MPA May Litigation Sectional

  • May 12, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Remote Available



Expert Panel: Minnesota Legal Paraprofessional Pilot Project

Join us for an expert panel discussion about the Legal Paraprofessional Pilot Project. The Pilot Project launched March 1, 2021, which is intended to increase access to civil legal representation in tenant-landlord and family law cases where one or both parties typically appear without legal representation. The Pilot Project permits legal paraprofessionals, under the supervision of a Minnesota attorney, to provide legal advice and, in some cases, represent a client in court in these areas.

If you missed the April presentation by Maren Schroeder or want to learn more, tune in for this session. The panelists will provide different insights into the Pilot Project.

If you have any questions, please contact the Litigation Sectional Co-Chairs (Stefanie Lee and Tara Gardell) at

Speakers: Kimberly Larson, Gregory Richard, Tiffany Doherty-Schooler, Maren Schroeder, Pam Wandzel

Kimberly Larson:

Kim is a Deputy Director in the Court Services Division at the Minnesota State Court Administrator’s Office (SCAO). She started in this role in December 2020 and oversees the operations of the SCAO Research & Evaluation and Programs Units. She joined the SCAO as a court operations analyst in July 2007, and became the manager of the statewide business education team in 2013. Kim provides staff support to the Legal Paraprofessional Pilot Project Standing Committee, and also worked with the Implementation Committee that recommended the Pilot Project structure. Prior to coming to the SCAO, Kim worked as an attorney with Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance representing clients in the areas of family, housing, and immigration law, as well as individuals with disabilities. She is a graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul and in 2018 graduated from the National Center for State Court’s ICM Fellows Program.

Gregory Richard, JD, PhD:

Gregory is an Associate Professor of History and Legal Studies at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. He is the Director of the Legal Studies program. Born and raised in Louisiana, he received his B.A. and his M.A. in history from the University of Louisiana. He also received his J.D. and B.C.L. from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Mississippi. His research interests lie in the history of the carceral state, the death penalty, and the court reform of prisons.

Tiffany Doherty-Schooler:

Tiffany is the Director of Advocacy at Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota. As a member of the Supreme Court Implementation Committee, she assisted in creating the recommended structure and vision for the pilot, and continues her involvement as a current member of the Supreme Court Standing Committee, charged with overseeing the pilot over the next 2 years. Prior to joining Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota, she practiced in central Minnesota in the private and public arenas.

Maren Schroeder, RP®, MnCP:

Maren is a PACE Registered and Minnesota Certified paralegal. She has an undergraduate degree in Paralegal Studies and an MBA with an emphasis in legal administration. Schroeder has experience in intellectual property, civil litigation, family law, criminal defense, non-profit organization, and complex bankruptcy matters. She provides virtual freelance paralegal services for attorneys throughout the United States, and is the Policy Director of Sensible Change Minnesota, working on medical cannabis access and opioid overdose prevention measures at the Minnesota legislature.

She currently serves as the Director of Positions and Issues for the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. Previously she served seven years on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Paralegal Association (MPA) serving as the Director of Greater Minnesota, Director of Professional Development, Director of Marketing, and most recently, Director of Positions and Issues. Passionate about access to justice, which drove her to become a paralegal, she previously served on the Minnesota State Bar Association Task Force on Alternative Legal Models from 2015-2017 and the Minnesota Supreme Court Implementation Committee for the Legal Paraprofessional Practice Pilot Project from 2019-2020; and was appointed to the Minnesota Standing Committee for the Legal Paraprofessional Pilot Project in December 2020. Ms. Schroeder is the recipient of several awards including the 2020 NFPA Justice Champion Award, the inaugural Minnesota Cannabis Culture Award for Medical Cannabis Advocacy, and the 2016 Outstanding Paralegal of the Year Award from the Minnesota Paralegal Association.

Pam Wandzel:

Pam is Fredrikson & Byron’s Director of Pro Bono & Community Service. Pam began work at Fredrikson & Byron in 1993, when she was hired as a staff recruiter in the Human Resources Department. She became a litigation paralegal in 1995 and the firm’s first pro bono coordinator in 1997. Pam managed both positions until 2006, when she became the firm’s full-time Pro Bono & Community Service Coordinator. As Director of Pro Bono & Community Service, Pam works to ensure that Fredrikson & Byron meets its commitment to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge by providing a minimum of 3% of our billable work to low-income individuals and the organizations that serve them.

CLE credit has been requested.

Remote attendance is available.

Member Cost: Free 
Non-Member Cost: $15

Please register no later than  May 11, 2021.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tara Gardell or Stefanie Lee at

Best regards,
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