Lunch & Learn – Impact of Opioids and Methamphetamine Epidemic on Family Law in Greater Minnesota

Pre-Conference Listing:

The opioid and methamphetamine epidemic effects all Minnesotans. Family courts and professionals are faced with the challenge of supporting families when addiction and use of these substances is an issue. Options and approaches to addressing these issues vary widely from outstate to Twin Cities metro communities. In this one-hour course, presenters will discuss how courts and professionals in their outstate counties work with families facing these challenging issues. Topics covered include impact of methamphetamine and opioid use on parenting, creating care plans for families at various stages of addiction or use in greater Minnesota, testing resources, supervision considerations, and how family professionals and courts can assist families in planning ahead for safety.

Learning Objectives:

1. Practical elements of parenting time plans when substance abuse (past, present, intermittent) is a concern, including types of supervision & phased schedules

2.Crafting safety nets/precautions for possible future relapse, including non-punitive, temporary changes to parenting time and specified criteria for sobriety

3. Resources for testing/reporting in outstate areas

4. How to write an order that both supports parenting and protects children when opioid/meth addiction is a variable

Continuing Legal Education Approved – 1 hour


Mallory Stoll, JD

Mallory Stoll practices in all areas of family law and juvenile law. Mallory’s family law practice includes divorce, custody and child support matters, spousal maintenance issues, adoption, paternity actions and post-decree motions. Mallory juvenile practice includes child welfare (CHIPS) proceedings, permanency placement proceedings and termination of parental rights matters.

Tyson Smith, JD

Grand Marais native,Tyson Smith returned to the North Shore to practice law with his father Scott. Formerly a commercial litigator from a Minneapolis law firm, Smith Law, PLLC serves local residents, new arrivals, and businesses along the Minnesota North Shore and Arrowhead region. Practice areas include family law, criminal defense, and general litigation.


Judge Sally Tarnowski, Sixth Judicial District

Judge Tarnowski serves in the Duluth Courthouse in St. Louis County. Appointed in 2007 by Governor Pawlenty, her current term expires in January 2021. Prior to that appointment she was in private practice with the law firm Johnson, Killen, and Seiler.


Andrew Wipper, JD

Founded in 2018,Wipper Law and Custody Evaluation Center provides the residents of central Minnesota with representation in all legal matters. Established by Andrew C.Wipper,Wipper Law focuses on providing quality legal services to those in need, at prices that normal people can afford and flexible payment options.