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Speakers Bureau

Michael Mulcahy

Mediating Your Divorced Parents – Breaking the Cycle. Attorney Michelle MacDonald almost ran over a jogger when she stopped to ask for directions, on her way to a mediation session with her client, The jogger, Michael Mulcahy, apologized for not being able to help, telling her he was student...

Kim Nelson

Phantom Disputes in Phamily Court. Kim Nelson is the mother of a teenage son, and completed Family Innocence Advocate Training. Kim and her husband paid attorneys over $80,000.00 for their divorce in 2003. Years later, her child’s father took her back to court, even though they successfully...

Amanda Mason

Attorneys are Guilty in Family Court. Amanda Mason was sworn in as a witness in her own divorce, around the same time she was sworn in as an attorney for the state of Minnesota. This remarkable young woman became Michelle MacDonald’s client after representing herself in obtaining an order for...

Dax Stoner

Settlement Opportunities – Step Back and Evaluate Dax Stoner, CPA/ABV, CFF has an office at the Collaborative Law Institute. He has made it his full time job to keep families out of court by helping couples come to their own decisions on financial matters in divorce, after he evaluates...

Steve Olson

Where is the Love? Steve Olson oversees the Worship Arts Ministry for Woodcrest Church in Eagan. Steve is married to Lese, with three step-sons; and two daughters who were adopted, biological siblings. He can be heard Ashes for Ashley, a band in Eagan. Eric Olson is Steve’s twin brother, whose...

Mickey Bebeau, PhD

Professional Aspirations of Family Lawyers Mickey Bebeau, PhD is a nationally recognized scholar on ethics. Her work focus on moral issues in the context of professions, including lawyers. Dr. Bebeau a non-lawyer that serves on the Professionalism Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association...

Katie Gonzolez

Wishing For a Child’s Checkbook. Katie Gonzolez is the mother of four, and a stay-at-home mom before her divorce. Her ex-husband, who earned six figures, stopped paying child support, after she agreed to waive alimony, bringing her — and her attorney Michelle MacDonald —back to court, even...

Pastor Brent Hall

The Devil Made Me Do It. Were Eve and Adam Not Guilty? Pastor Brent Hall serves as the Director of Community Life at Woodcrest in Eagan where Michelle and her family attend church. Brent is passionate about the Gospel and leads the small group ministries. His favorite verse is “Don’t be...

Steve Erickson and Marilyn McKnight

Making Court Unthinkable for Families” is what mediators Steve Erickson and Marilyn McKnight have been doing since 1977 with the Erickson Mediation Institute. Steve, also an attorney, knew court was not for families when in 1977 he lost a client due to an angry homicidal husband. Since then...

Jon and Maila Ellfson

My Last Divorce Jon and Maila Ellfson went through their own divorces in the 80s, and again in 2008 when Maila’s adult daughter went through divorce. They joined Family Innocence as advocates, with a view toward seeing to it that others never endure what happened to their daughter. Jon and...

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