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CLE Archive

September 2009 October 2009 November 2009 December 2009 January 2010
February 2010 March 2010 April 2010 May 2010 June 2010 
September 2010 October 2010 November 2010 December 2010 January 2011
February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011
September 2011-
June 2013
September 2013      

CLE Course Credit Approval
Click here for a list of RCBA CLE courses approved for credit from January 1, 2008 through June 2010.

September 2009

ESTATES & TRUSTS SECTION
Thursday, September 10
BACK TO SCHOOL: New Laws, New Procedures & New Fees
The 2009 Legislature made significant changes to the laws affecting Estates & Trusts practitioners. We will review substantive changes to the Probate Code, Guardianships/Conservatorships, Transfer on Death Deeds, Disposition of Body Upon Death, Disclaimers, Health Care Directive Priorities, and time permitting, recent appellate decisions affecting the Estates & Trust Section.
Presented by: John P. Worrell, Hoene & Worrell, P.A.
1 standard CLE credit approved

REAL ESTATE SECTION
Tuesday, September 15
Case Histories – The Rest of the Story
Two litigators discuss their experiences of litigating a specific case through the Appellate process. Case History 1: Wensmann Realty, Inc. v. City of Eagan, eminent domain. Case History 2: Nguyen v. Hoang, application of the Statute of Frauds to a purported contract for deed.
Presented by: Chris Penwell, Siegel, Brill, Duffy & Foster, P.A. & Larry B. Stevens, Larry B. Stevens & Associates
1 standard CLE credit approved

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Wednesday, September 16
An overview of the 2009 legislative session and the governor’s unallotments, including the impact of the unallotments. Topics of interest to practitioners will be covered, including health law, court fees, business law, probate, criminal law (vulnerable adults, prostitution & sex trafficking, domestic abuse) and more. Extra bonus: Learn about federal stimulus money available for businesses, to advise your business clients.
Presented by:
Kathy Hahne, Faegre & Benson; Lloyd Grooms, Winthrop & Weinstine; Phil Carruthers, Ramsey County Attorney's Office and
Mary Jo McGuire, Consultant & Director, Learning, Law & Democracy
2 Standard CLE credits approved

OVERVIEW OF CHAPTERS 7 & 13 CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY & SELECT BUSINESS BANKRUPTCY ISSUES FROM THE CREDITOR'S PERSPECTIVE
Friday, September 18
Learn some basics about bankruptcy, to help advise your clients who are considering whether to file, or clients who find themselves as creditors in business bankruptcies. Consumer bankruptcy overview will include Chapters 7 & 13. Business bankruptcy issues will include reclamation rights/claims available to sellers of goods; assumption and rejection of unexpired commercial real estate leases; preferences and fraudulent transfers (the most common bankruptcy trustee avoidance actions); and set-off rights of creditors.
Presented by:
Ronald Lundquist, The Law Offices of Ronald J. Lundquist and Rick Salmen, Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt

2 Standard CLE credits approved

FAMILY LAW SECTION
Wednesday, September 23
Tax Tips and Traps for the Family Law Attorney
Mr. Lamey, a CPA, will provide tax tips and traps for the Family Law attorney on a wide variety of issues including dependency exemptions, the taxability of the discharge of debts, and the tax issues to consider during settlement negotiations.
Presented by: Thomas C. Lamey, CPA, Sagacity Tax & Accounting
1 standard CLE credit approved

SOLO & SMALL FIRM BREAKFAST CLE
Thursday, September 24
The Employee Free Choice Act. Is It Necessary To Effect Union Goals?
A look at the current status of the EFCA legislation and a review of a real-world unionization effort.
Presented by:
Jim Blaney, Blaney & Ledin Ltd.
1 standard CLE credit approved

PRACTICAL IMPACT OF BUDGET CUTS IN THE COURTROOM & TIPS TO MAKE YOUR COURTHOUSE PRACTICE MORE EFFICIENT
Wednesday, September 30
Budget cuts have hit our state and county in all aspects of our lives. But what do these cuts mean for each of us in practical terms? What changes need to take place in an era of decreasing staff? Come hear how the budget cuts are impacting the court system in Minnesota and specifically, in the Second Judicial District. Hear directly from our judicial leadership and from those dealing with the administration of justice in Ramsey County. Learn tips to make your courthouse practice in Ramsey County more efficient, both from courthouse administration personnel and from an attorney with significant Ramsey County practice experience.
Presented by:
Hon Eric J. Magnuson, Chief Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court; Hon. Kathleen Gearin, Chief Judge, Ramsey County District Court; Larry Dease, Ramsey County District Court Administration; Susan Segerstrom, Ramsey County Family Court Manager; Lynae Olson, Ramsey County District Court Civil Division Administration; Joe LaPlant, Ramsey County Family Court Assignment Supervisor; Joan Hackel, Kueppers, Hackel & Kueppers

2 Standard CLE credits approved

October 2009

CRIMINAL LAW SECTION
Tuesday, October 6
Forensic Examination of Computers and Cell Phones
Jeff Wold provides expert witness and computer/mobile device forensics services to the legal industry. Wold has over 25 years of experience in information technology and he has been serving the legal industry in the area of computer forensics and electronic evidence analysis since February 2002. He has extensive training in computer forensics, cell phone and PDA forensics, and information assurance.
Wold CSI has been engaged in a wide variety of cases including murder, criminal sexual misconduct, employee law, and many other criminal matters.
Presented by: Jeff Wold, Wold Consulting Services, Inc.
1 standard CLE credit approved

ESTATES & TRUSTS SECTION
Thursday, October 8
Views From the County Probate Court - Meet the Current Ramsey County Probate Court Judges & Referee
Hear views from the bench and have the opportunity to ask questions in this informal setting.
Presented by: Judge Steven D. Wheeler, Ramsey County Probate Court; Judge Marybeth Dorn, Ramsey County Probate Court; Referee Dean M. Maus, Ramsey County Probate Court
1 standard CLE credit approved

EXAMINING MINNESOTA'S NEW BAD FAITH LAW
Friday, October 9
Overview of both first and third party bad faith law in Minnesota through discussion and examples.
Presented by:
Chad Hintz, The Law Office of Chad J. Hintz and James Sherburne, Sherburne Law Offices, P.A

2 Standard CLE credits approved

REPRESENTING HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE
Tuesday, October 13
Learn how to get real relief for homeowners in foreclosure. Topics will include rescission under the federal Truth in Lending Act, challenges based on violation of the statutory foreclosure requirements, the new federal foreclosure prevention programs, and how to effectively assert claims based on unfair, deceptive, fraudulent, and unconscionable mortgage lending practices.
Presented by: Amber Hawkins, Mid-MN Legal Assistance and Jane Bowman, Housing Preservation Project
3.5 Standard CLE credits approved

COMPUTERIZED LEGAL RESEARCH - WESTLAW
Monday, October 19
Ms. Hartman will provide an overview of Westlaw computerized legal research programs with an emphasis on the needs of solo and small firm practitioners.
Presented by: Sarah Hartman J.D., Research Specialist, Government & Academic Markets, Thomson Reuters
1 law office management CLE credit approved

REAL ESTATE SECTION
Tuesday, October 20
Legislative Update
Legislative Update areas to be covered include: Real Property Section Bill; Uniform Disclaimer of Property Act; Economic Development Postponement; Marital Liens (HHS); Five Week Redemptions; Foreclosure Technical Corrections; Shoreland Lots; Mediation Veto; and Unmarried Owners Liens
Presented by: Kevin Dunlevy, Beisel & Dunlevy, P.A.
1 standard CLE credit approved

TRIAL AND DEPOSITION OBJECTIONS
Wednesday, October 21
Panel presentation on asserting and defending against objections, and objectionable behavior, at deposition and trial. Do discovery rules regarding objections favor the questioning party, the adverse party, or are they neutral? The most common deposition objections. Talking v. “curing” objections. Instructing a witness not to answer. Taking breaks – the good and the bad. Terminating a deposition. The Bully on both sides of the table. When do you contact the court regarding objections, and who bears the burden? What are “trial depositions”? Most common trial objections. Information not previously disclosed. Opinion evidence. Offers of proof. Does the judge matter?
Presented by:
Hon. William Leary, Ramsey County District Court; Patrick W. Ostergren, Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson and Paul McEllistrem, Hauer, Fargione, Love, Landy & McEllistrem

2 Standard CLE credits approved

SOLO & SMALL FIRM BREAKFAST CLE
Thursday, October 22
The Paperless Office: No More Paper Nightmare
Hear from a frequent presenter on document handling procedures for the paperless office, with real-time examples. Why go paperless? Cost savings and improving work efficiency. How a virtual office improves job satisfaction. How to go paperless. Investment and equipment recommendations. The key to document handling procedures. File management, email retention, and document searchability. Safeguards.

1 law office management CLE credit approved

PURCHASE OF HOMES Before, During and After Foreclosure
Tuesday, October 27
An overview of the issues to consider when advising residential home buyers where foreclosure is involved. Discussion will include some causes and conditions leading to the foreclosure crisis; problems with listing agreements, purchase agreements; importance of inspections, other procedures to protect buyers. Learn about St. Paul’s specific ordinances and the city’s enforcement plans.
Presented by: John D. Rice, Rice Law Firm, Chartered and Jeff Hawkins, St. Paul Department of Safety & Inspection, Vacant Buildings
2 Standard CLE credits approved

FAMILY LAW SECTION
Wednesday, October 28
Immigration: What Every Family Lawyer Should Know
Due to globalization and the presence of a diverse, immigrant population in the State of Minnesota, family law practitioners are finding an increasing overlap in the areas of immigration and family law. This CLE is intended to generally assist the family law practitioner, who has little to no knowledge of immigration law, in understanding and assessing the common issues that may arise and cross-intersect with their immigrant clients, partners, and family members. In this one-hour presentation, attendees will be provided a brief overview and course materials on fiance visas; marriage visas; how the immigration status of a client can affect a marriage or dissolution process; affidavits of support; immigration waivers; benefits of obtaining a green card/U.S. Citizenship; conditional residency; domestic abuse; and intra-country adoption.
Presented by: L. Elizabeth Tolzmann, Tolzmann and Hemminger, LLP and Erin Swaab Nordell, Staff Attorney, St. Cloud Area Legal Services
1 standard CLE credit approved

COMPUTERIZED LEGAL RESEARCH: LEXIS
Co-sponsored by the Ramsey County Law Library and the RCBA
Thursday, October 29
Ms. Lahammer will provide an overview of Lexis computerized legal research programs with an emphasis on the needs of solo and small firm practitioners.
Presented by: Peggy Lahammer, Esq., Research Attorney, LexisNexis
1 law office management CLE credit approved

