In-Person Live Seminar
ITEM #:  1030442001   |   EVENT CODE:  280994    |   CREDIT STATUS:  APPROVED


Thursday, December 12, 2019

8:55 AM - 4:30 PM   |   Check-In:  8:30 AM

Minnesota CLE Conference Center

600 Nicollet Mall # 370

3rd Floor, City Center

Minneapolis, MN 55402

How to Litigate a Civil Case in Minnesota

A practical, information-packed seminar on trial practice and procedure in Minnesota State District Court

Get the Rules of the Road
This practical and thorough course includes 8 sessions on important procedural issues, helping you successfully litigate your case from beginning to end in Minnesota state district court.

One-of-a-Kind Course Materials
All attendees receive a hard copy of the 3rd Edition of the Minnesota State District Court Civil Practice Deskbook. This indispensable guide contains more than 700 pages of practice tips, judicial commentary, ethics notes, and relevant cases, statutes, and rules analyzed and applied. Whether you’re evaluating a case, preparing for a hearing, writing a brief, preparing for trial, or searching for information on the many other civil practice issues that arise when you’re handling a case before a Minnesota state district court, this Deskbook is an invaluable resource. It’s easy to use, helping you find what you need, when you need it.

Schedule times below are for the live seminar. Please refer to DATES & LOCATIONS for individual replay start times.

8:30 – 8:55 a.m.

8:55 – 9:00 a.m.
– Keith S. Moheban, Course Chair; Stinson LLP; Minneapolis
– The Honorable Mary R. Vasaly, Course Chair; Fourth Judicial District; Minneapolis
– Kenneth R. White, Course Chair; Law Office of Kenneth R. White; Mankato

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Success from the Get-Go: Matters Preliminary to Suit and Pre-Filing Considerations

  • Learn a strategic framework to use when examining pre-filing considerations in state court
  • Tips and suggestions for the initial interview and client appointment
  • Planning for resolution of the dispute and strategic considerations to enhance the chance of settlement
  • Learning where and when to spend the client’s money toward getting the case settled 
  • Managing client expectations and yours

– Paul M. Floyd; Wallen-Friedman & Floyd PA; Minneapolis
– Anna M. Tobin; Greene Espel PLLP; Minneapolis

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Key Considerations in Drafting Complaints and Service of Process
This session will provide an overview of the role of the summons and complaint, how to avoid motions for dismissal, commencing actions on service, and strategies for accomplishing service.
– Wilbur W. Fluegel; Fluegel Law Office; Minneapolis
– Mary Schwind; Kubes Law Office PLLC; Minneapolis

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Drafting a Successful Response to the Complaint

  • Receipt of the complaint and the initial contacts
  • Defense considerations
  • Time frame for responding to complaint
  • Counterclaims
  • And more!

– Amran A. Farah; Greene Espel PLLP; Minneapolis

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Dispositive and Non-Dispositive Motions: Requirements and Strategies

  • Formal requirements applicable to papers filed in support of, or opposition to, a motion
  • Service and filing of motion papers
  • Oral argument
  • Reconsideration

– Gregory R. Merz; Gray Plant Mooty; Minneapolis

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
LUNCH (on your own)

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Pretrial Preparations – How to Develop a Workable Case Concept
Attendees will learn the importance of developing a case theme or theory, what pretrial submissions are required by rule or court order, and how to logistically prepare for your hearing.
– Katherine Swenson; Greene Espel PLLP; Minneapolis

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
The Trial: Keys to Success from Jury Selection Through Jury Deliberations
From jury selection to jury deliberations, this session provides important tips for a successful trial, including evidentiary motions and objections, order and burden of proof, use of pleadings and discovery, and more.
– Bryce M. Miller; Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh PLLP; Saint Paul

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Post Trial Motion Procedures – What You Need to Consider Before the Appeal Process

  • Post-decision motions and the need to preserve error
  • Motions after trial
  • Motions for reconsideration
  • Stay and stay of enforcement pending decision on post-trial motions

– Kay Nord Hunt; Lommen Abdo PA; Minneapolis

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The Importance of Ethics and Professionalism: How to Reset the Attorney’s Compass to Professionalism in the True North
1.0 ethics credit applied for
Has the commercialization of the practice of law created an environment where billable hours are the compass by which attorneys are now directed that leads so many to forget to act in an “upright and courteous manner…with all good fidelity as well to the court as to the client“ (Minn. Stat. 358.07(9))? How can attorneys reconcile building a book of business with building integrity within the profession and among peers? This can be accomplished not by rebuilding the wheels of justice, but by standing behind one another to push that wheel forward and discovering the essence of professionalism in the practice of law. This session is designed to help attorneys discover (or re-discover) this concept.
– Binh T. Tuong; Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility; Saint Paul
– Jennifer Wichelman; Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility; Saint Paul

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Seventh Street & Nicollet Mall, Third Floor City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Schedule times for replays may differ from those for the live program. Start times are as indicated below. Please register at least one week in advance to secure your copy of the course materials on the day of the seminar.

Minneapolis – 1/7/20 (Check-In 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Minneapolis – 1/22/20 (Check-In 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Seventh Street and Nicollet Mall, Third Floor City Center

Bemidji – 1/16/20 (Check-In 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Brouse Woodke & Hildebrandt PLLP
312 America Avenue Northwest

Duluth – 1/31/20 (Check-In 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Pier B Resort, Pilot House Boardroom
800 West Railroad Street

Hibbing – 1/31/20 (Check-In 8:15; Replay 8:30)
Saint Louis County Courthouse
1810 12th Avenue East

Saint Cloud – 2/6/20 (Check-In 8:15; Replay 8:30)
Rinke Noonan Law Firm
1015 West St. Germain Street

In-Person Live:  $295 MSBA member / $295 paralegal / $345 standard
In-Person Replay:  $275 MSBA member / $275 paralegal / $325 standard

Other discounts that may apply:

Scholarships available!
Need-based scholarships are available for in-person and online seminars. For further information or to obtain a scholarship application, contact us at 800-759-8840 or

Minnesota CLE is applying to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for 6.0 standard CLE credits, including 1.0 ethics credit. The maximum number of total credits attendees may claim for this program is 6.0 credits.

Minnesota CLE also has applied to the Minnesota State Bar Association for 6.0 civil trial specialist credits.

All attendees receive a hard copy of the 3rd Edition of the Minnesota State District Court Civil Practice Deskbook.

Can't attend? This Deskbook is available in hard copy for $189 (plus tax and handling). To order, call Minnesota CLE at 800-759-8840. Orders will be filled after the live seminar.