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Topic: 29 Tech Tips for Working Remotely
Technology tips that will be reviewed:
Speakers: Todd Scott
Todd Scott is the Executive manager for Minnesota Lawyer’s Mutual's online and live risk management CLE seminars, online teaching tools, and web 2.0 services. Since 1996, Todd has served as MLM's chief practice management advisor for MLM's lawyer clients throughout the United States. He is an author and frequent guest lecturer on topics of legal ethics, malpractice avoidance, and legal technology for attorneys and legal professionals.
Specialties: legal risk management, legal ethics, law firm technology, CLE education, small law firm consulting, web services development.
Remote attendance only.
Member Cost: Free
Non-Member Cost: $15
Please register no later than April 12th, 2021.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lesa Eastman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topic: From the Frontlines: Immigration Discussion on Legality and Human Rights
Join us as for an informative session with two experienced immigration paralegals based in the Twin Cities.They will discuss their work within different areas of immigration law and cover topics such as:
Rachel Crane: Rachel has been an immigration paralegal at Fredrikson & Byron since 2017, through which she has gained experience in employment-based immigration for physicians and researchers, family-based petitions, and pro bono asylum work. In 2019, she travelled to Karnes Detention Center in Texas to provide legal services to detained asylum-seekers as part of a pro bono project for Fredrikson & Byron. She is currently a first-year law student at the University of St.Thomas School of Law.
Liz Eckholdm: Liz is Minneapolis based legal professional who has over seven years of experience as an immigration paralegal specializing in deportation and litigation defense. She has first-hand experience preparing complex asylum and relief from removal applications and working with clients from a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Inspired by her work in serving the immigrant community, she is currently a first-year law student at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and a law clerk for Hennepin County.
CLE credit has been requested.
Remote attendance is available.
Please register no later than April 13, 2021.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tara Gardell or Stefanie Lee at email@example.com
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Topic: Ethics for Paralegals
There will be discussion regarding the Code of Ethics and various ethical scenarios for paralegals to consider when working on cases.
Speaker: Kathryn Lammers
Kathryn Lammers heads H&L’s family law department. She is a skilled advocate with years of experience representing clients in all aspects of family law including trials, mediations, ENEs, moderated settlement conferences, and appeals. Ms. Lammers believes that being a good lawyer requires more than just an understanding of the legal issues. She believes agood lawyer has good instincts and empathy and can analyze the symptoms of larger issues and address both the symptoms and the issues intelligently and effectively.
She is a rule 114 qualified neutral and a qualified family law mediator. She is certified as a SENE and FENE mediator. She also serves as a Ramsey County and Hennepin County volunteer mediator. She is also a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota Bar Association, Douglas K Amdahl Inn of Court and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is a former member of the Minnesota Association for Justice. She serves as a mentor attorney for the University of St. Thomas mentor program. She has presented various CLEs at the Hennepin County Bar Association on the topics of bankruptcy and divorce and discovery issues. She recently presented at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law on the intersection of family law matters and tax issues. She has authored articles on School Choice in Minnesota and Third-Party Custody matters. Katie is on the bench and bar committee at the Hennepin County Bar Association working to bring the members of the bench in contact with members of the bar through education. She also serves as a volunteer investigator on the 4th Judicial District Ethics Committee.
Katie lives in Bloomington with her husband Mike and their two children. She enjoys running, working out, cooking, and reading mystery novels.
CLE credit has been applied for this session.
Please RSVP by April 15th, 2021.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Amanda Bean or Jennessa Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Topic: MPA Duluth Chapter Meeting - Family Law Updates
Updates in Family Law for 2021. The presentation will be on new laws, policies or procedures for 2021.