November 2009

BASICS OF PROBATE ADMINISTRATION
Friday, November 6
This CLE will cover basics of preparing a probate administration case and tips to efficiently manage the process.
Preparing Your Case, will be a discussion of the various types of probate proceedings: Informal, Formal Unsupervised, Formal Supervised, Summary Administration, Ancillary Proceedings, and Decree of Descent. The focus will be on what factors to consider when deciding which type of proceeding should be used, and what information is needed to present to the court. Creditors claims and issues unique to claims will also be discussed, along with ethical considerations for attorneys and personal representatives.
Keeping it all Straight will include practical tips on how to conduct the initial interview with your client, determining and docketing important dates and deadlines, creating and keeping checklists of administration tasks, and protecting your client from liability and yourself from malpractice.
Presented by:
Dean Maus, Ramsey County Probate Court Referee and Barbara Kristiansson, Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt
3 Standard CLE credits approved

FAMILY LAW SECTION
Wednesday, November 18
Effect of Short Sales & Foreclosures on Family Law Matters
Overview of the effect of short sales and foreclosures on people’s credit, and an explanation of the process involved in short sales, with an emphasis on how these situations impact family law matters.
Presented by: Jarrod Peterson, Real Estate Consultant, Edina Realty; Al Coleman, MN Mortgage Specialist, Mortgages Unlimited; and Jeffrey O’Brien, Partner, Mansfield Tanick & Cohen
1 Standard CLE credit approved

HOT TOPICS IN HEALTH LAW
Wednesday, November 18
Hot topics in health law will include:
• Medicare Reimbursement of Nursing Home Expenses and End of Life Issues
• Palliative Care Issues
• Update on Health Reform -- what it means for the consumer and practitioner
Presented by: Lucinda Jesson, Director, Health Law Institute & Associate Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law; A. Kimberley Dayton, Director, Center for Elder Justice and Policy, William Mitchell College of Law; & Katrina Angela Pagonis, Assistant Professor, Hamline University School of Law
2 Standard CLE credits approved

CUSTODY LAW FROM START TO FINISH
Friday, November 20
The presenters will entertain and inform you with a role-play. A new attorney, played by Ms. Van Ert and Ms. Billings, asks a senior attorney for guidance on a case that presents intricate family law issues. Thomas Tuft and Scott Rodman will play the senior attorney. The role-play will cover various aspects of custody, including the statutory custody factors, custody evaluations and third party custody. Additional topics include temporary relief, relocation, interstate issues, special needs children, modification, probate issues and multiple alternative dispute resolution methods
Presented by: Thomas Tuft, Scott M. Rodman, Letty M-S Van Ert, and Nicole E. Billings, all of Tuft & Arnold PLLC
2 Standard CLE credits approved

December 2009

SOLO & SMALL FIRM BREAKFAST CLE
Thursday, December 3
The 2 a.m. DUI Phone Call: What Do You Do?
1 Standard CLE credit approved

CHILD SUPPORT: UPDATE AND REVIEW OF THE NEW STATUTE
Tuesday, December 8
An updated of developments in the new child support statute that was implemented in 2007. We will discuss case law, magistrates' experinces, and reactions from attorneys thus far.
Presented by: James Brinegar, Child Support Magistrate, 4th & 10th Judicial Districts of Minnesota
2 Standard CLE credits approved

REAL ESTATE SECTION
Tuesday, December 15
Tax Issues Related to Real Estate
This session will focus on basic rules governing life estates, the new debt forgiveness rules relating to the mortgage crisis and other tax-related topics that affect real estate transactions.
Presented by: Bryan Jamison, Jamison & Jamison, PA
1 Standard CLE credit approved

FAMILY LAW SECTION
Wednesday, December 16
Understanding Division of Property for Retirement Benefits Awarded from CSRS and FERS Pensions and TSP Accounts
Presented by: Mary Kate Kelley-Scheidler, Carpe Diem Legal Services
1 Standard CLE credit approved

SUPREME COURT & COURT OF APPEALS UPDATE
Wednesday, December 16
Overview and update of the 2008-2009 year at the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Hear about significant cases from the last year across all areas of law and bring your questions for our speakers about the last year at the Minnesota appellate courts.
Presented by: Hon. Paul H. Anderson, Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court and Hon. Edward Toussaint, Chief Judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals
2 Standard CLE credits approved

January 2010

REAL ESTATE SECTION
Tuesday, January 19
Conveyances to and from Religious Organizations
Discussion will include statutory and case law governing conveying title in and out of the various forms of religious organizations, and advising client religous bodies. A little time will be devoted to litigation of title to religious real estate.
Presented by: Robert Beutel, Attorney at Law, Retired Ramsey County Examiner of Titles 1985-2005
1 Standard CLE credit approved

PROSECUTOR ERROR AND MISCONDUCT AND INEFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL
Wednesday, January 20
Participants will hear from a seasoned prosecutor and a seasoned defense attorney the basics and latest about prosecutor error and misconduct, and ineffective assistance of counsel law in Minnesota. The Prosecutor Error and Misconduct discussion will include the applicable rules from the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC) and relevant cases, including recent ones. The Ineffective Assistance of Counsel discussion will address the current standard for ineffective assistance of counsel and some of the ethical considerations when ineffective assistance of counsel is asserted in state post-conviction and federal habeas corpus actions.
Presented by: Phil Carruthers, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office and Charles Clippert, Caplan Law Firm, P.A.
1.5 Ethics CLE credit and .5 Standard CLE credits approved

ESTATE AND SUCCESSION PLANNING FOR BUSINESS OWNERS
Tuesday, January 26
One of the largest issues for business owners is their succession plan. This CLE will highlight many of the estate planning devices and techniques created especially for business owners. Topics will include: the importance of planning, basic estate planning documents, gifting of business interests, sale of business interests, buy-sell agreements, shareholder/member control agreements, private annuities, self-canceling installments notes, grantor retained annuity trusts, sale to defective grantor trusts, defined benefit plans, Family Limited Partnerships, and other methods to transfer ownership. This course will provide a good introduction to those with little familiarity with the topics and a nice refresher course for those who practice in the area.
Presented by: Matthew J. Shea, Gray, Plant, Mooty and Marya Robben, Lindquist & Vennum
2 Standard CLE credits approved

FAMILY LAW SECTION
Wednesday, January 27
Understanding and Handling Difficult Visitation Issues
What types of visitation problems are common with teens and other age groups? What does it mean when a child resists visitation and what can you do about it? How do you ascertain when visitation is unsafe? What’s going on with reunification therapy and how can family lawyers assist with reunifications? Receive answers to these questions and yours from two child development experts.
Presented by: Susan De Vries, MA, Licensed Psychologist, St. Paul and Peggy Contrell, Moxie Incorporated, Minneapolis

1 standard CLE credit approved

SOLO AND SMALL FIRM SECTION
Thursday, January 28
Cases for Free — With N.W.2d Citations? The Use and Utility of Internet Legal Research
Over the past 10 years, legal research has slowly but surely migrated from a focus on exclusive, expensive services to the wider availability of cost-effective - and
even free - resources that can be accessed from any desktop. In the past year, several developments have given hope to those who see a future where caselaw and other legal resources are readily available in the public domain. This presentation will discuss some of those developments, explore some of the resources available, and engage in an interactive discussion on its import to small firm and solo practitioners.

Presented by: Damien Riehl, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP
1 Standard CLE credit approved

LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW
Friday, January 29
A distinguished panel will preview legislation and issues that the Minnesota Legislature will address during the 2010 legislative session. Topics covered will include health law (state and federal), the MSBA legislative agenda, business/consumer issues, energy issues, the political environment, and more.
Presented by:
Kathy Hahne, Faegre & Benson; Lloyd Grooms, Winthrop & Weinstine; Phil Carruthers, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office and Lucinda Jesson, Director, Health Law Institute & Associate Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law
2 Standard CLE credits approved

February 2010

CHOICE OF BUSINESS ENTITY
Tuesday, February 9
An overview of the basics in choosing a legal entity for a for-profit enterprise, including C Corps, S Corps, LLC, and limited partnerships, addressing applicable state law and federal tax implications.
Presented by: Jennifer Forbes, Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt and Greg Carlson, Shareholder, CPA, MBT, CFP, Wilkerson Associates
2 Standard CLE credits approved

ESTATES & TRUSTS SECTION
Thursday, February 11
Update from the 44th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning
Marlo W. Turcotte and Michael P. Sampson, both from the law firm Lindquist & Vennum, PLLP, will present the high points of the 2010 Heckerling Institute at the University of Miami School of Law. The Heckerling Institute panel plans to focus on practical planning strategies in light of the many legislative and regulatory developments in 2009. The changes may impact the overall approach to estate planning for many clients, and may impact a wide variety of strategies, including GRATs, FLPs, and Graegin notes, among others.
Presented by: Marlo W. Turcotte, Lindquist & Vennum, PLLP and Michael P. Sampson, Lindquist & Vennum, PLLP
1 standard CLE credit approved

REAL ESTATE SECTION
Tuesday, February 16
Foreclosure Defense Litigation
Discussion of the legal issues, practical obstacles, and new trends in foreclosure defense litigation.
Presented by: Carl Christensen, Christensen Law Offfice PLLC
1 standard CLE credit approved

ADVISING SMALL BUSINESSES ABOUT WORKERS' COMPENSATION / WORKPLACE ISSUES / OSHA LOSS CONTROL
Wednesday, February 17
Learn about the regulatory structure controlling the pricing of a workers compensation policy and how a business owner can take steps to control and reduce the cost of workers compensation insurance. Also learn about OSHA requirements & penalties, loss prevention programs and how these items affect the pricing of a workers compensation policy.
Presented by: Steve Orme and Benjamin Brunn, both of Arges Group, Inc.
2 Standard CLE credits approved

CRIMINAL LAW SECTION
Tuesday, February 23
Statewide Use of Ignition Interlock
Learn about the statewide Ignition Interlock program. Probation officials will cover implementation of the program from pilot to state-wide; a public defender will talk about the specifics of the existing statute and the interlock device provider will cover how it works.
Presented by: Jessica McConaughey, St. Paul City Attorney’s Office; Robert Roeglin, Hennepin County Corrections Unit Supervisor; Emil Carlson-Clark, Hennepin County Probation Officer and Edward Cohen, Smart Start MN
1 standard CLE credit approved

FAMILY LAW SECTION
Wednesday, February 24
Elder Law Issues in Family Law: The Impact of Divorce on Medical Assistance and Estate Planning
Is divorce legitimate or necessary when people want to protect marital assets from being dissipated for nursing home care and medical care? How and when are they structured? When should divorce lawyers refer clients to elder law specialists? How does a divorce affect an estate plan? When should divorce lawyers consult with an estate planning attorney? On what topics? How are living trusts, irrevocable trusts, health care directives and short form durable powers of attorney affected by divorce? How does divorce affect social security benefits?
Presented by: Stuart E. Schmitz, Schmitz & Schimdt, P.A.
1 standard CLE credit approved

SOLO & SMALL FIRM SECTION
Thursday, February 25
Corporate Entity Concerns Beyond Startup
Steve Ledin, a business transactional attorney focused on providing sound economical advise to closely held corporations, will speak to those layers of legal issues that face attorneys representing start up corporations after the business formation and initial corporate formation documents are completed. Issues will include: who is your client, conducting board meetings, how to conduct due diligence for corporate transactions, and providing quality legal services on a start up budget.
Presented by: Steve Ledin, Blaney & Ledin, Ltd.
1 Standard CLE credit approved

