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When: Friday, June 15, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 PM
Where: St. Cloud Holiday Inn & Suites
75 - 37th Avenue South
St. Cloud, Minnesota  56301
United States
Contact: Stacy Albrecht

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Registration is open to Child Support Officers, Family Law Attorneys, Magistrates, Judges, and Prosecutors. Fee Includes: All training sessions, handouts, and meals for the registrant.

Paid registrations will be refunded in full if cancellation is received at least 72 hours before the program; if less than 72 hours, a $45 administration fee will be deducted. Paid registrants who fail to attend will  receive the written materials.

Special Hotel Rate Information: Participants are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own lodging. A block of rooms has been reserved at the St Cloud Holiday Inn & Suites at the special rate of $90 per night. To make reservations, call the hotel directly at 320-253-9000. Be sure to request the MN County Attorney's Child Support Training rate. Reservations must be made by May 15, 2018 to ensure the special rate.

Additional Area Hotels:
Country Inn & Suites East - 120 7th Ave SE, St. Cloud, 320-252-8282
GrandStay Residential Suites - 213 6th Ave S, St. Cloud, 320-251-5400 
Le St-Germin Suite Hotel - 404 West St. Germain, St. Cloud, 320-654-1661

Application will be made for 5.50 Standard CLE and 1.25 Ethics CLE Credits.

To download a copy of the agenda, click here.

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Legislative and Comprehensive Legal Vision Update
This session will include a discussion of which laws were passed by the State Legislature, which were not, and what it means for child support professionals. There will also be an update on Federal Legislation/Rules. An update on the progress made in the Comprehensive Legal Vision project, including resolutions and implementation of issues through legislation, appeals, and policy updates, as well as plans and expectations for the future.
Lisa Kontz, Assistant Dakota County Attorney
Shila Walek, Chief Deputy Isanti County Attorney
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. A View from the Bench
Two Magistrates and a Family Court Referee will share their perspectives on what county attorneys and child support officers can do that is helpful and appreciated and our “wish list” of practices that would improve child support hearings and orders.
Chief Child Support Magistrate Jodie Metcalf
Referee Jim Street, Second Judicial District Magistrate
Magistrate Julie Voigt, Fourth Judicial District
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. From a Cliff to a Curve: A New Parenting Expense Adjustment for Minnesota
This session will include a discussion of the new parenting expense adjustment that will be effective August 1, 2018 and what it means for parents and child support professionals. Come to the session eager to explore how the new PEA will apply in different fact scenarios and to learn how the new law is intended to reduce conflict over parenting time.
Gretchen Kewitsch, Child Support Officer, Dakota County
Brynn Rhodes, Department of Human Services
Benjamin Stromberg, Assistant St. Louis County Attorney
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch provided by MCAA
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Self-Employed Parties - Tax Returns, Investigation, And Discovery Used To Determine A Party’s Income
Tax returns are a standard disclosure in child support cases but is it not always clear what to do with them once they are provided. As we all know, the returns may not accurately reflect a party’s income available for child support. This presentation will provide some insight into the tax returns and information on what to do when the tax returns are not enough. It will explore investigation techniques that are available to get a better answer to the question, what is a party’s income. We will share with you some actual case investigations, to see how we applied the available statutes.
Amy Anderson, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office
Karen Roesler, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Ethics: Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility Year in Review
This discussion will review common complaint allegations, common reasons lawyers are disciplined and cases of note, both public and private; Office Statistics and Case Processing; Rule and Opinion updates; Services and Resources of the OLPR; Lawyer Assistance Programs and the OLPR and Client Security Board.
Susan M. Humiston, Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility

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