BARRISTER RAMSEY COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION MEMORIALS

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President’s Page . . . . . 2
RAMSEY COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION MEMORIALS
Judicial Profile:
The Honorable
Joy D. Bartscher . . . . . 3
Please join us on Friday, April 11 at 2:00 p.m. to celebrate the lives of those
lawyers and judges who have passed on. This year’s Memorials will take place
at Hamline University, Sundin Music Hall, 1531 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul.
What’s Happening . . . . 3
April CLEs . . . . . . . . . . 4
Upcoming CLEs . . . . . 5
Diversity CLE
.......5
Solo and Small Firm
Breakfast CLE . . . . . . . 6
HONORING:
Robert C. Bell
Eugene P. Bradt
Golf Tournament . . . . . 6
Roger A. Christianson
Annual Meeting . . . . . . 7
Daniel T. Cody
Darrell J. Davis
The Honorable
Michael F. Fetsch
The Honorable
Phyllis Gene Jones
Ken Kohnstamm
Eugene Kubes
Robert J. Monson, Sr.
Mary Jo Murray
William Orme
Paul Holm Gooding
James E. Speckmann
Manuel Guerrero
Kenneth E. Tilsen
Greg G. Heacox
The Honorable
Rosalie Erwin Wahl
William J. Joanis
Robert W. Johnson
Ramsey County Bar Association
RCBA CLE
opportunities.
ANNUAL MEETING
THURSDAY, MAY 15 • 12:00 – 1:30 P.M.
Hamline University, Klas Center Ballroom
See page 4 for details.
1536 HEWITT AVENUE, ST. PAUL
Register at www.ramseybar.org or use form on page 7
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Angela Beranek Brandt
President
Thomas C. Plunkett
President-Elect
Kelly Olmstead
Vice President
Brian McMahon
Secretary-Treasurer
Richard Stebbins
Past President
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Reflections on Downton Abbey,
Or How I Survived This Brutal Winter
Honestly, I did not set out to binge-watch all
four seasons of Downton Abbey in two
months. The idea to watch a single
episode, or perhaps just part of one, came
when I realized I had forgotten to cancel my
Amazon Prime subscription that I purchased before the holidays to save money
on shipping. When I figured out I could
watch old movies and TV shows for free
through my account, I decided to see what
the hype over this British period drama was
all about. Yes, I was several years late to
the party. And even though I really knew
nothing about the show, I did not expect to
like it. (What do those 10.2 million people
that watch it every week know, anyway?)
I was drawn into the first episode both
because of the impressive cinematography,
but also because of the interesting contrast
between the family “upstairs” and the staff
“downstairs.” Downton Abbey is the name
of the show and also the name of the castle
where the Granthum family lives with an
enormous house staff. The show follows the
story lines of both family and staff. I was
fascinated with the adherence to tradition
and longstanding rules. While not amused
that the entail prevented Earl Granthum’s
three daughters from inheriting his title and
his estate, I was amused by his disapproval
of the living male relative’s occupation as a
solicitor.
The male heir quickly quit his job as a
[lowly] solicitor. It apparently takes a good
portion of the day to get dressed for and
have dinner. Even though very little is about
his life as a solicitor, parts of the show
reminded me of the practice of law. The
downstairs staff members at the house are,
in some ways, like associates in law firms.
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Although they wish their lives were different,
they are grateful to have a job. They spend
a great deal of time behind the scenes
making sure that the family has what they
need and that they look good. They take
orders with a pleasant smile and do not
turn down a request for help, even if it is
something the family member could do on
their own. Like in the associate ranks, there
is a hierarchy within the house staff that
dictates who can tell others what work they
should be doing.
All of this division creates some resentment
towards the family. From the staff perspective, the family has an easy life consisting of
no work and fancy dinner parties. In this
way, the family members can be compared
to partners in law firms. Although the
outward appearances make it look as
though life is easy, there is tremendous
pressure to keep the estate going to keep
so many people employed. And as it turns
out, some of the parties and other gatherings are not nearly as fun as they appear
from the outside.
