Serving the Minnesota Legal Community
MALL Spring Meeting 2018

This Year's Spring Meeting will be held at the Shoreview Public Library - 4560 Victoria Street N, Shoreview, MN 55126 from 8:30 to 5:00 pm.

Cost is $25 for the Whole Day; $15 for a Half Day!

Check out the Schedule below and Register Here!

2018 MALL Spring Meeting


8:30 – 9:15 Breakfast (Sponsored by Thomson Reuters)

9:15 – 10:00  MALL Business Meeting and Installation of Officers

10:00 – 11:30  Session 1: Keynote: Steven Aggergaard - "Fair Trials in the Facebook Era" (1.5 CLE Elimination of Bias Credit Requested)

Social media and the 24-hour news cycle present challenges for making sure pretrial publicity does not unfairly prejudice a criminal defendant's constitutional right to a fair trial. The CLE surveys recent Minnesota cases while providing a historical perspective for how state and federal law balance the right to a fair trial with the right of free speech.


PowerPoint Presentation 

11:30 – 1:00  Lunch (Sponsored in part by Bloomberg Law)

1:00 – 2:00  Session 2: Mike Carlson - AI and NL: Finding a place for 'black box' results in your legal research project (1 CLE Credit Requested)

Most legal research providers are advancing some application of artificial intelligence. Soon, your natural language query might be all that's required to draft a complete memorandum, citations and all. But is this 'research?' In this presentation, we'll explore the current landscape of AI-powered legal research, the possible futures for this tech and how to properly introduce 'black box' search results within your legal research project.

PowerPoint Presentation

2:00 – 3:00  Session 3: David Duccini and Jade Barker of Silicon Prairie - Blockchain

Blockchain is the brand new technology that everyone is talking about. Most people know that its the basis for crytocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, but it is so much more than that.  David and Jade will talk about what blockchain is, how it works, and how Silicon Prairie is developing applications using the security of blockchain transactions.

PowerPoint Presentation

3:00 – 3:15  Break 

3:15 – 4:15  Session 4: Micro-sessions

  • Researching & Citing Attorney General Opinions

Abby Walters, Library Director at the Office of the Attorney General


  • The FDLP Modernization Act
Alicia Kubas, Government Publications and Regional Depository Librarian at the University of Minnesota
  • Michael’s Musings on Technology

Michael Robak, Director of the Schoenecker Law Library at St. Thomas School of Law, Associate Dean and Clinical Professor of Law

PowerPoint Presentation

4:15 – 5:00  Networking 

Speaker Bios

Steven Aggergaard is an Assistant Professor of Legal Writing at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul. Before joining the law school in 2017, he was a litigation and appellate attorney at the Bassford Remele and Rider Bennett law firms in Minneapolis. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a newspaper journalist for 14 years, most recently at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He holds a Master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has taught college-level journalism. Steve enjoys studying, speaking on, and writing about areas where the media and law intersect. In 2018, the Mitchell Hamline Law Review will publish his article, The Question of Free Speech on Private Campuses and the Answer Nobody Wants to Hear.

Mike Carlson is an Attorney Editor for the Minnesota State Bar Association. He works within the online services team to help members perform legal research and to develop resources for the practicelaw library. Prior to joining the MSBA, Mike served ten years as Reference Staff Attorney for Thomson Reuters helping customers conduct legal research on a variety of platforms.

David Duccini is a well-regarded information security expert with real world “wire-to-web” e-commerce experience. In addition to having built an Internet Service Provider from scratch in the 1990s he has been on a self-described “tour of duty” consulting with Fortune 50 banks, insurance companies, utilities, telecom, biomedical, and recently retail. Mr. Duccini holds a Masters in Software Engineering from the University of St. Thomas and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management. A serial entrepreneur, he has been involved in a half dozen startups. He joined the crypto-currency movement in late 2010 and two years ago launched 2Give — an innovative pro-social stakeholder based cryptocurrency network.

His latest venture is an equity crowdfunding platform taking advantage of the MNvest regulations linked to a blockchain based system named Silicon Prairie Online.

When he’s not at the keyboard, he can usually be found practicing his pilot skills moving rescue dogs around the midwest in his Cessna 152. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Gabrielle and their two mini-dachshunds, Ginger and Duke.

Jade Barker ran her own startup for two years and is currently pursuing a technical Blockchain certification. In her previous career as an Analytical Chemist in Pharmaceuticals she wrote hundreds of analytical policies and procedures. Jade currently works directing Operations and Marketing at Silicon Prairie Portal and Exchange in addition to performing Blockchain consulting with founder David Duccini.

Updated 4.25.2014
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