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Nine Days in June

Day 9

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall

Event Code: 190786

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Registration/Continental Breakfast


Welcome by Phil Duran, MSBA President


Minnesota Appellate Court Case Update with Professor Peter Knapp
Professor Peter Knapp from William Mitchell School of Law provides a timely, informative and entertaining update on the most relevant appellate court opinions from the past year.




Remarks by Chief Justice Lorie Gildea




Inclusive Leadership = Intelligent Leadership = Excellence in Legal Services
In this dynamic and interactive discussion, Dr. Reeves introduces new ways of learning, leading and thinking about leadership, inclusion and the practice of law in the legal profession in the 21st century.  Based on research and concepts in her book, The Next IQ: The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders, this discussion will explore how effectively creating and leading diverse teams will be the key competitive difference between good attorney teams and the best attorney teams.

In today’s legal environment, attorneys need intelligence in order to practice at their highest levels and lead others to do the same, and this intelligence needs inclusion in order to be competitively intelligent. This is the core of the transition from the Retro IQ to The Next IQ. This transition is foundational to surviving and thriving in the 21st century, but it is especially critical for attorneys who must often make decisions with incomplete information under pressurized and narrow time constraints. Attorneys today can no longer survive on the Retro IQ model of intelligence, which research has demonstrated is riddled with bias and has worked to the detriment of any groups of people who are underrepresented in the legal profession and workplaces.

The Next IQ thinking will stretch how you think of diversity, inclusion, leadership and even intelligence to compete in the increasingly seamless global marketplace of the 21st century and manage the diverse talents of your workforce.  This discussion will focus on how attorneys can learn to make better decisions, drive better performance and achieve better results by enhancing their inclusive leadership skills.

Attorneys will takeaway from this informative and interactive program the core concepts of:

  • Updated definitions of diversity, inclusion, and inclusive leadership;
  • Updated definitions of unconscious/implicit bias, bias interruption, and active inclusion;
  • Core competencies in inclusive excellence including inclusive communication, inclusive conflict resolution, inclusive feedback/evaluation processes, and inclusive mentoring/sponsorship; and
  • Strategies to interrupt unconscious/implicit bias and engage in micro and macro active inclusion.

Pesenter:  Dr. Arin Reeves, Nextions

PowerPoint and additional information: http://www.nextions.com/client-minnesota-state-bar/

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11:30 Greetings from Chief Judge Michael Davis, US District Court -- District of Minnesota




  • Recognition of Senior Counselors
  • Presentation of the 2014 President's Award
  • Presentation of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award


U.S. Supreme Court: Year In Review
Aaron Van Oort, a former law clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia and co-chair of the Faegre Baker Daniels appellate advocacy practice, will review the key decisions of the Supreme Court in the Term that will have just completed.  




Using Game Theory to Understand, Manage, and Resolve Legal Conflict
An overview of game theory, a field of study that uses principles of logic and mathematics to analyze, identify and illustrate the actions that "players" should take in order to secure the best outcomes for themselves in a wide variety of "games." The games in question – ranging from tic-tac-toe to simple and complex card games to thermonuclear war – encompass virtually every form of interaction in which the potential outcomes for each party depend, in whole or in part, on the choices made and strategies adopted by the other(s).

This presentation reviews some basic game-theoretic concepts and shows how they can be used to understand, manage and resolve legal conflicts. A series of simple demonstrations provides practical guidance on how to use game theory as well as insight into some of its deeper implications, revealing the opportunities that it presents to the legal community and the challenges that it poses to the legal system as a whole.

Presenter:  James Ring, Chu, Ring & Hazel and Fair Outcomes





Too Close to the Line: Reflections from the Bench on “Gray Areas” in the Practice of Law
A recent New York Times article told the sad story of a prominent criminal defense lawyer who had been suspended by the federal court and was waiting for final resolution of state court disciplinary proceedings. His comments about getting “too close to the line” were telling:
“[He] has long believed in doing whatever it takes to win a case, ‘going to the line,’ as he puts it – the line between putting on an aggressive defense and an unethical one. The lawyer claims that “in representing clients, he is always careful about where ‘the absolute line’ is. ‘I’m worried about it all of the time when I’m near it . . . I don’t want to cross it. But on the other hand I want to be near to it’ as required, he added.”

Other lawyers quoted in the article discussed “going to the line . . . to go to the absolute edge of the envelop,” noting that “when you come very close to the line, it’s easy to commit a foot fault, and in our business, those foot faults create grave consequences.” “Very often there is no line. . . . It’s vague. It moves. It changes as the courts keep refining the borders. And often you don’t know where the limits are.”

Moderator:  Charles Lundberg, Bassford Remele; Panelists:   Judge Karen Asphaug, First District; Chief Judge Edward Cleary, Court of Appeals; Judge Regina Chu, Fourth District; Judge Jim Rosenbaum, Ret.


Law School and Presidents’ Reception