CONSUMER PROTECTION IN FINANCIAL MATTERS: BASICS ABOUT FAIR DEBT COLLECTION AND FAIR CREDIT REPORTING
Friday, February 26
The Pearls and Pitfalls of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: A brief overview of the rules and regulations that govern debt collection agencies and debt collection attorneys, an update on current trends, with an emphasis on how to recognize a valid claim from a money pit. "An Introduction to the Fair Credit Reporting Act" will cover the obligations the FCRA places on credit bureaus and the companies that report to them, when there is a private right of action, remedies available under the FCRA, traps for the unwary FCRA litigator, and more.
Presented by:
Mark Leon Vavreck, Martineau, Gonko & Vavreck and John H. Goolsby, Goolsby Law Office, LLC
2 Standard CLE credits approved

March 2010

LAYOFFS & REDUCTIONS IN FORCE
Tuesday, March 9
In today's economic climate, layoffs and reductions in force are occurring more often than ever before. Beth Bertelson and Melissa Weldon will offer a practical look at layoffs and reductions in force from both the employee's and the employer's perspective. From the employer's side, topics will include tips for implementing a reduction in force, including the selection process, severance options, and obtaining a valid release. From the employee's side, topics will include possible claims stemming from the loss of a job, including discrimination claims.
Presented by: Melissa Weldon, Larson • King, LLP and Beth Bertelson, Bertelson Law Office, P.A.
2 standard CLE credits approved

ESTATES & TRUSTS SECTION
Thursday, March 11
Protecting Personal Representatives When Non-Exempt Assets Are Insufficient to Cover Costs of Administration
Discussion of the interplay of 524.3-720, O’Neil, Torgerson and Gellert, including how the lawyer protects his/her right to collect his fee, protect the personal representative and other beneficiaries. What are the steps the lawyer should take at inception? What factors should the lawyer consider in accepting the representation? What happens when the expenses and fees of estate litigation consume all of the non-exempt assets? Does it matter if a beneficiary lacks capacity?
Presented by: Rodney J. Mason, Attorney at Law, Rodney J. Mason, Ltd.
1 standard CLE credit approved

REAL ESTATE SECTION
Tuesday, March 16
Creative 1031 Exchange Problem-Solving and Accelerated Depreciation ~ Having Your Cake and Eating It Too
Save your clients money in taxes, maximize future tax deductions and structure more tax efficient “win-win” transactions. Learn how combining 1031 tax deferred exchanges with more rapid deprecation strategies for replacement property can give your client a double tax bennefit. This CLE focuses on the interaction of cost segregation, IRC Code Sec. 1031 improvement exchanges and depreciation recapture rules.
Presented by: Jeff Peterson, President, Commercial Partners Exchange Company, LLC and Paul Longsdorf, CPA, HLB Tautges Redpath, Ltd.
1 standard CLE credit approved

FAMILY LAW SECTION
Wednesday, March 17
Non-Marital Law after Baker
Ms. Kritta will discuss how accountants are addressing issues about non-marital assets and tracing funds, following the Baker decision and other recent decisions by the appellate courts.
Presented by: Karen Kritta, CPA/ABV, CVA
1 standard CLE credit approved

CURRENT ISSUES FOR NON-PROFITS
Wednesday, March 17
An overview of corporate and tax laws applicable to nonprofits, with an emphasis on developments in recent years. Those developments include an increased emphasis on corporate governance, executive compensation and other matters. The CLE also will feature an overview of requirements for registration with the Attorney General's office, and state law compliance.
Presented by: Thomas Doyle, Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt and Binh Tuong, Assistant Attorney General, Minnesota Attorney General's Office
2 standard CLE credits approved

SOLO & SMALL FIRM SECTION
Thursday, March 25
Legal Web 2.0: Strategies for Creating a Presence and Developing Business with Social Media

Vlodaver, President and Chief Manager of Vlodaver Law Offices, LLC
In this informative program, Leora and Royee will review social networking sites such as Facebook, JD Supra, LinkedIn, Twitter and blogging platforms from a lawyer's perspective, identifying a shortlist of the top sites that provide the best business development opportunities for your practice. They will help you narrow your scope and develop a realistic social networking strategy that fits your schedule and maximizes results. The program will also address common ethical pitfalls and provide a forum to discuss additional attorney concerns about the use of social media.
Presented by: Leora Maccabee, Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP, and Royee
1 Law Office Management CLE credit approved

ADVISING SMALL BUSINESSES ABOUT DEBT COLLECTION
Friday, March 26
Learn how to serve your business clients and protect their assets. Discussion will address hot topics in today’s credit environment, including managing your accounts receivables; how to collect your account receivables; setting up the account for your third party and determining which one to use; and examination of the legal process.
Presented by: Terri Shepherd, Xact Resources, and Heidi Staloch, Manty & Associates, P.A.
2 standard CLE credits approved

EVIDENCE: Practical Issues in Preparing Your Case
Wednesday, March 31
Chief Judge Toussaint will discuss practical issues lawyers face in preparing their cases, including dealing with allegations in the complaint, pre-trial motions and court rulings, trial evidentiary issues, post-decision motions, and preserving issues for appeal.
Presented by: Hon. Edward Toussaint, Chief Judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals
2 standard CLE credits approved

April 2010

IMMIGRATION ISSUES IN EMPLOYMENT LAW
Tuesday, April 13
Learn how immigration law is impacting your business clients. A basic overview of immigration law will be followed by more specific information related to hiring immigrant workers, including how to sponsor an immigrant worker and how businesses can ensure that they are maintaining a lawful workforce.
Presented by: Amy Schroeder Ireland, Schroeder Ireland, LLC
2 standard CLE credits approved

INSURANCE ISSUES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Wednesday, April 14
Discussion of insurance exposures present in most small businesses, including an outline of the insurance coverage and examples of claims. Insurance areas covered will include Property, Commercial General Liability, Product Liability, Workers Compensation/ Employers Liability/ Stop Gap, Business Income/ Loss of Rents, Commercial Automobile, Employment Practices Liability, Employee Benefit Liability, Internet Liability, Commercial Umbrella, Crime/ERISA, Equipment Floater and miscellaneous Professional Liability.
Presented by: Steve Orme, Arges Group Inc.
2 Standard CLE credits approved

REAL ESTATE SECTION
Tuesday, April 20
Ethics Issues in Real Estate
A discussion of ethical issues surrounding the notarization of documents, alteration of executed documents, conflicts of interest and metadata.
Presented by: Patrick R. Burns, First Assistant Director, Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility
1 Ethics CLE credit approved

SOLO & SMALL FIRM SECTION
Thursday, April 22
Recent Developments and Tips for Avoiding Ethics Complaints

Discussion of current ethics issues and tips for avoiding ethics complaints. Topics will include what to do with an unused retainer, more about the “& associates” issue and others.
Presented by: Timothy M. Burke, Senior Assistant Director, Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility
1 Ethics CLE credit approved

FAMILY LAW SECTION
Wednesday, April 28
Cooperative Practice in Family Law Proceedings
Cooperative Practice is an innovative and formal, planned negotiation process. Learn more about Cooperative Practice, including why it produces early and efficient settlements in family-law matters. Receive tips and techniques that you may easily adapt to implement Cooperative Practice in your legal practice today.
Presented by: Nancy Zalusky Berg, Walling, Berg & Debele, P.A.
1 Standard CLE credit approved

PROBATION & PRE-SENTENCE INVESTIGATION PROCESS
Wednesday, April 28
Hear from Ramsey County Community Corrections personnel about how probation and the pre-sentence investigation process works from a practical point of view, including how PSIs are prepared. Get tips about how to help your clients in the PSI process and how defendants and attorneys can most effectively work with the probation officers preparing PSIs. Management personnel will briefly touch on the probation violations redesign project currently in the works.
Presented by: Chris Crutchfield, Deputy Director for Community Relations & External Affairs, Ramsey County Community Corrections, John Menke, Assistant Director, Adult Services, Community Corrections and Geri Pedersen, Ramey County Probation Officer
2 Standard CLE credits approved

May 2010

LAW DAY CLE & Book Presentation: Westlaw Next
Co-sponsored by the Ramsey County Law Library and RCBA
Monday, May 3
The 2010 Law Day theme is “Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges.” This free event will begin with a book presentation, honoring “enduring traditions” and will feature a one-hour CLE overview of WestlawNext with its new “simple language query” system, addressing the “emerging challenges” portion of the Law Day theme.
Presented by: Sarah Hartman J.D., Research Specialist, Government & Academic Markets, Thomson Reuters
1 Law Office Managment CLE credit approved

ADVISING SMALL BUSINESSES ABOUT EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS
Friday, May 7
Many small businesses do not have human resource directors, and must rely on their attorney to advise them on personnel matters. This program will provide a basic description of the state and federal discrimination laws, discuss some of the more common claims brought under these statutes, suggest what questions an attorney should ask a client when asked to advise about a disciplinary or termination matter, and recommend effective risk management tools to help a small business avoid discrimination claims or place the small business in the best defensive position if a claim is brought.
Presented by: Phyllis Karasov, Moore, Costello & Hart, P.L.L.P.
2 Standard CLE credits approved

REAL ESTATE SECTION
Tuesday, May 11
Contracts for Deed: The Essentials Plus Some Current Developments
The presentation will include both an explanation of the essentials of Minnesota contracts for deed that all real estate practitioners need to know plus some current issues, including new concerns about usury and contracts for deed.
Presented by: Larry M. Wertheim, Kennedy & Graven, Chartered
1 Standard CLE credit approved

ESTATES & TRUSTS SECTION
Thursday, May 13
Probate and Estate: Impact of the 2009 Medical Assistance Amendments on Probate Practice – What You Need to Know

The 2009 amendments to Minn. Stat. 256B.15, the medical assistance estate recovery statute, became effective July 1, 2009, subject to federal approval, and supercede all inconsistent statutes. Our panel of experienced probate practitioners will share their insights about the significant impact of these amendments upon Minnesota probate practice. Topics include: (1) The effect on the Barg case; (2) The addition of living trusts to estate recovery; (3) The potential modification of marital property rights, elective share rights, and succession rights of children; and (4) The possible requirement of a medical assistance clearance certificate in all probate proceedings initiated on or after July 1, 2009
Presented by: Todd D. Andrews, Andrews Law Office; Peter M. Hendricks, Garvey & Boggio, PA & Julian J. Zweber, Attorney at Law
1 Standard CLE credit approved

ESTATES & TRUSTS SECTION
Thursday, May 13
Probate and Estate: Impact of the 2009 Medical Assistance Amendments on Probate Practice – What You Need to Know

