Deadline to Register: Thursday, September
8:30 - 9:30 Legal
Research Basics (Mike
Mike will provide an overview of the evolution of legal
research: from Print to Search to 'Ask.' We'll discuss
how this evolution is changing the way we manage a wide diversity of
research tasks in an era of do-more-with-less. We'll then review the basic
construction and anatomy of primary source materials: case law, statutes,
regulations, municipal codes, and more.
9:45 - 10:45 Online Research (Karen
Karen will describe how to effectively use free and low-cost online
resources including Google Scholar, Fastcase (free to MSBA members), and
resources from Cornell's Legal Information Institute (LII). Karen will also
review resources for 'non-legal' research - finding heirs, witnesses, opposing
parties, and more.
11:00 - 12:00 How to Make
Your Research Count in Your Writing (Faris Rashid and Aaron
Great legal research
deserves great legal writing. This session aims to help you make your research
shine in your written work. You’ll learn best practices for writing engagingly
and persuasively about complex legal issues, using caselaw effectively, and
synthesizing principles and trends.
Mike Carlson, Attorney Editor, Minnesota State Bar Association.
Prior to joining the online services team at the MSBA, Mike served ten years at
Thomson Retuers as a Reference Staff Attorney where he provided
expert research support and training for lawyers, law firms, businesses and
Karen Westwood is the Library Director
at Hennepin County Anne Grande Law Library. Before that, Karen was the Warren E.
Burger Library’s head of reference. She received her M.S. in Library and
Information Science in 1987 and worked in public and university libraries before
launching her law library career as a circuit-riding prison law librarian for
Law Library Service to Prisoners, a program of the Minnesota State Law Library,
in 1990. Through the years, Westwood worked her way up at the State Law Library,
but in 2004 she left to attend law school at Hamline University School of Law.
After graduating with honors in 2007, Westwood spent 2 years as a corporate
attorney with the Minneapolis law firm of Lindquist & Vennum, P.L.L.P.,
before coming to William Mitchell.
Faris Rashid, Greene Espel, represents clients
in technology, intellectual-property, and trade-secret disputes. A Fortune 100
client said that Faris’s "briefs sing, and he has won the praise of many state
and federal judges for his composure and agility as an oral advocate." Faris has
a particular knack for understanding cutting-edge products, technologies, and
business arrangements and then explaining the issues in a way that earns the
court’s trust. Faris also settles business disputes before they reach a lawsuit,
provides concrete advice for navigating new areas of law, and conducts
probability-based risk assessments. Outside of his litigation work, Faris is
consistently invited to speak at seminars including the Minnesota Technology Law
Institute, the Minnesota Business Law Institute, and the Upper Midwest
Employment Law Institute, and he has presented on the impact of new data-privacy
regulations in the EU.
Aaron Knoll, Greene Espel, is a
business litigator. He represents national and international businesses in a
wide range of commercial, consumer, and class-action disputes. He also advocates
for developers in regulatory and litigation matters in the renewable-energy
industry. Aaron attended the University of Minnesota for college and the
University of St. Thomas for law school. After law school, he clerked for
Justice Christopher Dietzen of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Judge Paul
Magnuson of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. For
the last several years, Aaron has taught legal writing to 2Ls at St. Thomas—a
subject he can’t wait to discuss.
3.0 CLE credit will be applied for | Event Code: 278566
MSBA Member: $25.00
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