Maybe it is a stretch to compare Downton
Abbey to law firms, but there is no question
that the focus on rules, tradition, and
etiquette by the royalty is a reminder that
some things in our very old profession have
not changed. I appreciate that there
remains a formality in the legal profession,
particularly when appearing in court. These
formalities stand in stark contrast to the
casual manner in which most of society
now communicates via text, email and
Twitter. The formality is part of what keeps
our occupation respectable, IMHO (That
stands for “in my humble opinion” – Ok, I
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What’s
Judicial Profile:
The Honorable Joy D. Bartscher
On October 1, 2012, Governor Mark
Dayton announced the appointment of Joy
D. Bartscher as a District Court Judge in
Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. She
replaced the Honorable Dale B. Lindman,
who had retired earlier in the year.
high school, Judge Bartscher started doing
social work. However, she eventually
became frustrated with all the legal hurdles
that got in the way of doing the most for
people. This frustration gave her the
passion to attend law school.
Joy Bartscher is a St. Paul native through
and through. She was born and raised in
St. Paul, attending Derham Hall High
School, College of St. Catherine’s, and
William Mitchell College of Law, all of which
are located in St. Paul. It is only fitting that
she sit on the bench in … St. Paul.
However, don’t be fooled into thinking that
she is sheltered by staying in St. Paul her
whole life. Judge Bartscher has spent
much of her career working with folks from
all over the state, and even into other parts
of the world.
During her first year at William Mitchell,
Judge Bartscher worked at Migrant Legal
Services, helping many immigrant farmers,
where she saw firsthand the poverty and
desperate living conditions the workers
lived in. Later during law school, Judge
Bartscher began working as a law clerk for
the Honorable Joanne Smith. During her
work at the courthouse, Judge Bartscher
met several people working at the
Neighborhood Justice Center (NJC). She
then realized where she wanted to work as
a new lawyer.
As a district court judge, Judge Bartscher
has served the community in which she
resides. This aspect of her role was not a
new thing to her, as she has spent nearly
her entire life serving others and learning
the cultural differences within the St. Paul
community. She also understands the
importance of embracing diversity in a
community. Judge Bartscher’s parents
taught her at an early age the significance
of being socially conscious. In fact, her
parents moved to the Selby/Dale area for
the purpose of living and raising a family in
a culturally diverse neighborhood. Her
mother encouraged her children to learn
Spanish, and her parents hosted foreignexchange students at their home during
Judge Bartscher’s childhood.
Judge Bartscher spent 19 years at NJC,
serving as the Executive Director for 15 of
those years. During her time at NJC, the
office provided legal representation to
Ramsey County residents charged with a
crime anywhere, non-residents charged
with a crime in Ramsey County, and other
matters of community concern. Most NJC
clients are Spanish-speaking and of
ethnically diverse backgrounds. During her
19 years at NJC, Judge Bartscher also
traveled around the state providing
Spanish-interpreter training as a good will
gesture.
Judge Bartscher got the social-justice
“bug” when, at age 15, she traveled to
Central America on a foreign-exchange
program through school. During that
program, she learned the importance of
giving back to the community and serving
those who were less fortunate. Right out of
Eventually, Judge Bartscher left NJC to
start in private practice as a criminaldefense lawyer. Then, in 2012, Judge
Bartscher took advantage of an opportunity to provide public service in a different
way: as a judge.
The view from the bench is much different
than from the courtroom floor. Judge
Bartscher notes that the biggest difference
Happening
Policyholder
Dividend
Checks to be
Issued
Minnesota Lawyers
Mutual Insurance
Company (MLM), is once
again returning money to
its policyholders – in the
amount of $2.6 million.
Policyholder dividend
checks will be mailed to
policyholders who had
professional liability
policies with MLM in
force on December 31,
2013.
