Free MN CLE Calendar

The ComMN Law believes no one should pay for CLEs. Check out our free CLE calendar, and send us a note if you know of a free CLE you’d like us to add. 

Oct
22
12:00 PM12:00

State Law Library October CLE

Webinar Registration: A webinar option will be available for this CLE. Please note: You do not need to register in advance if you are attending in person. A sign-in sheet will be available for those attendees at the Minnesota Judicial Center.

Description: Rita Coyle DeMeules, Supreme Court Commissioner 

CLE Credits: One standard CLE credit will be applied for.

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Jul
26
9:00 AM09:00

Model Hearing Program: Best Practices for Representing Asylum Seekers in Removal Proceedings

Description: Join The Advocates staff and colleagues handling removal asylum cases for a lively, information-packed full day CLE, which will cover significant substantive analysis, access to resources, tips from practitioners, and the opportunity to hear from the Immigration Judges in person, to get you ready to litigate removal asylum cases. If you've been thinking you want to do something with your legal skills to help immigrants defend their rights in this challenging environment, this is a great opportunity to get the information you need to get involved! 

The training consists of two parts:

Morning session: Law, procedures, and best practices for representing asylum seekers in removal proceedings

                 Faegre Baker Daniels'
                 Century Room 
                 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Afternoon session: Model hearing

                  Immigration Court 
                 1:30 PM-4:30 PM

CLE Credits: 6 CLE credits applied for.

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Jul
16
3:00 PM15:00

*Technology, Ethics, and the Law

*Free for newly admitted lawyers only

Description: North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Daniel Crothers and computer forensics expert Mark Lanterman will lead a conversation concerning the intersection of law, ethics, and technology. Commercial attorneys strive to move at the speed of business to meet their clients’ needs; meanwhile, business clients operate in markets that evolve at an ever-accelerating pace. An increasing number of technologies are available to help lawyers and their clients to do more, faster.  How are our ethical obligations as lawyers impacted by constant technological change? And, how can we stay up to speed with our clients and modern technology while complying with the ethical obligations of our profession?  Justice Crothers and Mr. Lanterman will explore these questions and related topics in what is sure to be an engaging conversation. 

Join us after the program for a complimentary social from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM.

CLE Credits: 2.0 Ethics CLE credits applied for | Event Code: 274404

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Jul
10
12:00 PM12:00

Health Law Webinar: Interacting with Government Agents and Other Officials

Description: Knowing what you may or may not, should or should not, share with the government can be daunting. You may get in trouble for sharing some information, but you can also regret your refusal to release data.

This webinar will explore your rights and obligations when interacting with a variety of governmental and private organizations, including what you should do if government agents visit your facility. It will also discuss dilemmas like a patient with a fake insurance card or a patient who discloses illegal activity during a visit. Finally, it will describe how your refusal to provide some information may cause significant penalties.

CLE Credits: We have applied for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for this program in Iowa and Minnesota.

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Jun
19
12:00 PM12:00

"Rape on the Night Shift" Screening & Panel Discussion

Description: Join us for a screening of Rape on the Night Shift, an investigation into the sexual abuse of immigrant women who clean our malls, banks, and offices. PBS International describes, “With firsthand accounts from female janitorial workers who say they have been sexually abused by their coworkers and supervisors, the collaborative investigation tells the stories of the steep price many women in the janitorial industry pay to keep their jobs and provide for their families.” Screening of the documentary will be followed by a panel discussion with Andrés Cediel, documentary filmmaker and producer of Rape on the Night Shift, Lisa Stratton, the lawyer who represented the Minneapolis-based survivor in the film, Lindsay Brice, Law and Policy Director of MN Coalition against Sexual Assault, and Rosalyn Park, Director of the Women’s Program at The Advocates for Human Rights. 

CLE Credits: 1.5 CLE credit applied for.

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Jun
18
12:00 PM12:00

*Tips for Pre and Post Hearing Briefs

*Free for newly admitted lawyers only

Description: The Social Security Disability (SSD) Law Section of the Minnesota Bar Association presents to you featured guest attorney Karl Osterhout of Osterhout Berger Disability Law. Karl has his law practice in Pennsylvania and has experience in federal court appeals. The program will discuss insights for pre and post hearing briefs with tips on having proper documentation of the Medical Source Statement (MSS) in conjunction with the new rules. 

