Unemployment Insurance: Advising and Representing Clients


Unemployment Insurance: Advising and Representing Clients

from 10.00

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
2314 University Ave W, Suite 20, Saint Paul
and via Webinar


Thomas H. Boyd
Thomas H. Boyd is a shareholder with Winthrop & Weinstine, PA, in Minneapolis, who focuses on commercial litigation and civil appeals.  He is actively engaged in providing pro bono legal services and has coordinated the MSBA Appellate Practice Section’s Pro Bono Unemployment Benefits Program since its inception in 2002.  

Ellen Smart
Ellen Smart is employed by Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and represents clients in unemployment compensation cases in her work with MMLA’s government benefits unit.  From 2010-2014, she was an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and co-taught the Workers’ Rights Clinic, which focused on unemployment insurance and wage claims.

Britt Waterman
Britt Waterman is an attorney with myHRcounsel, a human resources consulting firm.  Prior to joining myHRcounsel, Britt was employed as an unemployment law judge with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and also represented DEED at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.  

Have you wondered how unemployment insurance works in Minnesota and how to help clients who have been denied unemployment insurance?  Trainers include a former unemployment law judge, a legal aid attorney, and the coordinator of the MSBA’s “Court of Appeals Panel” for unemployment law cases.  This session will:

  • give an overview of the unemployment insurance program from the application process through the appeals process
  • provide an overview of the law to better equip participants to spot issues and assess cases for merit
  • offer tips for effective case preparation and advocacy in appeals hearings before unemployment law judges
  • describe how MSBA Appellate Practice Section’s Pro Bono Unemployment Benefits Program works, and share lessons learned in advocacy at the Court of Appeals
  • discuss hypothetical fact scenarios that would be typical in a legal services practice

8:30 – 9:00 am     Sign-in (for in-person attendees only)
9:00 – 11:00 am    Presentation

CLE: 2.0 hours of Standard MN CLE credit will be applied for.

Registration Closes: Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Cancellations must be received by this date and time, or you will be charged.

Law Students: $10
Legal Services Staff: $20 (enter promo code "may30" at checkout)
LSAC Grantees: $20
Volunteer Attorneys, Non-Profits and Government Employees: $30
Others: $40

Attorneys Seeking Emeritus Status: FREE (to register email Ann at aconroy@mnlegalservices.org)
Minnesota Volunteer Law Students: FREE (to register email Ann at aconroy@mnlegalservices.org)

Don't forget: Legal Services Staff must enter the promo code "may30" in the promo code field at checkout in order to have their program billed for the cost of this training. After the code is entered, just skip the fields asking for credit card information.

Questions? Contact Ann at aconroy@mnlegalservices.org

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