Thursday, March 19, 2020
9:00 AM - 3:20 PM | Check-In: 8:30 AM
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Invaluable Knowledge at an Amazing Price!
Taught by top-notch faculty, this course will teach you how to be an effective advocate for your low-income clients. And, as a service to the bar, and to encourage greater representation of the disadvantaged, we are offering this course for the incredibly low rate of $45 per registrant. Attendance is limited, so register today!
Schedule times below are for the live seminar. Please refer to DATES & LOCATIONS for individual replay start times.
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
CHECK-IN -or- JOIN ONLINE
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Criminal Expungement for Low-Income Clients
A criminal record can prevent a person from obtaining a job or safe housing. In Minnesota, not only are conviction records easily accessible, but records such as arrests without charge, dismissals and acquittals are also publicly available and are used against applicants for jobs and housing. This session will discuss the collateral consequences of criminal records on low-income Minnesotans, give an overview of current expungement law, including recent appellate caselaw, and introduce attorneys to the tools they need to successfully represent pro bono clients.
– Jon Geffen
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Winning Strategies for Eviction Actions When Representing Tenants
One of the most common legal problems faced by low income clients is the threat of eviction. Learn how to effectively represent a tenant facing eviction. This session will focus on several common defenses to eviction actions.
– Mark Vyvyan
11:00 – 11:10 a.m.
11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
How Medical Marijuana Can Threaten Access to Public Housing
Under current federal law, those who use drugs that are illegal under federal law, including cannabis used medicinally, are ineligible for federal public housing assistance. Landlords are also permitted under federal law to evict residents for using cannabis or other drugs. State laws are much more lenient. This session will give you the most updated information to discuss this conundrum with low-income clients, explain the application for exception process, and identify potential remedies.
– Lawrence R. McDonough
12:10 – 1:10 p.m.
LUNCH (on your own)
1:10 – 2:10 p.m.
Housing Discrimination: Representing Clients in Fair Housing Matters
Housing discrimination disproportionately impacts disadvantaged communities. With an understanding of the basics of fair housing law you can serve as a powerful advocate in helping your clients utilize the courts and the administrative process to address housing discrimination. This session explores the issues involved in representing clients in fair housing cases, including: what actions are prohibited under the law; the evidence needed to prove a claim of housing discrimination; an overview of reasonable accommodations; and how to file an administrative complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
– Laura Jelinek & Colleen Walbran
2:10 – 2:20 p.m.
2:20 – 3:20 p.m.
Real World Ethics: Advising the Disadvantaged
1.0 ethics credit applied for
Every Minnesota lawyer should aspire to provide at least 50 hours of pro bono work each year. Make sure it is rewarding, not intimidating. Get answers to your questions about the ethics of pro bono representation and advising the disadvantaged, including the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct. Includes a discussion of client competency issues, conflicts of interest, establishing client boundaries, unbundling, and much more!
– Jennifer Bovitz
IN-PERSON LIVE PRESENTATION – No longer available. See live webcast option.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Seventh Street & Nicollet Mall, Third Floor City Center
Thursday, March 19, 2020
IN-PERSON REPLAYS – All in-person replays have been cancelled.
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.
Mankato – 4/30/20 (Check-In 8:15; Replay 8:30)
SMRLS Office, 12 Civic Center Plz
Duluth – 5/14/20 (Check-In 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Pier B Resort, 800 West Railroad Street; Pilot House Boardroom
Moorhead – 5/19/20 (Check-In 9:00; Replay 9:15)
Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St St
Saint Cloud – 5/21/20 (Check-In 8:15; Replay 8:30)
Rinke Noonan Law Firm; 1015 West Saint Germain Street
Virginia - 5/28/20 (Check-In 8:15; Replay 8:30)
St Louis County Courthouse - Virginia, 300 S 5th Ave
Please note that no refunds will be given for this course.
Other discounts that may apply:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minnesota CLE is applying to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for 5.0 CLE credits, including 1.0 ethics credit. The maximum number of total credits attendees may claim for this program is 5.0 credits.