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Topic: Fine Tuning Your Leadership Skills: The String Theory
Maximizing Your Value Today and Tomorrow
Included in this presentation will be information about:
The program will also touch upon:
As an added feature: During this presentation, Bob will use some stringed musical instruments to illustrate some of the leadership challenges discussed.
Speaker: Bob Karau, 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 15 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.
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 having excerpts from an interview on Artificial Intelligence published in the March, 2019 issue of Business Credit Magazine. 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 eight national webinars through the National Association of Credit Management (NACM). 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. Bob was previously a featured speaker at the ALA (Association of Legal Administrators) Annual Conference in Los Angeles. He also presented at both regional ALA conferences in 2017.
In 2017, Bob was awarded with his profession’s national “Distinguished Member Achievement Award.” Bob is a recipient of the Forius/NACM Credit Executive of the Year Award and the Valspar “Presidents Forum Award.” Bob has served 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 2016, Bob presented “Reimagining Your Department, Your Job and Your Career.” Since that time, Bob has been asked to make similar presentations on the subject to 4 conferences and has also presented a national webinar on the topic. Bob is a life-long futurist/innovator whose favorite mantra 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.
CLE credit has been requested.
Remote attendance is available.
Member Cost: Free
Non-Member Cost: $10
Please register no later than April 26, 2019.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact DeAnne Brooks at email@example.com.
Topic: Keeping It Real & Personal - Two Views of Valuing Property
How often have you watched “Antiques Roadshow” or “Flip or Flop” and guessed the value of a featured item or real property? It’s great fun to guess the value and experience the vicarious thrill when an attendee gets good news, or cringe when the value flops. But finding the appraised value of property often isn’t as easy as just looking up values. Highly skilled appraisers have spent years obtaining expertise and education and are regularly tested by appraisal organizations. Our presenters will expand your understanding of their roles and the standards they follow. Several recent real property and personal property legal cases will be summarized.
Speakers: Shannon Law, ISA AM and Byron Miller, SRA, AI-RRS, RRA
Shannon Law is a generalist appraiser of antiques, residential contents and many categories of fine art. The role of the generalist appraiser carries perhaps the most difficult responsibilities of any personal property appraiser. Generalists need to know something about everything and also know when to call in an expert. She is an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA AM) and has been working as an appraiser in the Twin Cities for ten years.
She is considered a qualified appraiser by the IRS and provides appraisals and consultations for estate tax liability, equitable division and insurance. She also brokers fine art.
Prior to her appraisal career, Shannon was a marketing manager for software companies and start-ups in San Diego mainly in the transportation technology sector.
Shannon received her M.S. in Technical Communications from Colorado State University and received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington.
She is a member of the International Society of Appraisers, Twin Cities Estate Planning Council and the Minnesota Antique Dealers Association.
Byron Miller is a certified residential appraiser licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is the owner and principal appraiser of BM Appraisals in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His firm specializes in valuation services for consulting, divorce, estate, litigation, relocation, and right of way.
This is Byron’s second act, which is a profession of choice. He spent his first act as a firmware engineer/manager for several fortune 500 companies. His appraisal interest started in 1986 when he watched an appraiser appraise his home. However, life got in the way, and he didn’t consummate his passion for the valuation profession until 2001.
Byron has gained a reputation for valuing complex properties. He has experience with agricultural, lakefront, multi-unit, and upper-bracket properties. Additionally, Byron has performed valuation assignments/ reviews for attorneys, eminent domain, estates, and lenders. He is also an instructor, course developer, author, and an eminent domain county commissioner.
Byron has an intense passion for appraising and helping others. This passion manifests itself in the form of continual self improvement through education, instruction, and mentoring.
Byron received his B.A with focus in Computer Science from Metro State University, and received his M.S. in Software Engineering from the University of St. Thomas.
He is the current President of Relocation Appraisers & Consultants, a member of the National Association of REALTORS and Twin Cities Estate Planning Council.
CLE credit has been applied for this session.
RSVP by May 03, 2019.
