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Family Law CLEs

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A Transformative Vision for Youth Justice

1.0 Standard CLE Credits

Is Minnesota’s current youth justice system meeting its statutory intent? At its core, is it meeting the needs of youth, our community, or broader conceptions of “public safety”? If not, what can be done? Join restorative practitioners for a conversation about transformative justice and the current work happening to reimagine Minnesota’s youth justice system and apply frameworks of transformative justice to interactions with youth.

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  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
All about Child Support Magistrates and the Expedited Process

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The Administrative Process was deemed Unconstitutional in 1999 and the Expedited Process (Ex Pro) was born. With this change to a judicial process to establish and enforce child support came new Court Rules and Child Support Magistrates (CSMs). Come learn about the Ex Pro Rules, what to expect from CSMs, and our observations of best practices from two Child Support Magistrates who have been involved in this process from the beginning.

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  • CATEGORY
  • Family Law
At-Risk Juvenile Petitions in District Court

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

On June 13, 2022 Governor Walz signed a bill establishing a juvenile guardianship process for at-risk youth ages 18-21. Before, the state of Minnesota only had a process in place for youth under the age of 18. This new law created an avenue for immigrant youth 18-21 years old attempting to gain immigration protection under Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

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  • CATEGORY
  • Immigration Law
  • Family Law
Barriers After Bars | Serving Formerly Incarcerated Clients with Less Bias

1.0 Elimination of Bias Credit

The objective of this program is to educate attorneys in Minnesota to identify and eliminate biases against formerly incarcerated clients, who are disproportionately Native, Black, and poor. We will familiarize attorneys with incarceration and post-release issues in Minnesota, encourage attorneys to actively inspect their own and others’ biases, and provide practical training on how to address and eliminate these biases through a better and deeper understanding of the reentry experience.

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  • CATEGORY
  • Elimination of Bias
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
Children and Predatory Offender Registration in Minnesota | Recent Proposals for Legislative Reform

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Co-sponsored by the Children and the Law Section and Criminal Law Section.

Under Minnesota law, children as young as 10 years old can be required to register as predatory offenders. In 2021, the Minnesota Legislature enacted the creation of the Predatory Offender Statutory Framework Working Group to comprehensively assess the predatory offender statutory framework” in Minn. Stat. § 243.166. The working group submitted its report to the Legislature on February 1, 2022, and there has been press coverage regarding that report.

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  • CATEGORY
  • Children & the Law
  • Family Law
Children Who Are Transgender and the Law | OutFront Minnesota’s LGBTQIA2S+ 101 & Supporting Youth

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

During the 2022 legislative session, more than 130 bills addressing rights of transgender youth, their parents, and their communities were brought forward at state legislatures across the country.  With few exceptions, these efforts were intended to limit young people’s access to medical care; to ban their participation on gender-congruent sports teams and in gender-congruent public spaces; to limit their cultural acceptance within their educational communities; and more.

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  • Family Law
Children Who Are Transgender and the Law | Understanding Transgender Children and the Challenges They Face

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

Young humans who identify as transgender or nonbinary have become far more visible, which is reflective of greater parental and societal acceptance. Still, of the letters in the “LGBTQ+ alphabet” (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer), it’s the “Ts” (transgender and nonbinary humans), especially those who are younger, who more often face unique challenges relative to personal relationships, public interactions, and many other things that non-transgender persons (the technical phrase is “cisgender”) take for granted.

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  • CATEGORY
  • Family Law
  • Elimination of Bias
Children Who Are Transgender and the Law | Young Leaders on their Experiences as Transgender or Non-Binary and with Lawyers and the Legal System

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

A panel of young people will speak on their experiences as transgender or non-binary. These young people have also experienced the foster care system.

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  • Family Law
Diversion of Somali and African Youth from the Juvenile Court System in Hennepin County

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In 2004, Abdi Ali met a young Somali woman and an Oromo teenager at a homeless youth shelter in North Minneapolis. Abdi’s realization that there were significant cultural hurdles for many of the youth in these underserved communities led to a Human Rights Fellowship from the Otto Bremmer Foundation in 2006 to better understand the causes of Somali youth and the cultural responsiveness of the organizations that work with them.

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  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
Domestic Violence | Addressing Bias in Family Courts and Related Systems

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

Implicit - and even explicit - bias can impede the ability of family law practitioners to understand the full and complex nature of domestic abuse and how it is experienced in the lives of individual victim-survivors. Furthermore, abuse is experienced differently in different social and cultural contexts, which may not be fully understood by practitioners.  This session will prepare family lawyers to effectively account for such information gaps and biases as they represent these survivors, prepare clients for mediation or litigation, and present a clear and persuasive picture of the abuse to other practitioners and the court.

