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The MSBA's ADR Section Presents


"Can the Political Differences in the Minnesota Legislature be Mediated?"

Join the ADR Section for its monthly meeting (this month held at the University of St. Thomas School of Law). Two legislators from both sides of the "aisle" will discuss the manner in which political issues were negotiated and addressed by them and their constituents at the state level during the recent legislative session and state shut down. The program and speakers will explore and explain what seemed to be intractable dispute resolution mindsets and decisions of each side (versus the specific politics behind those ADR process decision), and how these competing (or similar) ideologies can potentially be aligned or overcome in the interest of making progress toward constructive decision making in our State in the future. This moderated interactive discussion will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from those that were there. A question and answer session will be a part of the presentation.


Senator Chris Gerlach  
Senator Chris Gerlach represents District 37, Dakota County, in Minnesota. He is the Assistant Republican Majority Leader in the Senate and Chair of the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee. He also serves on the Capital Investment, Environment & Natural Resources, Rules and Administration Committees. In addition to his legislative responsibilities he is a business owner in direct mail marketing.

Rep. Paul Thissen  
Representative Thissen serves in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He was first elected in 2002 to serve South Minneapolis and Richfield. He is a chair of the Health Policy and Oversight Committee, and serves on the Finance Committee and the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement. He ran for Governor of Minnesota in 2010.

1 hour of Standard CLE credit approved.
Event Code: 160934



Date:   Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Time:   12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:   University of St. Thomas School of Law
1101 Harmon Place, Room 244 Minneapolis, MN 55403 [Directions/Map]


Section Members:  Free
MSBA Members (But Not ADR Section Members):  Free
Non-MSBA Members:  $15.00
Law Students:  Free

Teleconferencing is available. Please request instructions when registering or contact Tamara Patton at or 612-278-6305. Instructions for teleconferencing will be emailed on or before 10/10/2011.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336