Certified
Criminal Law
Specialists
Announced
The Minnesota State Bar
Association announces
the certification of
Richard H. Kyle Jr,
Fredrikson & Byron;
Shannon Elkins, Office of
the Federal Defender;
Martin J. Costello, Martin
J. Costello Attorney at
Law; and Geoffrey R.
Colosi, Colosi & Associates; as MSBA Board
Certified Criminal Law
Specialists. The certified
specialist designation is
earned by leading attorneys who have completed a rigorous
approval process.
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APRIL CLE
Opportunities
LOCATION: First National Bank Bldg Training
Room, 332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, unless
otherwise noted
REAL ESTATE SECTION:
Ethics and Real Estate Practice
APRIL 8 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Common ethical dilemmas in real estate
practice, including representing multiple
parties in a real estate transaction; taking
referrals from real estate brokers/agents;
deed preparation; acting as title agent;
and acting as escrow agent.
PRESENTER: Cassie Hanson, Senior
Assistant Director, Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility
COST: (includes lunch) $20 RCBA members; $30 non-members
TELECONFERENCE COST: $30 RCBA
members; $40 non-members
1 Ethics Credit approved
TRUSTS & ESTATES SECTION:
What Trusts & Estates Lawyers
Need to Know about HIPAA
(but were afraid to ask)
APRIL 10 12:00-1:00 p.m.
HIPAA requirements present challenges
for Trusts & Estates lawyers to effectively
represent clients. Core HIPAA requirements in terms of estate planning; what
do litigators need to know about obtaining access to health information (of the
living and the dead); and ethical issues
arising with gaining access to confidential
medical information
PRESENTER: Gordon J. Apple, Law
Offices of Gordon J. Apple, P.C.
COST: (includes lunch) $20 RCBA members; $30 non-members
TELECONFERENCE COST: $30 RCBA
members; $40 non-members
Are Solos Special? Their Stress
Is! (Elimination of Bias)
APRIL 24 8:00-9:30 a.m.
8:00- 9:00 a.m. (Elimination of Bias):
Lawyers face stress daily at higher levels
than most. There is a clearly recognized
continuum where unresolved chronic
stress becomes a predictor for addiction
and mental illness, more prevalent
among lawyers. Understanding this continuum and the facts about addiction and
mental illness can help lawyers reduce
their risk and, hopefully, get help earlier.
Learn about signs, symptoms, risk factors and recovery, focusing on solo and
small firm practitioners, with personal
examples and information on Minnesota’s lawyer assistance program.
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. (Professional Development): What are the particular issues
for solo and small firm practitioners and
what are some tools, techniques and
strategies to understand and manage
that stress?
PRESENTER: Joan Bibelhausen, JD,
Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned
for Lawyers
LOCATION: Louisiana Café, 613 Selby
Avenue, St. Paul
COST: $20 RCBA members; $30 nonmembers
1 hour Elimination of Bias and .5 hour Professional Development Credit applied for
The Basics (and we do mean
basics) of Representing a Client
in a Simple Divorce
APRIL 23 12:00-1:00 p.m.
How to recognize personality disorder in
the client population, including managing
relationships with clients, setting boundaries, related ethical issues, and some
best practice recommendations for working with these clients.
PRESENTERS: Jennifer Joseph, J.D., Custody & Parenting Time Resolution; Alan
Davis, LMFT, Prevail Counseling Group
COST: (includes lunch) $20 RCBA members; $30 non-members
TELECONFERENCE COST: $30 RCBA
members; $40 non-members
APRIL 25 12:30-3:15 p.m.
12:30-2:30 p.m.: The very basics of handling a simple divorce, including step-bystep coverage of the Summons & Petition, and proposed Judgment & Decree.
PRESENTERS: Michael C. Black, Michael
Black Law Office Ltd.; Elizabeth A. Clysdale, Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh,
P.L.L.P.
