Lawyers are well-equipped to succeed in business, whether as an entrepreneur, vice president, or general counsel, due in large part to the skills, knowledge, and perspective we develop while in law school. And on that basis lawyers are trailblazing various industries within the business world, either through advising Fortune 500 companies, drafting bills for Congress or state legislatures, or starting a new company to answer a dire need. In each case the lawyer is acting as a business leader, using his or her legal degree in finding success for themselves and companies.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
8 am–3:00 pm
Able Seedhouse + Brewery
1121 Quincy Street NE
Current Mitchell Hamline students need to register but can attend for free by registering with discount code MHSL Student.
The Lawyer as Craft Beer Leader: Finding New Opportunities for Brewery Clients
Article author: Jeff O’Brien, (Lommen Abdo).
Jeff O’Brien, Shareholder, Lommen Abdo
Sarah Bonvallet, Owner and Creative Director, Dangerous Man Brewing
Andrew Schmitt, Minnesota Beer Activists
Nathaniel Chapman, Owner, HammerHeart Brewery
Moderator: Joey Balthazor, Law Review Symposium Editor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Description: A craft beer attorney and brewer head this panel discussion in talking about lawyers’ impact on craft beer, the current state of Minnesota craft brewing industry, and more specifically, the impact of a Small Brewer’s Exemption on local breweries, if written into Minnesota law.
The Lawyer as General Counsel: Adding Value to a Company
Article author: Zach Atherton-Ely, Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures
Zachary Atherton-Ely, Associate General Counsel, Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures
Lynn Anderson, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, Holiday Stationstores, Inc.
Nicole James Gilchrist, Senior Counsel, Thrivent Financial
Description: These panelists will discuss what a lawyer can do in adding value as general counsel to a corporation. Zach helps lead Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures in finding and managing new business opportunities.
10:45–10:55 am BREAK
The Lawyer as Entrepreneur: Starting a Business
Article author: L. Kathleen (Kathy) Harrell-Latham, Loop Legal PLLC
Description: Kathy, Bill, and Sean all started companies after noticing a need within his or her industry. They will come together as one panel at the symposium where a law student, Navita Lakhram, will ask them questions about why they started their own company, what it took in being successful, and what advice they have for other lawyers considering starting a company.
Lunch and Keynote: Keith Lee, Hamer Law Group, and Foundations for Practice Advisory Group member, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System
The Lawyer as Crowdfunder: Optimizing Crowdfunding Portals
Article author: Zach Robins, Associate, Winthrop & Weinstine & Tim Joyce
Description: Zach authored the bill legalizing equity-based crowdfunding in Minnesota, commonly known as MNVest. For their article, Zach and Tim studied data from other crowdfunding portals and used the data to propose ways in which we can optimize efficiency in crowdfunding.
The Lawyer as Educator: Creating Today’s Business Leader in Law School
Article author: Leanne Fuith, Dean of Career and Professional Development and Visiting Assistant Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Leanne Fuith, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Barb Colombo, Director, Health Care Compliance Program, Assistant Teaching Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Tom Dipasquale Executive Director, Minnesota Racing Commission
Keith Lee, Foundations for Practice Advisory Group, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System
Description: We have recognized that lawyers are business leaders, but how do they become business leaders? This panel will focus on what law schools can improve upon in training law students in becoming the next leaders in business.
6 CLE Credits have been applied for.