Thursday, October 15, 2009
CLE program: 4:25 pm - 5:25 pm
Council Meeting: 5 :30 pm- 6:30 pm


MSBA Office
600 Nicollet Mall, #380
Minneapolis, MN


Free MSBA members and Law Students
$ 5   Non-MSBA members

Teleconferencing is available for
this CLE program. After registering,
please contact Ashley Hacker at ahacker@mnbar.org to arrange.

NOTE: You must be an MSBA member to register online.
You should receive an email confirming your online registration.  If you do not, please contact Ashley Hacker at ahacker@mnbar.org.

Wednesday 10/14/09

OR send registration form with payment to:
Attn: Ashley Hacker
600 Nicollet Mall #380
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Fax: 612-333-4927


New Lawyers Section

CLE Program and Meeting

Race, Gender and Diversity in the Courtroom
4:25 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.

1.0 hour of elimination of bias CLE credit to be applied for

Darren Johnson

Race, gender and diversity in the courtroom should be considered in the presentation of a case to a jury and in working with diverse counsel. This CLE will assist attorneys with identifying potential bias and with developing effective strategies on how to best communicate with diverse jurors and legal counsel.  The presenter will begin by providing information on how to understand courtroom bias including juror perceptions and pre-existing beliefs, the effect of community/cultural beliefs, and understanding stereotyping and its effect on the message. They will then address effective communication strategies with persons of a different race or gender and the dynamics of diverse legal counsel. The presentation will end with information on what drives juror decision making and how diversity in juror deliberations can effect group decision making.

Section Meeting
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Community Service Project:
Please bring your GENTLY used coats, hats, scarves, mittens, etc. to donate to people in need this winter.  Women’s and children’s sizes are most appreciated!  We will deliver them to the appropriate charity.

Upcoming MSBA CLE Programs and Events:
All New Lawyers Section Members Welcome

* Wednesday, October 14, 2009- Practice Management & Marketing Section
A Brand Called You: Lawyer 2.0

* Wednesday, October 14, 2009- Food & Drug Law Section
Proposed Changes in Food Law Regulations: A Case Study

* Wednesday, October 21, 2009- Environmental , Natural Resources and Energy Law Section
Annual Law Student & New Lawyers Pizza Reception

* Thursday, October 29, 2009- Criminal Law Section
Echoes of War:The Combat Veteran in Criminal Court