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June 27, 2011

7th Annual IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities

7th Annual IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities

FRIDAY AUGUST 5, 2011 10:00am - 5:00pm

Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway -Arlington, VA

Open to Fall 2011 Returning Law Students and Graduates Nationwide

Students & Graduates Register Here: http://www.law.arizona.edu/Career/Impact/studentregistrationintro.cfm

(Student deadline to register Sunday July 10, 2011, 11:59pm)

10:00am - Noon: Interviews, Noon - 1:00pm: Lunch for all attendees & employers, Luncheon keynote speaker: Christine Griffin, Deputy Director,
US Office of Personnel Management, 1:00pm - 5:00pm: Interviews

Thanks to the 2011 financial supporters! Kirkland & Ellis, State Bar of Arizona - Committee on Persons with Disabilities in the Legal Profession, Paul Hastings, Duffy Law & Alternative Dispute Resolution Consulting Group

Need more information? http://www.law.arizona.edu/Career/Impact/welcome.cfm

June 22, 2011

Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair

The Hispanic National Bar Association will be hosting a career fair in Dallas, Texas on Friday, Sept. 2nd as part of their annual convention. The career fair will be open to law students and attorneys with the bidding period opening on August 1st and closing on August 7th. To register, please visit http://www.hnba.com/career-fair/

June 13, 2011

Bar associations: How and why to get involved

Bar associations: How and why to get involved
via JDs Rising by Michael Goodwin on 6/8/11

By Michael Goodwin

There is an article in the newsletter for the American Bar Association's Young Lawyer Division about becoming a successful leader in the ABA. Among the suggestions:
1. Join a section or a committee
2. Take on a project from committee leadership
3. Attend national, regional and local ABA events

All good advice. And ABA membership is free if you are in your first year of practice (as is MSBA membership). Discounted membership dues may also be available.

Being active in local, state and national bar activities provides you with opportunities for professional development and mentoring. It helps you build your network and your reputation. Joining professional organizations of any kind can make you better at what you do, and it can also make it more enjoyable.

Now is a good time to take action to get involved. Many bar associations transition to new leadership in the spring and summer. Sections and committees are looking for new members. Getting involved in the group of your choice is often as simple as calling or e-mailing the chairperson, or even just showing up to a meeting.

Not sure where to start? Most bar groups have a section or division specifically for new lawyers, which is a great way in. You can meet people who are at the same point in their career as you are and get a better idea of what kinds of activities the association as a whole has to offer.

June 8, 2011

RCBA June CLE Opportunities

Ramsey County Bar Association has seven CLEs in June that may interest law students and recent alumni, including the final in the Litigation Basics Series (Post-Trial Motions). Law students attend for free (lunch $10, if included and they want one; teleconference not available for free).

Dealing with Elderly Parents (includes live teleconference option)*
Wednesday, June 8

The panel of speakers for this seminar will discuss the many issues that arise with elderly parents and relatives.
Tara Mattessich will discuss estate planning including health care directives, powers of attorney, wills and revocable trusts. What documents should be in place or reviewed? What are the consequences of no planning? How do family dynamics factor in?
Doctor David Klevan, a geriatric physician with HealthPartners, will discuss the challenges of failing health, incapacity, and end of life care. How to deal with dementia or memory loss? How do physicians apply health care directives? What are some strategies for healthy living in the later years?
Jeff Schmidt will discuss long term care planning & finance, including the programs, insurance, opportunities and planning available. He will cover the basics of Medical Assistance, Medicare, Veterans Benefits, and Long Term Care Insurance and how they can work together with a client's personal resources to provide a reasonable and even satisfactory outcome to the potentially expensive problem.

Presented by: Tara D. Mattessich, Moore, Costello & Hart, P.L.L.P.; Dr. David Klevan, geriatric physician with HealthPartners; and Jeff Schmidt, Schmitz & Schmidt PA

Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Registration: 2:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Location: First National Bank Bldg Training Room, 332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul
Cost: $30 for RCBA members; $45 for non-members
2 Standard CLE credits approved
Register online at www.ramseybar.org or send an email to info@ramseybar.org.


Ethics Amalgam: Flat Fee Arrangements, Family Law Issues and Issues Faced by New Solo and Small Firm Practitioners (includes live teleconference option)*
Friday, June 10

Hear from experienced presenters about a mix of current ethics issues for Minnesota lawyers, including ethics questions arising with fee arrangements; ethics issues in family law, and potential ethical problems with setting up a new solo or small firm practice.

Presented by: Eric Cooperstein, Eric T. Cooperstein, PLLC, Attorney at Law, Victoria Brenner, Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh, PLLP, Dan O'Connell, Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh, PLLP and Patrick R. Burns, First Assistant Director, Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility

Time: 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. Registration: 8:00 to 8:30 a.m.
Location: First National Bank Bldg Training Room, 332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul
Cost: $45 for RCBA members; $70 for non-members
3 Ethics CLE credits approved
Register online at www.ramseybar.org or send an email to info@ramseybar.org.


Strategies to Avoid Bankruptcy and Legitimate Strategies to Plan for Bankruptcy (includes live teleconference option)*
Tuesday, June 14

This seminar is aimed at lawyers who do not handle bankruptcies and at bankruptcy lawyers who want to review other options for their clients. Topics will include how lawyers can avoid problems arising out of clients' bankruptcies, and dealing with threatened mortgage foreclosures, debt collectors, credit reporting problems, student loan debts and tax debts.

Presented by: Kenneth E. Keate, Keate Law Office, P.A. and Randall Smith, Randall Smith Law Office
Time: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Registration: 8:00 to 8:30 a.m.
Location: First National Bank Bldg Training Room, 332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul
Cost: $30 for RCBA members; $45 for non-members
2 standard CLE credits approved

Register online at www.ramseybar.org or send an email to info@ramseybar.org.


