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2019 Minnesota Association of City Attorneys Educational Conference

Join us February 7-8, 2019 at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel for the 2019 City Attorneys Educational Conference

Registration is now open!
Early Bird Registration (December 18, 2018 – January 11, 2019) - $275
Regular Registration (after January 11) - $300

Register Online

Sheraton Bloomington Hotel
5601 W 78th St
Minneapolis, MN 55439

Join us for a day and a half of learning including timely topics selected by a planning committee of your peers! This year's conference will have a half day Thursday afternoon and full day Friday. Check-In will begin at 11:30am on Thursday, February 7, 2019. This year's informative sessions cover:

  • Open Meeting Law & Data Practices 101
  • ADA Accommodations
  • Affordable Housing
  • Technology and the law
  • Managing the Public Record
  • Prosecution of Domestic Violence & Sexual Harassment Crimes

View the full conference agenda below.

Lodging
Stay with us! The Minnesota Association of City Attorneys has room blocks reserved at the conference facility for the nights of Wednesday, February 6, Thursday, February 7, and Friday, February 8, 2019. Book your hotel room at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel here. The reservation deadline is January 18, 2019.

CEUs
Earn credit! Applications for credit have been made to the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education, the Minnesota State Bar Association for Real Property Specialists, the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners and the State Bar Association of North Dakota. Approvals are anticipated.

Officers Through 2/28/19

President - Melissa Manderschied, City Attorney, Bloomington

1st Vice President - Gunnar Johnson, City Attorney, Duluth

2nd Vice President - Maria Cisneros, City Attorney, Golden Valley

Immediate Past President - Mary Tietjen, Kennedy & Graven, Chartered

Agenda

Thursday, February 7, 2019

START

END

ACTIVITY

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

Optional - Lunch with In-Coming Minnesota Association of City Attorneys (MACA) President and LMC's General Counsel

  • Have a conversation with Gunner Johnson, Duluth City Attorney and Patricia Beety, General Counsel for League of Minnesota Cities.
  • Who should attend:
    • First time conference attendees, emerging leaders, law firm associates
    • Attorneys who want to hear more about how MACA and LMC can help their municipal law practice

12:30 PM

1:00 PM

Registration & Networking

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

Legal Strategies & Solutions for handling Homelessness and Related Issues

  • Ways the first-ring suburbs are dealing with homelessness
    Speaker: Kori Land, Attorney, LeVander, Gillen & Miller, P.A.
  • Panhandling - Constitutional Considerations
    Speaker: Kate Swenson, Attorney, Greene Espel PLLP
  • Encampment - City ordinance, public health, impact on EES
    Speaker: Tamara Larsen, Assistant St. Paul City Attorney, City of St Paul
  • Camp Experience; The challenge of accessing services
    Speaker: Nancy Hylden, Attorney, Hylden Advocacy & Law

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

Affordable Housing and Tenant Ordinances

  • 90 Day Tenant Protection Ordinance
    Speaker: Soren Mattick, Attorney, Campbell Knutson, P.A.
  • Innovative affordable housing creation and preservation ordinance
    Speaker: Eric Johnson, Community Development Director, City of Bloomington
  • LMC Legislative Policies for the Upcoming Session
    Speaker: Daniel Lightfoot, Intergovernmental Relations Representative, League of Minnesota Cities

3:00 PM

3:15 PM

Break

3:15 PM

4:45 PM

Cultural Awareness & Elimination of Bias

  • Speaker: Michael Ojibway, Affirmative Action Manager, Minnesota Department of Corrections
    This session will explore the basic psychological foundations behind implicit biases that we all possess, deploy, and regularly rely upon throughout our everyday lives. Implicit biases are the ideas, attitudes, or beliefs we hold that unconsciously affect our understanding, actions, and decisions. While not inherently negative or bad, implicit biases often drive well-intentioned people to engage in behavior that perpetuates inequality in a variety of forms. This session, conducted by Michael Ojibway of the Minnesota Department of Corrections, will include audience engagement through demonstrable scenarios exploring how positive and negative implicit biases inform our thinking and actions.

4:45 PM

5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

5:00 PM

6:30 PM

Reception

Friday, February 8, 2019

START

END

ACTIVITY

7:30 AM

Registration

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM

9:00 AM

Optional: Breaking News

  • Visit with fellow attendees and round-table emerging issues and legal game changers
  • Facilitated by Timothy Keane, Kutak Rock LLP and Paul Merwin, League of Minnesota Cities

9:00 AM

10:30 AM

Breakout sessions
Criminal - A focus on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence cases by City Attorneys

  • Understanding offenders
    Speaker: Scott Miller, System Advocate and Coordinator, Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs
  • Understanding victims
    Speaker: Ragan Balzer, Victim Services Coordinator, City of Duluth
  • Basics on how to prosecute domestic violence cases
    Speaker: Joanne Piper-Maurer, Chief Prosecutor, City of Duluth
  • Use of expert witnesses in domestic cases
    Speaker: Nathan LaCousiere, J.D., Senior Lecturer, Legal Studies & Criminal Justice Program, University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • Victim/defendant
    Speaker: Gunnar Johnson, City Attorney, City of Duluth
  • Outcomes, pros and cons

Civil - Open Meeting Law & Data Practices 101

  • Speakers:
    Bridget McCauley-Nason, Attorney, LeVander, Gillen & Miller, P.A.
    MaryLee Abrams, Attorney, Abrams & Schmidt LLC
    Stacie Christensen, Assistant Director-Community Services Division, Department of Administration

