One Profession - 8th Judicial District

When:  Mar 1, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (CT)

Preregistration has closed.  Walk-ins will be welcomed on Friday. 

Join us in Willmar for a day of education and networking!

8:00 - Registration and Breakfast

8:30 - Minnesota Supreme Court Update
Presenter: Justice Paul Thissen, Minnesota Supreme Court

9:30 - Technology, Trends, and Transitions
Presenter: Mike Carlson, Attorney Editor, MSBA

10:30 - Break

10:45 - Recent Minnesota Court of Appeals Cases
Presenters: Judge John Rodenberg, Minnesota Court of Appeals, and Judge Randall Slieter, Minnesota Court of Appeals

11:45 - Lunch

12:00 - Implicit and Unconscious Bias in the Legal Profession

To better understand our growing, vibrant and diverse community and its impact on our profession, we must intentionally look at the biases, assumptions and beliefs we carry into our interactions with clients. We must first focus our efforts inward. The most effective process to making our  profession better is to start by examining ourselves then move to working together as a collective to make the necessary changes to our profession. This internal process starts with becoming more aware of unconscious bias, how pervasive it is our lives and its real implications on us, our profession.

Presenter: Bukata Hayes, Executive Director, Greater Mankato Diversity Council

1:00 - District Court and Specialty Court Update
Discussion led by Eighth Judicial District Chief Judge Dwayne Knutsen

1:30 - Break

1:45 - TED Talks:

  • Discussion on Sex Trafficking (Heartland Girls Ranch)
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation - Karen Grasmon, SIF Communications Director

2:30 - Panel Discussion on Practicing in Greater Minnesota
Panelists: Jeremy Blackwelder (Holmstrom & Kvam, PLLP), Danielle Olson, (Swift County Attorney's Office), Chris Reisdorfer (Nelson Oyen Torvik), and  Jon Saunders (Anderson Larson Saunders Klaassen & Dahlager, PLLP)

Moderators: Nan Haggerty (Haggerty Law Office | 16th District Bar President) and Becky Trapp (Yellow Medicine Assistant County Attorney | 12th District Bar President)

Additional services available:
Tech Appointments - would you like to spend a little time with your MSBA online services teams to get answers to your legal tech questions?  We will have tech appointments available throughout the day.  Schedule your appointment here:

Headshots - if you need a new, professional headshot, we've got you covered.  We will have a photographer onsite taking photos throughout the day.


CLE Credits:

5.25 Standard and 1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE credits applied for | Event Code: 269618


All Attendees: $25.00


Minnesota State Bar Association
12th District Bar Association
16th District Bar Association


Program Contact:
Jennifer Carter  | 612.278.6309

Joni Fenner    | 612.278.6307




Thank you to our One Profession sponsors:
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