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The MSBA's Social Security Disability Law and New Lawyers Sections Present


"Social Security Claim Representation 101"

In this 2.0 hour CLE, participants will learn the basics about representing a client in a social security disability claim. The program will be geared toward those who have little to no experience in social security practice. Topics will include (1) the application and reconsideration stages and administrative hearings; (2) medical evidence and how to get it; (3) social security forms; and (4) proving a claim and the listings.

Participants will walk away with an understanding of the following key issues in a social security disability claim:

  • What are Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits?
  • What is a disability? How does a Social Security benefits claim start?
  • What if my client is working?
  • What are the appeal steps?
  • What are the main Social Security concepts you should know?
  • What happens at a Social Security hearing?
  • What are listings?
  • What is the "sequential evaluation process"?
  • Who is at the hearing?
  • What does my client do at the hearing?
  • What do I do at the hearing?
  • How is the hearing decision reached?


Andrew Kinney, Hoglund Chwialkowski & Mrozik PLLC
Andrew Kinney, Esq., graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1989 and Marquette Law School in 1992. He was on Law Review from 1990-92. He is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, and New York. He began practicing Social Security Disability Benefits Law in 1992. He is a former trustee and currently a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and has spoken on Social Security Disability Law at local and national legal conferences. His recent subjects have included "Essentials of Social Security Practice" and "Rethinking Cross-examination of Expert Witnesses." He currently is Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Social Security Disability Law section.

Emily K. Cooper, Cooper & Reid, LLC
Attorney Emily K. Cooper is a 1996 honors graduate from the University of Minnesota Law School. In her 14 years of practice she has worked with clients and companies at all levels. She practiced in the area of civil litigation and family law while an associate at a major law firm in Ohio. She spent five years working in the corporate world as in-house counsel for a multi-billion dollar corporation, focusing on contract negotiations and drafting. As Executive Director of the Minnesota Volunteer Attorney Program, she worked to encourage and recruit attorneys to volunteer to provide pro bono representation to low income clients. She also worked for three years as a staff attorney for a legal aid organization where she represented low income, abused and disabled individuals.

2 hours of Standard CLE credits approved
Event Code: 159132



Date:   Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Time:    8:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN 55402 

Please join your colleagues for breakfast at 8:45 a.m., followed by the seminar from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.


SSD and NLS Section Members:  $15.00

Join the Social Security Disability Section and Attend for FREE:  $26.00

MSBA Members (But Not NLS or SSD Section Members):  $35.00

Non-MSBA Members:  $45.00

Teleconferencing is available. Please request instructions when you register or contact Elyse Farnsworth. Instructions will be sent to you via email on or before September 26, 2011.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336