2:45-3:15 p.m.: Joint Session with Less
Experienced Attorneys
PRESENTER: Jo Ann Ahles, Ahles Law
Firm, PLC
LOCATION: Room 41, Ramsey County
District Courthouse, 15 West Kellogg
Blvd., St. Paul
COST: (includes lunch) $50 RCBA members; $70 non-members
Agree to mentor a SMRLS volunteer
and attend for FREE (including lunch).
TELECONFERENCE COST: $60 RCBA
members; $80 non-members. Agree to
mentor a SMRLS volunteer and attend
for half-price.
1 Standard Credit approved
2.5 Standard Credits approved
1 Standard Credit approved
Do’s & Don’ts
Dealing with Individuals with
Personality Disorders and How
Not to Get Hooked
FAMILY LAW:
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SOLO SMALL FIRM SECTION:
Disclosure in Dissolutions
APRIL 25 12:30-3:15 p.m.
12:30-2:30 p.m.: The duty to disclose
and have clients sign off on disclosures is
potentially rife with issues, implicating the
evidentiary rules and fiduciary duties. In
this age of mediation and settlement,
informal discovery is encouraged. How
can family law attorneys best approach
this struggle, particularly with ICMCs and
formal discovery not generally allowed
until after the ENE process?
PRESENTERS: Walter Bauch and Cathryn
Schmidt, Collins, Buckley, Sauntry &
Haugh, P.L.L.P.
2:45-3:15 p.m.: Joint Session with Less
Experienced Attorneys
PRESENTER: Jo Ann Ahles, Ahles Law
Firm, PLC
LOCATION: Room 40, Ramsey County
District Courthouse, 15 West Kellogg
Blvd., St. Paul
COST: (includes lunch) $50 RCBA members; $70 non-members
Agree to mentor a SMRLS volunteer
and attend for FREE (including lunch).
TELECONFERENCE COST: $60 RCBA
members; $80 non-members. Agree to
mentor a SMRLS volunteer and attend
for half-price.
2.5 Standard Credits approved
Problem Gambling and the
Legal Profession (Elimination of
Bias)
APRIL 30 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Compulsive, problem or pathological
gambling – the “hidden illness” - has few
outward signs and symptoms, and
greater potential biases to discourage
seeking help. Those close to problem
gamblers are often shocked to learn
about the problem and how serious it
has become, frequently in the context of
a legal matter. Learn about problem
gambling, how to recognize signs and
symptoms, what you can do, and what
resources, including treatment, are
available.
PRESENTERS: Joan Bibelhausen, JD,
Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned
for Lawyers; Catherine Perrault,
Executive Director, Northstar Problem
Gambling Alliance
COST: $40 RCBA members; $60 nonmembers
TELECONFERENCE COST: $60 RCBA
members; $80 non-members
2 Elimination of Bias credits applied for
APRIL Webinars
Ramsey County Bar Association’s
Diversity Committee Presents:
All webinars are from noon to 1:00 p.m. Registration is from 11:45
a.m. to noon.
COST: $30 for RCBA members; $40 for non-members
LOCATION: Office, home, wherever you are! Teleconference option is
also available for all webinars, at the same cost as the webinar
access. Instructions for accessing the CLE will be sent via email, after
you register. Law students may attend for the member price ($30), by
sending an email to [email protected] or calling 651.222.0846.
Eliminating Bias in the
Corporate Law Department:
Selecting, Promoting, and
Retaining Diverse Inhouse
and Outside Counsel
Advising Small Businesses: Independent
Contractor vs. Employee Status
APRIL 9 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Key employee classification issues, including federal and state
definitions/tests to determine employment status; penalties
and consequences for misclassification; and hypothetical test
cases for appropriately identifying and approaching an
employee misclassification situation.
PRESENTER: Kevin Mosher, Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons,
L.L.P.