The 2009 amendments to Minn. Stat. 256B.15, the medical assistance estate recovery statute, became effective July 1, 2009, subject to federal approval, and supercede all inconsistent statutes. Our panel of experienced probate practitioners will share their insights about the significant impact of these amendments upon Minnesota probate practice. Topics include: (1) The effect on the Barg case; (2) The addition of living trusts to estate recovery; (3) The potential modification of marital property rights, elective share rights, and succession rights of children; and (4) The possible requirement of a medical assistance clearance certificate in all probate proceedings initiated on or after July 1, 2009
Presented by: Todd D. Andrews, Andrews Law Office; Peter M. Hendricks, Garvey & Boggio, PA & Julian J. Zweber, Attorney at Law
1 Standard CLE credit approved

DIVERSITY COMMITTEE ELIMINATION OF BIAS CLE
Tuesday, May 18
Representing Muslim Clients
This presentation is designed to teach legal practitioners basic information about Islam and Muslims. It is intended to help practitioners better serve their clients by providing a deeper understanding of their religious practice. Legal practitioners and others need to understand the issues facing the Muslim community in order to be effective advocates. Speakers will provide background information on Islam, legal issues facing the Muslim community, and practice tips for advocates.
Presented by: Imani Jaafar-Mohammad, Mohammad & Jaafar-Mohammad (Partner)
Murad Mohammad, Mohammad & Jaafar-Mohammad (Managing Partner)
2 Elimination of Bias CLE credits approved

ELIMINATION OF BIAS: Cultural and Legal Dynamics of Working with a Hmong Client
Wednesday, May 19
This workshop will begin with a brief history of the Hmong community’s migration to Minnesota. It will then continue on to explore the cultural and legal beliefs and practices that influence a Hmong person’s understanding of his or her legal rights and obligations under Minnesota and federal law. The workshop will include tips and lessons on how attorneys can better work with and represent clients of Hmong ancestry.
Presented by: Ilean Her, Executive Director, State Council on Asiam-Pacific Minnesotans
2 Elimination of Bias CLE credits approved

IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU: ETHICS, LIFE AS A LAWYER, AND THE DISCIPLINARY PROCESS
Tuesday, May 25
This multifaceted program will explore an attorney’s successful journey through challenges and choices related to the practice of law and the life of the lawyer. Through vignettes and expert panel discussions, attendees will experience the stages of the disciplinary process from initial complaint through discipline and reinstatement and be introduced to ethical and other challenges faced by attorneys in a variety of settings including solo and firm practice as well as other environments. Discussion will include responsibilities of and options for colleagues and supervisors, the ethical obligations of attorneys within and outside of the disciplinary process, quality of life challenges, and resources available through Minnesota’s Lawyer Assistance Program.
Presented by: The program will include a keynote by Justice Paul Anderson; an expert panel representing professional responsibility/discipline, lawyer assistance, and mental and chemical health; and a series of vignettes narrated by JP Barone, with an all star cast of attorneys directed by Barbara Snyder, LADC, script writer, including, among others, Ken Jorgensen, Ethics Counsel, Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Tim Gephart, Vice-President, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co and Chair of the MSBA Life & the Law Committee; Dick Williams, Williams & Iverson and former Chair of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers; Cassie Hanson; Assistant Director, Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility; Sally Ackerman, actress, lawyer and member of the MSBA Life & the Law Committee; Allison J. Gonzalez, Crocus Hill Law Office and other familiar faces from the RCBA, LCL, and the MSBA Life & the Law Committee.
3 Ethics CLE credits approved

FAMILY LAW SECTION
Wednesday, May 26
The Tricks and Traps of the New Bankruptcy Law: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
Learn about the new bankruptcy law and how it interacts with your divorce practice. Learn how to protect your clients and protect yourself.
Presented by: Barbara J. May, Barbara J.May Law Offices
1 Standard CLE credit approved

SOLO & SMALL FIRM BREAKFAST CLE
Thursday, May 27
Are You Prepared? Formation, Management, and Financial Issues for the Potential – or Procrastinating – Solo/Small Firm
With a focus on issues unique to law firms, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various forms of corporate entities, “professional firm” filings, and law firm management and governance options. We will also review how firms can address issues such as attorney compensation, division of profits and losses, valuation methods, expansion of the law firm, and attorney departures (including the death or disability of an owner/partner) through “buy-sell” and member control agreements.
Presented by: Jack P. Roberts, The Law Firm of Roberts & Stotzheim, PLLC

1 Law Office Management CLE credit approved

TAX LAW SECTION
Thursday, May 27
Annual Minnesota Tax Roundup and Tax Development Seminar
Find out “What’s Cookin” with Minnesota Taxes by attending this “Hot Topics” CLE. Discover tax laws recently passed by the Legislature in 2010, learn of this year’s administrative developments at the Department of Revenue, and obtain the status of Minnesota’s tax litigation for the year. Designed for the generalist, who wants a summary on Minnesota taxes.
Presented by: Jerome A. Geis, Briggs & Morgan, PA and representatives from the Minnesota Department of Revenue
1 Standard CLE credit approved

June 2010

LAW AND LITERATURE: Law and the Art of Persecution
Wednesday, June 9
Was Socrates an old crank who deserved to die? Was Antigone a traitor to her country and had she been a he would the law have treated her differently? This CLE uses the trials of Socrates and Antigone to examine how the law can be misused to persecute and harass. Emphasis in the class will be upon exploring; 1) how the law may be used to exploit the biases we have against others who are different; 2) the biases we have and which we face; and 3) what role we as lawyers should have in challenging persecution.
Readings: Plato, "Euthyphro" and "The Apology," Sophocles, "Antigone."
Presented by: David Schultz, Hamline University Graduate School of Management
2 Elimination of Bias CLE credits approved

Ethics: PROTECTING AND REPRESENTING VULNERABLE ADULTS
Friday, June 11
The panelists will provide a brief overview of the ethical principles structuring the attorney-client relationship when the client does or may suffer from diminished capacity or is otherwise vulnerable, and then apply these principles to hypothetical facts situations drawn from real life.
Presented by: Kim Dayton, Professor of Law Director, Center for Elder Justice and Policy William Mitchell College of Law; Jennifer Hasbargen, Assistant Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office; and Laurie Nevers, Attorney at
Law

2 Ethics CLE credits approved

BUSINESS ETHICS: A PRIMER FOR LAWYERS ADVISING BUSINESSES
Tuesday, June 15
This CLE will:
• Provide a not completely boring brief history of Business Ethics and why it is a topic that will neither die nor cease to be important to your business clients whether they want to admit it or not.
• Examine a concise history of laws about which businesses most bitterly complain and reveal how the miracle of Business Ethics might have prevented their passage.
• Define Business Ethics, distinguish it from Professional Ethics, and explain why the two should get to know each other better.
• Uncover the secret differences between Business Ethics and Corporate Compliance.
• Provide a 12 Step Program to an ethical organization.
• Explain why no organization is too small, young, or innocent for Business Ethics.
• Expose clashes between the Titans of Business Ethics and The Law, and offer suggestions to satisfy both while simultaneously fulfilling the Rules of Professional Responsibility and serving the best interests of your client. No juggling necessary.
Presented by: Lisa H. Dercks, Vice president, Ethics, Abacus, Div. of Calculus, Inc. Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law
3 Ethics CLE credits approved

FAMILY LAW SECTION
Wednesday, June 23
Assisting Veterans with Child Support Issues
There is a gap in services in Minnesota when it comes to serving Veterans with family law needs. This is a particularly serious problem for low-income Veterans and those who have a reduced capacity to represent their own interests due to a physical or mental disability incurred during their service to our country. While free civil legal services may be available to those who qualify financially and have priority cases, these offices typically do not represent individuals seeking to modify their child support and many Veterans do not feel safe contacting the Office of Child Support Enforcement directly. The Minnesota Justice Foundation, in conjunction with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, has created a brief services and advice clinic model to address unmet family law needs for Veterans in the Twin Cities and across the state of Minnesota. While we designed the model to respond to child support concerns, we have opened the door to all family law issues. This presentation will focus on identifying key areas of need, describing the pilot project model for brief family law services for Veterans, and offer ways for members of the Ramsey County Bar Association's Family Law Section to get involved in providing pro bono family law services to the men and women who have done so much for our country.
Presented by: Sara Sommarstrom, Program Director and Staff Attorney for the Minnesota Justice Foundation and member of the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty
1 standard CLE credit approved

September 2010

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Tuesday, September 14
An overview of the 2010 legislative session. Among the topics: the Jobs bill, and its economic development initiatives - angel investor tax credit, historic structure rehabilitation tax credit, TIF changes, a new property tax assessment program to finance energy improvements, expansion of the sales tax on materials for affordable housing; criminal law changes and various items from the MSBA legislative agenda.
Presented by: Phil Carruthers, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office; Kathy Hahne, Faegre & Benson; & Lloyd Grooms, Winthrop & Weinstine
2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 14770

PLEADINGS BASICS
Wednesday, September 15
Learn how to effectively and efficiently draft complaints, answers, and other pleadings in both state and federal court. Newer lawyers and veterans alike can benefit from the tips and strategies that will be shared.
Presented by: Jodene Jensen, Jensen Family Law, LLC
2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 147762

FAMILY LAW SECTION
Friday, September 17
Family Law Issues for Veterans & Using Unbundled Legal Services to Represent Veterans
Many returning veterans are finding themselves in the throes of family law issues. This CLE will inform the bar of those issues and provide insight and education about the unique issues a veteran’s family law case presents. The Ramsey County Bench is calling upon the bar to render aid to those who served our country by providing limited pro bono legal assistance. To that end, the CLE will include Patrick Burns of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility presenting on the ethics of providing unbundled legal services to those who cannot afford full representation. Attending this FREE CLE does not obligate you to volunteer to assist veterans, but an appeal will be made to join a growing list of attorneys who want to serve those who served us.
Presented by: Johanna P. Clyborne, Founding Partner, Brekke, Clyborne & Ribich, LLC; Capt. Lyndsey Olson, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard; and Patrick R. Burns, First Assistant Director, Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility
2 standard CLE credits and 1 Ethics credit approved - CODE 147766

REAL ESTATE SECTION
Tuesday, September 21
Claims & Defenses in Residential Construction Defect Litigation
Mr. Moschet's presentation will discuss the various theories of liability upon which residential construction defect claims have been advanced in both single family and multi-family residential settings, defenses to such claims, the mediation process which has developed in response to the recent increase in the number of such claims, and the amendments to the statutory residential warranty law which become effective next year.
Presented by: Robyn N. Moschet, McCollum, Crowley, Moschet & Miller, Ltd
1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 147767

SOLO & SMALL FIRM SECTION
Thursday, September 23
Real Estate Law Issues for Family Law Attorneys
Topics will include legal descriptions, Summary Real Estate Dispositional Judgments, Quit Claim Deeds, mortgage foreclosure and other real estate law issues that commonly arise during the representation of family law clients.

