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Minnesota Lawyer’s Calendar of Events

JAN. 27 TO JAN. 29

MDLA 2023 Mid-Winter Conference

Host: Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Time: 3 p.m., Friday to noon, Sunday

Location: Grand View Lodge, 23521 Nokomis Ave., Nisswa

Cost: $295 for members before Jan.1, $345 after Jan. 1; $345 for nonmembers before Jan. 1, $395 after Jan. 1; additional pricing available online

Description: The theme for this year’s conference is “That Settles It. Conflict Resolution Strategies for Civil Defense Attorneys.” Session topics include Expert Testimony: Collaborating with Experts to Educate the Jury, What About Arbitration?, Learning from Tribal Conflict Resolution, and What to Expect When You Are Expecting a Settlement.




Keith Ellison and Breaking Barriers

Host: St. Thomas Law Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Location: University of St. Thomas School of Law, MSL 235, 1101 Harmon Place, Minneapolis

Cost: Free

Description: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has achieved many firsts. He is the first Muslim elected to congress, the first Black representative from Minnesota, the first Muslim to win statewide office in the United States, and the first Black person to win statewide office in Minnesota. He will discuss his journey and the work he is doing now for Minnesotans.




The Laws of War and the Russia-Ukraine War

Host: University of Minnesota Law School

Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Location: Walter F. Mondale Hall, Room 40, University of Minnesota, 229 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis

Cost: Free, registration required

Description: Learn about the legal rules that apply to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Targeting of civilians and of certain protected sites (such as hospitals) and of critical civilian infrastructure, as well as the use of drones, will be discussed. Options for accountability of Russian military and civilian leaders and soldiers will also be examined.




 22nd Annual MLBA Conference

Host: Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: University of Minnesota Law School, 229 S 19th Ave, Minneapolis or online

Cost: $75, free for students

Description: The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Sasha Issenberg. He will discuss his new book, “The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage,” with a local LGBTQ+ advocate. This narrative follows the coast-to-coast conflict through courtrooms and war rooms, bedrooms and boardrooms, to shed light on every aspect of a political and legal controversy that divided Americans like no other.




Securing the Skills and Support You Need to Best Ensure Your Professional Success

Host: Minnesota Women Lawyers

Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Location: MWL Office, 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 390B, Minneapolis

Cost: Free for members, $15 for nonmembers

Description: A panel of experts will discuss how to secure the professional skills, training and support needed to make a successful transition as an attorney during the first years after law school. Learn about best practices that attorneys, mentors and employers can engage in to support newer attorneys.  The seminar will begin with remarks from MWL leader Molly Hough, who recently launched Juris Consult.


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