Thursday, Feb. 10

11:30 a.m.
Registration Opens

12 p.m.
Lunch & Conversation With MACA Officers and League General Counsel

1 p.m.
Police Transformation: Stories From Three Minnesota Cities

Tom Jacobson, Attorney, City of Alexandria; Scott Kent, Chief of Police, City of Alexandria; Maria Cisneros, Attorney, City of Golden Valley; Scott Nadeau, Chief of Police, City of Golden Valley; James Thomson, Attorney, City of Brooklyn Park; Craig Enevoldsen, Chief of Police, City of Brooklyn Park
Attorneys and police chiefs from three cities will discuss how recent events, statutory changes, and community expectations have impacted their local law enforcement operations. Over the course of an hour, you’ll hear about the evaluation of internal policies, reactions to potential POST rule changes, recruitment challenges, and promotion of officer wellness.

2 p.m.
High-Profile Incident Toolbox

Tim Busse, Mayor, City of Bloomington; Melissa Manderschied, Attorney, City of Bloomington; Don Reeder, Public Affairs Manager, League of Minnesota Cities; Tracy Stille, Public Safety Project Coordinator, League of Minnesota Cities
What are the go-to things a city attorney should be ready for when (not if) a high-profile incident occurs? Media and public safety experts will join a city official and an attorney to discuss their experiences.

3 p.m.

3:15 p.m.
Fostering Healthy and Inclusive Participation in City Government

Octavia Smith, Co-Director, Nexus Community Partners; Chai Lee, Program Manager, Nexus Community Partners; Rick Hotchner, Ambassador, Braver Angels; Barbara Thomas, Ambassador and Co-Director of the Office of Field Operations, Braver Angels; Aimee Gourlay, Collaboration Services Manager, League of Minnesota Cities
How can city officials and community members move beyond the divisiveness and vitriol that poison public interactions and creating barriers to fruitful engagement? Local government and community collaboration experts will share answers and address ways your city can rise to new and better levels of civic engagement.

4:45 p.m.
Evening Remarks From MACA Leadership

5 p.m.
Networking Reception

Close the first night of the conference by connecting with your fellow city attorneys. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be provided.


Friday, Feb. 11

8 a.m.
Registration Opens

8 a.m.
Continental Breakfast & Networking

8 a.m.
Mayberry, A.T.J.: Access to Justice in Greater Minnesota

Dr. Michele Statz, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
This breakfast presentation will address access to justice challenges faced by Greater Minnesota communities and will discuss ways to overcome them.

9 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Alternatives to Traditional Prosecution

Angie Youngerberg, Yellow Line Project
Discover how restorative justice-based diversion programs have helped solve conflict in our communities through a victim-centered approach, healed wounds inflicted by our justice system, and successfully provided offenders with support so they do not reoffend.

PTSD & Police: Practical Tips and Pitfalls

Mary Tietjen, Attorney, Kennedy & Graven; Susan Tindal, Attorney, Iverson Reuvers; Jana Sullivan, Assistant Litigation Supervisor, League of Minnesota Cities
How can cities best handle police PTSD claims? A panel of experienced practitioners will discuss the intersection of workers comp, PERA/299A, employment law, and labor law on this complex and growing issue. You’ll learn practical tips and pitfalls when handling these issues and how to address workplace concerns such as employee mental health, public health and safety, morale, and recruitment and retention in a tight labor market.

Intellectual Property for the City Attorney

From time to time, cities need advice on trademarks, copyright, and intellectual property law either to protect city property or to ensure they are not infringing on another’s rights. Art contests, playing music in a liquor store, and displaying historically significant materials are a few of the strange ways intellectual property may impact a city’s operations. During this session, you’ll get to know the basic elements of these protections and risks on federal and state levels.

10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.
COVID-19 a la Carte

Amber Eisenschenk, Research Manager, League of Minnesota Cities
This presentation will provide the latest developments on some of the most pressing issues related to COVID from federal funding and reporting to vaccine and testing mandates.

11:45 a.m.
Annual Business Meeting

12 p.m.
Networking Lunch

1 p.m.
Data Practices Update

Peter Zuniga, Deputy City Attorney, City of Bloomington
Learn about recent law changes and advisory opinions, how some cities handle burdensome requests, and best practices for using technology in redacting data.

1:30 p.m.
The Latest in the Facing Forward Series

Ana Pottratz Acosta, Associate Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline
Take part in an in-person installment of the Minnesota Association of City Attorney’s Facing Forward Series. View recordings of previous Facing Forward sessions. (Elimination of Bias or Ethics credits anticipated for this session.)

2:30 p.m.

2:45 p.m.
Short Shots

Protests and the Northern Lights Task Force

Dan Guida, Sheriff, Aitkin County; Kelly Lake, Sheriff, Carlton County
Sheriffs Guida and Lake will discuss the formation of the Northern Lights Task Force, a cooperative venture between multiple jurisdictions to deal with protests related to the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota. The sheriffs will discuss how the task force was formed and the process members used to maintain order in the area while respecting the legal rights of the protesters. The lessons learned from the task force will give city attorneys a road map for dealing with protests in their cities.

Legal Concerns When Dealing With Homelessness

Therese Skarda, Deputy City Attorney, City of St. Paul; Rachel Tierney, Deputy City Attorney, City of St. Paul
Hear from attorneys from the City of St. Paul as they share experiences in dealing with homeless and the legal obstacles considered in dealing with the homeless issues.

4:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks

4:30 p.m.


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