. We will summarize the restyling and highlight all pertinent amendments including the proposed rule changes relating to the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019.

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  • Bankruptcy
Things You Need to Know about Medical Cannabis and CBD Regulation in MN

1.0 Standard CLE Credit 

An overview of Minnesota’s medical cannabis program will be provided and include who is eligible, how to register, what conditions qualify, and what medications are available.

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  • Public Law
  • Health Law
Tips and Tricks for Successful Environmental Appeals

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Over the last year, Minnesota’s appellate courts have heard and decided a series of high-profile administrative environmental appeals. From building the record and obtaining a writ, to briefing and oral arguments addressing complicated expert reports and environmental studies, environmental appeals present numerous potential pitfalls for litigants. In this one-hour CLE, experts in environmental appeals provide tips and tricks to successfully navigate environmental appeals.

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  • Appellate Practice
  • Environment and Natural Resources Law
Tips for Practicing in Immigration Court

1.0 Standard CLE Credits

The CLE will discuss what Judges like/don’t like in filings, resources they recommend for attorneys to look at, current law case that attorneys should be aware of and government MEMOs.

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  • Immigration Law
Title Standards, White Pages and Survey Guidelines

2.0 Standard CLE Credits

This program was presented as part of a series of programs in preparation for the Real Property Certification Exam. 

This course is essentially two separate topics covered in one course.  The Title Standards and White Pages portion of this course will identify title issues and what documents are needed to support a real estate transaction. 

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To Zoom or Not to Zoom | A Judicial Update on Handling Civil Cases Now and in a Post-Covid World

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

A Panel Discussion of Minnesota State Trial Court Judges from the Metro Area and Greater Minnesota about the handling of current civil court cases and plans for the future, including handling and scheduling of trials and pre-trial hearings with a view to the future.  The Panel will discuss what current Covid practices, such as zoom hearings, are likely to continue into the future, and the implications of the practices.

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Top 10 Issues in the Consolidated Appropriations Act that May Give Health Plan Attorneys a Migraine

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In David Letterman-style, an overview of the top 10 legal issues in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 that present interesting legal issues for health plan attorneys. 

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Top 10 Tech Law Developments

1.0 Standard CLE credit

What are some of the most important technology law developments over the past year? Notable lawsuits and legislation span areas that include privacy, autonomous vehicles, social media, copyright, patents, trademarks, security, licensing, and biometrics. A technology litigator with experience in cybersecurity, computer forensics, and legal technology will discuss the evolving tech law landscape, as well as trends that will likely continue to affect tech clients and their lawyers in the coming year.

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  • Technology
  • Practice Management & Marketing
Trauma Informed Advocacy for Family Law Attorneys

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This course provides a primer on what we mean when we say trauma, examples of how trauma may appear in family court cases, and what family law lawyers can do to assist clients with trauma.

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Two Butterflies Walked into a Bar

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

A brief exploration of the bars to be taken seriously that butterflies encounter. 

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  • Environment and Natural Resources Law
U.S. Immigration in COVID-19 | Options and Solutions for Employers and Employees

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The economic recovery in the pandemic has caused significant strain for employers in search of key talent.  The U.S. government's response to COVID-19 has erected an array of barriers to sourcing their talent including evolving legal barriers to travel and administrative processing barriers.  Tune in as Scott Borene and George Maxwell discuss everything from common options and solutions for employers in search of talent including the current and upcoming H1B lottery as well as the impact on those options of the most recent October 25th Presidential Proclamation and CDC order on international travel to the United States, which will go into effect on November 8th, 2021.

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  • Employment and Labor Law
Unbundled Practice | Ethical and Practical Considerations in Providing Limited Scope Legal Services

1.5 Standard and 1.0 Ethics CLE Credits

In 2018, the HCBA/MSBA/RCBA joined together to spearhead the Minnesota Unbundled Law Project to provide potential clients with easily accessible referrals to attorneys interested in providing unbundled/limited scope representation through a central website, mnunbundled.org. Potential clients select the relevant area of law and county in their search parameters. Attorneys receive referrals from the project website and agree to report back on the outcome of their referrals.