THURSDAY, MAY 15
9:30 - 11:30 AM
East Hall Room 106, Hamline University
1 Standard Credit approved
ADVISING VETS SERIES V: Family Law
Practice: Serving Servicemembers, Veterans
and their Families
APRIL 17 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Family law for veterans or servicemembers can become
nuanced. Learn about relevant state and federal laws, tips
and traps related to the military component, and local
resources and information on pro bono opportunities to serve
those who have so honorably served our country.
PRESENTERS: Johanna Clyborne, Brekke, Clyborne & Ribich,
L.L.C.; Sara Sommarstrom, Vetlaw Director, Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans.
SPEAKERS:
Ivan Fong, Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs
and General Counsel, 3M
Jim Seifert, Executive Vice President,
General Counsel & Secretary, Ecolab
Angela Brandt, Larson King
Jean Holloway, Dean, Hamline Law School and
former General Counsel, CR Bard, Inc.
1 Standard Credit approved
Upcoming CLE Opportunities
See the RCBA web site for location and cost information.
MAY 7
MAY 15
MAY 22
JUNE 18
Law Day CLE: Felon
Disenfranchisement &
American Democracy
Diversity Committee:
Eliminating Bias in the
Corporate Law
Department
Solo Small Firm Section:
Ethics Issues for Solo and
Small Firms
Advising Small
Businesses about PTO
and other Employment
Law Issues
MAY 16
Hmong Americans and
the Legal System in
Minnesota (Elimination
of Bias)
MAY 8
Trusts & Estates Section:
Professional Liability
Issues for Estates and
Trusts Practitioners
MAY 9
The State of the 4th
Amendment in the Age
of Edward Snowden
MAY 13
Ethics
MAY 14
How to Measure a
Client’s Capacity
Criminal Law Section:
Immigration
Consequences of Criminal Convictions
MAY 20
Real Estate Section:
Adverse Possession and
Boundary by Practical
Location-Part II
MAY 21
Hmong Americans and
the Legal System in
Minnesota (Elimination
of Bias)
JUNE 9
JUNE 11
Joint RCBA and HCBA
Family Law Sections
CLE
JUNE 12
Ethics
JUNE 13
JUNE 25
Legislative Recap
JUNE 26
Advising Small
Businesses about Sales
Tax Issues
JUNE 27
Bias in the Courtroom:
Gender, Race and the
Jury (Elimination of
Bias)
Criminal Law Section:
Appeals Procedure &
Tips
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Solo & Small Firm
Breakfast CLE
A Night with
Well-Strung
Call for Justice, LLC’s First-Annual Fundraiser
THURSDAY, APRIL 24
Louisiana Café, 613 Selby Avenue, St. Paul
Registration 7:45 - 8:00 am
Are Solos Special? Their Stress Is!
Part 1: Chronic Stress, Trauma, Mental Health and Addiction
(8:00 to 9:00 a.m.): Lawyers face stress daily at higher levels than
most. There is a clearly recognized continuum where unresolved
chronic stress becomes a predictor for addiction and mental illness,
more prevalent among lawyers. Understanding this continuum and
the facts about addiction and mental illness can help lawyers
reduce their risk and, hopefully, get help earlier. Learn about signs,
symptoms, risk factors and recovery, focusing on solo and small
firm practitioners, with personal examples and information on Minnesota’s lawyer assistance program.
Part 2: Now That We Know There’s Stress, What Do We Do
About It? (9:00 to 9:30 a.m.): What are the particular issues for
solo and small firm practitioners and what are some tools, techniques and strategies to understand and manage that stress?
PRESENTER: Joan Bibelhausen, JD, Executive Director,
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
COST: (includes breakfast) $20 for RCBA members;
$30 for non-members.
1 Elimination of Bias Credit and
.5 Professional Development Credit applied for
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6-8:30PM
Illusion Theater
Come enjoy the melodies of
classical giants like Mozart and
Vivaldi blended with the tunes of
pop superstars like Adele, Lady
Gaga, Kelly Clarkson and more,
benefiting Call for Justice, LLC.
