New Lawyers Leadership Conference - Developing the New Lawyer as a Community Leader

Event Description

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Join us, virtually, for the New Lawyers Leadership Conference. The Conference is for up-and-coming legal professionals looking to take their careers to the next level by learning what it means to lead in and outside of the office. At this year’s conference, we will discuss tangible ways new lawyers can provide immediate assistance to the most vulnerable populations in our community, while also equipping participants with additional skills and knowledge on how to be better attorneys, advocates, and leaders. The conference also features networking, socializing, and the opportunity to engage with a variety of leaders from the Minnesota State Bar Association, Affinity Bars, and the Hennepin and Ramsey County Bar Associations. Whether you're a big law, small firm, solo, or corporate practitioner, in either the public or private sector, this is a unique opportunity to meet, network, and engage with the Minnesota legal community.

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8:30 - 9:00 AM | Coffee Hour


9:00 - 10:00 AM | CLE: Evictions in the COVID Era: How New Lawyers Can Make an Impact
Larry McDonough, veteran Minnesota housing attorney, will discuss the status of evictions under the Minnesota eviction transition law, the need for volunteer attorneys, and how new lawyers can assist legal aid organizations and individuals facing eviction during these uncertain times.

Larry McDonough | Attorney at Law and Adjunct Professor of Law | Housing Law in Minnesota


10:15 - 11:45 AM | CLE: Ten Tips for Clear and Direct Legal Writing with Ben Opipari of Persuasive Matters
Ben Opipari is the founder of Persuasive Matters, where he delivers writing programs and coaching to law firms around the world to help them perfect the art of clear and direct writing. From 2006 to 2011, Ben was the writing instructor at Howrey LLP, a worldwide litigation firm. Before coming to Howrey, Ben was the director of the writing center at Colgate University, where he also taught in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric.

This seminar features 10 tips to make your legal writing, regardless of context or audience, clear and concise. Ben uses both good and not-so-good examples from inside and outside the legal world in this signature Persuasive Matters interactive seminar. You will leave this program with the ability to apply what you learned here to any type of writing.

Ben Opipari | Persuasive Matters


12:00 - 12:40 PM | Networking Opportunities


1:00 - 2:00 PM | CLE: Wealth for Good
Deeper Than Money is a financial literacy company founded by Chloe Elise in 2018. Chloe watched as her own life transformed after paying off $36,000 of debt and becoming debt-free at 22 years old. Seeing the impact this has had on her life, Chloe became a certified financial coach to show others how to experience that same freedom. Through coaching, self-study courses, live events, free resources, and more, Deeper Than Money teaches people from all backgrounds how to take control of their finances and change the trajectory of their lives.

In her presentation, Chloe Elise shares how to use money as a tool for good. She will walk participants through how to create a financial priority list to help you stay on track with your goals, as well as how to level up your money mindset around investing and retirement.

Chloe Elise | CEO & Founder | Deeper Than Money


2:00 - 2:15 PM | ONLY Award Presentation


2:15 - 3:15 PM | CLE: Preparing for Moments of Greatness From the Start of Your Career: Chauvin Trial Prosecution Team Panel
Members of the prosecution team for the trial of Derek Chauvin will share how their various career backgrounds prepared them to serve their community with the world watching. Panelists will share what experiences and opportunities, beginning as new lawyers, shaped them into the lawyers they are today, as well as provide advice to aspiring lawyer-leaders on how to start preparing themselves for such a pivotal, career-defining moment.

Note: There will be an opportunity to submit questions to the panelists, however, no substantive issues of the case or trial details will be discussed.

Jerry W. Blackwell | Founder & Chairman | Blackwell Burke P.A.
Matthew Frank | Assistant Attorney General | Office of the Minnesota Attorney General
Steve Schleicher | Partner | Maslon LLP

CLE Credits:

4.5 Standard CLE Credits | Event Code: 425221


Attorneys: $35
Law Students & New Admittees: Free

Deadline to register: November 12, 2021

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you prior to the event.

Payments: Due to the pandemic, accounting staff have limited access to the office making the processing of checks difficult. We request that you register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you need assistance, please contact the program manager.  If you must pay by check, please use this registration form.

Cancellations: Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.

Accommodations: 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 the program manager.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:
Sarah Grundhoefer

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM