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MWL is pleased to announce its 2017 MWL Conference for Women in the Law program agenda.  CLE credit has been approved for each session, as per below.  (The CLE event code for the Conference is #237401).  


View the 2017 MWL Conference "Agenda-at-a-Glance." 

Friday, April 21st, 2017

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
  Continental Breakfast & Networking / Exhibitor Showcase

  Boosting the Bottom Line: An Evidence Based Argument for Women in Leadership (1.0 Elimination of Bias credit has been approved.
FACT: more women on the team equals better financial returns for the organization. Despite an enormous amount of research and evidence establishing stronger financial returns and better decision making with diverse teams, changes have been exceedingly slow for women in the practice of law. If the current pace for women over the past 10 years continues, there won't be 30 percent female equity partnership until the year 2181. Join our panelists to hear their experience, good and bad, on the changes within their law firms and corporations, and the influence women are having on these changes. Let's empower women to utilize the evidence, research, and studies to their best advantage.
        Loan Huynh, Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

      Mara Kaplan, Director Counsel, Target
      Denise Rahne, Partner, Robins Kaplan, LLP
      Beth Forsythe, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
      Moderator: Elizabeth Fors, Associate, Robins Kaplan, LLP

  Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession (1.0 Elimination of Bias credit has been approved.)  
This program will discuss the concept of covert or implicit bias in the legal profession and the cumulative impact that can lessen womens' success in the legal profession.  It will focus on gender issues, discuss the ABA Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission Initiative, and address the double stigma for members of underrepresented groups who may need help for mental health or stress issues.
        Joan Bibelhausen, Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

      Sybil L. Dunlop, Greene Espel, PLLP
      Valerie M Jensen, Executive Director and President, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice


  Wrestling the Technology Beast in your Practice: Understanding eDiscovery, Information Governance and the Language of Data (1.0 Ethics CLE credit has been approved.)
  This session will address the new ethical and federal rules that require lawyers competence in technology, the duty of cooperation and transparency in discovery, and how to leverage best practices in electronic discovery, information governance and the impact of social media in your practice or business.  Presenters are co-authors of the recently published Minnesota CLE eDiscovery Desk Book, including in-house and outside eDiscovery counsel, a technology and litigation consultant, a seasoned litigator, and a Federal Magistrate Judge with a view from the Bench.  all seminar attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a discounted copy of the E-Discovery Desk Book.  Details will be provided at the seminar.
        U.S. Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer, United States District Court, District of Minnesota
      Barbara J. Klas, Director and Consultant, Casepoint, LLC
      Jenna Perrin, AVP Corporate Counsel, eDiscovery and Records Management, TCF Bank
      Keiko Sugisaka, Partner, Maslon LLP
      Moderator: Heidi J.K. Fessler, Of Counsel, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
9:45 a.m. Welcome and Remarks by MWL President Connie Armstrong
  KEYNOTE PRESENTATION (1.0 Standard CLE credit has been approved.)
by Laurie Robinson Haden, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at CBS Corporation and CEO of Corporate Counsel for Women of Color

Drive to Success: Learning from Women Leaders (1.0 Elimination of Bias credit has been approved.

This break out session will dig deep into the professional lives of successful female attorneys in our community and learn from their experiences to find our own “how to’s.” Including, learning how to critically examine the organization you work for to determine if you can succeed there; how to determine when it’s time to leave if your organization does not support you; and how to gain the experience you need in order to advance.

        Rachna Sullivan, Partner, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
      Lenor Scheffler, General Counsel, Lower Sioux Community
      Portia Hampton-Flowers, Deputy City Attorney, St. Paul City Attorney's Office
      Moderator: Melissa Wright, General Counsel of Twin Cities PBS

Where Do We Go From Here? Leading Lawyers Through the Next Four Years (1.0 Standard CLE credit has been approved.)
Many women lawyers have stepped up advocacy outside of their official employment positions since the 2016 election. Some have put in the effort on behalf of organizations focused on certain legal practice areas such as immigration; others in organizations based on membership in a group tied by religion, nationality, race or the like; yet others based on protecting the civil rights of all, perhaps through the ACLU or being a member of one under-represented group seeking to stand up on behalf of others. In this breakout session, lawyer-leaders from affinity bars will discuss how their organizations plan to adjust their missions, strategic plans and activities in response to changes arising from the Trump administration, Congress or the Minnesota legislature.
        Melitta Drechsler, Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association President-Elect; Assistant Ramsey County Attorney, Civil Division
      Amran A. Farah, Somali American Bar Association President; Waldeck Law Firm, PA
      Lariss Maldonado, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association President; Associate General Counsel, United Healthcare
Erin Bryan, Minnesota Lavender Bar Association Co-Chair; Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel, U.S. Bancorp
      Moderator: Lisa Lodin Peralta, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association Member; Appellate Staff Attorney, Robins Kaplan LLP
  You Can Be a Judge (1.0 Standard CLE credit has been approved.) 

