New Lawyers Leadership Conference | Shedding the Old Normal – A New Lawyers Guide to Succeeding and Leading in a New Normal

Event Description

Pre-registration is closed. If you would still like to attend, email Abby Ward at .

The New Lawyers Leadership Conference is going virtual this year! This virtual conference brings together fresh perspectives on the practice of law, leadership, racial justice, and the COVID world we all find ourselves in, with the goal to inspire and empower law students, attorneys, and legal professionals in the early years of practice. Join us for dynamic and engaging presentations, diverse and thought-provoking speakers, and practical and insightful tips for a well-rounded career. The conference also features networking, socializing, and engaging with a variety of leaders from the Minnesota State Bar Association, Affinity Bars, the Ramsey County Bar Association, and the Hennepin County Bar Association.

Whether you're a big law, small firm, solo, or a corporate practitioner, in either the public or private sector, this is a unique opportunity to meet, network, and engage with the Minnesota legal community.

Registration is for the entire week of programming, and participants choose what sessions they want to attend. We have reached our limit for the work from home survival kits, but we welcome additional conference registrations. You still receive a week of great programming at a great price! 


Schedule of Events:

Monday, November 9 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Implicit Bias in the Legal Community | 1.0 EOB Credit will be applied for | The phrase “implicit bias” is used frequently, but what exactly does it mean? Through examples, including optical illusions and group exercises, this presentation showcases the ways in which we can exercise bias without even realizing it; shares research regarding its impact on the legal profession (including the reasons people hire us); and discusses ways to combat its effect.


Sybil L. Dunlop | Partner | Greene Espel PLLP


Tuesday, November 10 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Leadership Panel - How to Develop Yourself Within the Bar and Your Firm | 1.0 Standard CLE Credit | Code: 330937 | This extraordinary panel of leaders will highlight their path toward leadership starting with their journey as associates. Find out how they charted a course to leadership within their firms as well as the bar association. You’ll hear about best practices, missteps, and everything in between.


Dyan Ebert , Shareholder Quinlivan & Hughs, P.A., President Minnesota State Bar Association
Monica Dooner Lindgren, SMRLS Senior Attorney, President-Elect Ramsey County Bar Association
Nicole Kettwick, Partner Brandt Criminal Defense, Secretary Hennepin County Bar Association
Pharaoh Lewis, Associate Nilan Johnson Lewis, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers Board member and New Lawyers Section member
Sumbal Mahmud, Former MSBA Council member, Past President Minnesota Chapter of National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Sarah Soucie Eyberg, Principal Attorney at Sarah Eyberg Law, LLC


Tuesday, November 10 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm 

Networking Open Forum | This open forum/happy hour will feature a panel of Twin Cities managing partners and senior associates sharing what they are looking for in new attorneys while also answering your questions. This casual happy hour will give you an opportunity to hear firsthand how you can show up and stand out as a new attorney.


Wednesday, November 11 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm 

Lawyers As Linchpins: Becoming Indispensable In the Increasingly-Commoditized Legal Profession | 1.0 Standard CLE Credit | Code: 330939 | Regardless of where you find yourself as a new lawyer, finding your path depends on one thing: becoming indispensable. In this CLE, we’ll talk about how the profession’s old rules no longer apply, how new lawyers can wrest back control of their careers “in these strange times,” and how becoming a “linchpin” (as Seth Godin calls it) is critical along your path to do what you love and advance your career.


Craig Sandok, Esq. | Partner and Legal Recruiter | Sand Search Partners, Ltd.
Marshall Lichty | Law Firm Consultant | Chief Enthusiasm Officer of JDHD | Author | Speaker | Writer | Podcaster


Thursday, November 12 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Writing Like a Leader | 1.0 Standard CLE Credit | Code: 330941 | Your law school legal writing course was just the beginning: clear communication and good writing is essential for every lawyer. This session will help you learn how (and why) to chart your course and find your voice as a legal writer so that you can be a powerful advocate for your clients, for transformation in the profession, and for change in the world. 

Presenter: Karin Ciano | Of Counsel | Mason & Helmers


Thursday, November 12 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm 

Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year Award Ceremony and Speed Networking |  After the presentation of our 2019-20 Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year Award , we will hold a virtual speed networking event featuring leaders from the MSBA. Participants will rotate through various breakout rooms to hear from leading attorneys in different practice areas and different practice settings (legal organizations, solo or small firm, big law, etc.). If you are a law student or new lawyer looking to network and gain connections, you won’t want to miss this event!


Friday, November 13 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm 

The New Mindful Approach to Lawyering | 1.0 Standard CLE Credit | Code: 330943 | Lawyers typically rely on their skill in careful reasoning and persuasive analysis in solving problems. But neuroscience is demonstrating that behavior is usually determined by instincts, triggers, and emotions, with reason following along like a rider trying to control an elephant. With a combination of lecture and guided meditation, this program will help lawyers take a more mindful approach and respond more effectively to what is going on in their own minds and in those of the people around them.

Senior Judge Bruce Peterson | Retired Fourth Judicial District Court Judge

Senior Judge Susan Miles | Retired Tenth Judicial District Court Judge 

Thank you to our CLE sponsors: Minnesota CLE, Bassford RemeleOlsen ThielenNichols KasterThompson Reuters, and Winthrop & Weinstine

CLE Credits:

4.0 Standard CLE Credits and 1.0 Elimination of Bias Credit will be applied for


Attorneys: $25.00

Law Student and New Admittees: Free

Discount code: Anyone who feels price is a barrier to attending can use the code NLLC20 at checkout to register for free. Those who are able to pay the $25 registration fee are donating to the New Lawyers Section to help us cover survival kit costs and continue to provide timely programming and social events that serve you as a new lawyer.

Remote Participation Only: 

This conference is available by remote participation only. Instructions will be emailed to you the weekday prior to the CLE.


Want more information about the New Lawyers Section? 
To register with a check, please mail in this registration form.
Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.
Questions? Contact Abby Ward | 612-278-6307

The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify Abby Ward via phone or email:  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations.


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Pre-Registration is Closed

Monday, November 9, 2020

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM