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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.Community Service Project - Cookie Cart, Minneapolis, MN

Cookie Cart is the Twin Cities’ leader in youth social enterprise, combining paid work experience in two commercial bakeries with workshops to provide career readiness and leadership development for the Twin Cities’ youth. Join us as we work with Cookie Cart’s teens on informational interviews about our career paths to educate and inspire them, and leave this meaningful experience with some incredible cookies! To sign up, contact Candace Deer at candacedeer@proassurance.com and Amber Eklof at aeklof@gsrm.com.
2:30 p.m.Enneagram Networking Workshop

Join a smaller group of your peers to learn about a profound and impactful self-awareness tool call the Enneagram. In this workshop, you will learn about the motivations of each of the nine personality types that make up the Enneagram. These motivations are the root of our strengths and weaknesses. So, as knowledge is power, self-knowledge is self-power. Get to know more about yourself and your colleagues, and learn how you can leverage your strengths, as well as those of your colleagues in this unique networking opportunity.

Darin Williams, Laner Muchin, LLC, Chicago, Illinois
Melissa H. Rose, Wilson Turner Kosmo, LLP, San Diego, CA
5:00 p.m.Adjourn
5:00 p.m.Registration
5:00 p.m.Networking Reception
7:00 p.m.Dine Arounds

Thursday, June 24, 2021

6:30 a.m.DRI for Life - Riverside Yoga

A growing body of research points to the beneficial effects that exposure to nature has on health and reducing stress, so start the day with a dose of the natural world as we make the short walk to the riverside of the mighty Mississippi River in the heart of Minneapolis. Greet the day together as we are led in a light yoga and meditation session by our very own certified yoga instructor and DRI Young Lawyer Kelly Calder Mowen, RYT-200. To sign up, please contact Darin Williams at dwilliams@lanermuchin.com or Marrielle Van Rossum at mvanrossum@sulloway.com.
7:00 a.m.Registration
7:30 a.m.Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.First-Time Attendees Breakfast
8:30 a.m.Welcome and Introduction

Laurie K. Miller, Jackson Kelly PLLC, Charleston, WV
John H. Dollarhide, Butler Snow LLP, Jackson, MS
8:40 a.m.Gender and Age Dynamics

Uncover the importance of allyship at different stages in the speakers’ legal careers. The panel will provide examples of allyship and sponsorship from males and females throughout their careers that was particularly impactful and how the audience -- both male and female -- can lift female voices.

Kate Norris, The Emily Program, Minneapolis, MN
Ellie Krug, Human Inspiration Works, LLC, Minneapolis, MN
Maria Zaloker, Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board, Minneapolis, MN
9:30 a.m.Top Ten Best Practices to Impress Corporate Counsel and Win Business as a Young Lawyer

As young lawyers mature in their careers, it is important to understand the effect they can have on corporate counsel. Impressing in-house counsel and creating personal relationships within an organization will help young lawyers build their reputations and generate new business. This dynamic presentation will be given by two former DRI young lawyers, both of whom started out as associates at outside defense firms. Hear unique perspectives from this in-house and outside counsel duo for concrete tips to attract the attention of corporate counsel and win business as a young lawyer.

Thomas G. (Tom) Goodwin, Atria Senior Living Group Inc., Louisville, KY
Kelly Jones Howell, Harris Beach PLLC, New York, NY
10:20 a.m.Refreshment Break
10:35 a.m.Beyond Lip Service: What Present and Future Managing Partners, Equity Partners, and Decision Makers Need to Hear About How They Can Meaningfully Advance Diversity and Inclusion from Within (And Ways to Tell Them)

Our accomplished panel of in-house and private practice lawyers will lead a provocative discussion regarding the intersection of the practice of law and the recent acknowledgment of disparities faced by minorities in the practice. Most employers have already conducted some form of diversity and inclusion training. But real change requires more. This panel will provide insights regarding their collective experience navigating the practice as minorities and will offer suggestions for decision-makers at every level to examine their hiring, retention, and promotion practices to make meaningful changes to ensure that all individuals in our field thrive.

Chalankis Brown, Ball Ball Matthews & Novak, Montgomery, AL

Bryan R. Browning, Lenovo, Chicago, IL
Dadri-Anne Graham, Cargill, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
Ricardo Woods, Burr Forman, Mobile, AL
11:25 a.m.–1:15 p.m.Lunch Arounds
11:25 a.m.Diversity/WITL Luncheon

Featured speaker: Justice Anne McKeig, Minnesota Supreme Court, Minneapolis, MN

Hear from the Minnesota Supreme Court’s first American Indian justice and our nation’s first female American Indian state supreme court justice Hon. Anne McKeig, as she tells how her life experiences and unique background brought her to her position on the court.

For more information about location and pricing and to sign up for the lunch, please contact Alexandra Saites at asaites@schoeman.com.
1:15–2:45 p.m.Elevate Your Elevator Speech: Fast-Pitch Breakout

Attendees will work with and receive feedback from one of our in-house counsel instructors on making an effective business pitch in a mock exercise. Limited enrollment.