CLE Credits: 1.5 Standard CLE Credits Applied | Event Code: TBD

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Jun
18
12:00 PM12:00

*Setting Yourself up for Success: How Your Forms and Briefs Help You Win at the Final Hearing

*Free for newly admitted lawyers only

REMOTE PARTICIPATION AVAILABLE

Description: The Social Security Disability (SSD) Law Section of the Minnesota Bar Association presents to you featured guest attorney Karl Osterhout of Osterhout Berger Disability Law. Karl has his law practice in Pennsylvania and has experience in federal court appeals. The program will discuss insights for pre and post hearing briefs with tips on having proper documentation of the Medical Source Statement (MSS) in conjunction with the new rules. 

CLE Credits: 1.5 Standard CLE Credits Applied | Event Code: 273801

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Jun
18
7:45 AM07:45

*Cannabis-Marijuana & Hemp Derived THC & CBD Products – Advising Business Clients in Uncertain Times

*Free for newly admitted lawyers only

REMOTE PARTICIPATION PENDING

Description: How do you best advise your clients about the manufacture or sale of products with THC or CBD content in these uncertain times?  Join an experienced legal panel as they discuss the wildly trending industry of topical and ingestible products with THC or CBD content.  Panel discussion will touch on applicable laws, involved agencies (State, Federal) and practical business applications. Come for the panel discussion and bring your questions.

As part of the annual meeting, the Section will elect new officers and council members for the 2019-2020 term. All section members are encouraged to attend and participate by voting at the annual meeting.

CLE Credits: 1.5 Standard CLE Credits | Event code: TBD  

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Jun
7
11:45 AM11:45

*Delivering Culturally Responsive Legal Services- Understanding the Challenges of Clients Who Were Born Outside the U.S.

*Free for newly admitted lawyers only

REMOTE PARTICIPATION AVAILABLE

Description: Join the MSBA’s Consumer Litigation section for a lively panel discussion about the challenges our legal system poses for our immigrant clients and colleagues. A culturally diverse panel of practicing attorneys will discuss how lawyers can address biases their opposing party or opposing counsel may have towards immigrant clients, how cultural differences affect consumer transactions and litigation, and possible action items for lawyers to better serve their immigrant clients and support their immigrant colleagues. The engaging format of this CLE will allow participants to join in the discussion and ask questions to our panelists. 

Prior to the CLE program, the Consumer Litigation Section will conduct their Annual Meeting & Elections. 

Lunch is included with your registration.

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Annual Meeting & Elections
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CLE Program

CLE Credits: 2.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits Applied for | Event Code: 272911

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Jun
4
12:00 PM12:00

The Ethical Impact of Stress

REMOTE PARTICIPATION AVAILABLE (Please register in advance if you wish to attend the webinar. You do not need to register in advance if you are attending in person.)

Description: Lawyer stress contributes to mental health and ethical problems.  Join LCL and the OLPR for a discussion of unique stressors in the legal profession and how both mental health and ethical issues can arise as a result.  Resources based on The Path to Lawyer Well-Being, Practical Recommendations for Positive Change will also be offered. 

CLE Credits: One ethics CLE credit will be applied for.

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May
31
12:00 PM12:00

*Minnesota Health Care at Tipping Point - 2019 Legislative Update and Annual Meeting

*Free for newly admitted lawyers only

REMOTE PARTICIPATION AVAILABLE

Description: The Health Law Section's Annual Meeting will be held at 12 Noon including the section year in review. New for this year is the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Awards. As part of the annual meeting, the section will elect new officers and council members for the 2019-2020 term; the CLE program will follow immediately. 

CLE Credits: 1.0 Standard CLE Credit | Event code: TBD    

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May
21
12:00 PM12:00

*The 2019 March Covidien/DOJ Settlement - Everything but the Kitchen Sink

*Free for newly admitted lawyers only

REMOTE PARTICIPATION AVAILABLE

Description: This CLE will break down the recent (March ’19) Covidien (ev3) settlement which involved alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute; False Claims Act; and Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; among other laws. Mark Gardner, MBA, JD, President of Gardner Law and former ev3 Product Manager, who is well acquainted with the case details, will dissect this qui tam case. He and Heather Potter, Associate Attorney, Gardner Law, will provide attendees with solutions to help mitigate and address compliance concerns and risks illustrated by this recent whistleblower case.

CLE Credits: 1.5 Standard CLE Credits | Event code: TBD 

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May
17
12:00 PM12:00

*Debt Collection and Avoiding FDCPA Violation

*Free for newly admitted lawyers only

REMOTE PARTICIPATION AVAILABLE

Description: Please join us for an analysis of a recent Minnesota Court of Appeals case that held an attorney violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by serving a mechanic’s lien statement. The program will include discussion into what the FDCPA is as well as best practices for attorneys to mitigate exposure to FDCPA liability.