Presented by: Karen L. Tarrant, Tarrant & Liska, PLLC
1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 147772

HOT TOPICS IN HEALTH LAW - FEDERAL HEALTH CARE REFORM
Wednesday, September 29
Panel members will discuss federal health care reform, the bill as it finally passed, implementation issues and developments since final passage. The panel will also discuss the effect the bill has had on various populations and institutions.
Presented by: Lucinda Jesson, Director, Health Law Institute & Associate Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law; Andrea Walsh, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, HealthPartners and Susan B. Foote, Professor Emeritus, School of Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Minnesota; consultant, Policy Insight, LLC
2 standard CLE credits approved
- CODE 147769

October 2010

CURRENT ISSUES IN TRUSTS & ESTATES
Wednesday, October 13
Review of recent case law and exploration of current trends in the area of Trusts & Estates, including multi-party accounts and the Butler case; Medical Clearance requirements for real property (including revocable trusts and TODD's); local ordinances affecting vacant homes; and 2010 tax law updates (carry over basis rules, disclaimers, MN QTIP).
Presented by: Trisha Vicario, Hansen, Dordell, Bradt, Odlaug & Bradt and Barbara Kristiansson, Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt
2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 149273

TRUSTS AND ESTATES SECTION: Ramsey County Probate Court – A View from the Bench
Thursday, October 14
The Three Judicial officers assigned to Ramsey County Probate Court will provide the Trusts and Estates Section with updates on current issues in Ramsey County, answer questions, and provide a glimpse into planning for 2011. Referee Maus will also share his impressions of his first two months as a Hennepin County Referee.
Presented by: Judge James H. Clark, Jr., Ramsey County Probate Court; Judge Paulette K. Flynn, Ramsey County Probate Court; and Referee Dean M. Maus, Ramsey County Probate Court
1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 147770

REAL ESTATE SECTION: MSBA Residential Purchase Agreement Primary Issues
Tuesday, October 19
This program will cover primary issues in drafting a purchase agreement for sale or purchase of a home, within the framework and usage of the MSBA Residential Purchase Agreement. Topics will include identification of and dealing with issues; discussion of alternative provisions, with attention to issues of financing, condition of property, inspection, contingencies, and title; major differences between the MSBA contract and the MAR© form; and practice hints, resources to assist the practitioner, a caveat regarding “listing agreements”, and Q & A at the conclusion.
Presented by: John Rice, Rice Law Firm, Chartered
1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 149275

MAKING THE MOST OF THE DISCOVERY PROCESS
Wednesday, October 20
This course will present an overview of how to conduct discovery in a civil case including the use of Interrogatories, Request for Production of Documents and depositions. The speakers will review when to use these different discovery methods and how to use discovery responses at trial. The course will also review how to work with your client to respond to the discovery requests of the opposing party.
Presented by: Caryn Boisen, Larson • King, LLP & Joseph F. Kueppers, Kueppers, Kronschnabel & Daly
2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 149276

HOMOPHOBIA /HETEROSEXISM/ SEXUAL STIGMA: AN EXPLORATION THROUGH EXPERIENCE, LISTENING & TALKING
Co-Sponsored by RCBA and Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

Friday, October 22
Homophobia, heterosexism and sexual stigma are present through most levels of our society. Like racism, they affect a broad range of professional and personal issues. This CLE explores these topics through structured experience, listening and talking. Participants will hear how these biases and prejudices exist in the legal arena and how attorneys can help to reduce such bias in the administration of justice. Our professional attitudes can contribute to positive change.
Presented by: Phil Duran, Staff Attorney, OutFront Minnesota; Brian Zamboni, Ph.D., L.P., University of Minnesota, Assoc. Prof. AASECT Certified Sex Therapist & Sex Educator Program in Human Sexuality Dpt of Family Medicine & Community Health
Medical School; Kathy Davis, Davis Law Office, LLC; Kelly Olmstead, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office; Eileen Scallen, Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law and Paul Price, Price Law
2 Elimination of Bias CLE credits approved - CODE 149277

SOCIAL MEDIA AND LAWYER ETHICS: THE MEDIUM IS NOT THE MESSAGE
Tuesday, October 26
This course addresses how ethical rules governing advertising and client solicitation, unauthorized practice of law and multijurisdictional practice, and client confidentiality are applied to online social media use. The focus will include Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct 1.6, 4.1-4.4, 5.5, and 7.1-7.5. Attention will also be given to the problems of using social media as a pretext in obtaining pre-trial information, and the contracts governing social networks’ terms of use.
Presented by: Mike Bradley, Partner, Bradley & Guzzetta, LLC and Laura Bergus, Social Media Policy and Technology Consultant, Bradley & Guzzetta, LLC
3 Ethics CLE credits approved - CODE 147415

FAMILY LAW SECTION: When in Doubt, Read the Rules
Wednesday, October 27
Referee Bergstrom and Susan Minsberg will discuss the importance of the Rules of Evidence and the Rules of Civil Procedure in family law cases.
Presented by: Referee Paul Bergstrom, Ramsey County Family Court and Susan D. Minsberg, Attorney at Law
1 standard CLE credit approved
- CODE 149278

November 2010

CRIMINAL LAW SECTION: What Can Project Remand Do For You .... (or for your client)?
Friday, November 5
Project Remand is a private, non-profit organization providing adult pretrial services since 1973. Its mission is to provide safe and effective alternatives to traditional detention and prosecution. Project Remand helps Ramsey County reduce jail population pressures by offering alternatives to traditional detention while promoting public protection and lawful behavior through pretrial services. This CLE presentation will give a general overview of Project Remand and what it can offer, including jail screening, conditional release and diversion programs. The CLE will offer a better understanding of the programs and resources that Project Remand can provide to defendants, attorneys and the Bench.
Presented by: Mary Pat Maher, Executive Director, Project Remand, Inc. and Ronalea Lahti, Supervisor of Program, Project Remand, Inc.
1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 14928

CHARACTER AND IMPEACHMENT EVIDENCE
Wednesday, November 10
Discussion of criminal and civil character and impeachment evidence, looking at Federal Rules of Evidence 404(a) through 405(a) and Rules 608 and 609.
Presented by: Hon. James Morrow, Senior Judge and Law Professor, Hamline University School of Law
2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 149281

TRUSTS & ESTATES SECTION: Emotional Conflict in Estate Planning and Probate Administration
Thursday, November 11
Strategies to recognize, analyze, and cope with the family dynamics and emotions that can interfere with the preparation and execution of an estate plan.
Presented by:
Rodney J. Mason, Rodney J. Mason Ltd. and Jody A. Cohen Press, Press Law Office PLLC and Dan Simon, Twin Cities Mediation
1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 149820

COMMERCIAL LEASING
Friday, November 12
This CLE will provide an overview of commercial real estate leasing issues in today's market. Seminar will focus on the basic structure and analysis of commercial leases (focusing on retail dynamics), suggested negotiation pointers, all from both the landlord and tenant perspectives. The legal trends in leasing will be discussed as well.
Presented by: Alex Tselos, Senior Counsel, Real Estate, Target and Royee Vlodaver, Chief Manager and President of Vlodaver Law Offices, LLC
2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 149282

POINT COUNTER-POINT: COLLABORATIVE & COOPERATIVE LAW
Wednesday, November 17
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) has grown in importance and enriched our complex system of justice during the last few decades. Collaborative Law and Cooperative Law have arisen as distinctive though related formats in the ADR arena. In 2009, the Uniform Law Commission approved the Uniform Collaborative Law Act which has come to the attention of Minnesota legislators. Cooperative Law, a competing model, is receiving increased professional and academic attention.
Two esteemed and well-known Minnesota attorneys will present the Collaborative Law and Cooperative Law perspectives in a point-counterpoint format.

Download PDFs of the materials:

Collaborative Practice Articles
Cooperative Practice Articles
Collaborative Practice - Long Version Collaborative Practice - Condensed Version Cooperative Practice Drinking the Kool Aid

Presented by: Linda K. Wray, Attorney at Law, & Nancy Zalusky Berg, Walling, Berg & Debele, P.A
2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 149283

FAMILY LAW SECTION: Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)
Wednesday, November 24
This course will examine the current case law regarding jurisdictional issues in custody and divorce cases. Strategies to cope with interstate issues will be examined.
Presented by: Judith Oakes, J. Oakes Family Law
1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 149821

December 2010

SOLO AND SMALL FIRM SECTION
Thursday, December 2
Potential Tax Pitfalls for Solo & Small Firm Practices
An identification of select tax questions of some common interest in recent months.
Presented by: Thomas J. Doyle, Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt
1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 149822

LITIGATION STORY / THEME BASICS
Wednesday, December 8
Hear from renowned St. Paul attorneys John Cochrane and Brian Toder about the importance of developing a theme when preparing for trial. The eighty-nine year old Cochrane is visiting St. Paul from Florida just for this CLE. The speakers will share examples of themes they have developed and how those themes worked for them.
Presented by: John A. Cochrane, Attorney at Law and Brian N. Toder, Chestnut Cambronne PA

2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 149823

COMPUTER FORENSICS GOES MOBILE: What Do Civil Litigators Need to Know in 2011?
Friday, December 10
The latest developments in computer forensics, which has been in the civil litigator's evidentiary tool box for over a decade, will be presented. We will also discuss brand new mobile forensics capabilities that allow litigators to obtain hard-to-find evidence in smartphones, GPS units, and conventional cell phones. Lastly, we will compare and contrast electronic discovery with computer forensics and mobile forensics.
Presented by: John Carney, Esq., Carney Forensics and Sean Harrington, MCSE, CISSP, CSOXP, CHFI, Proprietor, Attorney-Client Privilege, LLC
Time: 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. Registration (& lunch): 12:00– 12:30 p.m.
Location: First National Bank Bldg Training Room, 332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul
The Training Room is located on the first floor at the entrance at 5th and Minnesota Streets

Cost (includes lunch): $55 for RCBA members; $80 for non-members
3 standard CLE credits approved
- CODE 149298

REAL ESTATE SECTION: 1 hour CLE on Foreclosure of residential rental property
Tuesday, December 14
The laws affecting residential rental properties in foreclosure have been updated and changed several times in the past few years due to the foreclosure crisis and other economic issues affecting the nation. This CLE will review the general foreclosure process as it affects tenants in Minnesota, including review of Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances affecting foreclosure of residential real estate. In addition it will include a brief overview of housing court process.
Presented by: Tovah Flygare, Staff Attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
Time: 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Registration: 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: First National Bank Bldg Training Room, 332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul
The Training Room is located on the first floor at the entrance at 5th and Minnesota Streets

Cost (includes lunch): $20 for RCBA members; $30 for non-members
1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 149824

SUPREME COURT & COURT OF APPEALS UPDATE
Wednesday, December 15
Overview and update of the last year at the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Hear about significant cases from the last year across all areas of law and bring your questions for our speakers about the last year at the Minnesota appellate courts.
Presented by: Hon. Paul H. Anderson, Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court and Hon. Matthew E. Johnson, Chief Judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals
Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Registration: 2:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Location: First National Bank Bldg Training Room, 332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul
The Training Room is located on the first floor at the entrance at 5th and Minnesota Streets

Cost: $30 for RCBA members; $45 for non-members
2 standard CLE credits approved
- CODE 149284

FAMILY LAW SECTION: She is Strong, She is Invincible, and She Outearns
Wednesday, December 22
This course will address the issue of spousal maintenance and changing gender roles. the course will examine the issue of wives as primary wage-earners, and stay at home fathers.
Presented by: Tara Smith, Walling, Berg & Debele
1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 149827

January 2011

LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW
Wednesday, January 12
Minnesota’s November election produced historical results. For the first time ever we have new leadership in the House, Senate, and the Governor’s office. The House and Senate are both now controlled by Republicans for the first time in 38 years. Minnesota is once again facing a large budget deficit – projected at $5.8 B – or 17 percent of the state’s $34 B budget. Join us for a preview of the upcoming 2011 legislative session: the players, the issues, and back stories that you will not read in the Pioneer Press.
Presented by: Kathy Hahne, Faegre & Benson; Lloyd Grooms, Winthrop & Weinstine and Elizabeth Wefel, Flaherty & Hood, P.A.