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  • Elimination of Bias
  • Family Law
Elder Law 101 | Medical Assistance Basics

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The purpose of the seminar is to review basic Medical Assistance rules under current laws including assets, income and transfers.

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  • Family Law
Elder Law 101 | Planning for Aging Clients | The Intersection of Elder Law and Estate Planning

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This Elder Law 101 series seminar will focus on recognizing and proactively planning for Elder Law issues that often arise as Estate Planning clients age. During the course of the presentation, we will discuss the following important considerations:
• How to prepare clients for probate avoidance;
• Preparation of legal documents to provide incapacity planning assistance;
• Introduction to Minnesota’s Medical Assistance Program; and
• Overview of proactive and crisis planning strategies to protect assets against long-term-care costs.

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  • Family Law
Elder Law 101 Series | Intake and Medical Assistance Issue Spotting

1.0 Standard CLE Credit 

This presentation will serve as guide the new law lawyer on how to take in a client, not take the client, and spot the salient issues that drive the planning in elder law.  Three experienced elder law attorneys will review what new attorneys should look for when accepting a new client, from the “red flags” to the important issues that can set the planning for the case.

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  • Family Law
Emerging Issues in Long-Term Care 2022

2.0 Standard CLE Credits

This annual CLE focuses on current and emerging issues related to long-term care, particularly in the assisted living and nursing home settings, that are of interest to Elder Law attorneys and related professionals as well as the clients they serve.

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  • Family Law
Estate Recovery for Home and Community Based Services

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Estate recovery under Medical Assistance involves more than just the nursing home context.  This session will review two pending cases involving Estate Recovery litigation in the home and community-based services setting. Each presenter will walk through the procedural posture of their current matter, the issues that are in dispute, the legal support for the elder law client’s position, as well as “best practice” tips for elder law attorneys handling estate recovery cases.

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  • Family Law
From Juvenile to Youth, Justice and Wellness Divisions | Ramsey County’s Journey to Approach Juvenile Justice from a more restorative perspective

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The Office of the Ramsey County Attorney has been on a journey to re-imagine justice for youth.  To that end the Office has worked in partnership with the community and system stake holders to work towards addressing the disparities in that exist in the Juvenile Justice System. This will be an overview of the process we have undertaken to explore the current practices and develop a restorative approach for working with youth that are referred to our office from law enforcement.

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  • CATEGORY
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
Getting Rid of Joint Tax Liabilities in Divorce | Helping Ensure Your Client Doesn’t Get Stuck with the Bill

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The IRS is an extremely powerful and effective debt collector. If your client owes the IRS taxes from joint returns filed with their ex-spouse, simply allocating the debts to the ex-spouse in the divorce decree, by itself, will not protect your client from IRS collection efforts related to the debts, including filing of federal tax liens and levies against wages, bank accounts, retirement accounts, or home foreclosure action.

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  • CATEGORY
  • Family Law
  • Tax Law
Guide to Working with Resist Refuse Dynamics and Parental Alienating Behaviors

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

The purpose of this training session is to help attorneys better understand the patterns and complexities of cases involving resist/refuse (RR) dynamics and parental alienating behaviors (PABs). This one-hour will cover various approaches to assessing the severity of the resistance, why resistance builds, and why it can be so intractable. Specific risk factors for resist/refuse dynamics will be covered so that attorneys can better identify the likelihood of resistance and PABs in their clients.

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  • Family Law
Introduction to the Indian Child Welfare Act | Policy, Practice and Perspectives

2.0 Standard CLE Credits

The presentation examines the intergenerational trauma of federal American Indian policies that led to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). It also explores current policies and practices that impact Indian child welfare and their influence on the relational experience with the American Indian children and families we serve. We will hear perspectives from practitioners and the bench that illustrate the nuances of policy and practice.

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  • CATEGORY
  • Family Law
  • Tribal Law
Irrevocable Trusts After Geyen

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Effective July 1, 2005, the State of Minnesota passed a Statute which stated that all irrevocable trusts will be deemed revocable when a person applies for Medical Assistance (originally codified as Minn. Stat. § 501B.895 and recodified as § 501C.1206 with the adoption of the Uniform Trust Code in 2016).  This effectively eliminated the ability, in the State of Minnesota, to use irrevocable trusts to shelter assets from being counted in a Medical Assistance eligibility determination, even if such trust was created and funded prior to the look-back period for uncompensated transfers. 