Lunch is included with your registration. Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 AM. The CLE program is from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM.

CLE Credits: 1.0 Standard CLE Credits Applied | Event Code: 272447

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May
15
12:00 PM12:00

Health Law Webinar: Medical Marijuana and Health Care Providers

Description: The legal landscape of medical marijuana is constantly changing. This webinar will provide an update on the status of state and federal law regarding medical marijuana, discuss the current DOJ enforcement approach, and identify the regulatory trends that physicians and hospitals need to understand, whether they have patients using marijuana legally, or illegally.

CLE Credits: We have applied for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for this program in Iowa and Minnesota.

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May
14
12:00 PM12:00

*ADR Ethics - A Multimedia Exploration with Annual Elections Lunch

*Free for newly admitted lawyers only

REMOTE PARTICIPATION AVAILABLE

Description: Using the Dispute Resolution Institute’s Mediation Case Law Teaching Videos (produced by Professor James Coben and the Minnesota State Bar Association), Professor Sharon Press will lead the group in an interactive discussion of the Rule 114 Appendix – Code of Ethics.  We will explore our individual role morality as well as the explicit parameters of the Code of Ethics. Time will be provided for attendees to pose questions so come with an ethical issue that has been concerning you!

CLE Credits: 1.0 Ethics MN CLE Credit applied for | Event code: 272304

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May
10
8:30 AM08:30

Ensuring Access to Justice for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Clients in the Immigration Context

Description: This free bias CLE breakfast sponsored by the MSBA Immigration Law Section, the Pro Bono Committee of the MN/Dakotas AILA Chapter and Ballard Spahr LLP is to celebrate lawyers who have provided pro bono service for immigration clients. Speakers will provide information and best practices guidance for working with Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing clients, in particular those navigating an immigration process.

CLE Credits: 1.5 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits applied for | Event Code: TBD

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May
8
12:00 PM12:00

*Innovative Approaches to Meeting Your Clients' Needs

  • Minnesota State Bar Association Minneapolis (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

*Free for newly admitted lawyers only

REMOTE PARTICIPATION AVAILABLE

Description: Modern businesses demand focused, cost-effective legal advice and services. In-house law departments and external law firms and other legal service providers are called on to innovate to meet those needs. Participants along the legal value chain (business clients, in-house counsel, external counsel, other service providers) are rethinking how to procure, provide, and consume legal services. New, potentially disruptive, technologies and approaches to the provision of legal services present opportunities to serve client needs more effectively and efficiently, whether implementing better processes or calling on a variety of service providers to meet different legal needs of a company.

This panel will explore innovative approaches to meeting the needs of your corporate clients, whether you are an in-house attorney working with your business colleagues or an outside attorney working with a business client. Our panelists will discuss new ways to think about the relationship between a law firm (or other legal service provider) and an in-house law department. The discussion will touch on ideas ranging from how to engage in a more thoughtful procurement process when seeking legal services, and how to respond to that process as a service provider; and how to rethink how you interact with external/in-house counsel.

Lunch will be provided.

CLE Credits: 1.0 Standard CLE Credit applied for | Event Code: 271720

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May
8
12:00 PM12:00

Race on the Brain: Addressing Implicit Bias and Racism in Legal Contexts

  • Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Description: Professors Jonathan Kahn and Carolyn Grose, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, will discuss issues in identifying and addressing implicit bias and racism in legal contexts. Professor Kahn is the author of the book, Race on the Brain: What Implicit Bias Gets Wrong About the Struggle for Racial Justice, and Professor Grose is the author of Lawyers, Clients & Narrative: A Framework for Law.

CLE Credits: The Office will apply for 2.0 Elimination of Bias credits for this program.

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May
2
12:00 PM12:00

Litigating a Breach of Duty of Loyalty Claim

Description: Employers are increasingly asserting claims against former employees for breach of their common law duty of loyalty. This seminar will address questions including: What is an employee’s duty of loyalty? What is the measure of damages for a breach? Are injunctions a viable remedy? Is there a difference between fiduciary duty and duty of loyalty? Can a third party be liable for aiding and abetting? Can the claim be preempted by the Trade Secrets Act? What defenses can be asserted to this claim? Is a breach of duty of loyalty a defense to claim for wages or commissions?

Lunch will be provided. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.