2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 149828

TRUSTS AND ESTATES SECTION: Ethics Update 2011 for Trust & Estate Lawyers
Thursday, January 13
An update on proposed changes to the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct, recent disciplinary cases and new Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board Opinions that affect trust & estate lawyers.
Presented by: Martin A. Cole, Director, Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility

1 Ethics CLE credit approved - CODE 151426

REAL ESTATE SECTION: Avoiding Environmental Pitfalls in Real Estate Transactions
Tuesday, January 18
Many properties are affected by contamination. Past use of a property may have resulted in releases of hazardous substances or petroleum products. To minimize liability any party involved in the sale or purchase of real estate should consider conducting thorough pre-purchase due diligence review. This session will review the basis for liability under environmental laws as well as steps to take to ensure compliance with the all appropriate inquiry standard. Participants will learn how to address concerns arising from soil contamination, groundwater impacts, problem materials in buildings as well as the emerging issue of vapor intrusion. The session will review the allocation of liability as well as liability assurances that may be available from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Presented by: Joseph G. Maternowski, Moss & Barnett, P.A.

1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 151427

MOTION PRACTICE BASICS
Wednesday, January 19
Moving a court case along requires the appropriate motions and strategy. Learn the basics of non-dispositive and dispositive motions. What are the rules for timing of motions? How important are the timing issues? What are some ways to keep the case moving? What are the strategies in the use of non-dispositive motions? Will a motion to dismiss or a motion for summary judgment help your client? What approach to motions allows the court to rule in your client's favor? These questions and more will frame our discussion for the afternoon.
Presented by:
Stephen E. Yoch, Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt and Jon E. Paulson, Libby Law Office, P.A.

Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Registration: 2:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Location: First National Bank Bldg Training Room, 332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul
Cost: $30 for RCBA members; $45 for non-members
2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 149829

TAX COLLECTION ISSUES FOR SMALL BUSINESS AND INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYERS
Tuesday, January 25
Overview of federal and state tax collection practices. Federal/IRS presentation will cover the role of appeals in the IRS collection process, including the Collection Appeals Program, Collection Due Process, Offers in Compromise and Trust Fund Recovery Penalties. State/Minnesota Department of Revenue, Collection Division presentation will address the billing process; enforced collection actions; negotiating installment agreements; and how compromise proposals are handled by the division.
Presented by: Teri Cismowski, IRS Appeals Team Manager, St. Paul, MN and Denver, CO; Ron Schwagel, Assistant Director, MN Dept of Revenue, Collection Division and Vicki Loe, Supervisor, MN Dept of Revenue
2 Standard CLE credits approved - CODE 149830

FAMILY LAW SECTION: Divorce Financial Planning - Avoiding Critical Financial Errors in Divorce
Wednesday, January 26
Family law attorneys have specialized expertise in the area of family law. Similarly, Certified Divorce Financial Analysts have specialized knowledge on the financial & tax issues related to divorce. As part of the team working together with the attorney we look at property, tax, retirement plans and some little know IRS rules that apply to divorce.
Presented by:
Adam Landvik, CFP, CDFA, Landvik Financial
Time:
12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Registration: 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: First National Bank Bldg Training Room, 332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul
Cost
(includes lunch): $20 for RCBA members; $30 for non-members
1 standard CLE credit approved -
CODE 151733

SOLO & SMALL FIRM SECTION: Sharing the Experience: Assisting the Self Represented Party
Thursday, January 27
Even before the economy when sour the number of clients appearing pro se was on the rise, as was the number of attorneys seeking clients. Limited scope representation can help both attorneys and clients achieve their goals and also ease the burden on the courts. Hear from an attorney who has successfully integrated limited scope representation into his practice.
Presented by: John Del Vecchio, John Del Vecchio, PA
Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Registration: 8:00 to 8:30 a.m.
Location: Joseph's Grill, 140 South Wabasha, St. Paul
Cost: $10 for RCBA members; $20 for non-members
1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 150047

SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH, CUSTODY, PARENTING TIME AND DOMESTIC ABUSE ISSUES: CURRENT RESEARCH, CHANGE AND CHALLENGE
Friday, January 28
Family Law and the social sciences intersect in the most emotionally impacted areas of parenting time, custody and domestic abuse. Yet, social science always re-molds itself by new questions, theories and data; nor is the law static as society re-shapes itself in response to larger forces. This CLE will present new trends in social science research that may challenge previous dependable assumptions about the field; then raise questions about how policy, procedure and the law may need to change.
Presented by: Hon. James T. Swenson, Chief Judge, Fourth Judicial District; Beth Painter Harrington, Ph.D., L.P., Clinical & Forensic Psychologist; Dana K. McKenzie, Wolf Rohr & McKenzie, P.A. and James Goetz, J.D., M.S.W., M.A., Hennepin County Family Court Services
3 Standard CLE credits approved - CODE 149831

February 2011

PREPARING FOR ADR/MEDIATION BASICS
Wednesday, February 9
Hear from a mediator and a client about how to prepare for mediation. If you want your mediation to be successful, you should consider such topics as: 1) who do you pick as a mediator; 2) how to educate the mediator prior to the mediation session and what do you disclose in your confidential mediation letter 3) what do you tell your client about the mediation process; 4) what to say and not say if you make an opening statement; 5) strategic considerations involved in the mediation process.
Presented by: Jim Crassweller, Kalina, Wills, Gisvold & Clark & David G. Martin, VP & Sr. Counsel, Litigation, Medtronic

2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 151446

TRUSTS AND ESTATES SECTION: Update from the 45th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning
Thursday, February 10
The presentation will include the high points of the 2011 Heckerling Institute at the University of Miami School of Law including a focus on gift, estate, and generation skipping tax planning in light of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010. In addition, the presentation will include an update of the most significant regulatory and case law developments and the use of various estate planning strategies as a result of the legislative, regulatory, and case law changes. The presentation will be made by Barry J. Newman of Dorsey & Whitney LLP's Tax, Trusts & Estates Department.
Presented by: Barry J. Newman, Dorsey & Whitney
1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 152192

REAL ESTATE SECTION: Taking Charge of Your Health While Practicing Law
Tuesday, February 15
St. Paul lawyer and nationally known nature photographer Bernie Friel outlines the program he followed following his heart attack at age 38. This program has allowed Friel to lead a vigorous and fulfilling life and continue to practice law for decades after his heart attack.
Presented by: Bernard Friel, Of Counsel, Briggs & Morgan, PA
1 Professional Development CLE credit approved - CODE 152195

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO JURY SELECTION FROM THOSE IN THE KNOW
Wednesday, February 16
Whether you’re new to the courtroom or an experienced litigator, hone your jury selection technique with a few tricks of the trade. Learn from the consultants who spend their days in the courtroom. The discussion will cover juror perceptions and biases, as well as how to find the punitive jurors in your panel. You will also receive practical advice on how to handle jury selection and tips on voir dire and juror questionnaires. Questions from those with and without experience will be welcome!
Presented by: Johanna Carrane, JuryScope, Inc.
2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 151447

RETIREMENT PLAN ISSUES FOR THE FAMILY LAWYER
Friday, February 18
This session will provide an overview of what you need to know about retirement plans in order to negotiate a fair deal for your divorcing client. We will discuss spousal protections under ERISA, qualification of domestic relations orders, what happens when couples divorce after retirement, and much more.
Presented by: Monica Kelley, Moore, Costello & Hart, PLLP
1 Standard CLE credit approved - CODE-152264

"I JUST NEED A SIMPLE WILL" - DRAFTING THE BASIC WILL, NEITHER SIMPLE NOR BASIC
Tuesday, February 22
Many clients will ask for a 'simple will' even when their assets and family circumstances may suggest otherwise. This presentation will discuss essential and recommended provisions to include in wills in the context of your client's goals, the applicable statutes and the probate process. In addition, we will focus on identifying the client's goals from that maddeningly common request.
Presented by: Joel Sommers, Maslon, Edelman, Borman & Brand, LLP and Jennifer Santini, Sykora & Santini, PLLP
2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE- 151450

FAMILY LAW SECTION: Earning Capacity Assessment: Determining the Severity of a Psychiatric Condition during Marital Dissolution
Wednesday, February 23
Ending a marriage can create stress and serious depression for even the most highly functioning individual. Each person responds to this major life event in different ways and varied timing. When does an individual’s situational depression rise to the level of an impairing medical condition? When might it impact future earning capacity? How does one fairly and objectively evaluate someone’s work capability when clouded by divorce and depression?
This in-service will highlight these questions and give you take away materials to assist you in handling cases when depression or anxiety disorders may be an issue. Presenter is an experienced Psychologist and Vocational Consultant who has evaluated numerous divorce lients for earning capacity.
Presented by: Mark Raderstorf, MA, CRC, CCM, LP, Behavioral Medical Interventions
1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 152194

SOLO & SMALL FIRM SECTION: Orders for Protection and Harassment Restraining Orders: A Primer for the Independent Practitioner
Thursday, February 24
Attorneys in all practice areas interact with individuals affected by domestic violence and harassment. Depending upon the relationship between the alleged victim and aggressor, an individual may seek an OFP or HRO if they have experienced domestic abuse, assault, harassment or the threat of harm. Learn the basics of process and qualifications for obtaining Harassment Restraining Orders and Orders for Protection. Who can obtain protection? Which type of protection is appropriate to request when? How does one request protection? What is the process after filing? What are the implications of violating both types of orders? Join us for an overview of the process and qualifications for obtaining OFPs and HROs.
Presented by: Kelly Lawton Rogosheske, Rogosheske Lawton, PC

1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 152196

EIGHT WAYS A LAWYER CAN SAVE THE SMALL BUSINESS FROM AN HR DISASTER
Friday, February 25
Attorneys Zach Crain and Dan Prokott will discuss eight common human resources related issues faced by small businesses, and share advice on how to avoid pitfalls with significant consequences. Issues to be covered include drug testing policies, medical history inquiries, hiring and firing, and responding to unemployment claims.
Presented by: Zach Crain, Moore, Costello & Hart and Dan Prokott, Faegre & Benson
2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE- 151451

