R A M S E Y C O U N T Y BAR ASSOCIATION BARRISTER April 2014 | Volume | 26 Number in this issue 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 SPONSORED BY: 4 the President’s page RCBA President Angela Beranek Brandt R A M S E Y C O U N T Y BAR ASSOCIATION RCBA OFFICERS Angela Beranek Brandt President Thomas C. Plunkett President-Elect Kelly Olmstead Vice President Brian McMahon Secretary-Treasurer Richard Stebbins Past President BARRISTER STAFF Brianna Hager Managing Editor Cheryl Dalby Executive Director Graphic Works Design/Layout THANK YOU RCBA PARTNERS 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. 2 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 continued on page 7 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. continued on page 7 3 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: 4 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 5 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 VISIT THE SOLO AND SMALL FIRM SECTION WEB PAGE! www.ramseybar.org/solosmall.html ottest “The h bow with a things ennifer since J he ce in T Lawren s” e r Gam Hunge ily a York D —New ws Ne April 10, 2014 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 Ramsey County Bar Association Please register my foursome: RCBA Member NAME: ______________________________________________________ □ PHONE OR EMAIL: __________________________________________________ NAME: ______________________________________________________ MONDAY, JUNE 16 HILLCREST GOLF CLUB 2200 East Larpenteur Avenue, St. Paul PHONE OR EMAIL: __________________________________________________ NAME: ______________________________________________________ □ PHONE OR EMAIL: __________________________________________________ 11:30 a.m. Registration and Lunch • 1 p.m. Shotgun Start 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Awards Reception NAME: _________________________________________________________ PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE RAMSEY COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION PHONE OR EMAIL: __________________________________________________ The RCBF annually awards grants to law-related charitable organizations such as Children’s Law Center, Minnesota Justice Foundation and Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. EARLY REGISTRATION COST: $150 for RCBA members; $175 for non-members. Add $5 for registrations received after May 19. 6 □ My payment is enclosed □ □ Please bill me □ Address ___________________________________________________ Mail to: Ramsey County Bar Association - 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E1401, St. Paul, MN 55101 To register online, please visit www.ramseybar.org; or contact Alexandra Hennekens at 651.222.0846 or [email protected] 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 Vegetarian Meal NAME: _______________________________________________________ □ Vegetarian Meal NAME: _______________________________________________________ □ FIRM: ______________________________________________________________ FIRM: ______________________________________________________________ PHONE OR EMAIL: __________________________________________________ PHONE OR EMAIL: __________________________________________________ NAME: _______________________________________________________ □ NAME: _________________________________________________________ □ FIRM: ______________________________________________________________ FIRM: ______________________________________________________________ PHONE OR EMAIL: __________________________________________________ PHONE OR EMAIL: __________________________________________________ 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] 7 R A M S E Y C O U N T Y BAR ASSOCIATION upcoming events Memorials Friday, April 11 Sundin Music Hall 332 Minnesota Street Suite E1401 St. Paul, MN 55101 Hamline University Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PAID 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 RCBA Classifieds ATTORNEY COACH LET US KNOW If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for the Barrister, please write, call or email us at: RCBA Barrister 332 Minnesota Street Suite E 1401 Saint Paul, MN 55101 Phone: 651.222.0846 Fax: 651.223.8344 Email: [email protected] Website: www.ramseybar.org 8 Attorney coach/consultant Roy S. Ginsburg provides marketing, practice management and strategic planning services to individual lawyers and firms. www.royginsburg.com, [email protected] com, 612.812.4500. QUALIFY FOR THE RULE 114 ROSTER! CERTIFIED CIVIL MEDIATION TRAINING The Transformative Approach, June 27 30, Saint Paul. 30 CLE’s, including 3 ethics and 2 elimination of bias. Highlyrated course and Instructor. See twincitiesmediation.com and call Dan Simon 651.699.5000. DOWNTOWN ST. PAUL SUBLEASE Beautiful view of the river in a quiet suite. Walking distance to Federal Courthouse and Ramsey County Courthouse. Includes two conference rooms, kitchenette and workout facility. Private office space is approximately 12x17. $900/month. Contact Reauna for more information: 651.288.3554 or [email protected] gmail.com Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY Save the date to attend a free CLE on April 25th in exchange for volunteering on a SMRLS case. Attend The Basics CLE, and 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. on the Docket CLE R A M S E Y C O U N T Y 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] You Have Done Everything Your Client Expected. Why is he suing you? Attorneys reporting a malpractice claim routinely comment that they knew they should have never agreed to represent that particular client. A break down in client relations accounts for 11% of alleged errors* leading to malpractice claims. 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