To sign up, please contact Brian Cadigan at bcadigan@reedsmith.com.
1:15 p.m.Giving is Receiving: How to Enhance Your Skills by Taking on Pro Bono Cases

Providing pro bono representation is one of the most fulfilling ways to use one's law degree to help those in need. But working with a pro bono client has its own share of nuances, interesting scenarios, and highs and lows that can challenge any attorney, regardless of experience. Hear from a fellow Young Lawyer member on what you should expect when taking on a pro bono matter and best practices for dealing with those expectations.

Vanessa Offutt, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P., Miami, FL
2:05 p.m.But That's Not Who We Are

That is who you are if it is what people perceive you to be. This session will focus on aligning individuals and teams with the mission of your organization or firm. Tapping into your personal narrative is critical to shaping how you want to show up, build a culture of inclusion, and represent diverse clients with cultural competence.

Paula Forbes, Forbes Solutions, PLLC, Minneapolis, MN
2:55 p.m.Refreshment Break
3:10 p.m.Personalizing the Corporate Defendant

Juries tend to be biased against corporate defendants based on the notion that corporations are "dark suits" and "corner offices," motivated only by profit. This presentation will offer general strategies for "humanizing" your client by focusing on its people at various stages of litigation.

Sonya Seidl, Target, Minneapolis, MN
Robert Shields, Wilson Turner Kosmo, San Diego, CA
4:00 p.m.Modern Day Litigation: Using Multiple Media to Appeal to Jurors of All Ages

Modern-day juries can be made of people from more than three generations. Each has a preferred style for learning and communicating. Learn from a past Young Lawyer Committee Chair and experienced trial lawyer on how to use different forms of media to effectively communicate with and persuade jurors of all ages. Attendees will learn in real time how to use technology to more persuasively and efficiently litigate for their clients.

Baxter D. Drennon, Wright Lindsey & Jennings, LLP, Little Rock, AR
5:00 p.m.Networking Reception
7:00 p.m.Dine-Arounds

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own). For details on how to sign up for a dine-around, contact Alex Barnstead at alex.barnstead@btlaw.com.

Friday, June 25, 2021

7:30 a.m.Registration
7:30 a.m.Continental Breakfast
8:35 a.m.Welcome and Introduction

Kevin McCarthy, Larson King, Minneapolis, MN
8:40 a.m.Young Lawyers Committee Business Meeting

Subcommittee descriptions will be given to those attendees interested in joining the steering committee and a short business meeting will be held.
9:30 a.m.A Guide to Getting in Good Trouble

As a speaker and teacher, one of the questions the speaker has received the most recently is: “How can I be part of change with all the civil rights, diversity, and social justice issues?” In this session, the speaker will help us unpack what it means to choose courage to interrupt bias and isms, what it means to be authentic in your approach, and how you, as an individual, and your organization can ensure the work is meaningful.

Kori Carew, Seyfarth Shaw, Chicago, IL
10:20 a.m.Pandemic: Past

The COVID-19 pandemic had a tremendous impact on the United States’ judicial system. In the first portion of the judicial panel, Chief Justice Gildea, Chief Judge Tunheim, and Judge Wahl will discuss how the Minnesota judicial system navigated the challenges presented by COVID-19 and the lessons learned through that experience.

Hon. Lorie Gildae, Chief Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court
Hon. Ed Wahl, Hennepin County
Hon. John R. Tunheim, District Judge, D. Minn.

Shannon M. Nessier, Hanson Bridgett LLP, San Francisco, CA
11:05 a.m.Refreshment Break
11:15 a.m.Pandemic: Future

The second portion of the judicial panel will focus on the future of the Minnesota judicial system, and the practice of law at large, following the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Justice Gildea, Chief Judge Tunheim, and Judge Wahl will discuss what they foresee as the future of legal practice following the challenges presented by COVID-19, and the adaptations made to account for those challenges.

Hon. Lorie Gildae, Chief Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court
Hon. Ed Wahl, Hennepin County
Hon. John R. Tunheim, District Judge, D. Minn.

Shannon M. Nessier, Hanson Bridgett LLP, San Francisco, CA
12:00 p.m.Science of Well-Being

Hear from our own MD/JD Emma Ross for an understanding of the cognitive science of well-being. As many in our profession are now aware, lawyers are more unhappy than most, with (much) higher-than-average rates of mental illness, suicide, and substance abuse. 2020 has exacerbated these issues. This CLE focuses practical, evidence-based solutions for lawyers looking to improve their well-being with insights drawn from cognitive science. Emma will discuss the misconceptions about what creates well-being; practical ways to counteract wrong intuitions about well-being; and resources for further learning.

Emma Ross, M.D., J.D.
12:30 p.m.Labo[u]r Laws, Eh? Yeahsureyoubetcha.

With an estimated $718.5 billion in goods and services flowing between Canada and the United States, countless U.S. companies have subsidiaries and operations north of the 49th parallel. Despite their similarities, the employment law landscape between the two countries is wildly different. This neighbo(u)rly presentation will focus on the key differences, most frequently litigated issues and recent case law developments, and practical questions faced when advising clients in foreign jurisdictions.

Devan Marr, Strigberger Brown Armstrong LLP, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Wendy Merritt, Larson King, Minneapolis, MN
1:00 p.m.Adjourn