Fundamentals of Post-Trial Motion and Preparation for Appeal in State and Federal Court (includes live teleconference option)*
Wednesday, June 15

Hear from the experts about post-trial motions and preparation for appeal in state and federal court. Post-trial motions discussion will include Motions for JMOL, for New Trial, for Amended Findings, Taxation of Costs and more. Preparation for appeal will include important decisions in decisions in deciding whether to appeal, appealable judgements and orders, time to appeal and narrowing the issues on appeal.

Presented by: Diane B. Bratvold, Briggs and Morgan, PA and Former MN Supreme Court Chief Justice, Eric Magnuson, Briggs and Morgan, PA

Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Registration: 2:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Location: First National Bank Building Training Room, 332 Minnesota Street, St Paul
Cost: $30 for RCBA members; $45 for non-members; public attorneys may attend at the member price
2 Standard CLE credits approved
Register online at www.ramseybar.org or send an email to info@ramseybar.org.


Changing Technology and the Attorney-Client Privilege
Friday, June 17

Attorneys should understand how to maintain client confidences for the purpose of preserving the attorney-client privilege as well as providing ethical representation. At the same time, attorneys should be comfortable utilizing the technological tools, such as email, social networking sites and cell phones that benefit their practice. Today, attorneys can send privileged information instantaneously from anywhere in the world. Managing how that data is kept confidential requires an understanding of the rules of privilege and the technology used to communicate.

Presented by: Matthew Gasaway, Senior Litigation Consultant, Litigation Services Division, UnitedLex

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Registration (& lunch): 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Room 40, Ramsey County District Courthouse, 15 West Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul
Cost: (includes lunch) $20 for RCBA members; $30 for non-members
1 Ethics CLE credit approved
Register online at www.ramseybar.org or send an email to info@ramseybar.org.


Bias in the Courtroom: Gender Race and the Jury (includes live teleconference option)*
Wednesday, June 22

Unfortunately, juror biases can play a role in any case on many levels. Being aware and adjusting for these biases can make the difference in a case. Jury consultants Johanna Carrane and Christina Malmberg seek to answer the taboo questions of: How do jurors see gender and race in the courtroom? Are there issues of equality? How do I identify a biased juror? As a litigator, how do I best present my case such that jurors concentrate on the evidence and not the presenter? How do I protect the jurors' rights and my own? Questions from those with all levels of experience will be welcome.

Presented by: Johanna Carrane, JuryScope, Inc and Christina Ouska, JuryScope, Inc

Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Registration: 2:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Location: First National Bank Bldg Training Room, 332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul
Cost: $30 for RCBA members; $45 for non-members. Public attorneys may attend at the member price.
2 Elimination of Bias CLE credits approved
Register online at www.ramseybar.org or send an email to info@ramseybar.org.


Implicit Bias: Legal and Scientific Issues
Tuesday, June 28

Implicit bias, or unconscious bias, comes up frequently now in the legal arena. This CLE will address the key ideas of implicit bias, how it enters into litigation, what is the organizational context, how organizational practices allow these kinds of biases to influence employment actions and how litigators on both sides experience and approach these issues. For background, take the Implicit Bias Test yourself at Project Implicit, and read the article by Roger Parloff: "The war over unconscious bias." Fortune 01 10 2007: n. pag. Web. 5 Apr 2011.
Hear from experienced litigators in the field and the experts from the Walmart case and the Eveleth Mine case.

Presented by: Eugene Borgida, Professor of Psychology and Law, University of Minnesota; William T. Bielby, Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago (appearing via video-conference); Leslie L. Lienemann, Culberth & Lienemann, LLP and Sara Gullickson McGrane, Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt

Time: 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Registration: 8:00 to 8:30 a.m.
Location: Room 40, Ramsey County District Courthouse, 15 West Kellogg Blvd., St Paul
Cost: $30 for RCBA members; $45 for non-members
2.5 Elimination of Bias CLE credits approved

Register online at www.ramseybar.org or send an email to info@ramseybar.org.
*Contact the RCBA office to arrange for the teleconference - 651.222.0846 or info@ramseybar.org. We cannot offer the teleconference for free to law students.

June 6, 2011

Fall 2011 Public Service Fellows Program

The Public Service Fellows Program application is now open for Fall 2011. This is an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates to participate directly in transforming the way government works while developing valuable professional skills. The deadline is July 8. More information and application instructions can be found at:
http://apps.ourpublicservice.org/fellows/default.aspx

Weekly Diversity Dish

This week's Diversity Dish includes news about the 2011 Philadelphia
Diversity Law Group summer program, an article on David Wilkins
presentation on law firm diversity, a critique of the Canadian Call to
Action efforts, and advice on how corporations can address discriminatory
legislation in light of their own inclusion goals.

You can access the Diversity Dish here:
http://www.nalp.org/nalpcomments/?blogEntryID=120

June 3, 2011

Northwest Minority Job Fair

The 25th Northwest Minority Job Fair will be hosted by Lane Powell on Saturday, August 27, 2011. It is sponsored and funded by a consortium of private and public sector employers, and will be held at the Seattle office of Lane Powell PC, 1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4100.

The Job Fair provides employers with an opportunity to interview applicants from across the country while offering law students a forum to interact with both potential employers and fellow students. Applicant registration opens on Monday, June 27, at www.nwmjf.org.

2011 Upcoming Diversity Job Fairs

Diversity job fairs are held around the country beginning in late July. For a list of fairs and their registration deadlines, please contact the University of Minnesota Law School Career Center.