Thursday July 21, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM CDT
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Dorsey & Whitney LLP 
50 South 6th St. #1500
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association 
Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association 


Evolution of a Legal Career: Traditional and Non-traditional Paths to Career Excellence


Please join MMAA for a discussion on traditional and non-traditional paths to career excellence followed by a happy hour.  


Julia Dayton-Klein, Principal at Gray Plant Mooty 

Sarah E. Crippen, Managing Partner at Best & Flanagan LLP

Maureen Sheehan, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at ITM TwentyFirst

Jenny Gassman Pines, Partner at Greene Espel PLLP

Moderated by Adebisi A. Wlson, Director at Innocent Technologies


Event Details

When: Thursday, July 21, 2016, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Panel discussion - 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Happy Hour - 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Where: Dorsey & Whitney LLP

50 South Sixth Street, Suite 1500, Minneapolis 55402



Members - Free

Non-members - $15




*Heavy appetizers and drinks will be provided.

*1.0 CLE is being applied for.



Julia Dayton Klein


Julia Dayton Klein centers her practice around business litigation, intellectual property, and regulatory matters, helping businesses of all size resolve legal challenges in the manner that best serves their existing strategic objectives. She counsels clients on a wide range of matters including regulatory compliance, patent infringement, trademarks, advertising, public relations management, product launches, marketing strategies, and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Gray Plant Mooty, Julia served as general counsel for the Minnesota Department of Commerce, where she led the Division of Legal Services, which served all divisions of the department, including Government Affairs, Insurance, Energy Resources, Financial Institutions, Enforcement, Unclaimed Property, and Securities. Julia had previously served in private practice for nearly ten years, serving as trial counsel in patent, trademark, and antitrust matters.

Julia also remains active through community involvement, including work with the Advocates for Human Rights to investigate and curtail the spread of human trafficking in Minnesota.

Sarah E. Crippen

Sarah currently serves as the firm’s Managing Partner. She also chairs the Employment Law Practice Group and is a former chair of the Litigation Section.  Sarah’s practice focuses on employment advice and litigation, as well as general civil litigation and trial work.

An MSBA Certified Labor & Employment Specialist, Sarah provides advice and training in all areas of employment law, including wage and hour issues, employment and compensation agreements, harassment and discrimination, medical and other leaves of absence, hiring and interviewing, and employee discipline and terminations. Sarah advises clients regarding union/management issues, including collective bargaining, contract management and grievance arbitrations. She is an experienced trial lawyer and regularly litigates employment law matters, representing clients in state and federal court and before local, state and federal agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and the Minnesota and federal Departments of Labor.  Sarah also has extensive experience as an investigator, performing employment investigations for a wide variety of clients from municipalities and other governmental entities to Fortune 100 corporations.

In addition to her employment law practice, Sarah handles general business litigation matters including contract, construction, insurance and reinsurance, and probate and estate disputes. Her litigation experience includes significant pretrial and motion practice, court and jury trials, regulatory and administrative hearings, and mediation and arbitration.  Sarah is also a Minnesota Rule 114 Qualified Neutral.

Sarah has received a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating and has been named a “Super Lawyer.” She provides pro bono services to the MSBA Appellate Advice Clinic and the St. Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its member congregations.

Maureen Sheehan


Maureen Sheehan is currently the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at ITM TwentyFirst. She previously practiced at Dorsey & Whitney LLP and was the Director of Strategy & Development at Blackwell Burke P.A. Maureen is a founder and board member of Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association.

Jenny Gassman Pines

Jenny Gassman-Pines handles complex litigation and manages client responses to government investigations. Many of Jenny’s cases involve the defense of private and public sector clients facing employment claims in courtroom and agency settings, including discrimination, whistleblower and retaliation lawsuits.

Jenny also defends personal injury and product liability actions. Representing the operator of a recreation facility, she persuaded the Minnesota Court of Appeals to recognize the primary assumption of risk doctrine and dismiss a personal injury claim arising from an adult’s participation in snow tubing. Grady v. Green Acres, Inc., 826 N.W.2d 547 (Minn. Ct. App. 2013) (recognizing for the first time that the sport of snow tubing is an inherently dangerous activity).

An engaging public speaker, Jenny regularly educates audiences of in-house counsel, business executives, and other trial attorneys regarding how to reduce liability exposure arising from business communications generally, and interactions with counsel in particular. In 2015, she co-chaired Minnesota CLE's day-long "Pressure on the Privilege" course, presenting two programs: "Protecting Client Confidences: Asserting and Maintaining the Attorney-Client Privilege" and "Privilege in Multiparty Litigation – The Joint Defense and Common Interest Privileges."

Jenny is a recipient of the Cardozo Society’s Arthur T. Pfefer Award, presented annually to an outstanding young attorney, and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Super Lawyer magazine.


MMAA is an organization whose mission is to promote the professional development of mother attorneys by capitalizing on the special opportunities and skills that arise from motherhood to drive career excellence. All are welcome. For more information about MMAA, please visit our website at www.mnmaa.org.

If you have any questions about the event or how to register, please contact Adebisi Wilson (adebisi.mmaa@gmail.com) or Courtney Grimsrud (courtney.grimsrud@abbotdowning.com).