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$29.95 MSBA MEMBERS
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Family Law CLEs

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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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  • Ethics
  • Family Law
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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  • CATEGORY
  • Appellate Practice
  • Family Law
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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  • CATEGORY
  • Appellate Practice
  • Family Law
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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  • CATEGORY
  • Appellate Practice
  • Family Law
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 Practice
  • Family Law
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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  • CATEGORY
  • Appellate Practice
  • Family Law
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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  • CATEGORY
  • Family Law
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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  • Family Law
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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  • Family Law
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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  • CATEGORY
  • Tax Law
  • Family Law
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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  • CATEGORY
  • Family Law
  • Wellness
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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  • CATEGORY
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
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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  • CATEGORY
  • Elimination of Bias
  • Family Law
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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  • Family Law
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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  • Family Law
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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  • Family Law
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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  • CATEGORY
  • Elimination of Bias
  • Family Law
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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  • Family Law
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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  • Family Law
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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  • CATEGORY
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
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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  • Family Law
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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  • Family Law
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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  • Elimination of Bias
  • Family Law
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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  • Family 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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  • CATEGORY
  • Family Law
  • Technology
  • Public Law
  • Communications 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
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
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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  • Family 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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  • CATEGORY
  • Wellness
  • Family Law
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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  • CATEGORY
  • Family 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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  • CATEGORY
  • Ethics
  • Family 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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  • CATEGORY
  • Family Law