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Corporate Counsel & Civil Litigation | Practical Advice for Working with Outside Counsel & Gray Area Thinking®: Welcoming Diverse Humans

When: Thursday, May 17
2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Campus Club of the University of Minnesota
300 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55455
United States
Contact: Sarah Mayer

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Join us for two back to back CLEs followed by a networking reception

Practical Advice for Working with Outside Counsel

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Working with outside counsel requires a diverse set of skills.  In-house counsel must ensure effective representation, demonstrate value and results to in-house stakeholders, educate outside counsel on the matter at hand, and shape legal strategy, all while protecting the company’s interests and minimizing disruption.  This presentation will be a discussion among seasoned in-house and outside counsel regarding the best ways to achieve those goals and develop trusting, productive relationships along the way.  The conversation will be candid and offer both high-level and practical advice that in-house attorneys can put to use immediately.  Among other things, the group will discuss:

  • Making the call: when to make the first call to outside counsel, what to discuss, and how to get started with next steps.
  • Gearing Up for Discovery: tips for implementing initial discovery steps like litigation holds, facilitating interviews, and getting outside counsel up to speed.
  • Signs of success: what signals you should be looking for that your relationship with outside counsel is working effectively, and what red flags to look out for.
  • Getting Involved: perspectives regarding how “hands on” in-house counsel can or should be with active litigation.

1.0 Standard MBCLE credit applied for

Karen Gallivan, Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Graco, Inc.; Michael Skoglund, Senior Lawyer, Lead Lawyer for Cargill Salt Group, Cargill, Inc.; and Kate Hibbard, Partner, Greene Espel PLLP

Gray Area Thinking®: Welcoming Diverse Humans
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Our society is tackling many issues relative to diversity and how to be welcoming toward and inclusive of persons who are “different” from “us.” This includes challenges relative to how we group and label humans as “other” and how we forget our many human commonalities that transcend race, religion, LGBTQ status, gender, and disability status. With this presentation, Ellie Krug provides a toolkit, “Gray Area Thinking®, as a way of understanding and welcoming humans of all persuasions.


  • Identify how we collectively label and group others who are “different” and the resulting obstacles toward inclusivity.
  • Describe ways of understanding and remembering our commonalities.
  • Explore strategies for how law firm leaders/culture builders can better focus on and communicate about inclusivity so as to make the firm more welcoming in general and attractive to clients who value diversity for their legal counsel.
  • Illustrate how we all ripple to each other in either positive or negative ways that impact diverse client relationships and the ability to attract/retain diverse attorneys. 

2.0 Elimination of Bias MBCLE credit applied for

Ellen (Ellie) Krug, Founder and President, Human Inspiration Works, LLC

Networking Reception
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Following the CLEs join us for a chance to network and further explore what was discussed in the programs. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Cost: $40.00 for HCBA members / $60.00 for non-members.
Registration fee covers the full afternoon of programing.

Register by April 27th to get an early bird discount!


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Thanks to the HCBA Corporate Counsel and Civil Litigation Sections for arranging this event.


*Speakers and credits may be subject to change.
*Cancellations must be received 7 days prior to the event in order to be eligible for a refund. The cost of materials will be deducted from total amount of the refund. Those registering for an event fewer than 7 days prior to the event will be ineligible for a refund.