New Lawyers Leadership Conference

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A Day of CLE Sessions, Networking, and Social Opportunities

Join us, virtually, for the New Lawyers Leadership Conference. The Conference is for up-and-coming legal professionals looking to take their careers to the next level by learning what it means to lead in and outside of the office. At this year’s conference, we will discuss tangible ways new lawyers can provide immediate assistance to the most vulnerable populations in our community, while also equipping participants with additional skills and knowledge on how to be better attorneys, advocates, and leaders. The conference also features networking, socializing, and the opportunity to engage with a variety of leaders from the Minnesota State Bar Association, Affinity Bars, and the Hennepin and Ramsey County Bar Associations. Whether you're a big law, small firm, solo, or corporate practitioner, in either the public or private sector, this is a unique opportunity to meet, network, and engage with the Minnesota legal community. 


Cost
Attorneys: $35
Law Students & New Admittees: Free

Conference Schedule

Thursday, November 18
8:30-9:00 Coffee Hour
9:00-10:00 CLE: Evictions in the COVID Era: How New Lawyers Can Make an Impact
10:15-11:45 CLE: Ten Tips for Clear and Direct Legal Writing with Ben Opipari of Persuasive Matters
12:00-12:40 Networking Opportunities
1:00-2:00 CLE: Wealth for Good
2:00-2:15 ONLY Award Presentation
2:15-3:15 CLE: Preparing for Moments of Greatness From the Start of Your Career: Chauvin Trial Prosecution Team Panel  
3:30-4:30 Social with Game Show Battle Rooms


Session 1

Evictions in the COVID Era: How New Lawyers Can Make an Impact

9:00-10:00 AM

Larry McDonough, veteran Minnesota housing attorney, will discuss the status of evictions under the Minnesota eviction transition law, the need for volunteer attorneys, and how new lawyers can assist legal aid organizations and individuals facing eviction during these uncertain times.

Presenter:

Larry McDonough | Attorney at Law and Adjunct Professor of Law | Housing Law in Minnesota

Thank you to our CLE sponsor, Minnesota CLE


Session 2

Ten Tips for Clear and Direct Legal Writing
with Ben Opipari of Persuasive Matters

10:15-11:45 AM

Ben Opipari is the founder of Persuasive Matters, where he delivers writing programs and coaching to law firms around the world to help them perfect the art of clear and direct writing. From 2006 to 2011, Ben was the writing instructor at Howrey LLP, a worldwide litigation firm. Before coming to Howrey, Ben was the director of the writing center at Colgate University, where he also taught in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric.

This seminar features 10 tips to make your legal writing, regardless of context or audience, clear and concise. Ben uses both good and not-so-good examples from inside and outside the legal world in this signature Persuasive Matters interactive seminar. You will leave this program with the ability to apply what you learned here to any type of writing.

Presenter:
Ben Opipari | Persuasive Matters

Thank you to our CLE sponsor, Sieben Edmunds Miller PLLC


Session 3

Wealth for Good

1:00-2:00 PM

Deeper Than Money is a financial literacy company founded by Chloe Elise in 2018. Chloe watched as her own life transformed after paying off $36,000 of debt and becoming debt-free at 22 years old. Seeing the impact this has had on her life, Chloe became a certified financial coach to show others how to experience that same freedom. Through coaching, self-study courses, live events, free resources, and more, Deeper Than Money teaches people from all backgrounds how to take control of their finances and change the trajectory of their lives.

In her presentation, Chloe Elise shares how to use money as a tool for good. She will walk participants through how to create a financial priority list to help you stay on track with your goals, as well as how to level up your money mindset around investing and retirement.

Presenter:
Chloe Elise | CEO & Founder | Deeper Than Money

Thank you to our CLE sponsor, Deeper Than Money


Session 4

Preparing for Moments of Greatness From The Start of Your Career: Chauvin Trial Prosecution Team Panel

2:15-3:15 PM

Members of the prosecution team for the trial of Derek Chauvin will share how their various career backgrounds prepared them to serve their community with the world watching. Panelists will share what experiences and opportunities, beginning as new lawyers, shaped them into the lawyers they are today, as well as provide advice to aspiring lawyer-leaders on how to start preparing themselves for such a pivotal, career-defining moment.

Note: There will be an opportunity to submit questions to the panelists, however, no substantive issues of the case or trial details will be discussed.

Presenters:
Jerry W. Blackwell | Founder & Chairman | Blackwell Burke P.A.
Matthew Frank | Assistant Attorney General | Office of the Minnesota Attorney General
Steve Schleicher | Partner | Maslon LLP

Thank you to our CLE sponsor, Maslon LLP 


Prizes

To highlight and uplift the BIPOC community, we are giving away gift cards and participant donations to several lucky conference attendees for BIPOC businesses and nonprofits.


Soul Bowl
Gift Card
Soul Bowl

Soul food reimagined for the urban millennial by Chef Gerard Klass
#FACE
Gift Card
#FACE

Skin Care - Waxing - Lashes
Black Immigrant Collective    
Donation
Black Immigrant Collective
A Black-led immigrant organization working at the intersection of Blackness and immigration

Tabitha Brown
Gift Card
Tabitha Brown
Illustrations and Prints
Blk&Bold
Gift Card
BLK & Bold
Coffee favoring bold flavors, and the brand donates 5% of sales to supporting at-risk youth
Owamni by The Sioux Chef
Gift Card
Owamni by The Sioux Chef

Experience the true flavors of North America, featuring foods of Mni Sota Makoce, Land Where the Waters Reflect the Clouds


612 Jungle
Gift Card
612 Jungle
The First and Only Hip Hop Yoga Studio in Minneapolis
All Square
Gift Card
All Square
A nonprofit social enterprise that invests formerly incarcerated leaders through a 12-month fellowship anchored in mental health, wealth, and entrepreneurship
Native Governance Center  
Donation
Native Governance Center
A Native-led nonprofit organization that serves Native nations in Mni Sota Makoce, North Dakota, and South Dakota



Center for Economic Inclusion
Donation
Center for Economic Inclusion

The nation's first organization exclusively dedicated to advancing economic inclusion across all sectors in a major metropolitan area

Ade Ogbomo
Gift Card
Ade Ogbomo

African Fabric Ties, Bowties and Headwraps

Pow Wow Grounds
Gift Card
Pow Wow Grounds
Caffeinating and feeding the American Indian community in Minneapolis since 2010

Trio Plant-Based
Gift Card
Trio Plant-Based
100% Plant-Based Soul Food
Scout
Gift Card
Scout
Handsome Apparel & Gifts

Birchbark Books & Native Arts
Gift Card
Birchbark Books & Native Arts
Birchbark Books provides a locus for Native intellectual life.


Cafe con Libros
Gift Card
Cafe Con Libros
An intersectional Feminist community bookstore and coffee shop
Soul Fu  
Gift Card
Soul Fu
Southeast Asian Fusion located within North Loop Galley in Minneaopolis


Breaking Bread Cafe
Gift Card
Breaking Bread Cafe
Breaking Bread directly supports Appetite For Change, a community-led nonprofit using food as a tool to build health, wealth, and social change


Thank you to our 
Conference Sponsors

Deeper than Money 

Maslon LLP 

Minnesota CLE

Sieben Edmunds Miller

Benchmark Reporting Agency

Minnesota Lawyers Mutual

Robins Kaplan

Sapientia

Ascheman Law