Please contact Shelly Doerr at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Member Cost: Free (Remote Attendance Available)
Non-Member Cost: $10 (Remote Attendance Available)
Topic: What Can the City Make You Pay? Special Assessments, Area Assessments, Taxes, and Fees?
Minnesota cities have a variety of tools to fund the costs of building government infrastructure by imposing taxes, fees, and charges on landowners in general and developers for their specific projects. Likewise, the Minnesota Legislature has granted cities broad powers to impose conditions for approval of developments. Within those broadly stated powers, city governments are granted discretion to make these charges as long as they are reasonable and supported by facts in the record. The grounds to challenge these types of challenges are narrowly defined and not often upheld.
But, when a city exceeds the powers explicitly stated in empowering legislation, Minnesota courts are not hesitant to curtail their authority and actions. This presentation will focus on these funding tools and the limitations that protect property owners and developers from governmental abuse and overreach, while still allowing the cost of development to be fairly shared among all parties.
Speaker: Thomas J. Radio
Thomas Radio is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Litigation practice areas. He provides a range of services and creative solutions for corporations, individuals, non-profit organizations, and public entities on issues related to construction, real estate valuation, and land use. By providing wise advice and understanding his clients’ goals, Tom has been able to achieve significant success for his clients, even in the most challenging and complicated disputes. Using those experiences, he is committed to advising his clients on ways to avoid litigation, if possible, but to be ready to take the matter to trial, if necessary.
During his professional career as a trial lawyer and counselor, Tom has acted as counsel for both private and public entities on construction, land use, eminent domain, and real property valuation matters. He has represented owners and developers who sought governmental approvals, and faced special assessment and eminent domain proceedings. For those in the construction industry, Tom has been adept at negotiating construction contracts, litigating payment, delay, and defect claims and resolving bid disputes. He serves as a mediator and arbitrator, and is listed on the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Rule 114 roster of qualified neutrals.
A member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Tom served on the Minnesota State Bar Association Board of Governors and Litigation Section Governing Council, as well as Chair of the Local Government Section. He is currently serving on the Minnesota State Bar Association Appellate Practice Section Council and the Minnesota State Bar Association Construction Law Section Council.
Tom has served as Vice Chair for the Federal Practice Committee of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, and as Chair of the Minnesota Supreme Court State Board of Continuing Education. Tom also served on the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure.
Tom has been named Certified Civil Law Trial Specialist and Certified Real Property Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and has been recognized as a Minnesota “Leading Attorney” and Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law and Politics. He has also achieved an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Tom is dedicated to providing pro bono legal services, and, as a result, has been named a North Star Lawyer by the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Please register no later than May 10, 2019.
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Take MPA out to a Ball Game!
Join us for a Saints game on May 19th to kick off Paralegal Week!
The St. Paul Saints are playing against the Milwaukee Milkmen.
Tickets are $18 per person.
This event is open to the first 40 people to sign up and their guests.
Registration deadline is April 29th.
St. Paul Saints v. Milwaukee Milkmen
Sunday, May 19th at 5:05 p.m.
As part of Minnesota Paralegal Week, the MPA invites you to Paralegal Week Happy Hour - Wine Wednesday! Please join your colleagues for some appetizers, networking and conversation to celebrate Paralegal Week and Convention.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
6415 Cambridge Street
Minneapolis, MN 55426
Deadline to RSVP for this event is Thursday, May 16, 2019.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Jenelle Lundgren at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you all there!
2019 MPA ANNUAL CONVENTION
MPA invites you to our 2019 Annual Convention, on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Inver Hills Community College. Check out the speakers and sessions below, or download the registration information packet here: 2019 Registration Packet.pdf
Morning Keynote: The Ethics of Document Retention and Storage in the Digital Age
Todd C. Scott
As digital storage options become more advanced, firms struggle with efficient and ethical file retention policies that contemplate both digital and paper client documents. Find out about your best file storage and digital options for all your document formats. This presentation will cover practical and ethical considerations for establishing a sound file retention policy, redacting properly and securing digital documents for the ages, examining why all files – paper & digital – must eventually be destroyed and how to do it right, cloud backup and cloud storage, and understanding OneDrive, Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive and why not all storage platforms are the same.