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  • CATEGORY
  • Family Law
Is Your Access to Justice the Same as Mine? Cultural Considerations in Handling Family Court Cases involving Domestic Violence

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

As part of a Justice for Families grant, Hennepin County Family Court conducted multi-cultural listening sessions with the goal of creating a more culturally responsive legal system for all communities struggling with domestic violence. This program will share feedback obtained from those sessions about current gaps, barriers and needs in the legal process for those experiencing domestic violence in family court cases; and will discuss the process of developing and holding those listening sessions and its replicability in other communities around the State. 

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  • Elimination of Bias
  • Family Law
Keeping Hope Alive | Strategies for Post-Decision Motions that Win

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

It’s never fun to lose, and trying to steal victory from the jaws of defeat can be a risky proposition. Though post-trial motions remain critical to correcting errors and positioning your case for appeal, if they are misused they can take your case from bad to worse. In this session, we’ll review the common forms of post-decisions motions, the best uses of each, their necessity (or not) for keeping issues alive on appeal, common mistakes lawyers make in post-trial motions, as well as tips and tricks for how to most effectively and strategically deploy these motions in your practice.

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  • CATEGORY
  • Family Law
Managing Ethics, Negativity & Stress in Family Law Practice

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

As lawyers, our duties under the Rules of Professional Conduct underpin our service to clients. We are accustomed to quiet withdrawals, transfers of representation, and serving clients well, even when clients are at their most difficult.  We work in the midst of looming deadlines, mountains of cases, negativity, and other stressful conditions. Our duties as advocates frequently put us in the line of fire with difficult parties and opposing counsel, while requiring us to maintain the integrity of the profession and respect the rights of others.  Learn how stress, negativity, and ethical duties interact and how we can better manage our practice, our lives, and our ethical obligations.

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  • Wellness
  • Family Law
Medicaid Compliant Annuities for Married Couples | Strategies, Best Practices, and Pitfalls to Avoid

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Using a Medicaid Compliant Annuity for a married couple is a great way to accelerate eligibility while preserving assets in the process. However, considering all the case facts, choosing the appropriate strategy, and properly structuring the annuity are all key to achieving the best outcome. Join Krause Financial Services’ President and CEO as he explains how a Medicaid Compliant Annuity can be used for your senior clients, the best practices he’s learned through his years of experience, and the major pitfalls every attorney should be on the lookout for. Plus, Dale will discuss a real-life case study to show the strategies in action.

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  • Health Law
  • Family Law
Moving Beyond the County Home School | Juvenile Out of Home Placements and Opportunities for Change

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

Staff from the Legal Rights Center (Beau RaRa and Malaika Eban) will be discussing the upcoming closure of the Hennepin County Home School and the opportunities it provides for attorneys and community members to advocate for a new approach to youth justice. This CLE will cover ongoing advocacy to eliminate out of home placements and the racial disparities pervasive in the youth justice system by building up a network of support that effectively meets the needs of youth and families.

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  • Elimination of Bias
  • Family Law
Palliative Care, Hospice and End of Life Choices

1.5 Standard CLE Credits

Hospice is generally thought of as the last resort for someone near death. But hospice services are increasingly being used by elder law clients as a way to increase quality of care for their loved ones living in a care facility. What are the ramifications of this as attorneys seeking to educate our clients on their rights, options and limitations? How does the care industry handle coordination of care once hospice has been added to a patient’s services?

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  • Family Law
Perspectives on Transforming the Child Protection System | Connecticut’s Journey

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families has recently been recognized in the media as paving the way for transformation of the child protection system, including reducing out-of-home placements for children as well as racial disparities in the system. Commissioner Dorantes and Deputy Commissioner Hill-Lilly will share their knowledge, expertise, and experience in Connecticut to combat racial disparities in the child protection system and prevent the trauma of out-of-home placements.

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  • Family Law
Restorative Justice for Youth in the 3rd District

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit 

The presenters will share the history of Three Rivers Restorative Justice (TRRJ), describe how Victim Offender Conferencing (VOC) is being implemented, and look at where and how it is being used in the 3rd Judicial District.  Plans for the future will also be discussed.

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  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
Strategies for Working with Clients with Mental Illness

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This presentation will discuss how to help clients tell their stories, how to get clients and providers to cooperate, talk about difficult mental health cases and secondary trauma, as well as share their experiences in presenting mental health cases to Administrative Law Judges (ALJs).

