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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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Avoiding Trust Issues

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Join the Family Law Sections of the Hennepin and Ramsey Bar Counties as they discuss updates to child support law. 

An overview of Trust management and how to keep your client out of court.  A primer for your first Trust, as well as a prudent reminder for experienced practitioners on avoiding breaches of fiduciary duty by your client.

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  • Probate and Trust
Bartenders Wanted | Women Need Not Apply

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

In the early 1940s, Clara Anderson worked as a bartender at a local hotel until the St. Paul City Council enacted an ordinance barring women from working behind the bar as men returned from World War II. Rather than lose her job to a man, Anderson went to court. Her battle lasted three years and involved one tenacious lawyer and nine judges along the way. Ramsey County District Court Judge John Guthmann accidentally discovered this long-forgotten case when conducting research for a judicial portrait dedication at the Ramsey County Law Library. 

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  • RCBA
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Bob Ross’ Painting Mistakes are Happy Accidents | Attorney Mistakes Are Not | Referee Olson’s Landscape View from the Bench

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This is not a paint-by-the-numbers lesson in probate, but it will help even the most experienced probate attorney file a matter that is a flawless work of art.  As Bob Ross might have said if he were a lawyer, “Anyone can file an almighty filing!”

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Building an Estate Planning Practice | Practical Insights from a Panel of Experienced Estate Planners

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

For attorneys contemplating opening an estate planning practice or expanding your practice areas to include estate planning.  Learn from this panel of highly experienced estate planning attorneys about the business side of starting and sustaining a practice, as well as some substantive topics that attorneys new to this area of the law need to know.

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Child Support | A Preview of Upcoming Changes

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Join the Family Law Sections of the Hennepin and Ramsey Bar Counties as they discuss updates to child support law. 

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  • Family Law
Deathbed Conversations and the Attorney’s Moral and Ethical Responsibilities

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

Most estate planning attorneys will eventually find themselves working with a client who is at the end of their life.  Although estate planners are experts in the matters of post-death business, many attorneys find it uncomfortable to discuss death itself.  Failing to be an effective communicator regarding this topic can inhibit the attorney-client relationship. Further, working with clients at the end of their life can pose unique ethical considerations.

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Easements 101

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Basics about easements: What are they? How do they work? Best practices, tips, and tricks. 

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Easy Time, Billing, and Accounting Options

1.5 Standard CLE Credits

It’s no mystery that law firms need software to run their business – to store data, manage workflow, avoid conflicts, and serve their clients. The problems faced by most law firms is that there is no time to find the right software, it is difficult to determine which features are valuable to your team and clients, and the number of options out there often keep firms from making a decision. In this webinar, we will demonstrate how to navigate the features in several time, billing & accounting programs – giving legal professionals a jump start on the research they should be doing before picking a product for their firm.

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Estate Planning for Family Law Attorneys

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This presentation will provide an estate planning overview for family law attorneys, highlighting concerns that arise in divorce and/or custody cases for which estate planning approaches or tools may be beneficial. 

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  • Estate and Probate Law
  • Family Law
Estate Planning for the Estate Planning Attorney | Solo and Small Firm Succession Stories and Strategies

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Are you a solo/small practitioner interested in learning how to properly transition out of practice or plan for succession? Or are you interested in acquiring a firm from a solo/small practitioner?  Do you work with other attorneys and handle probate/estate administration or business transactions?  This CLE panel will cover planning tips, probate pitfalls, ethical obligations and succession woes about winding up or transferring a practice upon the retirement or death of a solo/small practitioner.  All of us use different software, niches within our practice areas, work alone or hire full-time permanent or contract employees, and manage our cases in different ways.  When an emergency happens to the managing attorney taking care of the day-to-day firm tasks, someone has to step in and figure it out!  Take a break from helping your clients plan for the future, and join us for a discussion on planning for your own.

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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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Face-off | Debate on 50/50 Parenting Time Presumptions

1.0 Standard CLE Credits

Understanding the nuances of parenting time presumptions through a debate on the topic. Michael Boulette and Samantha Gemberling will each take a position in arguing the benefits and disadvantages of a 50/50 parenting time presumption.     

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Great Minds Think Differently

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

One of our greatest strengths is the diversity of how our brains think and how we each approach and experience the world around us. Neurodiversity celebrates that strength and diversity among all of us, including those who have cognitive differences such as autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and mental health disabilities. This CLE will dive into the concept of neurodiversity, and how we can accept and support our clients, friends, family members, and colleagues who think differently.

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Grounding Your Practice in Wellness | Bringing Your Best Self

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The demands of our practice can bring us out of balance. During this session we will talk about simple ways to right yourself and right your legal practice.

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Growing Your Practice, Making Partner | A Professional Development Panel Discussion

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Join our panel as they discuss how to grow your practice and become partner. Our panelists will share their own experiences of professional development and offer advice for what should be top of mind for new lawyers as they look to expand their business and reach partner.

