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When: Thursday, May 17, 2018
4:15 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Where: Barnes & Thornburg
225 South 6th Street, Suite 2800
Capella Tower
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55402
United States

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The MWL Equity Committee is pleased to present: 
Women Attorneys in the News: Understanding and Engaging with the Media. 

This seminar is designed to support women attorneys in navigating the complicated and sometimes mysterious world of the news media and to position them to become solid and reliable contacts journalists turn to for depth and perspective. The program content will also provide practical tools to assist women attorneys in effectively and strategically communicating their message.  Unique ethical issues and conflicts for lawyers interested in engaging with the news media will also be addressed.

MWL is pleased to welcome seminar presenters Trisha Volpe, an Emmy-award winning journalist and attorney in the Minneapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, and Janel Klein, television reporter, anchor, and host. (See complete bios below).

Agenda:                  4:15 p.m.             Registration 
                                4:30 p.m.             Seminar
                                6:00 p.m.             Social Hour 

CLE Credit:            1.5 CLE credit will be applied for. (1.0 Standard Credit; .5 Ethics Code: 257402)

Registration:          MWL Members: Free
                                MN Affinity Bar Members: Free 
                                Non-Members: $10.00
Registration is required.  Please RSVP your attendance by Monday, May 14th, 2018.  

Early registration is encouraged; space is limited.

An Opportunity for MWL Members:  The MWL Media Initiative
Although this seminar is open to all who are interested, it is particularly geared towards MWL members who plan to participate in MWL's Media Initiative. MWL created the Media Initiative in an effort to promote a more diverse and inclusive image of attorneys in the news media and across the general community.To that end, the MWL Equity Committee is continuing to build a resource list of MWL members who are willing to be contacted by local and/or national media sources for information or comment on stories related to their area of practice or knowledge (both on the record and off the record.)   MWL will also continue to build relationships with local and national media sources, in an effort to further promote the MWL members on the Media Initiative resource list.  

In order to be included on the MWL Media Initiative resource list, MWL members must attend the September 12th seminar, or have attended one of its previous media-related seminars.  (Contact MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa for more information:      

Parking instructions for the Capella Tower

The parking ramp can be accessed off of 7th street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. MWL is NOT able to validate. From the ramp, take the elevators to “L”. Exit elevator and head straight ahead toward the Star Tribune Building. Take a right at “225 Barbers” heading down the skyway toward Ameriprise.

  For security reasons, 
all attendees must visit the security kiosk at Cappella Tower to be let up to the 28th Floor. 

About the Seminar Presenters:

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Trisha Volpe

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Trisha Volpe is an Emmy-award winning journalist and attorney in the Minneapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.  She is also a litigation consultant with ThemeVision LLC, which is affiliated with Barnes & Thornburg. Leveraging both her award-winning broadcast journalism and litigation experience, Trisha provides her clients with a unique skillset and perspective on their litigation needs. Trisha uses her expertise in story-telling and strategic communication to help clients make an impact with their audience in any legal setting.

Trisha's practice focuses on providing communications counsel and training, helping clients navigate through complex communications issues related to litigation, developing case-specific legal communications strategies for all stages of the litigation, from developing themes to preparing witnesses and designing tools to deliver themes and messages at trial effectively and persuasively. Trisha also provides crisis communications counsel and media coaching to clients facing or potentially facing a legal crisis. She is an attorney and communications professional who understands the power of strategic communication and visual storytelling in high stakes litigation.

Trisha is a veteran news person who has worked in newsrooms in the U.S. and Canada and was most recently an reporter for KARE-TV, the NBC-affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Minnesota Public Radio where she led a unique strategic partnership between two of Minnesota's top news organizations. Trisha specialized in investigative reporting, enterprise reporting and in-depth storytelling, involving complex and important issues affecting the community. Trisha has covered many high profile criminal and civil cases and provided depth and perspective to legal issues in the news.

Trisha has presented to local and national audiences on media issues and the law and effective communications strategies. Through her involvement with MWL, she helped launch the  media resource list for attorneys and often teaches continuing legal education classes to attorneys on issues where the media, effective communications and the law intersect.

In the community, Trisha is a member of the Mitchell Hamline College of Law Alumni Board, Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) and the MWL Equity Committee. As a journalist, Trisha earned two Midwest Regional Emmy awards for her work. 

Trisha graduated Summa Cum Laude from William Mitchell College of Law and earned her Bachelor of Journalism degree with highest honors from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.


hover textJanel Klein
Television Reporter / Anchor / Host

Janel Klein is a journalist, correspondent and on air talent working for networks including NBC, ABC, FOX Sports,The Weather Channel, NFL Network, ESPN, NBA Entertainment and Minneapolis NBC affiliate KARE TV. Janel has been named Minnesota Journalist of the Year by the Journalism Educators Association; honored with five Emmy Award nominations by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; recognized numerous times by the Northwest Broadcast News Association and by the Associated Press Broadcast Associations in both Minnesota and North Dakota; and was part of the KARE TV news team that won a national Edward R. Murrow award.

MWL extends a special thanks to our seminar host:




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In order to foster a welcoming environment and to facilitate networking among workshop attendees, Minnesota Women Lawyers will create an attendee list from this event, to be shared with all event registrants, along with the post-event evaluation form.  Attendance list content will be limited to a registrant’s name, employer and email address. 

NOTE: All attendees MUST OPT-IN to the attendance list by checking the appropriate box on this registration form.

PLEASE NOTE: The information contained in the attendance list is protected by copyright and is solely intended for the individual and private use of event attendees in a manner that is consistent with the MWL's mission, goals, and activities. All other use is strictly prohibited. Prohibited use includes but is not limited to the copying, renting, leasing, selling, distributing, transmitting or transfer of all or any portions of the material, or use for any other commercial and/or solicitation purposes of any type, or in connection with any action taken that violates the MWL's copyright. The list is not to be used for any mass communications, but rather only for one-to-one member communication. For information concerning appropriate use of the attendance list, contact MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa ( or 612/338-3205).  


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