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  • Family Law
  • Public Law
Strategies to Reduce or Retain Assets to Obtain Medical Assistance Benefits

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Navigating eligibility for Medical Assistance can be confusing and frustrating.  As advocates, we are often tasked with providing the best strategies for clients to maximize the assets they are allowed to keep and still obtain eligibility for Medical Assistance benefits.

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  • Family Law
Suicide Awareness and Prevention

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

Lawyer Wellness CLE Series

Presented by Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and co-sponsored by the Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, and Solo Small Practice Experience Sections

The stress lawyers face is a predictor for depression, and untreated depression is the #1 predictor for suicide. Lawyers must also deal with the fact that clients can be suicidal. This program will help you understand the facts and myths about suicide; recognize signs and indicators for clinical depression, anxiety, and suicide; and provide resources and a protocol for offering and seeking help to prevent suicide.

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  • CATEGORY
  • Elimination of Bias
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Wellness
The Nuts and Bolts of Medicare Appeals | Parts A & B, Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Medicare Prescription Drugs (Part D)

1.5 Standard CLE Credits

Not all Medicare appeals are created equal -- the process and rules vary between the various Medicare Parts. Understanding the benefits coverage for each Medicare Part, as well as the rules and procedures is critical for effective advocacy.

During this CLE, the presenters will address the procedure, rules and supporting evidence necessary for an effective Medicare Appeal for each Part. This CLE is designed to provide attorneys with a toolbox for “ready” representation of a Medicare recipient when their insurance benefit has been denied.

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  • CATEGORY
  • Family Law
  • Health Law
Trauma Informed Advocacy for Family Law Attorneys

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This course provides a primer on what we mean when we say trauma, examples of how trauma may appear in family court cases, and what family law lawyers can do to assist clients with trauma.

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  • Family Law
Trust, Trauma, and Transformation | A Radically Different Response to Harm

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Community decision-making and peacebuilding efforts around the globe have been and continue to be affected by trauma thus necessitating a trauma-informed approach to conflict resolution, breaking recurrent cycles of violence, and fostering the trust and collaboration required for sustainable project outcomes and stable societies. 

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  • Family Law
  • ADR
Understanding the Role of Youth’s Counsel | A Practitioner’s Perspective for Courts, Prosecutors, and Justice Partners

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

In CHIPS and delinquency cases in Minnesota, youths age 10 years and older have the right to a lawyer. Youth’s counsel’s role is to advocate for the stated interests of each youth and to maintain as “normal” a client-lawyer relationship “as far as reasonably possible.” Sometimes, in pursuit of a youth’s stated goals or decisions, the actions of youth’s counsel can at first appear unreasonable, unwise, and not in the youth’s “best interests.” In this CLE, learn from a youth advocate why fidelity to a youth’s stated interests as opposed to the youth’s best interests is so necessary and important in CHIPS and delinquency proceedings.

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  • Family Law
  • Children & the Law
Using a Therapy Dog in the Practice of Law

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Being a grief-informed attorney can take time and energy but understanding grief and developing various tools and approaches to providing supportive representation to grieving clients can not only strengthen an attorney's practice but benefit the client immensely as well.

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  • Family Law
  • Wellness
What is Supported Decision-Making and What’s Guardianship Got to Do with It?

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

Supported Decision Making is a newer concept for some. This session will explore it as a model for building upon a person’s abilities, support teams, and available community and residential service systems to address vulnerabilities as an alternative to guardianship and as an option to explore in terminating guardianships. Minnesota’s Guardianship statute was recently modified to address the reality that a guardianship may be an overly restrictive tool with sometimes surprising harms.

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  • CATEGORY
  • Elder Law
  • Family Law
When Your Client is Impaired

1.0 Ethics CLE Credit

Lawyers often see clients who appear to be suffering from substance misuse, addiction, or other impairments.  While it is not our job to diagnose, what is our role, responsibility, and opportunity? How do our biases govern our actions and behaviors?  What if the issue is not with a client but with a colleague?  The answers are seldom simple. This program will provide an ethical framework for lawyers facing these questions in addition to practical guidance and resources.

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  • Family Law
  • Ethics
You don’t want a PC? Meet your Special Master

1.0 Standard CLE Credit

This session will focus on the use of Special Masters in parenting time disputes. The session will discuss the authority for Special Master appointments, the standards for review of Special Master Orders, and the practical realities of such appointments.

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  • Family Law