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2018 Mid-Winter Conference
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 Export to Your Calendar 1/19/2018 to 1/21/2018
When: January 19-21, 2018
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Chase on the Lake
502 Cleveland Blvd. W
Walker, Minnesota  56484
United States

Online registration is available until: 1/19/2018
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Online Registration is open.

MDLA’s Mid-Winter Conference (MWC) promises programs of interest to all defense lawyers.

The presentations will be delivered by an outstanding roster of Judges and Justices: 

  • John R. Tunheim
  • Anne K. McKeig
  • James B. Florey
  • John H. Guthmann
  • Eric Hylden
  • Michael J. Cuzzo
  • Korey Wahwassuck
  • Lois J. Lang

The MWC will be a three-day event, from January 19 to January 21 beginning with a Friday session, organized by the MDLA’s New Lawyers Committee. In addition to the curriculum, you and your family will enjoy all that Chase on the Lake has to offer, including a bowling alley, excellent dining and a full-service pub

Register online above or download this form to pay by check.


MDLA Member $295 ( $345 after Jan. 1)
Judges, Law Clerks, Students $75 ($125 after Jan. 1)
Non-Member $345 ($395 after Jan. 1)

Additional Pricing

Saturday Family Dinner (this dinner is not included with registration)
Adults (13+) - $30 ea.
Children (8-12) - $16 ea.
Children (7 & under) - FREE


Chase on the Lake, Walker, MN

Visit the Chase on the Lake Website

  • Call 218.547.7777 ext. 1 (reservations).
  • Mention Group Leader (#73437).
  • A one-night deposit is required for all room reservations.
  • A minimum two-night stay is required for all weekend reservations.
  • Reservations must be made before December 27, 2017. After that date, the room block is released but will be honored based upon lodging availability.

Chase on the Lake General Information:

  • Check in is at 4pm, check out is at 11am.
  • The 502 Restaurant is open daily. Please check with the front desk for hours of operation.
  • The Cooper Door Spa is open daily and appointments must be made ahead of time.  Call 218.547.8517.

Interested in Sponsoring or Exhibiting?

Sponsorship and exhibitor options are now available for the 2018 Mid-Winter Conference.

View sponsorship and exhibitor details


Friday, January 19, 2018


Board of Directors Meeting


Executive Committee–Past Presidents Meeting


Opening Reception / Diversity Committee Student – Mentor Introduction


New Lawyers


Presidents’ Cocktail Hour and Dinner

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Registration and Continental Breakfast


Welcome and Announcements


Summary Judgment: The End of the Road or Just Another Hairpin Curve?
Judge John H. Guthmann




Assassination of JFK
Judge John Tunheim


I’m Just a Girl from Federal Dam – My Road to the Supreme Court
Justice Anne McKeig




Asbestos Developments and the Exposure Standard
Judge John H. Guthmann


How to Talk So People Will Listen
Judge Ed Wahl





Cocktails, Dinner, and Entertainment

Sunday, January 21, 2018


Registration and Continental Breakfast


Welcome and Announcements


Investigations in the Age of Location Data
Michael Teti

The current explosion in geosocial data will change the face of risk management and investigations. Learn what geosocial data is, and how this type of information is used to investigate insurance claims of nearly all types. Understand how to gain piercing insight into accidents, site security, workplace harassment, and high-exposure incidents by locating social media photographs, videos and posts at specific locations and times anywhere in the world. The session utilizes real-life case examples to demonstrate the impact of these new technologies in the realm of risk management, law and insurance, and shows how evidence can be uncovered and leveraged in a variety of scenarios. Privacy and legal issues, as well as preserving, authenticating and presenting this of type cyber evidence in court will also be discussed. Attendees will come away with an understanding of the investigative best practices required for a successful geosocial investigation, and exactly how to utilize this new arrow in their quiver.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what geosocial data is and how it works from a technological standpoint
  • Learn how to properly preserve, authenticate and present social media and geosocial evidence in court
  • Identify the specific instances and red flags which determine when and where geosocial data can further an investigation
  • Understand the legal and privacy implications of leveraging geosocial data in claims investigations
  • Experience difference case examples to gain knowledge as to what geosocial data has accomplished in the past

9:15–10:15 a.m.

What in House Counsel Wish You Knew
Spiwe Jefferson, Blackwell Burke

9:45–10:00 a.m.


10:00–10:30 a.m.

Tort Reform Legislative Update
Jeremy Estenson, Leonard Stinson

10:30–11:15 a.m.

What the Jury Wished You Were Doing
Nate LeCoursiere, St. Louis County Attorneys

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be made by January 8 for a complete refund, less a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations after January 8 will not be refunded. Substitutions of attendees may be made at any time without incurring a fee. No-shows will not be refunded.


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