CRIMINAL LAW CLE: Addressing Jury Bias - A Practical Approach
Monday, February 28
As Minnesota becomes increasingly diverse, juries and participants in the criminal justice system now reflect the changing demographics of the state. Accordingly, there are new challenges facing participants who are exposed to this evolving population. This presentation will focus on practical pointers for attorneys and judges in understanding real issues that may arise in a jury trial, and how to overcome potential jury bias in the representation of minorities.
Presented by: Murad M. Mohammad, Mohammad & Jaafar-Mohammad, LLC
1 Elimination of Bias CLE credit approved - CODE 152197

March 2011

LAW AND LITERATURE: "THE 'OTHER' IN THE LAW"
Wednesday, March 9
Explore how the "other" is treated in the law in this two credit elimination of bias class. Who is the other and how do their views differ from ours in life and the law? Participants will be given three short stories to read before class so that they can be discussed during the CLE.
Presented by: David Schultz, Hamline University Graduate School of Management
2 Elimination of Bias CLE credits approved - CODE 152262

TRUSTS AND ESTATES SECTION: Working with Insolvent Estates
Thursday, March 10
Issues with insolvent estates, including transfer of assets outside of probate and claims of creditors.
Presented by: John Van Valkenburg, Gerten & Van Valkenburg, PA
1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 153201

REAL ESTATE SECTION: New Landlord and Tenant Laws from the 2010 Legislative Session
Tuesday, March 15
The 2010 session of the Minnesota Legislature produced a lot of new landlord and tenant laws, rivaling the number laws enacted from the 1989 Governor’s Commission on Affordable Housing and the 2008 Legislative Task Force on Mortgage Foreclosures. The new laws cover security deposits, storage of personal property, rent receipts and money orders, foreclosed property notices, shared utility meters, tenant screening, late fees, and attorney fees, with effective dates including August 1, 2010, January 1, 2011, and August 1, 2011. Veteran landlord and tenant attorney Larry McDonough will present the update.
Presented by: Larry McDonough, Visiting Clinical Professor, Hamline University School of Law
1 Standard CLE credit approved - CODE 152948

OPENING AND CLOSING ARGUMENTS: ARE THERE ANY RULES, OR DOES ANYTHING GO?
Wednesday, March 16
Two experienced jury trial lawyers, one a plaintiff’s lawyer and the other a defense lawyer, will: 1) review the basic rules and case law of opening statements and closing arguments, 2) discuss strategies, tips and tactics from the plaintiff and defendant perspectives, 3) discuss how the ethics rules affect the choices of the zealous advocate, and 4) answer your questions.
Presented by: Robert Mahoney, Geraghty, O’Loughin & Kenney, P.A. & Michael W. Unger, Unger Law Office
2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 151452

THE ETHICAL LAWYER: BULLIES NOT WELCOME
Friday, March 18
This CLE will examine the ethical considerations in both the transaction and litigation context. The first two hours will focus on the ethics faced by transactional attorneys in contract drafting and negotiation. The third hour will focus on the ethics faced by litigators in settlement and mediation.
Presented by: Gregory Duhl, Associate Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law, Jim Hilbert, Adjunct/Affiliated Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law & Terrence J. Fleming, Lindquist & Vennum
3 Ethics CLE credits approved - CODE 15219

FAMILY LAW SECTION: How to Effectively Represent Clients in Early Neutral Evaluations
Wednesday, March 23
Learn how to effectively represent clients in the non-traditional context of Social and Financial Early Neutral Evaluations, from assessing the case, being prepared as an advocate, preparing the client, and then successfully participating in the process.
Presented by: Tom Tuft, Tuft & Lach, PLLC; Kevin McGrath, Attorney & Rule 114 Neutral, McGrath Mediation, LLC and Joani Moberg, Moberg & Henschel, P.A.
1 Standard CLE credit approved - CODE 153202

SOLO & SMALL FIRM SECTION: Basics of Probate & Estate Planning Law
Thursday, March 24
There are a number of areas of law you need to be familiar with to handle estate planning and probate matters well. This presentation will cover the basics of wills and trusts, federal estate taxes under the new law, probate, medical assistance, transfer on death deeds, powers of attorney, and more. This will be an introduction to estate planning and probate for anyone new to these areas, or a good way to stay on top of recent changes for the experienced practitioner.
Presented by: Robert J. Lawton, Ginkel & Gallagher

1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 152949

HOW TO SERVE ON A NONPROFIT BOARD
Tuesday, March 29
The issues facing nonprofit organizations can feel foreign to even seasoned business
attorneys. This session will highlight basic considerations of entity structure, governance,
maintenance of tax-exempt status, and reporting that are unique to nonprofit
organizations. The topic should be helpful to you if your practice brings you into contact
with nonprofit organizations, or if you want to better understand how to discharge your
duties as a member of a nonprofit board.
Presented by: Heidi Neff Christianson, Moore, Costello & Hart, P.L.L.P
1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 152266

NEW CONVERSATIONS ABOUT WHITE PRIVILEGE
Wednesday, March 30
Participate in a meaningful conversation about race and racism in this seminar facilitated by the St. Paul Foundation’s Facing Race Initiative. The course increases personal awareness of issues of race and racism and increases personal comfort levels in addressing these issues. The seminar draws on the work of author Dr. Peggy McIntosh, who writes, “I feel that seeing privilege is the missing link between understanding discrimination of any kind and how to end it. I now believe that white privilege, rather than discrimination, is the central actor in racism.”
Presented by: Rowzat Shipchandler, Facing Race Initiative, St. Paul Foundation
2 Elimination of Bias credits approved - CODE 147480

April 2011

ESTATES & TRUSTS FOR NON-TRADITIONAL FAMILIES
Friday, April 8
Melissa Houghtaling and Rebecca Heltzer will present on tips for estate planning for the non-traditional family, specifically the LGBT family. This session will focus on particular clauses and issues when drafting Wills, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives as well as the use of Domestic Partnership Agreements for unmarried non-traditional families.
Presented by: Melissa Houghtaling & Rebecca Heltzer, Heltzer & Houghtaling, PA
2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 153204

PREPARING THE CLIENT / WITNESS FOR TRIAL
Wednesday, April 13
This course will present an overview on how to prepare the client/witness to provide credible, persuasive and enlightening testimony at trial. We will discuss different techniques to prepare the witness for direct and cross examination and how to work with documents and other exhibits during their testimony. We will also review how to prepare the client for possible impeachment techniques which may be used by opposing counsel and how the witness can be effectively rehabilitated during redirect examination.
Presented by:
Joseph F. Kueppers, Kueppers, Kronschnabel & Daly, P.A. & Pat O’Neill, Jr., O’Neill & Murphy, LLP
2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 151453

TRUSTS & ESTATES SECTION: Representing Multiple Parties in Trust & Estate Planning
Thursday, April 14
Attorneys who simultaneously represent more than one client in a matter, such as estate planning for a husband and wife, face unique ethical dilemmas. This CLE will explore how attorneys can identify conflicts of interest between multiple clients, when written waivers are appropriate, the types of conflicts that cannot be waived, confidentiality rules, and challenges in settling cases for multiple clients.
Presented by: Eric T. Cooperstein, Law Offices of Eric T. Cooperstein PLLC
1 Ethics CLE credit approved - CODE 153489

VIDEO REPLAY: IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU - ETHICS, LIFE AS A LAWYER AND THE DISCIPLINARY PROCESS
Friday, April 15
This multifaceted program explores an attorney’s successful journey through challenges and choices related to the practice of law and the life of the lawyer. Through vignettes and expert panel discussions, attendees will experience the stages of the disciplinary process from initial complaint through discipline and reinstatement and be introduced to ethical and other challenges faced by attorneys in a variety of settings including solo and firm practice as well as other environments. Discussion will include responsibilities of and options for colleagues and supervisors, the ethical obligations of attorneys within and outside of the disciplinary process, quality of life challenges, and resources available through Minnesota’s Lawyer Assistance Program.
Live commentary provided by: Judith M. Rush, Attorney at Law. P.C. and Joan Bibelhausen, Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
The program includes a keynote by Justice Paul Anderson; an expert panel representing professional responsibility/discipline, lawyer assistance, and mental and chemical health; and a series of vignettes narrated by JP Barone, with an all star cast of attorneys directed by Barbara Snyder, LADC, script writer, including, among others, Ken Jorgensen, Ethics Counsel, Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Tim Gephart, Vice-President, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co; Richard Williams, Williams & Iverson and former Chair of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers; Cassie Hanson; Assistant Director, Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility; Sally Ackerman, actress, lawyer and member of the MSBA Life & the Law Committee and other familiar faces from the RCBA, LCL, and the MSBA Life & the Law Committee
3 Ethics CLE credits approved - CODE 152843

REAL ESTATE SECTION: Recent Amendments to the New Home Warranty Statute -- New Rights, New Rules, New ADR
Tuesday, April 19
Please join us to hear about the recent amendments to the Minnesota Home Warranty Statute. The presentation will cover the recently-enacted amendment to the home warranty statute, which went into effect on January 1, 2011. The program will include a discussion of the mechanics and status of the new state-sponsored ADR system established for disputed warranty claims.
Presented by: Timothy Hassett, Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt, & Brenda M. Sauro, Hammargren & Meyer, P.A.
1 Standard CLE credit approved - CODE 154103

FAMILY LAW SECTION: Women's Rights in Islam Regarding Marriage and Divorce
Wednesday, April 27
Discussion of women's rights in Islam regarding marriage and divorce. Imani Jaafar-Mohammad will discuss working with Muslim clients in the divorce context, and how practitioners can better serve their Muslim clients by developing a deeper understanding of their religious practice and cultural traditions.
Presented by: Imani Jaafar-Mohammad, Mohammad & Jaafar-Mohammad, LLC
1 Elimination of Bias CLE credit approved - CODE 154060

EVIDENTIARY ISSUES FROM PRETRIAL MOTIONS THROUGH APPELLATE DECISIONS
Wednesday, April 27
Hear from the esteemed Court of Appeals Judge (and former Chief Judge) about current issues in evidentiary law, from pretrial motions through trial through appellate decisions. Judge Toussaint‘s presentations always enlighten and entertain.
Presented by: Hon. Edward Toussaint, Jr., Judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals
2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 153205

SOLO & SMALL FIRM SECTION: To The Cloud! Legal Ethics in Social Media and Cloud Computing
Thursday, April 28
Presented by: Michael R. Bradley, Bradley & Guzzetta, LLC

1 Ethics CLE credit approved - CODE 154059

May 2011

THE LEXIS STRATEGIC EDGE - RESEARCH BEYOND CASE LAW
Monday, May 9
Lexis for Microsoft Office -The results you need, one click away
Now you can get immediate access to LexisNexis content while you work within the applications you use every day – Microsoft Word, Outlook and SharePoint. Less time spent switching between applications translates into more time doing your job more effectively.
Lexis Advance - Lexis® Advance is a new online research solution that will transform the way they conduct legal research. It provides a more efficient and intuitive way to search while delivering comprehensive and relevant results that can be managed, stored and accessed on demand.
Verdict and Settlement Analyzer -See outcomes and establish patterns from past cases, Quantify judgments or evaluate possible exposure
Expert Witness Profiler -Disqualify or discredit the opposing expert , uncover red flags and important trends, Drive more effective case strategy, Engage the best possible expert for your case
Courtlink - Gather the critical litigation intelligence you need to gain and sustain a real strategic edge in any case.
Public Records – gather background information on parties to the litigation the more you know, the better prepared you will be.
Presented by: Nita Panchal, JD/MBA, Solutions Consultant, Lexis Nexis
1 Law Office Management CLE credit approved
- CODE 155263

