2020 Convention Workshops

2020 Convention Workshops

Thursday, October 22 • 3:45 pm CDT
Workshops are interactive and informative sessions, providing you with new tools and skills to help you grow in your profession.
Workshops are not eligible for CLE credits.

  • Student Workshop - Preparing for Your Paralegal Career 
    Now that you have your degree, where will you find your first job? Attend this workshop on “Preparing for your Paralegal Career” to learn how to update your resume, where to apply, how to interview, and land that first paralegal job!

    Presented by: DeAnne Brooks, DI Recruiting, LLC
    DeAnne is a partner of DI Recruiting LLC, which specializes in direct hire legal recruiting for all types of positions within law firms and corporate legal departments from legal administrative assistants and paralegals to file clerks, office managers, bookkeepers, receptionists and eDiscovery Consultants. We are affiliated with Depo International, a world-wide provider of court reporting and legal videography services, with the goal of having all your legal service needs available in one spot. As Director of Recruiting, DeAnne focuses her efforts on placing top talent in large and mid-size law firms around the Minneapolis metro area as well as in corporate legal offices. DeAnne has over 30 years of experience working in the legal industry. She spent almost 20years working at Travelers/St. Paul Companies as a paralegal/legal assistant in insurance defense and workers’ compensation litigation. DeAnne then worked for a national recruiting agency for over 10 years. For the past couple of years, DeAnne worked as the Director of Business Development at Depo International where she maintained and fostered client relationships and developed new business in Minneapolis, Las Vegas and Chicago. DeAnne has a Bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University along with an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies from North Hennepin Community College. She is an active member of numerous legal groups including the Minnesota Paralegal Association (MPA), Women in eDiscovery, NALS...the association for legal professionals, the Minnesota Association of Legal Support Professionals (MALSP), and Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL).

  • The Small Firm Roadmap: How Paralegals Help Small Law Firms Build Law Practices of the Future 
    Marshall Lichty’s passion is helping people build better small law firm businesses. In this talk, he’ll highlight the challenges solo and small firms say they face, lay out the obstacles preventing firms from taking action to tackle those challenges, and give paralegals some practical ideas and tools you can use to help attack those challenges methodically. We’ll also cover some concrete tasks you can do as soon as you get back to work so you can leave with-and maintain- your momentum! 

    Presented by: Marshall Lichty, Chief Enthusiasm Officer, JDHD
    Marshall Lichty is a lawyer with ADHD. He’s the best-selling author of the Small Firm Roadmap: A Survival Guide to the Future of Your Law Practice. 
    He is the founder and Chief Enthusiasm Officer of JDHD, a multifaceted ecosystem that helps release all the untapped potential in legal professionals with ADHD to help them bring in their lives and their work. He is the host and producer of JDHD | a Podcast for Lawyers with ADHD. 

    As a law firm consultant and ADHD coach, Marshall spends his days helping lawyers, paralegals, and law firms build better lives and law businesses.

  • Fine Tuning Your Leadership Skills: The String Theory. Maximizing Your Value Today and Tomorrow
    Included in this presentation will be information about why effective paralegals are also effective leaders; how you can “fine tune” your leadership skills; current and future paralegal leadership challenges; reimaging paralegal roles in new emerging legal networks; and how artificial intelligence is affecting the paralegal role. The program will also touch upon how the proliferation of e-billing is changing how firms bill their clients; new client facing analytics and what it means to all timekeepers including paralegals; outsourcing of legal/paralegal services; and what you can do today to survive and thrive tomorrow. 

    As an added feature: During this presentation, Bob will use some stringed musical instruments to illustrate some of the leadership challenges discussed

    Presented by: Robert Karau, Collections Consultant, Merchant & Gould
    Bob is currently the Collections Consultant at Merchant & Gould. He has worked in the credit and financial services profession for over 35 years and has worked in the legal industry for the last 14 years. In addition, Bob has done extensive consulting on Sarbanes Oxley, corporate governance and compliance issues for Grant Thornton LLP and 3M Corporation.  Bob has served on advisory teams for large national legal industry vendors that specialize in the legal industry.

