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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speakers: Kimberly Larson, Gregory Richard, Tiffany Doherty-Schooler, Maren Schroeder, Pam Wandzel
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 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 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 email@example.com
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MPA Board of Directors Meeting
Topic: The Impact of Statutes on Civil Litigation
Statutes have a significant impact on tort litigation. There may be express remedies for statutory breaches, as in cases involving Civil Damage Act claims, or remedies may be implied for statutory violations. Most commonly, however, a statutory violation will provide a basis that violation of a statute is negligence per se. This discussion will focus on the issues involved in using statutes in civil litigation.
Speaker: Mike Steenson, Bell Distinguished Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Mike Steenson is the Bell Distinguished Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the University of Iowa College of Law. Following graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Miles W. Lord on the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota and then began a long teaching career at then William Mitchell College of Law, now Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Professor Steenson is a member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He teaches in the areas of Torts, Constitutional Law, including the First Amendment, and American Legal History. He is a recipient of the Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Litigation Section’s Advocate’s Award.
This event is available for remote attendance only.
CLE credit has been applied for this session.
Please RSVP by May 13, 2021.
Cost: Members - Free
Non-Members - $15
Topic: Courtroom Basics for Paraprofessionals
This CLE will go over the Minnesota rules of court regarding decorum, procedure, evidentiary rules and offer some tips on appearing before a judicial officer. This class is intended to be approachable and interesting for paraprofessionals who are expanding their practice into court appearances under the Legal Paraprofessional Pilot Project.
I have been an attorney for over 30 years, and have spent the vast majority of my career concentrating in the area of family law. Like most family law attorneys, I entered this practice area because I care deeply about children and families. Unlike many attorneys, however, I understand what my clients are going through on a very personal level having been a child of divorce and having experienced my own divorce 30 years ago.
I am deeply aware of how the choices we make during and after divorce can help or hinder our children. My philosophy is that "Children are not a prize to be won." They deserve the love and support of both parents throughout their lives. My job is to guide and support my clients through the complex legal system, advocating for them so that their focus can be on healing themselves and their children, and on laying a solid foundation for the future.
In addition to helping Minnesota individuals and families through my practice, I also consider it a priority to volunteer my legal services. As a sign of this commitment, I offer a two-hour free session on the basics of divorce, custody, and parenting time, and answer all your legal questions about divorce once a month at my office. I am proud to have been recognized as a volunteer attorney in association with Central Minnesota Legal Services, and I also volunteer regularly at the Law Clinic located in the Wright County Law Library. This is part of my commitment to helping parents who need to understand the legal process and who want to develop child-friendly parenting plans. Family law disputes and their aftermath are hard, as I know from both personal and professional experience, but I take great satisfaction in giving my clients hope for a brighter future.
Areas of Practice
Admissions to Practice
Professional Associations And Memberships
Honors and Awards
"Did You Hear What Opposing Counsel Did Today?" Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Forum, Spring/Vol 17, No 3 (2009).
Various Blog posts through the Minnesota Bar Solo/Small Soapbox. 2015 - present.
Legal Process Section of Parenting Through Divorce, University of Minnesota Extension, 2006 - 2015.
What Does "Reasonable Preference of the Child" Mean for Custody Purposes? Minnesota CLE, 2014.
Basic Housing Law for Battered Women's Advocates, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, 1998 - 2000
Remote attendance only.
Please RSVP by May 17th, 2021.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Amanda Bean or Jennessa Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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