Tickets on sale for $95
Cocktail hour starts at 6pm!
Visit www.illusiontheater.org for tickets or call
the box office at 612-339-4944.
www.callforjustice.org
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President’s Page continued from page 2
Judicial Profile continued from page 3
admit, I had to Google that.)
is being the decision-maker
versus being the advocate. She
still finds herself wanting to
advocate. It is natural. After
more than 25 years of
advocating and fighting as a
criminal trial lawyer, it is difficult
to shed the mold. That said, her
experience in court has given
her a huge advantage as a
judge, because she has “been
there” and “done that.” Yet,
being a judge can be emotionally draining and exhausting. A
judge is expected to make
tough decisions that may forever
affect people’s lives-- not just
those of the parties themselves,
but also those of the parties’
families and friends.
I am not sure I am ready to binge-watch
another TV show any time soon. I will confess
that finishing Downton Abbey became a bit of
a burden. I watched it mostly after putting the
kids to bed, so I often traded sleep for screen
time. I knew I was developing a problem when
I became upset while in a hotel room on a
work trip when the internet signal was not
strong enough to allow the streaming video.
At the time, it really did not seem like the final
episode of Season 2 could wait. I still had two
seasons to go!
The upside of my foray into binge-watching is
that it helped me cope with the otherwise
unbearable winter we experienced. I’m certainly not wishing that next winter is a repeat
of this one, but if it is, I can always catch up
on Season 5, expected to air later this year.
#NeedToFindAWinterSport
Judge Bartscher is also quick to
note that being a judge is an
honor that she takes very
seriously. Although the work can
be difficult, it is a rewarding job.
She is humbled to think that she
has earned a spot on the bench
based on all the good work she
has done in the past.
For those trial lawyers looking for
some tips from the bench,
Judge Bartscher offers the
following advice:
Be prepared. Know your case.
Know your judge.
Good advice from a seasoned
trial lawyer, now a judge in
Ramsey County.
Ramsey County Bar Association
Annual Meeting
THURSDAY, MAY 15
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Hamline University – Klas Center Ballroom
1536 HEWITT AVENUE, ST. PAUL
Cost (includes lunch): $35
LAW DAY AWARDS
PRESENTATION
LIBERTY BELL AWARD
DISTINGUISHED HUMANITARIAN
SERVICE AWARD
AND THE
EXCELLENCE IN DIVERSITY AWARD
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Make checks payable to the RCBA. Mail to: RCBA, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E-1401, St. Paul, MN 55101 or fax to 651.223.8344.
Contact Cheryl with questions – 651.222.0846 or [email protected]
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Memorials
Friday, April 11
Sundin Music Hall
332 Minnesota Street
Suite E1401
St. Paul, MN 55101
Hamline University
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U.S. Postage
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Twin Cities, MN
Permit No. 2466
Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 15
Klas Center
Hamline University
Charity Golf
Tournament
Monday, June 16
Hillcrest Golf Club
2200 Larpenteur Avenue
East, St. Paul
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agree to handle a simple divorce,
with a mentor to help you.
Or, if you are experienced in family
law, attend the advanced seminar,
Disclosure in Dissolutions, and
agree to serve as a mentor.
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BAR ASSOCIATION
CLE Registration
Register online at
www.ramseybar.org/cles
Write check payable to
Ramsey County Bar
Association
Mail completed form to:
RCBA, E-1401 First
National Bank Building,
332 Minnesota Street,
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651.222.0846
Fax: 651.223.8344
Email: [email protected]
Name __________________
Firm ___________________
Phone __________________
Email ___________________
RCBA Member ■ Yes ■ No
Lunch Selection
(available only at noontime CLEs):
■ Turkey
■ Tuna
■ Roast Beef
■ Ham and Cheese
■ Veggie
■ Mandarin Salad
■ Caesar Salad
Cancellations must be
received at least 2 days
prior to the CLE. If you do
not cancel, you will be
invoiced.