CLE Credits: 1.0 Standard CLE Credits applied for | Event Code: 272051

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May
1
12:00 PM12:00

Law Day CLE: Prior Restraints in the Internet Age

Description:

Raleigh Hannah Levine, Professor of Law and Director, Mitchell Hamline Fellows Program, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, will present our Law Day CLE on Prior Restraints in the Internet Age. This year's Law Day Theme is "Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society." Professor Levine will discuss historical and current prior restraint cases, which raise interesting issues about what counts as "speech;" when speech can be restrained; whether prior restraints can be effective in the age of the Internet and social media; and who "counts" as press in the Internet Age. 

CLE Credits: One standard CLE credit has been approved (#271801).

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Apr
26
8:00 AM08:00

*False Claims Act Enforcement from a Whistleblower Perspective – A Panel Discussion

*Free for newly admitted lawyers only

REMOTE PARTICIPATION AVAILABLE

Description: Breakfast and registration will start at 7:30 a.m.  The CLE program will begin at 8:00 a.m.  

This presentation will address the following: 

  • Government Enforcement Priorities, including Kickback, Managed Care, and Patient Support Cases;

  • Impact of Supreme Court’s Escobar Decision;

  • Granston memo/role of DOJ in dismissal of cases. 

CLE Credits: 1.0 Standard CLE Credit | Event code: TBD 

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Apr
24
12:00 PM12:00

Health Law Webinar: Health Industry Website Accessibility: 2019 Lawsuit Trends and Practical Steps to Reduce Risk and Promote Compliance for Websites, Apps, Portals and Connected Devices

Description: Lawsuits against developers, owners and operators of websites, apps, portals and devices for alleged discriminatory and “inaccessible” technology continue to evolve and explode in jurisdictions across the country in 2019. The health industry has been particularly hard-hit, and the National Federation of the Blind’s lawsuit against Epic and a related hospital was the highest-profile case towards the end of 2018.

In this webinar we will:

  • Describe what “accessibility” means on legal, technical and human levels

  • Summarize how courts are applying the ADA and other anti-discrimination laws to websites, apps, HR portals, “virtual” spaces and connected devices/Internet of Things

  • Describe practical measures to improve accessibility and reduce risk

  • Provide clauses and tips for vendor/developer contracts

CLE Credits: We have applied for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for this program in Iowa and Minnesota.

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Apr
18
3:30 PM15:30

*No-Poach Agreements in Franchise Contracts and Antitrust Section Social

*Free for newly admitted lawyers only

REMOTE PARTICIPATION AVAILABLE

Description: Food and Drinks will be provided at the Social Hour following the program.  Registration will start at 3:00 pm, the program will run from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, and the Section Social will follow from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.

The DOJ and FTC's Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals in October 2016 alerted HR professionals that “an agreement among competing employers to limit or fix the terms of employment for potential hires may violate the antitrust laws if the agreement constrains individual firm decisions.”  These guidelines have resulted in significant state franchise enforcement and civil class actions involving clauses in franchise agreements prohibiting one franchisee from soliciting or hiring another franchisee in that franchise system.  At the forefront of state enforcement has been the Washington State Attorney General's Office.  This program features Eric Newman, Chief Litigation Counsel, Antitrust Division, Washington State Office of the Attorney General and will address anti-poaching agreements in general and in the franchise context specifically.

The annual Section Social will follow at 5:00 pm.

CLE Credits: 1.5 Standard CLE Credit Applied | Event Code: 270690

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Apr
18
3:30 PM15:30

Oh, You’re A Tax Lawyer…Then, Can You Answer This?

Description: Join us for a fun CLE and networking social at La Doña Cervecería, sponsored by the MSBA Tax Law Section and Solo and Small Firm Section! Hear from a panel of tax professionals regarding some interesting questions they been asked or have dreaded being asked at a cocktail party. Each panelist has prepared questions that they can speak on, but they would welcome questions from those in attendance. In fact, the more questions, the better!

Complimentary food and drink will be provided.

The Tax Law Section council will meet prior to the CLE at 2:30 p.m. All section members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Co-sponsored by the MSBA Tax Law Section & MSBA Solo and Small Firm Section

CLE Credits: 1.0 Standard CLE Credits applied for | Event Code: 271207

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Apr
12
8:30 AM08:30

Ethics for the Public Lawyer (Video Replay)

  • Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Description: 

  • 8:30 to 9:15: Ethical Negotiations

  • 9:15 to 10:00: Legal Writing and the Rules of Professional Responsibility

  • 10:00 to 10:15: Break

  • 10:15 to 11:00: Communications with Represented Parties—Rule 4.2

  • 11:00 to 11:45: Current Issues in Professional Responsibility

CLE Credits: The Office will apply for 3.0 standard CLE credits for this program.