Speaker: Katrina M. Viegas
Katrina M. Viegas is a family law attorney who is licensed to practice in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She began her career in biology and environmental science, then went to the University of St.Thomas School of Law (Minneapolis) to pursue her interests in law and policy. In March 2012, Katrina joined the law firm of Gerlach Beaumier & Trogdon (Duluth), and in February 2019 became a partner of Beaumier Trogdon Orman Hurd & Viegas. Katrina’s practice focuses on Minnesota and Wisconsin family law, primarily divorce, paternity, child protection, third party custody, orders for protection and harassment restraining orders. She also has done some work with family law appellate cases, one of which was featured during a breakout session during the 2020 Family Law Institute. She also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for her local Girl Scouts Council, Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines. Currently, Katrina is also honored to be participating in the 2021 Minnesota Women Lawyers Leadership Institute.
This event is available for remote attendance only.
Please RSVP by April 16th, 2021.
Cost: Members - Free
Non-Members - $15
Topic: The Gig Economy During the Pandemic
This presentation will touch on the "gig economy" in 2020/21 - where temporary positions, short-term contracts, and freelance positions are becoming more common. Attorneys Kurt J. Erickson and Ben Sandahl with Littler in Minneapolis will cover some of the common issues arising from temporary "gig" workers, including recent developments, throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic. This presentation will also cover recent regulatory efforts by local Minnesota agencies, such as the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and will address changes with the new Biden administration.
Speakers: Kurt J. Erickson and Ben Sandahl
Kurt J. Erickson | Shareholder, Littler
Kurt J. Erickson has significant experience in representing public and private employers in labor and employment matters. He appears regularly before state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, as well as proceedings before other state administrative tribunals. Kurt routinely defends clients in litigation matters, including class action litigation, involving discrimination and harassment, accommodation issues, whistleblowing and retaliation, breach of contract, unfair labor practices, and trade secret and non-compete issues. In addition, he provides advice and counsel to clients on these matters and other employment law issues such as drafting of employee handbooks, policies and procedures and the hiring, performance management and termination of employees. Prior to joining Littler, Kurt was a partner at a large national employment law firm and also worked as in-house corporate counsel for a major airline, where he managed nationwide employment litigation and provided counsel on a wide range of employment related matters. He also served as special assistant and assistant attorney general with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, where he handled a variety of disputes involving race, gender and disability discrimination.
Ben Sandahl | Associate, Littler
Ben Sandahl represents clients in a variety of labor and employment matters. In addition to actively litigating cases, he frequently advises clients regarding pre-litigation matters in attempts to avoid litigation, with the goal of correct positioning should litigation arise. Prior to joining Littler, Ben worked at another national law firm. He won the then-largest judgment in the history of Illinois and the largest breach of fiduciary duty judgment in the United States for a real estate company by writing a partial summary judgment motion that the court largely granted.
Remote attendance only!
Please register no later than April 27, 2021.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Maddie Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After careful consideration, NFPA has decided that this year’s Joint Conference will be an entirely virtual event held on June 11-13, 2021. By going virtual, this change affords all members the opportunity to access valuable information regarding association leadership, certification and regulation within the paralegal profession from the comfort of your own home or office.
This year’s Joint Conference will deliver the same top-quality speakers and educational content our members and other attendees have come to expect. NFPA also hopes that by eliminating travel expenses for attendees, this virtual event might even allow more members to participate.
The agenda and speakers will be announced in the next couple of weeks. Please check back on NFPA's Joint Conference page for updates and be on the lookout for emails that will alert you to new information.
If you have any questions, please contact Tom Stephenson, RP®, at email@example.com.
Topic: Addressing interim issues before the Initial Case Management Conference
Mr. Kretchmer will discuss in the interim issues before the Initial Case Management Conference as those times are often unknown.
Speaker: Zachary Kretchmer
Since 2003, Mr. Kretchmer's legal practice has been exclusively devoted to representing individuals on all varieties of Minnesota family law-related cases, particularly divorce and all it entails, including complex financial matters, non-marital property, spousal maintenance, paternity, custody & parenting time, and child support. To make the best decisions for you and your family, you need to have the best information, and Mr. Kretchmer will always strive to provide just that. Mr. Kretchmer will deliver advocacy, guidance, advice, support, and feedback, and promise to tell you what he thinks you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear. Mr. Kretchmer also regularly offers alternative dispute resolution services, including mediation, early neutral evaluations, and arbitration.
Please RSVP by June 22, 2021.
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