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Exploring Careers in Business Law CLE and

Law Student Reception

Hear from a diverse group of business lawyers, including in-house counsel, corporate and nonprofit counsel, governmental counsel, and business executives about the array of opportunities available to those with a law degree and an interest in business. Learn what they do, why they love what they do, and what you can do to prepare yourself for a successful career in law and business.

A reception with appetizers and beverages will follow the program. Members of the Business Law Section are encouraged to attend and share their experiences and advice with law students interested in a career in business law.


David Fisher (Panel Moderator)
David Fisher is and experienced former general counsel with The Pillsbury Company, ADC Telecommunications, Inc., and G&K Services, Inc., as well as former Minnesota Commissioner of Administration for Governor Jesse Ventura.  He is the Executive Director of the Corporate Institute at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Government Perspective
Special Guest: Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie
Mark Ritchie is Minnesota’s 21st Secretary of State, elected in 2006. Ritchie partners with township, city, and county officials to organize elections on behalf of Minnesota’s 3.7 million eligible voters. Ritchie also oversees a wide range of services for Minnesota businesses provided by the Office of Secretary of State, including the archiving of official documents.

Public Company General Counsel
James L. Chosy, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, U.S. Bancorp
Jim Chosy is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company and the parent company of U.S. Bank.  Jim previously served as Managing Director of Piper Jaffray Companies and as its General Counsel and Secretary.  Jim has served as a member of the Board of Governors at the Children's Theatre Company and as a member of the Board of Advisors at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Non-profit and Social Enterprise
Heidi Christianson, Nilan Johnson Lewis, P.A. 
Heidi Christianson is a partner at Nilan Johnson Lewis, P.A. where she counsels nonprofit corporations and social enterprises, including health care, higher education, and other tax exempt organizations regarding tax and corporate matters.

Large Firm
Bryn Vaaler, Dorsey & Whitney
Bryn Vaaler is a partner in the Corporate Group and oversees and directs business and professional development through the firm's Professional Services Group. His responsibilities include: developing and coordinating marketing and business development strategy for the firm; designing, coordinating and implementing in-house training for lawyers, clients and staff (Dorsey U); promoting improved on-the-job training and mentoring; coordinating internal training with external CLE; and overseeing firm communications and public relations.

Solo Practice/Small Law Office
Jennifer Santini, Sykora & Santini PLLP
Jennifer Santini is a 2009 graduate of New England School of Law in Boston. During law school, Jen worked full time in the legal departments of two investment management companies in Boston, first at Putnam Investments and then at MFS Investment Management. At both companies, Jen focused on securities regulations and complying with the SEC and FINRA. In 2010, Jen formed her own firm, Sykora & Santini, which focuses on general business law and estate planning.

1 hour of Professional Development CLE credit approved. The event code is 178080.



Date:   Wednesday, April 10, 2013

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Reception

Location:   University of Minnesota Law School
Mondale Hall, 229 19th Avenue South,
Minneapolis MN 55455 [Directions/Map]

The CLE program will be held in Room 50, which is located at the Sub-Plaza (downstairs) Level.

The reception will be held on the Main Level (ground level) in the Concourse area located to the right of the law school's main front doors.

Cost: There is no cost to attend. RSVP's are requested by Friday, April 5. Attorneys and law students who are MSBA members can register online.

Non-MSBA members should register by e-mail to Sue Bores at

Teleconferencing and webcasting will not be available.