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Identifying Tax Impacts for Planning, Administering, Litigating, and Settling Estates

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Overlooking certain tax issues could create a monster in the closet! Scott Ruhsam will help you understand the tax issues that come into play when you are drafting a client’s estate plan which thereafter flows and interplays with the administration of a trust or estate. In addition, Scott will outline the importance of the tax perspective during settlement options in estate and trust litigation…because no one wants the tax issue to come back and haunt them! 

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Immediate Responses to Criminal Law Questions

1.5 Standard CLE Credits

Hear from two criminal law practitioners about how to respond to calls with criminal law inquiries, before you even refer the caller/client to a criminal law attorney. What to advise when someone calls with “Do I take the test?” in a DWI situation, including criminal and civil impacts of different responses. What to respond when someone calls about being questioned by police, and how to respond to calls about police searches (house/apartment/office/car), touching on constitutional protections, search warrants, and consent. 

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Introduction to the Indian Child Welfare Act | Policy, Practice and Perspectives

2.0 Standard CLE Credits

The presentation examines the intergenerational trauma of federal American Indian policies that led to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). It also explores current policies and practices that impact Indian child welfare and their influence on the relational experience with the American Indian children and families we serve. We will hear perspectives from practitioners and the bench that illustrate the nuances of policy and practice.

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  • Family Law
  • Tribal Law
Irrevocable Trusts After Geyen

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Effective July 1, 2005, the State of Minnesota passed a Statute which stated that all irrevocable trusts will be deemed revocable when a person applies for Medical Assistance (originally codified as Minn. Stat. § 501B.895 and recodified as § 501C.1206 with the adoption of the Uniform Trust Code in 2016).  This effectively eliminated the ability, in the State of Minnesota, to use irrevocable trusts to shelter assets from being counted in a Medical Assistance eligibility determination, even if such trust was created and funded prior to the look-back period for uncompensated transfers. 

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Is Your Access to Justice the Same as Mine? Cultural Considerations in Handling Family Court Cases involving Domestic Violence

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

As part of a Justice for Families grant, Hennepin County Family Court conducted multi-cultural listening sessions with the goal of creating a more culturally responsive legal system for all communities struggling with domestic violence. This program will share feedback obtained from those sessions about current gaps, barriers and needs in the legal process for those experiencing domestic violence in family court cases; and will discuss the process of developing and holding those listening sessions and its replicability in other communities around the State. 

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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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Law Day CLE | Reconsidering Criminal Justice After the Death of George Floyd

1.25 Elimination of Bias CLE credits

The death of George Floyd nearly a year ago shook the nation and the world. Among other things, it re-focused criminal law reformers on the continuing problems of racial disparities, over-incarceration, and the relationship between the police and the communities they serve. Mark Osler, a former federal prosecutor and reform advocate who teaches at the University of St. Thomas, will talk about these swirling currents and what might come next.

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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
Making the Estate Planning Process Accessible for Older Clients with Vision and Hearing Loss

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit 

As people age, the number of people who experience significant age-related hearing and vision loss increases: almost 50% of people over 70 have significant hearing loss and about 12% have significant vision loss. With an understanding of what our senior clients are experiencing, and what you can do to assist them, you can improve the quality of service you provide, and help reduce frustration in the estate planning process. 

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New Lawyers Section Pro Bono Eviction Expungement Training

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Join the RCBA New Lawyers for their annual volunteer event in March.  This year we are switching to a volunteer event more related to the legal community, providing pro bono legal advice to low income clients seeking eviction expungements. The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis have impacted low income Minnesotans in large numbers. Helping someone expunge an eviction from their records can make a big difference in their life, helping them find safe and affordable housing.

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New Strategies to Qualify for Medicaid

1.0 Standard Credit

New Strategies to Qualify for Medicaid: Irrevocable Trusts, Annuities, and Re-establishing Eligibility Post-COVID. Come learn about what recent and upcoming changes in MN Medicaid law mean for your clients, and loved ones. Become an up to date issue spotter for seniors and persons with disabilities who are concerned about the cost of long term care, or are already on Medicaid.

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  • Family Law
  • Probate and Trust
Nonmarital Issues in Divorce

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Understand financial aspects of martial dissolutions is critical. This presentation will cover old and new nonmarital issues in divorce and provide examples of nonmarital tracing for different assets.

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Overcoming Pro Bono Imposter Syndrome

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Surveys tell us that one of the primary reasons attorneys don’t do pro bono work is due to a lack of expertise in the subject matter. How can you overcome the knowledge barrier? Hear from pro bono advocates and experienced attorneys who practice substantive areas outside of their pro bono work and learn how you can tackle the pro bono imposter syndrome to help break down barriers for those in need of legal help.

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Passing the Torch | Estate Planning Considerations for the Small Business Owner

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Small business owners face unique estate planning challenges. Issues of incapacity, the transfer of property, and family harmony can be further complicated when the family business is the primary asset. This CLE examines the tools available to the estate planning attorney when working with a small business owner. 

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PR Problems for the PR’s Attorney | Legal Ethics in Probate and Trust Representations

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

Karin Ciano and Jennifer Peterson of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility welcome your questions in advance of their CLE on avoiding ethical pitfalls in probate and trust planning, administration, and litigation.  This Q&A session will help you mind your Ps and Qs under the PR rules so you can get back to focusing on your PR clients ASAP.

