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2020 Trial Techniques Seminar


2020 MDLA Trial Techniques Seminar Information

August 6-8, 2020
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, Minnesota

The Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA) is pleased to announce registration for Trial Techniques Seminar on August 6-8, 2020 in Duluth, Minnesota is now open! This year’s theme is “The art of Storytelling and Persuasion.”

In addition to time spent on quality education, we are looking forward to some quality friends and family time. Please join your peers and their families on Friday, August 7 for a Vista Fleet Boat Cruise. We will have some kid friendly entertainment options available – so feel free to bring the whole family!


Hotel Options

*In order to receive the following MDLA room rates, reservations must be made by Monday, July 6, 2020.

Inn on Lake Superior (website)


$175.99 (Standard Poolside)
$179.99 (City View)
$184.99 (Bridge View)
$194.99 (Standard Lakeview)
$204.99 (Lakeview Suite)

Contact: 888-668-4352
To make reservations, ask for the “Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Conference”.

Pier B (website)


$199 - Double Queen Classic Room

Contact: 218-481-8888
To make reservations, ask for the “Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Conference”.


Duluth is only a half-tank away when attendees are driving from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Destination Duluth is 150 miles on Interstate 35 (2.5-hour drive).

Delta Airlines offers daily non-stop flights from Duluth to Minneapolis.


DECC Parking

Daily pass: $5 per vehicle / Guest receives a ticket for re-entry all day that’s valid until midnight. Purchase your ticket at our Parking Booth.

Public Parking

If your visit includes a hotel in Canal Park or Downtown, walk to the DECC. Your hotel’s front desk staff will be able to assist in directing the easiest route, or utilize the map below. Public Parking Lots around Canal Park and Downtown charge various amounts between $1/hour and $10 /day. You are responsible for paying according to that parking lot.

View Map

Park Duluth
Pay for parking with the Park Duluth mobile app!

Thank you, Sponsors & Exhibitors!

Interested in Sponsoring or Exhibiting? Register here.

Opening Reception Sponsor

Robson Forensic

Law Firm Sponsor

Larson King, LLP

Quinlivan & Hughes, PA

Tomsche, Sonnesyn & Tomsche, PA

Break Sponsor

  • Quinlivan & Hughes PA
  • SEA Limited


  • Esi
  • Exponent
  • Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company


Registration Information

Online registration requires credit card payment; MDLA accepts American Express, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. If you want to register online, please visit Payment is required prior to the event.

To edit your registration, please contact the MDLA office at or 1+ (651) 290-6293.

Both members and nonmembers need to log in to register for events. If you are a member or have previously created an account on the MDLA website, login here. If you are a nonmember, please create a guest account in the system; we will require your first and last name, organization, email, username and password.


If you are not a member and would like to join to receive reduced conference rates, please join here. To renew your membership and receive member rates, log into your profile, renew, then return to register for the event. These will be two separate transactions. You also have the option to pay for both by downloading forms.

Attendance Policies

Attendee Cancellation
To receive a registration refund, less a $25 processing fee, all cancellations must be received via this form by July 13 2020 11:59 p.m. U.S. Central Time. No refunds will be granted thereafter. No-shows will not be refunded. Registrations can be transferred to another person within your organization with the same membership status by contacting

Conference Modification or Cancellation
MDLA reserves the right to modify the course’s schedule or program as necessary. MDLA also reserves the right to cancel this conference, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided. We are unable to refund any travel costs (flight, hotel, etc.) in the case of MDLA cancellation.

Data Privacy/GDPR
We host events throughout the year, including our annual conference, webinars, and trainings (collectively “events”). If you are a member and register for one of our events, we will access the information in your member account to provide you with information and services associated with the event. If you are not a member and you register for one of our events, we will collect your name and contact information, which we will store in our database and use to provide you with information and services associated with the event. If you are a presenter at one of our events, we will collect information about you including your name, employer and contact information, and photograph, and we may also collect information provided by event attendees who evaluated your performance as a presenter. As an attendee, speaker, or sponsor/exhibitor, we will keep a record of your participation to provide you with post-event information including details on upcoming events you may be interested in. Your contact information may be shared via an event mobile app or attendee list as part of your participation in the event. Your hotel reservation information may be shared between MDLA and the hotel.

PCI Compliance
Please do not email forms with credit card information. To protect your data and to comply with PCI standards, the MDLA office will not accept emailed credit card information.

Photo/Audio/Video Release
Registration for or attendance at this event acknowledges consent to be recorded or photographed. We reserve the right to use any photograph/video taken at our events, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. We may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc. To ensure the privacy of individuals, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject.


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