Month: December 2018

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The Legal Research Institute in MALL's opportunity to share its love of research with others. 

We offer professional and continuing legal education courses typically every other year.

The Legal Research Institute is regularly offered by the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries, serving the Minnesota Legal Community for over 60 years.

All sessions will be hosted live and webcast from the campus of William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, Room 223, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105. 

Sessions are intended for multiple audiences. Introductory sessions are intended for new law firm associates, librarians and paralegals.

Intermediate sessions are intended for attorneys, law librarians, paralegals and other research professionals.

Advanced sessions are intended for attorneys, law librarians and other research professionals.


Session #1 - Tues., Sept. 22, 2015 at 6:30 P.M.

Introduction to Minnesota Law (Introductory) 

Presented by Sara Galligan - Ramsey County Law Library

Anglo-American law has evolved from the Magna Carta into today's codified statutes, regulations and case law. Learn about primary law in Minnesota and legal secondary sources generally. The session will discuss using forms to create documents and legal research for paralegals. Assisting pro se litigants in the context of the court system or a library setting.

Session #2 - Tues., Sept. 29,  2015 at 6:30 P.M.

Litigation-based research and the "life of a case" (Introductory)

Presented by Sarah Mulligan - Faegre Baker Daniels

Learn about litigation from to initial complaint through the discovery process, settlement discussions, and pre-trial motion practice, summary judgment through trial as well as post-judgment practice and appeals.

Session # 3 - Tues., Oct. 6,  2015 at 6:30 P.M.

Transactional-based research and document drafting (Intermediate)

Presented by Charles Wilson - Lindquist & Vennum

While far less dramatized than litigation, transactional work is the basis of much of law practice. Some common examples of transactional law include common tasks such as contract drafting, client counseling and regulatory compliance. Many areas of law primarily involve transactional work including employment law, real estate law, zoning law, and business law. 

Session #4 - Tues., Oct. 13,  2015 at 6:30 P.M.

Administrative Law & Disaster Law (Intermediate)

Presented by Neal R. Axton - William Mitchell College of Law

The executive branch of government is charged with enforcing the laws and responding to changing situations. In a disaster, the executive branch has extraordinary powers. This session will compare emergency powers with the everyday administration of government through codified regulations, agency guidance, and rulemaking. 

Session #5 - Tues., Oct. 20,  2015 at 6:30 P.M.

Federal Indian Law & Tribal Legal Research - Separate Sovereigns (Advanced)

Elimination of Bias CLE Credit Requested

Presented by Sarah Deer - William Mitchell College of Law

Federal Indian Law defines the relationship between the federal government and tribal nations. Tribal law is the internal law of a tribal nation, e.g. the Navajo Nation.  Learn about the jurisdictional implications of Indian relations and Tribal law from Professor Sarah Deer, a member of the Mvskoke nation of Oklahoma and an appellate judge for the White Earth Nation and Prairie Island Indian Community.

Session #6 - Tues., Oct. 27,  2015 at 6:30 P.M.

What's the difference between a patent, a trademark and a copyright?  (Introductory)

Presented by Emily Wessels and Michael Erbele - Merchant & Gould

Intellectual property is increasingly important to business and the practice of law. Come learn about this exciting area of law and impress your friends and family with your newfound understanding of the differences between the use of copyright and trademarks.

Session #7 - Tues., Nov. 3,  2015 at 6:30 P.M.

Business Research & Tax Law (Intermediate)

Presented by Kurt Meyer - University of Minnesota Law School

The business affairs of the United States is the focus of this session, which will introduce the audience to research tools and resources related to business law and tax law. 

Session #8 -  Nov. 10,  2015 at 6:30 P.M.

Confidentiality, Security, and Privacy in the Age of Cloud Computing and Social Networking(Intermediate)

Ethics CLE credit requested

Presented by Neal R. Axton - William Mitchell College of Law

Recent high-profile security breaches at Ashley Madison, Target, and the Office of Personnel Management have highlighted the dangers of electronically stored information. Many attorneys are already using cloud computing (perhaps without knowing it). Bar Associations are taking note. Wisconsin recently adopted a Formal Ethics Opinion EF-15-01, Ethical Obligations of Attorneys Using Cloud Computing. Come learn about the ethics of cloud computing and emerging privacy concerns. 

Session #9 - Nov. 17,  2015 at 6:30 P.M.

The Patent Prosecutor - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Advanced)

Presented by Chris Holt - ReedTech

The presentation focuses on The Patent Prosecutor, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.  An emerging issue, as of late, is how the USPTO "big data" changes attorneys approaches to prosecuting patents.  This CLE offers insight into the big data phenomenon and also spurs discussion about whether the existence of the USPTO big data creates any kind of duty on prosecuting attorneys to incorporate it into their prosecution analysis. 

Chris Holt graduated from the University of Kansas, School of Law, in 2000 and, since that time, has prepared and prosecuted U.S. and foreign patents in the electrical and mechanical fields, as well as for computer hardware and software inventions.  Currently, Chris is a shareholder at Kelly, Holt & Christenson, as well as Vice President of Patent Analytics for Reed Technology


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