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Application will be made for 9.25 Standard CLE, 1.00 Ethics CLE and 1.75 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits.

9/20/2017 to 9/22/2017
When: September 20 - 22, 2017
Beginning at 1:00 on Wednesday
Where: Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
25039 Tame Fish Lake Road
Deerwood, Minnesota  56444
United States
Contact: Stacy Albrecht

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REGISTRATION FEE - $95 members/$140 non-members
Registration is open to County Attorneys and Assistant County Attorneys who practice in the area of CHIPS.  Fee Includes: All training sessions and handouts are included in the registration fee. Hotel stays and meal only packages must be reserved by the registrant with the hotel.

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.

All attendees and guests must reserve a room or meal package. To register for the conference, you will need to register for the course with MCAA and on-line with Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge for a hotel room (includes all meals) or a meal only package. If you do not register with Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge, you will not be able to participate in any meals and/or have a guest room.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge at the special rate of $297.75 Double Occupancy Per Person (2 people per bedroom) or $430.75 Single Occupancy Per Person. The rate includes 2 night’s lodging and all meals. Reservations must be made by August 22, 2017 to ensure the special rate.

If you need meals only, you can click here.

Application will be made for 9.25 Standard CLE, 1.00 Ethics CLE and 1.75 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits.

To download a copy of the agenda, click here.

September 20, 2017
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Registration
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. New Legislation and Governor's Taskforce Update
Ann Ahlstrom, Hennepin County Administration
Michelle Zehnder Fischer, Nicollet County Attorney
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Expedited Permanency Matters: When to File, What to File, and How to Proceed
This session will focus on Bypass Cases including Egregious Harm, Predatory Offender and Prior Involuntary TPR’s/TLC.

Melissa Jacobson, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
Gayle Borchert, Assistant Stearns County Attorney
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Ethics Issues in Agency Representation
A panel led discussion regarding ethical issues of representing the Agency and the working relationship between parents, children, family members, attorneys, judges, court staff and GALs.

Megan Gaudette Coryell Assistant LeSuer County Attorney
Judy Peterson, Guardian ad Litem, 1st Judicial District
September 21, 2017
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Breakout 1 – CHIPS 101
Rachel Cornelius, Assistant Waseca County Attorney
Megan Gaudette Coryell, Assistant Le Sueur County Attorney
Breakout 2 –Emerging Issues
Facilitated group discussion of cases involving CHIPS referrals under Rule 20; issues of citizenship and immigration; same sex marriage; transgendered youth; and other emerging issues.

Michelle Thompson, Assistant Anoka County Attorney
Sarah Winge, Assistant Aitkin County Attorney
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Data Practice Issues
Come learn about advising social services in responding to information requests, data practices and discovery issues in court proceedings.

Erin Johnson, Assistant Washington County Attorney
Nancy Norman, Assistant Anoka County Attorney
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Breakout 3 – Advanced Trial Prep
In Advanced Trial Prep we will explore the multitude of trial considerations from prep to appeal, including expert witnesses, cross examination, motions, judicial notice, and more.

Rachel Cornelius, Assistant Waseca County Attorney
Tracy Harris, Assistant Sherburne County Attorney
Deborah Simonson, Assistant Scott County Attorney
Breakout 4 – Abusive Head Trauma
The essence of the training, which would be valuable for both new and experienced attorneys, is (1) the current diagnosis of AHT and what evidence to collect in the early stages of a CHIPS case, (2) new defenses in AHT cases and resources available to attorneys, (3) legal considerations, from petition to trial; (4) Intersection of criminal case and child protection case.

Erin A. Goltz, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
Maya Tester, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Breakout 5 – How to Handle an Appeal
Kathryn Eilers, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney
Michelle Hatcher, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
Breakout 6 – Adoption, Contested Adoption and Paternity
This breakout session will cover adoption basics, contested adoptive placement procedures and considerations, as well as paternity processes in family and/or child protection cases.

Jennifer Jackson, Assistant Dakota County Attorney
Sarah Winge, Assistant Aitkin County Attorney
September 22, 2017
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Complicated Permanency
This session will include discussion about disruptions in TPLPC while waiting for Northstar; adoptive and biological parents asking for a voluntary TPR; losing a permanency trial: what happens next; multiple permanency petitions for one family.

Jennifer Christensen, Assistant Carver County Attorney
Erin Johnson, Assistant Washington County Attorney
Nicole Springstead, Assistant Lyon County Attorney
Anne M. Zimmerman, Assistant Anoka County Attorney
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ICWA
Discussions will include ICWA/MIFPA; the new BIA regulations; working with out of state tribes and transfer of jurisdiction.

Heather Capistrant, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney
Amanda Sieling, Assistant Yellow Medicine County Attorney

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