Registration Opens for 2015 Legal Services Statewide Conference

The Minnesota Legal Services Coalition Hosts "Knowing Our Clients" November 4- 6, 2015, Alexandria, MN

State Support is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2015 Legal Services Statewide Conference: Knowing Our Clients.  The conference will be held at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria, MN from Wednesday, November 4 to Friday, November 6, 2015.  Sessions will cover a variety of topics designed to help legal services staff better understand the issues facing their clients, including capacity limitations, disabilities, and cultural barriers, among others.

Conference attendees will be able to choose from 21 sessions offering 17.25 hours of Standard, 3.5 hours of Elimination of Bias, 1.0 hour of Ethics and 1.5 hours of Law Office Management CLE credit. Up to 10.25 CLE credit hours can be earned by a conference participant for the duration of the conference.

A special keynote presentation on Wednesday evening officially kicks off the conference, as Hector R. Matascastillo, Co-founder and Owner of Matascastillo Psychotherapy and Consultation Services, presents PTSD: A Personal and Professional Perspective.

Thursday's opening plenary on November 5th, will be given by Heather Simonich, M.A., Eastern Operations Director for PATH of North Dakota, a treatment, foster care, and behavioral health center located in Fargo, North Dakota. Ms. Simonich will present Understanding Child Traumatic Stress: Implications for Legal Professionals, in which she will discuss the increased need for legal professionals to better understand child traumatic stress (CTS) and how it manifests in the legal system.

Friday's closing plenary, Cognitive Bias: What It Is and Why It Matters, will be presented by Jill Gaulding, Co-founder and Legal Director of Gender Justice. Ms. Gaulding will lead participants in an exploration of the nature of cognitive bias and the many ways it affects the lives of our clients and their experience in the legal system. 

New this year is our schedule-at-glance integrated app, which allows participants to tailor a schedule for themselves using their mobile phone, tablet, or desktop.

For the full schedule, session descriptions and trainers, social activities, and to register, visit the 2015 State Conference hub on