    Bob has had numerous articles published in credit and finance publications, including 4 articles published in 2017.  In 2016, he was asked to write an introduction which was published as the first chapter in a new book titled: The MentorShip. Bob has presented seven national webinars through the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) including two in 2017.  Bob has combined his love of music with his business passion and has presented large-scale, mixed media presentations on finance and leadership for several national conferences. In 2016, Bob was a featured speaker at the ALA (Association of Legal Administrators) Annual Conference in Los Angeles.  He also presented at both upcoming regional ALA conferences in 2017.  He is currently in the process of rewriting a chapter on Sarbanes-Oxley for the soon to be published 2018 Book of Commercial and Credit Laws. In 2017, Bob was awarded the CFDD Distinguished Member achievement (DMA) Award. Bob is a recipient of the Forius/NACM Credit Executive of the Year Award and the Valspar “Presidents Forum Award.” Bob serves as an Area Director and board member for NACM’s Credit and Financial Developmental Division (CFDD) and is a past president of his local CFDD chapter.  He is currently a member of the NACM National Law Forum Credit Group and also served 9 years as a Director on his local NACM affiliate board. In December of 2016, Bob presented at the Minneapolis/St Paul CFDD meeting on “Reimagining Your Department, Your Job and Your Career.”  Since that time, Bob has been asked to make similar presentations on the subject to 3 upcoming conferences and has also presented a national NACM webinar on the topic in February of 2017.  Bob is a life-long futurist/innovator whose favorite mantra on innovations is “Innovate or Evaporate!”  Bob mixes real life stories and humor with analytic data and best practices to make his fast-paced presentations exciting, beneficial and truly memorable.

  • Messy Conversations About Implicit and Explicit Bias
    In this session we will help define and operationalize terms like equity, race consciousness, and challenges to ethical leadership.  There are universal definitions for these terms, however it is essential that we explore how each of our communities define and embrace these terms. Participants will work in groups to define these terms.  Next, they will work to inject their own understanding of these terms to help shape the operationalization of these terms.  Finally, we will work towards transforming our professional and personal capacity by anchoring it to values that can be used in the governance of the work that paralegal professionals engage in. 
    Participants will know that there are no magic pills when working towards raising consciousness.  We will learn from one-another about the process of implementing measures and processes that can help at the individual and the systems level.

    Much of the work will be done in groups using the circle process.  We will examine the current state of affairs in relation to equity and leadership in the circle.  We will also examine the challenges to equity, ethics and race consciousness in our community and in the media.  Participants will be introduced to the work of Loeb, Thalhuber and Thompson and Ball, Caldwell and Pranis.  Their work along with the narratives of the participants will help us construct a value based leadership that is germane to their profession. 

    Presented by: Dr. Raj Sethuraju, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University
    Raj is a recovering criminologist, alcoholic, and survivor of sexual abuse, with over 20 years of community-based activism as a researcher and educator. Inspired by the resilience of our youth and the men in our prison systems, he trains school staff, probation agents, community members, and justice personnel on restorative practices, trauma and healing, value-centered leadership, community building, and unpacking implicit biases and raising consciousness utilizing restorative practices. In his latest work, Raj explores the depths of our justice system and creates a framework in which knowledge becomes the root of our practices. 

  • Making the Transition from Private Practice to Corporate Legal Department

    What does it mean to go “in house?” For attorneys, leaving private practice to work in a corporate legal department is often the golden ticket.  But what is this career transition like for paralegals?  Is the grass truly greener on the other side?  

    If you are considering such a transition, this presentation is for you.   Carl Morrison, RP, PP, AACP made the sudden jump to “in house” corporate legal departments, after over two decades of working in private practice. This session will cover the pros and cons of making such a career shift, what paralegals considering such a move can do now to prepare, tips and tricks for making the transition more smoothly, and enjoying and surviving the corporate life.

    Presented by: Carl Morrison, RP, PP, AACP, Paralegal Manager, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
    Carl H. Morrison, ACP, CAS, RP, PP, AACP, is an experienced advanced certified paralegal and paralegal manager and has been in the legal industry for over two decades. He is the award-winning podcast host for The Paralegal Voice (2018 ABA Journal Web 100 Best Law Podcast) and loves to share his passion and dedication to the legal industry with his listeners, students and anyone willing to listen! He is a published author for nationally recognized legal professional and award-winning magazines such as Facts & Findings, @Law, Paralegal Management and Paralegal Today, as well as contributing author for an educational textbook, Advanced Manual for the Legal Professional, 13th Edition. His honors include receiving the Tulsa County Bar Association President’s Award in 2012 for his dedication to the paralegal section, the Tulsa Business & Legal News 2013 Power Attorney & Legal Professional award, the 2013 Tulsa County Bar Association’s Paralegal of the Year Award, the 2015 Tulsa Community College Adjunct Professor of the Year award for the Paralegal Studies program, and the NALA 2020 Affiliate Award on behalf of Las Vegas Valley Paralegal Association and the State Bar of Nevada Paralegal Division.

    An active member of NALA, and NFPA member-at-large, as well as NALA affiliates, Las Vegas Valley Paralegal Association and State Bar of Nevada Paralegal Division, Carl is passionate about educating and mentoring future paralegal professionals. Since 2012, he has provided superior instruction of paralegal students as adjunct paralegal studies professor for ABA-approved paralegal studies programs in Tulsa, Oklahoma and in Las Vegas, Nevada. Carl also serves as an ABA Paralegal Education Approval Commission Site Team Representative, examining paralegal programs in depth.


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