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The MSBA's New Lawyers Section Presents


"Custody Basics: Splitting the Baby"

Family Law is far more challenging than fighting over who gets the washcloths. Child Custody is often the only thing both parties genuinely find important. Custody, and the issues surrounding it, can determine where the child goes to school, which doctor he/she will see, and even whether the custodial parent can move across the border into Wisconsin. This CLE will discuss the basics of the custody laws in Minnesota and briefly walk the participants through some of the court services available to resolve this important emotional issue. Regardless of what type of law you’re in, this is valuable information every new lawyer will need at one point or another, if only to advise family, friends or when providing an overview and recommendation to a client.


Larry McGee 
Larry McGee practices in the areas of family law, representing clients in divorce, legal separation, custody, paternity, child support, third party custody, parenting time, and domestic abuse matters. While in law school, Mr. McGee was selected by the Honorable Peter A. Cahill to serve as his Judicial Law Clerk. Two years later, Mr. McGee was selected by Judge Karen A. Janisch to serve on her staff and has a combined total of almost five years in the Hennepin County courts, both in the family and criminal courts. Prior to attending law school, Mr. McGee had a career in business and marketing, creating advertising for large corporations, such as Sears and Fingerhut. Mr. McGee then went on to start and lead his own advertising agency for many years. Mr. McGee is a member of the MSBA New Lawyer’s section and is the Publications Co-Chair for the Family Law Section. His article about emergency ex parte motions is published in the Fall, 2012 edition of the Family Law Journal. Mr. McGee has also advocated for students as a member of two school boards, and has been on a Hennepin County citizen's task force, a volunteer instructor for the Boy Scouts, a youth athletic coach, a church education teacher and church board member, and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Mr. McGee also worked for five years as a Policy Aide to Hennepin County Commissioner Penny Steele. Mr. McGee has the training, experience, and a genuine passion to ensure his clients reach a resolution, whether at the bargaining table or in the courtroom. Mr. McGee is also experienced as a business owner with the skills and knowledge to assist his clients with intricate financial matters.

Karen Terese Kugler, J. Oakes Family Law
Karen Terese Kugler is a partner at J. Oakes Family Law in Roseville, Minnesota, and practices exclusively in the area of family law. She represents clients at both the trial and at the appellate level. Ms. Kugler is currently the Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Family Law Section. She was co-chair of the Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA) Family Law Section from 2010-2012. Ms. Kugler is a frequent writer and speaker on family law topics, most notably presenting on and co-authoring the Advanced Child Support chapter of the Minnesota Family Law Financial Deskbook. Karen has also written on such topics as: sheriff’s levies, tax implications of cancelled debt due to foreclosure, social security disability benefits and family law, and working with pro se parties. Karen has spoken on numerous family law topics including: cross border practice issues, handling divorce cases from start to finish, custody issues, and financial aspects of divorce. Karen was selected for inclusion in Minnesota Rising Stars for 2012. Only 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state were selected. She has received a 10 out of 10 (Superb) rating by Avvo for her legal ability. Karen volunteers for the Tubman Family Alliance. Ms. Kugler graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School and received her undergraduate degree in Economics from Carthage College.

1 hour of Standard CLE credit approved
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Date:   Thursday, November 8, 2012
Time:    4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380 Minneapolis, MN 55402 

The Section Membership meets at 5:30 following the CLE. All are welcome to attend and participate.


New Lawyers Section Members:  Free
Law Students:  Free
MSBA Members (But Not New Lawyers Section Members):  $5.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $10.00

Teleconferencing is available. Please indicate this option when registering or contact Molly Malone no later than November 7. Instructions will be distributed by email prior to the CLE.

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 Nicole Battles, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336