The “You Can Be A Judge” seminar is designed to encourage and inform those who might be considering a position on the bench. Panelists will present practical information about the selection process. Topics will include: 1) The role of the Commission on Judicial Selection as per MN statutes; 2) Application procedures for applying for a judicial opening in the State of Minnesota; 3) Panelist thoughts on basic qualifications for serving on the bench, as well as resume and interview preparation; 4) Ethical responsibilities; 5) Opportunities for Federal judicial positions and how the process is similar to and differs from the State of Minnesota appointments process.

         (Moderator) Amy Boyle, Associate, Halunen Law
       Judge Sharon Benson, Seventh Judicial District
       Judge Charlene Hatcher, Fourth Judicial District
       Mary Knoblauch, At-large Member, Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection; Shareholder, Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie, P.A.
       Lidya Makonnen, Appointments Coordinator, Office of Governor Mark Dayton & Lt. Governor Tina Smith
       Lola Velazquez-Aguilu, President, Infinity Project; Assistant United States Attorney, District of Minnesota, Criminal Division
12:00 p.m. MWL's 45th Annual Meeting and 2017 Annual Awards Presentation

1:30 p.m. Networking & Dessert Reception


Doing Well by Doing Good: Volunteering on Boards and Committees  (1.0 Standard CLE credit has been approved.)
Volunteering on boards and committees of industry associations and charitable nonprofit organizations helps grow your practice, expand your skills, and connect you to your community. However, with growing time demands and work loads, committing time to volunteer may appear burdensome or simply not feasible.  Choosing the right volunteer opportunity to focus your efforts is critical, as is making the most of the experience. Learn how, when, and with whom to engage in board and committee service, and tips for making it a win-win for you and the organization you serve.
        Rachael R. Presler, Attorney, Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A.
      Melinda M. Sanders, Attorney, Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A.

The Likeable Leader (1.0 Standard CLE credit has been approved.)
Women who lead are characterized as "bossy" twice as often as men.  What have we learned from the "Ban Bossy" Campaign?  Join us as we look at whether being bossy equates to assertiveness, leadership, or something else.  We will explore what being bossy means, why it matters, and how to inspire your team as a likeable leader. 
        Kristin Haugen, Solo Attorney, KC Haugen Law; Attorney Business Development Coach, Rock Solid Consultants
  Mindfulness 2.0 - The Call to be Present Now More Than Ever (1.0 Professional Development CLE credit has been approved.)
  Tips on how to increase concentration and calm, and rise above the temptation to react to pervasive distractions in our personal and professional lives.  
       Judge Susan R. Miles, 10th Judicial District 
3:15 p.m. KEYNOTE PANEL (1.0 Elimination of Bias credit has been approved.
Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Conversation with Women Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court

In commemoration of Minnesota’s milestone as the first state in U.S. history to have a majority of women on its highest court in 1991, and then  it reoccurrence last year, Minnesota Women Lawyers is honored to welcome an esteemed panel of Minnesota Supreme Court Justices, both current and former. What changes have we seen for women on the bench through the years?  What successes have we gained and what challenges remain?  What impact does a diverse bench have not only for the legal community, but on the justice system itself and the communities it serves.  How can Minnesota best support its continuing effort towards diversity, inclusion and equity across the legal profession. MWL is honored to close out its 2017 Conference with this engaging discussion.  

        Former Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz, Minnesota Supreme Court (1996-2006)
      Justice Margaret Chutich, Minnesota Supreme Court (2016-present)
      Judge Joan N. Ericksen, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota; Former Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court (1998-2002)
      Justice Anne McKeig, Minnesota Supreme Court (2016-present)
      Former Justice Helen Meyer, Of Counsel, Briggs and Morgan, P.A.; Minnesota Supreme Court (2002-2012)
      Former Justice Esther Tomljanovich, Minnesota Supreme Court (1990-1998)
      Moderator: Annamarie Daley, Partner, Jones Day; Vice-Chair, Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society

4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
4:30 p.m. Closing Reception


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