Todd Scott is the Vice President of Risk Management for Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, and is a frequent author and guest lecturer on the topics of malpractice, ethics, and practice management systems. His duties include helping lawyers select and implement software systems appropriate to their particular practice. Todd is also an adjunct professor in the Legal Studies Department at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a graduate of Hamline University School of Law and is a member of the American Bar Association, and the Minnesota State Bar Association, where he has serves as Chair of the Technology Committee and Past Chair of the Practice Management & Marketing Section.
Lunch Keynote: The Paralegal's Role in Building the Law Practice of the Future
Paralegals are critical in taking action on the challenges their law offices face. This presentation will help you take action by discussing the challenges solo and small law offices say they face and identifying obstacles preventing companies from taking action to move past those challenges. Paralegals will receive a free tool that will help them methodically attack their business and personal challenges. You will learn a big first step during the session and will leave with some momentum!
Marshall Lichty is the Editor in Chief at Lawyerist.com, where he helps solo and small-firm lawyers build healthy, sustainable law businesses focused client-centered services, future-oriented technology, profit-oriented business models, and access to justice. You can find him on LinkedIn and on Twitter at @mslichty.
Afternoon Keynote: Human Trafficking, the Superbowl and the Final Four
Officer Brandon Brugger
The Minneapolis Police Department's Human Trafficking Division prepared itself for two major sporting events in the past two years – the Superbowl and the Final Four. Officer Brugger will discuss steps the MPD took to prepare itself for these events and report on how the events carried out. He will also talk about human trafficking in the metro area in general and how the MPD handles this reality.
Officer Brandon Brugger is a twenty-one-year veteran with the Minneapolis Police Department and is currently assigned to the Human Trafficking Unit, where he has been for just over a year and a half. Officer Brugger is also assigned to the Minnesota Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force through the MN BCA. Prior to that, he was a patrol Officer in the third precinct for 16 years. He was a School Resource Officer for two years and is also certified as a Crisis Intervention Team member and a Crisis Intervention Coach. Officer Brugger has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Minnesota State Colleges at Mankato.
Breakout Session 1
9:35 - 10:35 AM
TOPIC 1: Millennials and Gen-Xers On Your Jury – Classroom 190
Presenter: Adam Bloomberg and/or Adam Wirtzfeld
On any given day, in courtrooms across the country, trial teams see no less than four generations sitting in the jury box: the Silent Generation, baby boomers, Generation X, and millennials. Understanding these multi-generational jurors and what visuals speak to them are critical aspects of jury trials. Participants will learn about these generational differences and how to take them into account when preparing for trial.
The presentation will include a brief introduction into the rationale behind the generational perspective; a description of the general tendencies of jurors of the three most prevalent generational cohorts: Baby boomers, Generation X and Millennials; tips for tailoring your case for the seated jury; and a discussion on the types of visuals that will resonate with jurors.
TOPIC 2: Social Early Neutral Evaluations: How to Help Your Attorney and the Client Organize and Prepare for SENE – Classroom 194
Presenter: Lori Hogen, RP®, MnCP
Early neutral evaluations are increasingly more common in family matters involving minor children, and being adequately prepared can make a huge difference in the progress made toward settlement of custody and parenting time disputes during a SENE. In this breakout you will learn the similarities and differences between mediation and SENE; gain insight about what transpires during SENE sessions; and find out how you can help ensure your attorney and the client are organized and ready for SENE. Ms. Hogen will answer your questions from both the perspective of a paralegal and a SENE provider.
TOPIC 3: Marijuana in Minnesota - Where are we now and where are we going? – Classroom 196
Presenter: Maren Schroeder, RP®, MnCP,
With Minnesota having decriminalized some marijuana offenses in 1976, legalized medical cannabis in 2014, and now taking further steps to decriminalize the plant, the legal landscape is rapidly evolving. Learn about the use of medical cannabis authorized under Minn. Stat. Ch. 152, criminal and collateral consequences of unauthorized possession, and what’s on the horizon for Minnesota. We will cover issues related to criminal justice, insurance, public health, employment, and more, as well as the issues currently in debate at the Capitol.
