Upcoming MPA Events

Upcoming events

    • March 29, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Nilan Johnson Lewis, 120 So. 6th Street, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55402
    Included in this presentation will be information about:
    • How the proliferation of e-billing is changing how firms bill their clients  
    • New Client Facing Analytics and what it means to all timekeepers including paralegals
    • What the advances in Artificial Intelligence Means for timekeepers and their firms
    • Reimagined Paralegal roles in emerging firms
    • LPM and budget concerns to a successful representation
    • New Compensation Models in the next 7 years
    • Lex Machina and Courtroom analytics
    • Outsourcing of legal/paralegal services
    • What you can do today to survive and thrive tomorrow

    Our speaker will be Bob Karau CICP, Manager of Client Financial Services, Robins Kaplan LLP

    Bob is currently Manager of Client Financial Services for Robins Kaplan LLP, a large national law firm. He has worked in the credit and financial services profession for over 35 years and has worked in the legal industry for the last 14 years.  He has been a credit manager for the Valspar Corporation, Principal Resources and ITT Finance.  In addition, Bob has done extensive consulting on Sarbanes Oxley, corporate governance and compliance issues for Grant Thornton LLP and 3M Corporation.  Bob has served on advisory teams for large national legal industry vendors that specialize in the legal industry.  He is also a member of the Silo Busters Innovation Team at Robins Kaplan.   

    Bob believes in giving back to those in his profession and spends time meeting with, and mentoring, displaced credit and finance executives.  Bob has had numerous articles published in credit and finance publications, including 4 articles published in 2017.  In 2016, he was asked to write an introduction which was published as the first chapter in a new book titled: The MentorShip. Bob has presented seven national webinars through the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) including two in 2017.  Bob has combined his love of music with his business passion and has presented large-scale, mixed media presentations on finance and leadership for several national conferences. In 2016, Bob was a featured speaker at the ALA (Association of Legal Administrators) Annual Conference in Los Angeles.  He also presented at both upcoming regional ALA conferences in 2017.  He is currently in the process of rewriting a chapter on Sarbanes-Oxley for the soon to be published 2018 Book of Commercial and Credit Laws.

    In 2017, Bob was awarded the CFDD Distinguished Member achievement (DMA) Award. Bob is a recipient of the Forius/NACM Credit Executive of the Year Award and the Valspar “Presidents Forum Award.” Bob serves as an Area Director and board member for NACM’s Credit and Financial Developmental Division (CFDD) and is a past president of his local CFDD chapter.  He is currently member of the NACM National Law Forum Credit Group and also served 9 years as a Director on his local NACM affiliate board.

    In December of 2016, Bob presented at the Minneapolis/St Paul CFDD meeting on “Reimagining Your Department, Your Job and Your Career.”  Since that time, Bob has been asked to make similar presentations on the subject to 3 upcoming conferences and has also presented a national NACM webinar on the topic in February of 2017.  Bob is a life-long futurist/innovator whose favorite mantra on innovations is “Innovate or Evaporate!”  Bob mixes real life stories and humor with analytic data and best practices to make his fast-paced presentations exciting, beneficial and truly memorable.

    Please register no later than March 27th.  This meeting will be held in person and via Go To Meeting.  Please include your preference of attendance when you register.  The Go To Meeting login will be sent to attendees prior to the meeting, a Go To Meeting call in number is also available.  Please contact DeAnne Brooks deanne@depointernational.comwith any questions.

    Cost: FREE (MPA Members) - $10 (Non-Members)

    CLE credit has been applied for.


    • April 10, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Gray Plant Mooty Street Address: 80 South 8th Street, Suite 500 City: Minneapolis State / Province: MN Postal / Zip Code: 55402

    A guide to preventing and responding to cyber sabotage in the workplace. This Sectional will review the sources and types of threats that are apparent in today's workplace. Also the Sectional will review how to respond to a breach and 10 tips to staying safe.

    Our speaker Steve Yoch is a member of the Felhaber Larson Board of Directors. He currently serves as Chair of the Business & Real Estate Section of the Firm, and is also Chair of the Firm'Finance Committee.

    Steve enjoys helping clients avoid and solve problems. His extensive business, transactional, and litigation experience allows him to assist clients in evaluating all the alternatives when facing legal challenges. Most importantly, Steve values the long-term relationships he develops with his clients.

    This meeting will be held in person and via Go To Meeting.  Please include your preference of attendance when you register.  The Go To Meeting login information will be sent to attendees prior to the meeting.  A Go Meeting call in number is also available.  Please contact Lesa Eastman with any questions at lesaeastman@siegelbrill.com. 

    CLE credit has been requested.