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Apr
3
11:30 AM11:30

Biohacking and Cyborg Rights: Coping with Promise & Peril

REMOTE PARTICIPATION AVAILABLE

Description: Biohackers use, learn, and play with biological science and technology outside of academic and other institutional labs. Biohacking includes two types of activities: DIY Bio and Bodyhacking. Those doing DIY Bio use plasmids, yeast, jellyfish genes, to make glow in the dark beer, fish, and plants. Some are amateur scientists. Many are professional scientists. Bodyhackers include those who insert magnets, RFID chips, lasers, and genes into their bodies, seeking to enhance human capacity and redefine themselves as cyborgs. Biohackers often explain their activities in political and legal terms: extending democracy, exercising autonomy, and claiming rights as cyborgs. Professor Ikemoto examines the implications of “cyborg rights” for law and for defining the human.

CLE Credits: 1.5 Standard CLE credits have been requested; Event Code #265319

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Apr
1
4:00 PM16:00

The Apprehension of Fraud: Policing Deception in Modern America

Description: Swindlers and salesmen have long been viewed as close cousins in the United States, some going so far as to suggest that con artistry and economic innovation are simply two sides of the same coin in American history. This storyline has recently resurfaced in the popular press to explain our own times: the showman P.T. Barnum is cast as a representative man and fraud is written off as the price we pay for living in a free, open, and entrepreneurial society.

In this lecture, Professor Blumenthal traverses the ambiguous borderland between capitalism and crime, providing an important corrective as she reconsiders the regulatory paths that American lawyers have pursued across time to redress the social harms resulting from misplaced trust. 

CLE Credits: 1 Standard CLE credit will be requested.

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Mar
28
12:30 PM12:30

*Hey Dad, Can I Borrow $10? - Student Loan Debt

*Free for newly admitted lawyers only

REMOTE PARTICIPATION AVAILABLE

Description: This program is being co-presented by the HCBA Debtor/Creditor Section and the New Lawyers Sections of the MSBA and HCBA.

We will briefly discuss current statistics behind student loans, how they're a problem for many young Americans and the impact on the aging population as well (co-signors). We will discuss the standards established by the Courts in discharging private student loans in bankruptcy and contrast it with what it takes to get government student loans discharged under administrative procedures. Finally, we will give insights from both the debtors' and creditors' side on ways to resolve student loans, both public and private. 

Lunch is included in your registration. Registration and lunch will begin at 12:15 pm, the CLE program will run from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.

CLE Credits: 1.0 Standard CLE Credits Applied | Event Code: TBD

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Mar
20
3:00 PM15:00

Overview of the Governor's Tax Bill

Description: Please join us for the Minnesota Department of Revenue overview of the Governor’s Tax Bill for the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) and the Minnesota State Bar Association Tax Section (MSBA).

In the spirit of providing useful information to our tax professional partners, a one hour CLE program is planned from 3:00 to 4:00 on Wednesday, March 20. Topics include an overview of the governor’s tax bill and the department’s policy and technical bill.

The Institute for Professionals in Taxation, the Minnesota State Bar Association Tax Section, and the Department of Revenue encourage you to stay for a complimentary networking reception which begins at 4:00 p.m.

Leadership and attorneys from the Department of Revenue look forward to this opportunity to connect with you and exchange ideas and information. Taking time to share information and perspectives is essential to our ongoing efforts to serve Minnesota’s taxpayers.

CLE Credits: 1.0 Standard CLE Credits applied for | Event Code: 269784

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Mar
19
2:00 PM14:00

*Behind the Scenes of Payment Processing at your Local Social Security Office

*Free for newly admitted lawyers only

REMOTE PARTICIPATION AVAILABLE

Description: The Social Security & Disability Section Council along with one of the Minnesota local Social Security Offices is pleased to present a program to answer questions regarding payment processing and other issues. This program hopes to provide a respectful dialogue between the local office and SSD attorneys and representatives through increased understanding of processes. 

Social Security trainers will discuss SSA’s eligibility requirements, monthly benefits and how a claimant’s backpay is processed. We will talk about the SSA Field Office and the Payment Center(PC) and how the PC handles attorney fees and other specific workloads.  

We will also discuss the specifics of completing an application and common errors committed by claimants and representatives as well as tips on what representatives and claimants can do to prevent delays. They will tell us the most common reasons why payments may be delayed. 
SSA’s online services, online applications and the claimants online My Social Security Account will also be covered. 

CLE Credits: 2.0 Standard CLE Credits Applied | Event Code: 269885

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