Half-Day Conference-November

Join us November 15, 2019 to discuss the Legislature and policy issues important to the AFCC. This half-day conference will be highlighted by remarks from Associate Justice Paul C. Thissen, who will reflect on his previous tenure in the Minnesota Legislature and provide valuable insight into the mind of a policymaker. We will also be learning tips and strategies on how to speak with legislators from some of the most experienced and cutting-edge professionals in this realm.


Attendees will learn:

1. How the legislative process works on state level
2. How to contact legislators
3. Tips and strategies for communicating with legislators on policy issues
4. How to work with fellow family law professionals to effectuate policy change
5. Strategies for effectively and impactfully relaying a narrative


Speaker – Key Note- Associate Justice Paul C. Thissen with Michael Dittberner.

Associate Justice Paul C. Thissen was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court by Governor Mark Dayton on May 14, 2018. Prior to his appointment, Justice Thissen had an accomplished career as an attorney, first in general litigation and then later in health care law at the firms of Briggs & Morgan and Ballard Spahr. During his career, he received several accolades including: “Forty under 40” by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, “Best Brains” in the Twin Cities by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, and in 2013 he was named the sixth most powerful person in Minnesota by Minnesota Monthly.
While maintaining his practice, Justice Thissen was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002 representing District 61B. During his sixteen year tenure in office Justice Thissen served as Speaker of the House, Minority Leader, and gained national attention as a Washington Post “Emerging Star Outside the Beltway” for his work during the 2013 legislative session. He was the longest-serving leader of the Minnesota House Democrats since Martin Olav Sabo and is the first person to have served both as Speaker of the House and on the Supreme Court.


Michael Dittberner has practiced family law since 1984, and is a shareholder in the firm Linder, Dittberner & Winter, Ltd., in Edina, Minnesota. Mr. Dittberner received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1981, and received his JD decree, cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law in 1984. He was admitted to the Minnesota bar in 1984.
Mr. Dittberner is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), and has served the Minnesota Chapter as the Chair of its Legislative Committee since 2002. He is also a member and past board member of the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Court (AFCC) and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association. He has been a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Family Law Section since 1987, and served as Chair of the Family Law Section in 1995 and 1996. In addition, he has served the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Family Law Section as a member and co-chair of its Amicus Committee. He is a regular lecturer and author of continuing legal education programs. He supervises and helps present the Case Law Update at Minnesota CLE’s Annual Family Law Institute. For many years, Mr. Dittberner has been recognized in the Super Lawyers list, and has been recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers in Minnesota. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Dittberner has been certified as a family law trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. In 2012 Mr. Dittberner was designated as a distinguished member of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. In 2016, Mr. Dittberner was the recipient of the Professionalism Award from the Family Law Section of the Hennepin County Bar Association.