CLEs are also listed at
www.ramseybar.org
Seminars
(including Section CLEs)
■ Real Estate Section: Ethics and Real
Estate Practice
April 8 / 12-1 p.m.
■ ATTEND LIVE
COST: (includes lunch) $20 RCBA
members; $30 non-members
■ ATTEND TELECONFERENCE
COST: $30 RCBA members; $40 nonmembers
■ Advising Small Businesses: Independent Contractor vs. Employee
Status
April 9 / 12:00-1:00 p.m.
■ ATTEND WEBINAR/TELECONFERENCE
COST: $30 RCBA members; $40 nonmembers
■ Trusts & Estates Section: What Trusts
& Estates Lawyers Need to Know
about HIPAA (but were afraid to ask)
April 10 / 12-1 p.m.
■ ATTEND LIVE
COST: (includes lunch) $20 RCBA
members; $30 non-members
■ ATTEND TELECONFERENCE
COST: $30 RCBA members; $40 nonmembers
■ ADVISING VETS SERIES V: Family
Law Practice: Serving Servicemembers, Veterans and their Families
April 17 / 12:00-1:00 p.m.
■ ATTEND WEBINAR/TELECONFERENCE
COST: $30 RCBA members; $40 nonmembers
■ FamilyLaw: Do’s & Don’ts Dealing
with Individuals with Personality Disorders & How Not to Get Hooked
April 23 / 12-1 p.m.
■ ATTEND LIVE
COST: (includes lunch) $20 RCBA
members; $30 non-members
■ ATTEND TELECONFERENCE
COST: $30 RCBA members; $40 nonmembers
■ Solo Small Firm: Are Solos Special?
Their Stress Is! (Elimination of Bias)
April 24 / 8-9:30 a.m.
■ ATTEND LIVE
COST: (includes breakfast) $20 RCBA
members; $30 non-members
■ The Basics (and we do mean basics)
of Representing a Client in a Simple
Divorce
April 25 / 12:30-3:15 p.m.
■ ATTEND LIVE
PRO BONO COST: (includes lunch)
FREE if you agree to volunteer on a
SMRLS case
COST: (includes lunch) $50 RCBA
members; $70 non-members
■ ATTEND TELECONFERENCE
PRO BONO COST: Half-price if you
agree to volunteer on a SMRLS case
TELECONFERENCE COST: $60
RCBA members; $80 non-members
■ Disclosure in Dissolutions
April 25 / 12:30-3:15 p.m.
■ ATTEND LIVE
PRO BONO COST: (includes lunch)
FREE if you agree to volunteer on a
SMRLS case
COST: (includes lunch) $50 RCBA
members; $70 non-members
■ ATTEND TELECONFERENCE
PRO BONO COST: Half-price if you
agree to volunteer on a SMRLS case
TELECONFERENCE COST: $60
RCBA members; $80 non-members
■ Problem Gambling and the Legal
Profession (Elimination of Bias)
April 30 / 3-5 p.m.
■ ATTEND LIVE
COST: $40 RCBA members; $60 nonmembers
■ ATTEND TELECONFERENCE
COST: $60 RCBA members; $80 nonmembers
PARTICIPATE IN THE
Attorney Referral Service
Modest Means Program
Help the RCBA increase access to legal services for low-tomoderate income individuals in Ramsey County and surrounding areas, whose income exceeds eligibility guidelines for pro
bono legal services through Legal Aid and other such
programs. In addition, reach new clientele, and gain valuable
experience. Attorneys who participate agree to accept the
hourly fee set by the program. We are currently seeking attorneys that can assist clients in the areas of Tax, Probate and
Elder Law. For more information, call Renee at 651.222.0846.
RCBA PLACEMENT SERVICE
We match qualified, screened and tested support
staff applicants with lawyers at lower rates than
for-profit placement agencies.
See www.ramseybar.org or contact
Barb Crassweller
Placement Service Director
651.222.0846 • [email protected]
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