This session satisfies the training process to be eligible to participate on the roster. In addition to the training, participants will be provided with a Handbook containing helpful tools for implementing this type of practice area in an efficient and ethical manner.  Topics covered in this CLE include ethics and insurance, developing an effective business model and practical tips on how to build an efficient, lucrative practice that includes limited scope services.

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  • Practice Management
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Using Genomics in Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Genetic data has already transformed criminal forensics, paternity disputes, and pathogen tracking. Environmental and tort litigation are next, and the impacts will be even more profound.  Change is arriving rapidly because of the flood of data generated regarding genes and cancer, and the power of machine learning and AI to spot patterns that humans could never find. 

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  • Environment and Natural Resources Law
Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Self-Care in the Legal Profession

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Lawyers are in the only profession where members regularly deal with traumatized clients but seldom talk about the effect that trauma can have on them. This program will discuss types of trauma, the impact of others’ trauma, our risks, and what to watch for. Participants will learn self-care techniques that will lessen the impact of our exposure to trauma and help us to develop resilience. Information on resources available to all Minnesota lawyers is provided.

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  • Wellness
  • Family Law
What Construction Lawyers Need To Know About The ADA And Other Accessibility Laws

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

All construction projects must comply with ADA Standards.  This course will provide an overview of ADA codes, laws, and standards for construction and remodeling. This course will address hot topics in ADA compliance, and what lawyers should be looking for in drawings, contracts and specifications.

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What the DRO?!? What every family law attorney needs to know about dividing retirement plans

1.0 Standard Credit

Qualified retirement plans are one of your client’s most valuable assets; however, many divorce professionals avoid them like the plague. In fact, would you rather have a root canal than deal with a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO)? Well, you are in luck. This presentation will provide an overview of the most common retirement plan issues divorce professionals encounter in a dissolution action. We will attempt to demystify some common obstacles to effectively managing QDROS by addressing topics such as:
• Loans
• Valuation
• Equalizing multiple retirement plans
• Taxes
• And more!

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What’s Happening at FDA and USDA? Regulatory Updates and Enforcement Priorities in Food Law

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In-house and private practitioners offer their insights on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture’s current priorities in food law. They will provide updates on new regulations, anticipated regulations, and enforcement priorities for food products, including FDA’s Closer to Zero action plan to reduce toxic elements in food products, its proposed Rule for Food Traceability, updates on the FDA and USDA’s rule-making for cell-cultured animal and seafood products, and more.

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  • Health Law
When Your Client is Impaired

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

Lawyers often see clients who appear to be suffering from substance misuse, addiction, or other impairments.  While it is not our job to diagnose, what is our role, responsibility, and opportunity? How do our biases govern our actions and behaviors?  What if the issue is not with a client but with a colleague?  The answers are seldom simple. This program will provide an ethical framework for lawyers facing these questions in addition to practical guidance and resources.

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  • Ethics
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Where do NFTs intersect with the LAW?

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Jacob Martin aka @thenftattorney (twitter handle) will walk through a few specific fields of law as applied to NFTs at the intersection of Blockchain, entertainment, IP, securities, and tax issues.

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Who We Are and What We Do | Civil Legal Services in Minnesota

1.0 Standard CLE Credit 

Four legal aid attorneys will talk about civil legal aid in Minnesota:
How services are coordinated, what services are offered, and who is eligible. The attorneys will offer an overview of civil legal aid in the state and then talk specifically about each of their four programs.
 
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  • New Lawyer Essentials
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Who’s the Boss? The ever-shifting landscape of independent contractors, misclassification and joint employers

1.0 Standard CLE Credits

Join us as we discuss the most relevant and important changes in these areas to date and how to anticipate changes in the future.

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  • Employment and Labor Law
Working with Guardians ad Litem in Family Court

1.0 Standard CLE credit

Join us to hear a discussion (incl. Q&A) with current Guardians ad Litem (GAL) working in family court.  There will be GAL representatives to offer varying contexts and perspectives to the work currently being done.

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Workplace Disability Accommodations in the time of COVID-19