REAL ESTATE SECTION: RECENT CASE LAW AND SELECTED REAL ESTATE TOPICS
Tuesday, May 10
A summary and discussion of important appellate cases decided in 2010 and 2011 will be presented along with an analysis of selected real estate topics including how to cure a defectively created joint tenancy and when it is proper to file a Notice of Lis Pendens in the course of litigation.
Presented by: Richard J. Gabriel, Gabriel Law Office, PLLC

1 Standard CLE credit approved - CODE 154809

TROS AND INJUNCTIONS: A Practical Guide to Bringing and Defending Temporary Restraining Orders and Injunctions in Minnesota State and Federal Court
Wednesday, May 11
Join two experienced litigators as they walk through practice pointers and issues often confronted in seeking emergency and equitable relief. The course will include a step-by-step guide and sample documents.
Presented by: James Forman, Oberman Thompson & Segal, LLC and Kathy S. Kimmel, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP
2 standard CLE credits approved
- CODE 153491

TRUSTS & ESTATES SECTION: I Am Not My Illness: Dealing with Mental Illness
Thursday, May 12
Gain knowledge of the experience of mental illness, community treatment options and procedural and ethical issues that arise in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings.
Hear about the challenges of dealing with severe mental illness and the road to health and recovery. Learn about what mental illness is (and what it isn't), how it is diagnosed, and how symptoms are experienced and treated. Learn about treatment approaches and the outcomes that can be achieved with proper intervention and monitoring. And explore the ethical challenges that lawyers face when representing clients who are dealing with mental illness (either their own or that of a family member), as well as the legal options and tools lawyers can employ in these situations.
Presented by: Michael P. Sampson, J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.; Matthew J. Frerichs, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi; Will Susens, NAMI Ramsey County; Julie Grothe, Guild Incorporated and Grace Tangjerd Schmitt, Guild Incorporated

1 Elimination of Bias CLE credit approved - CODE 155268

ESTATE & SUCCESSION PLANNING FOR BUSINESS OWNERS
Friday, May 13
One of the largest issues for business owners is their succession plan. This CLE will highlight many of the estate planning devices and techniques created especially for business owners, providing a good introduction to those with little familiarity with the topics and a nice refresher course for those who practice in the area.
Presented by: Marya Robben, Lindquist & Vennum and Matt Shea, Gray, Plant, Mooty
2 standard CLE credits approved
- CODE 153493

DIVERSITY CLE: No, They Can’t Just ‘Get Over It!’ - Representing Clients with Historical Trauma
Tuesday, May 17
Historical Trauma is emotional and psychological effects in the aftermath of a traumatic event that is then passed onto the following generation, although that particular generation has not experienced the triggering traumatic event itself. Failing to fully understand historical trauma and its effects on individuals and groups can negatively impact meaningful access to the legal system. Presenters will provide a basic understanding of historical trauma and how historical trauma differs from a lone traumatic event. Presenters will also provide attendees with an understanding of how historical trauma impacts the legal system and offer tips for the legal practitioner to provide more meaningful access to individuals suffering from historical trauma.
Dr. Antony Stately, PhD, Director of Mental Health, Chemical Health and Employee Assistance Programs at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
2 Elimination of Bias credits applied for

TRAUMATICALLY INJURED CLIENTS – THE MEDICAL AND LEGAL IMPACT
Friday, May 20
This course will present an overview of commonly seen traumatic injuries including their basic anatomy, evaluation, proper diagnosis and management, clinical significance, appropriate treatment and when and where a referral is needed. The course will also explore the relevance and medical-legal impact of pre-existing injuries, degeneration, exacerbations and temporary verses permanent injuries. The presentation will conclude with how a significant injury impacts your case, how the building of your case begins with the patient’s first treatment and what the doctor should and should not be doing to both help and avoid hurting your case.
Presented by: Dr. Shane Boroditsky, D.C., Minnesota Chiropractic and Rehabilitation
2 Standard CLE credits approved - CODE 154104


CONTRACT DRAFTING BASICS
Tuesday, May 24
All lawyers draft contracts - some formal, some less so; some deliberately intentional, and, unfortunately, some without much thought. Very few of us spend any time in law school or engage in rigorous study of how to draft these documents. At any stage of your career, good contract drafting basics are a necessity. During this seminar, we will discuss standard contract drafting principles and share insights on how to draft contracts that are designed to minimize risk while achieving your client’s objectives. Real-life examples of good, and not so good, drafting will be shared and used throughout the discussion.
Presented by: Violet Struss, Senior Group Counsel, Target Corporation and Royee Vlodaver, Chief Manager and President of Vlodaver Law Offices, LLC
2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 153797

FAMILY LAW CLE: Creative Solutions from Practitioners in Dealing with Real Property Issues and the Increase in Drafting Language to Deal with the Possibility of Foreclosures in J&Ds
Wednesday, May 25
Overview of the foreclosure process and creative solutions for dealing with the foreclosure crisis within a family law practice. Learn practical tips for helping family law clients facing foreclosure while in the marital dissolution process, including suggestions regarding language to be used when drafting J&Ds.
Presented by: Lymari Santana, Mack & Santana Law Offices, P.C. and Jeffrey C. O'Brien, Mansfield, Tanick & Cohen, P.A.
1 standard CLE credit approved - CODE 154808

SOLO & SMALL FIRM SECTION: Choice of Entity and Office Lease Issues for Solo & Small Firms
Thursday, May 26
Discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of the various forms of corporate entities and questions that often arise about office leases, both with a focus on issues unique to law firms.
Presented by: Jack P. Roberts, The Law Firm of Roberts & Stotzheim, PLLC

1 Ethics CLE credit approved - CODE 154810

AVOIDING MALPRACTICE CLAIMS & ETHICAL COMPLAINTS: A MALPRACTICE INSURER'S VIEW
Thursday, May 26
Discussion of the relationship of malpractice claims and ethical complaints, including how improving client relations and communication skills can help avoid claims and complaints.
Presented by: Timothy Gephart, VP, Claims, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual
1 Ethics CLE credit approved - CODE 155218

June 2011

SOCIAL MEDIA POLICIES EVERY BUSINESS SHOULD HAVE (WEBINAR)
Tuesday, June 7
This one-hour CLE will cover the basics of social media policies for businesses. The course will focus on two angles: human relations/employment concerns and public relations/marketing. Overly-restrictive policies on how employees use social media can spell trouble for some employers. Failing to educate employees on using social media for enhancing message and customer service is problematic as well.
Michael R. Bradley, partner at Bradley & Guzzetta, LLC, and Laura Bergus, social media policy and technology consultant at Bradley & Guzzetta, LLC, will cover the basics of avoiding common social media pitfalls and protecting businesses against liability from unfettered social media use. The presentation will offer suggestions for social media best practices for business as well.
Presented by: Michael Bradley, Bradley & Guzzetta, LLC and Laura Bergus, Bradley & Guzzetta, LLC
1 Standard CLE credit approved - CODE 154062

DEALING WITH ELDERLY PARENTS
Wednesday, June 8
The panel of speakers for this seminar will discuss the many issues that arise with elderly parents and relatives.
Tara Mattessich will discuss estate planning including health care directives, powers of attorney, wills and revocable trusts. What documents should be in place or reviewed? What are the consequences of no planning? How do family dynamics factor in?
Doctor David Klevan, a geriatric physician with HealthPartners, will discuss the challenges of failing health, incapacity, and end of life care. How to deal with dementia or memory loss? How do physicians apply health care directives? What are some strategies for healthy living in the later years?
Jeff Schmidt will discuss long term care planning & finance, including the programs, insurance, opportunities and planning available. He will cover the basics of Medical Assistance, Medicare, Veterans Benefits, and Long Term Care Insurance and how they can work together with a client’s personal resources to provide a reasonable and even satisfactory outcome to the potentially expensive problem.
Presented by: Tara D. Mattessich, Moore, Costello & Hart, PLLP; Dr. David Klevan, geriatric physician with HealthPartners; and Jeff Schmidt, Schmitz & Schmidt PA
2 Standard CLE credits approved - CODE 154063

ETHICS AMALGAM: FLAT FEE ARRANGEMENTS, FAMILY LAW ISSUES AND ISSUES FACED BY NEW SOLO AND SMALL FIRM PRACTITIONERS
Friday, June 10
Hear from experienced presenters about a mix of current ethics issues for Minnesota lawyers, including ethics questions arising with fee arrangements; ethics issues in family law, and potential ethical problems with setting up a new solo or small firm practice.
Presented by: Eric Cooperstein, Eric T. Cooperstein, PLLC, Attorney at Law, Dan O’Connell and Victoria Brenner, Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh, PLLP and Patrick R. Burns, First Assistant Director, Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility
3 Ethics CLE credits approved - CODE 154064

STRATEGIES TO AVOID BANKRUPTCY AND LEGITIMATE STRATEGIES TO PLAN FOR BANKRUPTCY
Tuesday, June 14
This seminar is aimed at lawyers who do not handle bankruptcies and at bankruptcy lawyers who want to review other options for their clients. Topics will include how lawyers can avoid problems arising out of clients’ bankruptcies, and dealing with threatened mortgage foreclosures, debt collectors, credit reporting problems, student loan debts and tax debts.
Presented by: Kenneth E. Keate, Keate Law Office, PA and Randall Smith, Randall Smith Law Office
2 standard CLE credits approved - CODE 155261

FUNDAMENTALS OF POST-TRIAL MOTION AND PREPARATION FOR APPEAL IN STATE AND FEDERAL COURT
Wednesday, June 15
Hear from the experts about post-trial motions and preparation for appeal in state and federal court. Post-trial motions discussion will include Motions for JMOL, for New Trial, for Amended Findings, Taxation of Costs and more. Preparation for appeal will include important decisions in decisions in deciding whether to appeal, appealable judgements and orders, time to appeal and narrowing the issues on appeal.
Presented by: Diane B. Bratvold, Briggs and Morgan, PA
2 Standard CLE credits approved - CODE 153799

CHANGING TECHNOLOGY AND THE ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE
Friday, June 17
Attorneys should understand how to maintain client confidences for the purpose of preserving the attorney-client privilege as well as providing ethical representation. At the same time, attorneys should be comfortable utilizing the technological tools, such as email, social networking sites and cell phones that benefit their practice. Today, attorneys can send privileged information instantaneously from anywhere in the world. Managing how that data is kept confidential requires an understanding of the rules of privilege and the technology used to communicate.
Presented by: Matthew Gasaway, Senior Litigation Consultant, Litigation Services Division, UnitedLex
1 Ethics CLE credit approved
- CODE 155264

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