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Primer on Partition

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This presentation will deal with the basics of conducting a partition action. When partition can be brought, necessary property interests. Property which is subject to partition. Elements of the partition complaint and defenses thereto. Methods of partition, in kind or by sale. Conducting a partition by sale.

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Real Estate Legislative Update

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

What happened at the legislature this year in real estate area, including tolling of statutes of limitation and the possible $25 soil and water district surcharge on deed and mortgage recordings.

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Recent SCOTUS Decisions on Gun Control and Miranda Rights Explained

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

On the heels of recent SCOTUS decisions regarding Miranda, firearms, and/or other rulings that impact the practice of Criminal law, this CLE hopes to offer clarification on what has actually changed, what has not, and what is yet to be seen. The Criminal Law Section and the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL ) is co-hosting this timely presentation.

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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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Role of a Family Court Guardian ad Litem

1.0 Standard CLE Credits 

This program will discuss the following with time for Q&A:

    • History and current status of Family Court Guardian ad Litem program
    • Volunteers vs. State employees
    • Qualifications of a State employee GAL
    • Mandatory vs. permissive appointments
    • Appointment process
    • Post-appointment process
    • GAL Rules

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Starting, Surviving and Thriving With Your Solo Family Law Practice

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Whether you are considering hanging out your own shingle or have an established solo firm, the practice of family law can be particularly wild and unpredictable.  Attorneys Cathleen Sykes and Jill Meyer share tips and strategies for starting a solo family law practice (in a pandemic!), balancing administrative duties with paying client work, and maintaining your sanity without large firm resources at your disposal.

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Tax Issues Relating to Sole Proprietors and Small Law Firms

1.5 Standard CLE Credits

Learn about current tax topics important for sole proprietors and small law firms, including business structure/entity selection; sales tax issues and common questions; income tax filing issues; retirement planning options and reporting; and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) accounting and taxation.

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The Nimble Law Practice

1.5 Ethics CLE Credit

Successful solo and small firms need to be nimble in order to manage variations in workload, supplement expertise or skill sets, deliver excellent and cost-effective legal services, build and maintain a consistent client base, and be resilient in challenging times. This practical program will explore how the Rules of Professional Conduct apply to and promote the nimble law practice. 

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The Risks and Dangers of Social Media

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

As technology has grown to be an everyday tool for communication, education, and entertainment, social media has become a nexus for our online lives. As such, family law professionals working with survivors of online harassment/cyberstalking must understand the risks of social media and the harmful roles it can play. In this interactive course, you will do a deep-dive into how social media is used to harass, monitor, and
threaten survivors. You will explore smart phone technology, location apps, and both ubiquitous and niche social networking sites.

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  • Family Law
  • Technology
The Successful Probate Mediation

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Join us for a presentation discussing the following: 
* Selecting the right mediator; 
* Tips for preparing your client for mediation;
* Negotiating like you actually want to settle;
* How even a failed mediation can prepare you for trial;
* Pulling a settlement out of the mediator’s hat.

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The View from the Bench

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Hear directly from Ramsey County Probate Court Referee Olson about current issues, and answers to your questions about probate practice in the current environment.

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  • Trust & Estates
Toward a More Perfect Union | The Constitution in Times of Change

1.0 Standard CLE Credit


A Celebration of Law Day | The Legacy of Roe v. Wade


The Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade holding that a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion is a fundamental constitutional right has been continuously questioned. Subsequent decisions have weakened Roe, including the Court’s 1992 in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, although the Court did reaffirm Roe’s central holding that a woman has a fundamental right to choose to have an abortion prior to viability. This term, the Court heard arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which directly presents with the issue of whether Roe should be overruled. This program will explore the implications the forthcoming decision in the case.

This program was presented in collaboration with the Ramsey County Law Library and in celebration of Law Day.

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  • Public Law
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What is a Creditor Claim Anyways? Tips, Traps and Tribulations of Estate and Trust Creditor Claims

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Joshua Hillger will explain the ins and outs of “claims” in an estate administration.  This CLE will help you gain a clearer understanding of how to advise a Personal Representative who is dealing with a claim against an estate, and learn about some options for the situations when the estate doesn’t have enough money to pay a claim or you believe the PR needs to challenge a claim in an estate. So, stop spinning your wheels and find a solution for those challenging administrations!

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Would We Free Britney? Minnesota Guardianship Law and the Conservatorship of Britney Spears

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

A panel discussion of the troubling and notorious case of the Conservatorship of Britney Spears by three professionals specializing in incapacity planning, guardianships and conservatorships. Minnesota is held out as a model for being protective of the rights of persons subject to guardianship and conservatorship. This circus would never happen here – or would it? 

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You Don’t (or Don’t Have to) Do This For Free

1.25 Standard CLE Credit

How to practice law AND get paid as a solo practitioner or small firm.  We will provide practical tips from A to Pay on how to assess potential clients, draft your representation agreement, stay on top of receipt of payments, and know when and how to turn the matter over to collections.

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