Civil - The Aftermath of the Janus Decision – Constitutional and Labor Law Implications for Cities

  • Speakers:
    John Baker, Attorney, Greene Espel PLLP
    Susan Hanson, Attorney, Madden Galanter Hanson, LLP

10:30 AM

10:45 AM

Break

10:45 AM

11:45 AM

ADA Accommodations

  • Speakers:
    Jana O'Leary Sullivan, Attorney, League of Minnesota Cities
    Hannah Felix, Attorney, League of Minnesota Cities

11:45 AM

12:00 PM

Annual Business Meeting

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

1:30 PM

Memberlink Rollout - Plus Tips on How to Best Use the New City Attorney Listserv

  • Speaker: Melissa Reeder, Chief Information Officer, League of Minnesota Cities

1:30 PM

2:30 PM

When what you say can and will be used against you: Managing the Public Record

  • Speakers:
    Corrine Heine, City Attorney, City of Minnetonka
    Susan Segal, City Attorney, City of Minneapolis
    James Thomson, Attorney, Kennedy & Graven, Chartered
    Tom Jacobson, Attorney, Swenson Levick Syverson Trosvig Jacobson Schultz Cass, P.A.

2:30 PM

2:45 PM

Break

2:45 PM

4:15 PM

Short Shots

  • Bird, Lime, Oh My: How Cities are Handling Dockless Transportation
    Speakers:
    Maria Cisneros, City Attorney, City of Golden Valley
    Josh Johnson, Mobility Manager, Department of Public Works-Minneapolis
  • From Court to Class and Back Again: Blending Technology and Best Teaching Practices for Adult Learners to Build Compelling Courtroom Presentation
    Speaker: Nathan LaCousiere, J.D., Senior Lecturer, Legal Studies & Criminal Justice Program, University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • Body Camera Retrospective: A Demonstration of BWC Operation, Utility, & Ongoing Challenges Following Rollout in Major Minnesota Cities
    Speaker: Brent Berkley, Director, Axon Justice Solutions
    • Demonstration: From the Street to the Courtroom – How Body Cams Work

4:15 PM

4:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Patrons

Thank You To Our Conference Patrons

Platinum Patrons

Diversion Solutions

Gold Patrons

Greene Espel PLLP

LeVander, Gillen & Miller, P.A.

Kennedy & Graven

Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A.

Silver Patrons

Iverson Reuvers Condon

Credits

Continuing Legal Education credits (CLEs)

Credit Information 2019
February 2019 (Affordable Housing and Tenant Ordinances, approved by the MSBA's Real Property Certification Board for 1 basic level Real Property Certified Specialist credit) – 1 credit
February 2019 (Minnesota) – 7 credits [Event Code: 267120]
February 2019 (North Dakota) - 7.0 ND CLE credits, plus 1.5 ND Ethics credit for a total of 8.5 ND CLE credits [Event #20190207GTS]

Credit Information 2018
June 2018 (Minnesota) – 4.5 Standard and 1.0 Ethics [Event Code: 258445]
June 2018 (Wisconsin) – 6.5 Standard
February 2018 (Minnesota) – 8.75 credits [Event Code: 252081]
February 2018 (Minnesota Real Property Law) – 3.5 credits
February 2018 (Wisconsin) – 10.5 credits
February 2018 (North Dakota) – 8.75 credits [Event Code: 20180208GTS]

Credit Information 2017
June 2017 – 5.5 Standard [Event Code: 240358]
February 2017 (North Dakota) - approved for 8.75 CLE; Event #201702202GTS
February 2017 (Wisconsin) - approved for 8.5 CLE; Must go to http://wicourts.gov/services/attorney/edu.htm and enter dates of conference
February 2017 (Minnesota) - approved for 7.75 general CLE and 2.0 Elimination of Bias CLE; Go to oasis@mbcle.state.mn.us and input code: 233563
February 2017 - 8.5 Standard and 1.0 Ethics [event code: 214900]

Credit Information 2016
June 2016 - 5.25 Standard [event code: 222080]
February 2016 - 8.5 Standard and 1.0 Ethics [event code: 214900]

Credit Information 2015
June 2015 - 5.25 Standard [event code: 205691]
February 2015 - 7.75 Standard and 2.0 Bias [event code: 200013]

Credit Information 2014
June 2014 - 5.0 Standard [event code: 191083]
February 2014 - 9.0 Standard and 1.0 Ethics [event code: 186989]

Credit Information 2013
June 2013 - 5.5 Standard [event code: 179837]
February 2013 - 8.25 Standard (if attended Criminal Law: 6.75 Standard and 1.5 Bias) [event code: 175300]

Credit Information 2012
June 2012 - 5.75 Standard [event code: 167801]
February 2012 - 8.0 Standard and 1.0 Ethics [event code: 163327]

Credit Information 2011
June 2011 - 6.0 Standard [event code: 156398]
February 2011 - 6.5 Standard and 2.5 Bias [event code: 151823]

Credit Information 2010
June 2010 - 5.0 Standard [event code: 145264]
February 2010 - 9.0 Standard (if attended Criminal Law: 8.0 Standard and 1.0 Bias) [event code: 139549]

Credit Information 2009
June 2009 - 4.5 Standard [event code: 132474]
February 2009 - 9.75 Standard [event code: 127100]

Credit Information 2008
June 2008 - 5.0 Standard [event code: 120166]
February 2008 - 10.0 Standard [event code: 115080]

Credit Information 2007
June 2007 - 4.25 Standard [event code: 109065]
February 2007 - 8.5 Standard and 1.25 Ethics [event code: 104852]