    Member Cost: Free 
    Non-Member Cost: $10

    Please register no later than April 6, 2018.


    • April 17, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Amy Lea 'N Me, 683 Winnetka Avenue, Golden Valley, MN 55427

    Spring is officially here!

    Join the MPA for a night of camaraderie, pizza and celebrating the end

    of winter! 

    Join us for a fun make and take event creating an ornamental piece for your home or garden.

    MPA will provide the munchies, but You bring your creativity in

    creating either a Fairy Lantern or Fairy Garden Teacup.  

    Member Cost: Lantern $12 or Teacup $8

    Deadline to RSVP: April 12, 2018

     This is a Members only event


    Please contact networking@mnparalegals.org with any questions.

Past events

March 14, 2018 What's New at the Probate Court and What Needs to be Revisited
March 13, 2018 Rochester Chapter Meeting - Community Mediation: Process and Opportunities
March 13, 2018 Fundamentals of Title in MN
February 27, 2018 A Review of 2017 Significant Cases and Rulings and What to Expect in 2018
February 25, 2018 PACE® and PCCE™ Study Group
February 22, 2018 MPA Networking Happy Hour
February 14, 2018 Probate & Tax Law Sectional Round-Table Discussion
February 13, 2018 Rochester February Chapter Meeting - Affordable Housing Gap in Rochester
February 13, 2018 The Most Important Changes to the AIA Construction Documents – Focus on the New Insurance Provisions
January 30, 2018 Navigating the Information Age - Protecting Your Information and Maintaining Security Awareness
January 30, 2018 Easiest Catch: Don’t Be Another Fish in the Dark ‘Net
January 25, 2018 Family Law Software - Vendor Presentation
January 10, 2018 Residency Wars: Return of the Legislature
January 09, 2018 The New ALTA Commitment Form and Case Law on Title Commitments
December 27, 2017 Family Law Sectional's Year-End Wrap Up
December 13, 2017 Probate and Tax Sectional Annual Planning Meeting for 2018 and Roundtable Discussion/Question and Answer Session
November 15, 2017 Financial Early Neutral Evaluations – How to Help Your Attorney/Clients Organize and Prepare for FENE
November 08, 2017 What is Basis and Why Must it be Consistent
October 26, 2017 People…the Social Engineer’s Dream
October 25, 2017 MPA Fall Membership Gathering
October 11, 2017 Trust Administration of Your Dreams: Utilizing Key Provisions of the Minnesota Trust Code
October 10, 2017 What the FIRPTA? A look at the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act
October 03, 2017 Fall Networking Happy Hour
September 13, 2017 MPA Meet 'n' Paint Event
September 13, 2017 2017 Minnesota Estate Tax Updates
September 12, 2017 Easements, Boundaries and Encroachments in the Title Insurance Context
August 09, 2017 Everyday Ethics Challenges For Paralegals in the Modern Legal World (Employment Law Sectional Meeting)
August 08, 2017 Behind the Scenes of a DEC Investigation
July 27, 2017 AutoSums, Cell References and PivotTables, Oh My!
July 12, 2017 Overview and Recent Updates to Mandatory eFiling and eService with the Minnesota District Courts
June 30, 2017 PACE® and PCCE™ Study Group Launch
June 29, 2017 The Paralegal’s Toolbox for Handling Medicare and Medicaid Claims, Interests and Liens in Personal Injury Litigation
June 14, 2017 Probate and Tax Sectional
June 02, 2017 Discrimination, Retaliation, Harassment and More! Employment Law Sectional
May 24, 2017 Things to Consider when Navigating the Terms of a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (“QDRO”)
May 11, 2017 MPA Annual Convention
May 10, 2017 Paralegal Week: Happy Hour
May 10, 2017 IRAs in Estate Planning, Estates and Trusts
May 09, 2017 Paralegal Week: Community Service at Second Harvest Heartland
May 09, 2017 Has it Been Notarized Correctly - Real Estate Sectional
May 07, 2017 Paralegal Week: “Catch” the Twins vs. the Boston Red Sox
April 26, 2017 Understanding and Navigating the Expedited Child Support Process
April 12, 2017 Rochester Chapter Meeting
April 11, 2017 Resolving Boundary Line Problems Through Transactions and Litigation
March 30, 2017 Litigation in the Age of Social Media: Mining Publicly-Available Information to Enhance Discovery
March 28, 2017 Networking Happy Hour
March 22, 2017 How to Eliminate Workplace Drama and Negativity (Family Law Sectional)
March 22, 2017 How to Eliminate Workplace Drama and Negativity (Family Law Sectional)
March 14, 2017 Medical Assistance Update - Significant Changes for Married Couples (Real Estate Sectional)

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