CLEs and other classes

The Law Library sponsors a Continuing Legal Education series. Each CLE is:

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February:  Lawyer Registration Updates: New Reporting & Professional Responsibility

Presented by Katy Drahos, Access to Justice Director, Minnesota State Bar Association; Tom Walsh, Executive Director, Volunteer Lawyer’s Network; and Bridget Gernander, Legal Services Grant Manager & Minnesota IOLTA Program Director, MN Judicial Branch

  • Friday, February 18. 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
  • Live-streamed only. The live-stream link will be posted here when it is available. It will also be sent out to the Law Library CLE email list. Sign up for emails.

Beginning in 2022, when completing their annual attorney registration statement, attorneys will notice three additional required questions related to the aspirational goals stated in Rule 6.1 of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct. Two questions ask about approximate hours spent the prior calendar year on pro bono service and activities for improving the law, the legal system, or the legal profession. An additional question, with a checkbox response, asks whether attorneys provided financial support during the prior calendar year to organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means. This CLE discusses the details of Rule 6.1 and how it relates to attorneys professional responsibilities to provide and report pro bono hours, as well as why there is an ongoing need for pro bono and financial support of legal services in our communities. 

March:  Cell Phones Are the New DNA: The Emerging Role of Mobile Device Forensics in Wrongful Conviction Exonerations

Presented by John J. Carney, Carney Forensics

  • Friday, March 18. 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
  • Live-streamed only. The live-stream link will be posted here when it is available. It will also be sent out to the Law Library CLE email list. Sign up for emails.

New cell phone forensic evidence produced using scientific testing combined with innovative technology is opening the door to wrongful conviction reviews and exonerations.  John Carney will review the emerging forensics tools and discuss their impact on the legal landscape.

January 2022:  Suicide Awareness & Prevention

YouTube recording is informational only, not for CLE credit.

December 2021: U. S. Supreme Court Review

November 2021: New Assisted Living License: Overview of the Formation and Substance of the Law

October 2021:  The Promise and the Perils of Blockchain-Based Transactions

September 2021: Closing the Gaps - A Review of the 2021 Sexual Assault Statutory Reforms

August 2021:  The Legal Rights of Protesters

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