2021 AFCC MN Annual Conference: The Intersection of Culture with Custody and Parenting Time Decisions in Family Court

July 29, 2021
Location – Wellstone Center, St.Paul, MN

Join us for the AFCC MN Annual Conference – A hybrid event with both live and virtual attendance options.

Learning Objectives

1.     Define what culture means in the context of working with families;
2.     Examine one’s own beliefs about culture and self-identity considering one’s own culture;
3.     Explain how consideration of culture is required in Minnesota custody law; and
4.     Practice applying culture as a best interest factor in custody cases.

6 Credits CLE/CEU Elimination of Bias Pending


Keynote speaker: Cynthia Mabry-King, Circuit Mediator

Cynthia R. Mabry-King is a graduate of New York University’s Master of Laws program and of Howard University’s Juris Doctor program where she was Student Articles Editor of the Howard Law Journal. She has been a full-time Circuit Mediator for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit since 2015. She has facilitated settlement discussions in hundreds of complex disputes. Mabry-King was a volunteer mediator for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia’s Multi-Door Dispute Resolution, Family Division for thirteen years.  She is a member of the Supreme Court of the United States Bar, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the International Society of Family Law.

Additional Speakers:

Joe Reid, L.M.F.T.
Michelle Libi, L.M.F.T.
Justice Anne McKeig
Judge Jessica Ryan
Zak Chesson, Hennepin County Family Court Services

Registration Schedule:

Members                           $185
Non-members                   $200
Non-profit/government      $135
Students (first 10)              FREE

Members                             $215
Non-members                     $250
Non-profit/government        $215

***In order to encourage members from underserved communities to attend, if you are a member of an affinity bar or similar mental health or therapy organization you qualify as registering at a membership rate.***

Agenda at a Glance

Check-in and breakfast                     7:45-8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Annual Meeting          8:30-9:00 a.m.
Conference Program                         9:00-4:30 p.m.
Reception (off site)                            4:30-6:30 p.m.

Detailed Agenda

7:45 a.m.             Registration and continental breakfast

8:30-9:00 a.m.     AFCC Minnesota Annual Meeting

9:00-9:05 a.m.     Welcome – AFCC MN President Jennifer Joseph; Annual Conference Chairs
Jordan Hart and Hon. Charlene Hatcher

9:00-10:00 a.m.   Keynote:  Cynthia Mabry-King

10:00-10:15 a.m.  Morning Break

10:15-12:00 p.m.  What Does Culture Mean to this Family and How Will I Know it?
Joe Reid, L.M.F.T, and Michelle Libi, L.M.F.T

Noon-1:00 p.m.   Lunch

1:00-2:00 p.m.     Do You See What I See?  My View from the Bench
Justice Anne McKeig and Judge Jessica Ryan

2:00-2:15 p.m.     Break

2:15-4:25 p.m.      How Do We Do This?  Identifying and Analyzing Culture in Real Life Situations
Cynthia Mabry-King and Zak Chesson

4:25-4:30 p.m.     Closing:  Jordan Hart and Hon. Charlene Hatcher

4:30-6:30 p.m.     Reception and Entertainment at separate location

Health Concerns

This conference will be held regardless of the status of the pandemic.  The goal is to have a hybrid with a significant in-person event to the extent social distancing requirements permit.  Masks will be required and all CDC and Minnesota State health guidelines, as well as those of the Wellstone Center will be followed.

Due to space limitations of the venue, the desire to include members from Greater Minnesota who may not be able to travel, and the recognition that some people may not feel comfortable or be able to attend in person, we will offer an ability to participate virtually in the conference.