Serving the Minnesota Legal Community

2019 MALL Spring Meeting

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8:30 – 9:15 Breakfast 

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

10:15 – 11:15 Session 1Shaun G. Jamison- "Technology’s Impact: Finding and Accessing the Law " (CLE Credit Requested)

What is the impact of AI, self-guided interviews, and other technology on the accuracy and cost of delivering legal services? This session will provide an update on available technological solutions such as artificial intelligence enhanced research and self-help websites in Minnesota. There will be time set aside for questions and comments.

11:30 – 1:00  Lunch 

1:00 – 2:00  Session 2: Niki Catlin & Megan McNevin: We Barely Know What We Are Doing: Tips & Tricks for Using Canva to Fake It

Full disclosure? We are NOT designers. We graduated from college in the early 2000’s, and then law school and library school sometime after that. We are not Millennials, Xennials, or perennials. We cut our teeth in the marketing world with a sweet love of clip art and WordArt. But then we looked around one day and thought "Our awesome designs are starting to look like Lisa Turtle from Saved By the Bell and it’s giving me a Zach Attack." It was time for an upgrade. Let us take you on a non-designers (read that as non-threatening) tour of Canva, with tips and tricks for upgrading your library’s marketing materials to represent your innovative ideas in a modern, fresh, and above all EASY way.

2:00 – 3:00  Session 3Evictions and Other Housing Issues in Minnesota

Lawrence McDonough, Pro Bono Counsel, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP

3:00 – 3:15  Break 

3:15 – 4:30  Session 4:Continuing the Conversation: Preparing for Practice

A continuation of the MALL Downtowner’s session from February 2019, this will be a  panel discussion about the transition of law school students to working attorney environments and how we can help in our institutions to bridge the gap of practical research skills to help get them up to speed before they move to firms/government/solo practice.

  • Karin Ciano, Executive Director, CCLI
  • Michael Robak, Director of the Schoenecker Law Library at St. Thomas School of Law, Associate Dean and Clinical Professor of Law
  • Rebecca Hare is a rising 3L at the University of Minnesota Law School and received her MLIS from UW-Milwaukee. Prior to law school, she worked at Gray Plant Mooty as an information specialist

4:30 – 5:00  Networking & Happy Hour (Sponsored in part by Bloomberg Law)

Speaker Bios

Shaun G. Jamison is the associate dean of faculty and professor of law for Concord Law School at Purdue University Global. Shaun formerly worked in various Westlaw-related positions in what is presently Thomson Reuters. Shaun is the course lead for electronic legal research, future of law practice, cyber law, and cyber security law at the school.

Niki Catlin joined St. Thomas Law in 2017. She completed her undergraduate degree in English at the University of St. Thomas, and earned her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law before completing her MLIS at St. Catherine University. Niki teaches legal research and provides reference services, and is a proud member of the extrovert club, as only an extrovert could be.

Megan McNevin received a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and psychology from the University of Minnesota. After graduation, she attended William Mitchell College of Law, receiving her J.D. in 2005. Megan joined St. Thomas Law in 2013, where she teaches legal research and provides references services, and is well regarded as a master of illusion in adulting.

Lawrence McDonough, Pro Bono Counsel, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP 

Larry is a national expert on landlord and tenant law litigation and has taught at all of the Minnesota law schools as well as conferences throughout the United States. His on-line manual, Residential Eviction Defense in Minnesota is the most widely viewed manual on landlord and tenant law in Minnesota.

Karin Ciano is a lawyer, writer, teacher, and connector who believes that small law firms have the power to close the justice gap. Since starting her own firm in 2011, Karin has informally mentored a number of new lawyers eager to hang their shingle. In late 2016, after CCLI’s incubator launched and interim Executive Director, Virginia (“Ginny”) Bell, was ready to transition its operations, Karin was happy to start serving as CCLI’s acting Executive Director. CCLI made it official in summer 2017.

A New Jersey native, Karin attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and obtained her law degree from New York University School of Law in 1995. After several years’ experience as a commercial litigator in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Karin returned to NYU Law to teach in its innovative and respected Lawyering Program. In 2003 Karin moved to Minnesota to clerk for Judge James Rosenbaum of Minnesota’s federal district court. After Judge Rosenbaum’s retirement Karin clerked for Minnesota federal district court Judge Ann Montgomery and federal magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan. After leaving the court Karin opened her own shop. She now practices as Karin Ciano Law PLLC and is also of counsel to the probate-litigation boutique Mason & Helmers in Saint Paul.

Besides practicing law, Karin also writes and teaches. She writes the monthly “Legal Writing Notebook” column for Minnesota Lawyer’s discerning readers. She supervises student externships at solo and small firms and teaches the Solo Practice Residency seminar at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, which prepares third-year students to start their own firms in CCLI’s incubator. Karin previously taught in the WRAP program at William Mitchell College of Law and taught contract drafting and Practice & Professionalism at the University of Minnesota Law School. Karin regularly presents lawyer-education classes on sole practice, freelance practice, federal practice, and legal writing.

Karin is the Secretary of the MSBA Solo & Small Firm Section, and serves on the Federal Practice Committee tasked with reviewing the local rules of Minnesota’s federal district court. She volunteers with the Children’s Law Center, the Conflict Resolution Center, the Federal Bar Association Pro Se Project, and Volunteer Lawyers Network. In her spare time, she bikes and gardens.

Karin was named as one of Minnesota Lawyer’s 2017 Attorneys of the Year for her work with CCLI.

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