Breakout Session 2
10:55 - 11:55 AM
TOPIC 4: The Opioid Epidemic and Naloxone Training – Classroom 190
Presenter: Stephanie Devich
The opioid epidemic has hit every corner of the nation, including Minnesota. With over 400 lethal overdoses in 2017 alone, we can all play an important role in reducing the death toll. The presentation will cover the laws surrounding the use of Naloxone and Steve’s law, the Minnesota good Samaritan law, and it will include a Naloxone training. Each attendee will leave with the skills and tools to save a life. Presentation highlights include understanding how Naloxone is distributed in Minnesota, including the laws that allow for distribution by non-pharmacists; how Steve’s Law protects persons with substance use disorders in emergency situations; and how and when to administer Naloxone in an emergency.
TOPIC 5: Hey Boss, I Need to Leave!: An Overview of the Right to Take a Leave of Absence from Work – Classroom 194
Presenters: Darren M. Sharp and Peter Christian
Two experienced employment attorneys discuss what rights federal and state laws provide to employees who require leaves of absence, including for medical issues, disabilities, caring for loved ones, and pregnancies. They will also share their experiences prosecuting legal claims on behalf of employees who were denied leave requests.
TOPIC 6: Trial Presentation - Trial Director 360, A New Generation – Classroom 196
Presenter: Connie Martin
Come to see the latest innovations in trial presentation software. The new TrialDirector 360 is built from 20 plus years of solid experience using trial presentation software under the gun…in real time…and will improve dramatically your preparation time and your backup requirements as you get ready for battle. We will compare features in the new TrialDirector 360 with the long-standing TrialDirector 6.8, as well as some “secret tips and tricks” for making the trial presentation even more successful!
Breakout Session 3
1:55 - 2:55 PM
TOPIC 7: Sexual Harassment Law and the #MeToo Movement - 2019 – Classroom 190
Presenter: Jean Boler
This breakout session will track the developments in the #MeToo movement over the last year, particularly regarding sexual harassment. Have workplaces changed? Do courts treat sexual harassment any differently? What legislative changes have been proposed or passed that address harassment at work? Ms. Boler will talk about her work with groups trying to change sexual harassment law in Minnesota and the roadblocks they’ve faced. Audience participation will be encouraged through Q & A and hypotheticals.
TOPIC 8: The eDiscovery of Things: The Impact of IoT Devices on eDiscovery – Classroom 194
Presenter: Joseph Pochron
Depending on who you believe, various research entities believe there will be somewhere between 20-30 billion “things” connected to the Internet by 2020. Commonly referred to as “Internet of Things” devices or “IoT”, those figures don’t include smartphones or tablets. What’s the impact of IoT devices like a Fitbit, Amazon’s Alexa, or Google’s Nest on digital forensic investigations or eDiscovery collections? Is the data duplicative of data that exists on other connected devices like smartphones or computers or does it help in the recovery of data that’s been deleted from those devices? This presentation will discuss the current state of IoT forensics, data retrieval for IoT devices, and the current utility of those techniques in corporate investigations and eDiscovery.
TOPIC 9: Certification and Regulation of Paralegals – Classroom 196
Presenter: Lori Boris, RP®, MnCP, Tina Johnson, RP®, MnCP, Maren Schroeder, RP®, MnCP, and Sally Dahlquist
Have you ever wondered what getting the MnCP and PACE certifications can do for you? Ask your questions of this panel of MPA Board members and community leaders in the paralegal world and get excited about getting your certification!
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Course materials will be available via the MPA website. Printed materials will not be provided the day of the convention.
MPA will be applying for CLE credits through NFPA® for each breakout session that qualifies. CLE certificates will be emailed to each person requesting a CLE certificate.
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Parking on campus is free. The best parking location is in the north parking lot near the north entrance to the Fine Arts Building.
Registration, along with full payment, must be received no later than May 10, 2019, by 4:00 p.m.
Written notice must be emailed, mailed, or faxed by May 16th to receive a full refund. Cancellations received after May 16th will be refunded minus a $50 late cancellation fee.
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