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Attorney Patrick Spott has been recognized by Linkedin has having one of the top 10% most viewed @LinkedIn profiles for 2012.  Spott, a committed networker, is also a member of the Lake Superior Chapter of Business Networking International.  He is a past Chair of the Board of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Hermantown Chamber of Commerce.
 

Spott Serves as Chair Elect of DSSO

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Attorney Patrick Spott has been selected at Chair Elect for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) for the 2012-2013 season.  

Although Duluth has a history of professional orchestras reaching as far back as 1883, the beginnings of the Duluth Civic Orchestra occurred in 1931 in the carriage house of Alphin Flaaten, a professional music teacher. The first concert of the Civic Orchestra was on May 2, 1932, under the baton of Walter Lange. The organization met with overwhelming community support and Paul Lemay, principal violist and assistant conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony, accepted the post of first full-time conductor. His first concert with the Duluth Civic Orchestra was December 26, 1932, and shortly thereafter, the Duluth Symphony Association was founded under the management of Abe Miller.

Those initial concerts took place in the Duluth Armory located at 14th Avenue East and London Road. In 1966, the Orchestra moved to the DECC (Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center) Auditorium which seats over 2,200 and is located on the waterfront. In the 1974-75 season the name of the Orchestra was officially changed to Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra to reflect the close cultural and economic relationship of the two port cities.

Since its inception in 1932, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra has proven to be a leading cultural organization in this region. Now, in its 77th season, the DSSO has consistently provided professional level performances of symphonic music, both traditional and new, to audiences of every age and background. The DSSO has set itself apart from its peers and established a unique tradition by regularly featuring the most important soloists of the day.

The mission of the DSSO is to deeply move and engage as many people as possible with the power of symphonic music.  Attorneys Patrick Spott and Kay Biga are long time supporters of the DSSO.  Kay Biga served on the board for nine years.  She and Patrick sponsored two concerts in past seasons and Spott Law Office is sponsoring a concert in the 2012-2013 season.

 

Spott Trains Expert Witnesses for Thomson Reuters

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Attorney Patrick Spott wrote and delivered a web based training entitled Expert Witness 102 for Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services.  Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services (TREWS) helps litigators find the right expert witnesses for their cases, and offers unsurpassed resources for thoroughly researching expert witnesses' backgrounds. Spott's training focused on the preparation of expert witness reports in the context of civil littigation.
 

Spott Kicks Off Leadership Duluth 2012-13

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Attorney Patrick Spott kicked of Leadership Duluth 2012-13 on September 12, 2012 with a presentation on networking and personal relations.  Leadership Duluth is our community’s premier leadership development program.  Designed to identify, orient, develop and network existing and emerging leaders, Leadership Duluth inspires participants to take an active role in ensuring the health and prosperity of our area.

A program of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Duluth's mission is to identify, educate and inspire leaders to serve our community. Participants will collaborate with each other and area leaders to determine and define the components of a healthy community.   Through a series of educational and hands-on opportunities, participants will come to understand the inner-workings of these components and how they contribute to the Duluth area’s overall health.  Finally, in response to Leadership Duluth’s call to action, participants will be asked to share their personal and business intentions for the future.

Program objectives are to educate participants about Duluth’s cultural and business history, as well as the current issues facing the region. Invite participants to work together to foster and facilitate positive change in their workplaces and in the community. Equip participants with skills that will assist them in being more effective leaders in the workplace and in the community. Finally, the program seeks to motivate participants to pursue active leadership within those causes with which they identify.

Attorney Patrick Spott is a graduate of Leadership Duluth and actively participates in Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce initiatives and programs.

 

Spott Presents on Getting the Most Out of Your Attorney

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The Small Business Development Series of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsored by Spott Law Office for 2012.  This program is designed to give Chamber members access to tools and resources that will assist them grow and strengthen their businesses. This series consists of 12 monthly seminars on topics that are directly related to small business. The September offering was presented by attorney Patrick Spott on "Getting the Most From Your Attorney."
 

Spott Law Helps Community Action Duluth

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In conjunction with their sponsorship of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce's "Let's Do Lunch", the Spott Law Office offered to provide pro bono legal services for a local non profit for one year. After receiving several nominations Community Action Duluth was ultimately selected.  

Community Action started in Duluth in 1965 as a public agency operated through the City of Duluth. During its first years of operation, the agency emphasized direct services to people with low incomes. Among the programs administered were Head Start, remedial reading, child development centers, and Neighborhood Youth Corps.  In 1982, Duluth Community Action Program (DCAP) incorporated as a nonprofit and became independent from the City of Duluth. DCAP relocated to the Duluth Armory on London Road and began providing services like energy assistance, weatherization, and food assistance.  

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, DCAP formed strong bonds with several community-based organizations and was instrumental in:

  • The early development of affordable housing (with Center City Housing Corporation)
  • Grassroots organizing around energy conservation and rate hikes (with the Senior Coalition)
  • Neighborhood empowerment efforts (with West End Community Action and Broad-Based Organizing for a Newer Duluth-BOND)

Building on its rich history of providing for the needs of people with low incomes in Duluth, DCAP was reborn as Community Action Duluth (CAD) in 1999. The office was moved to its current location in Lincoln Park.  Today, Community Action Duluth's programs are designed to help people increase their income and assets, secure jobs, and develop social capital.  In 2010, CAD formed a subsidiary – Green Duluth LLC – that provides green jobs through urban agriculture, Watershed Conservation Corps, Energy Outreach Canvass, and an energy conservation partnership with Minnesota Power.

 

Biga Attends Legal Seminars

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Business attorney and mediator Kay Biga attended the following continuing legal education seminars in July and August 2012: Employee Discharge and Discipline: The Solo and Small Firm Conference: and the Complete Lawyer.  She is accepting new clients who need either business or family mediation services.
 

Spott Law Sponsors Seminar on Green Practices for Business

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The Small Business Development Series of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsored by Spott Law Office for 2012.  This program is designed to give Chamber members access to tools and resources that will assist them grow and strengthen their businesses. This series consists of 12 monthly seminars on topics that are directly related to small business.  The August 24, 2012 offering was "'Green' Practices for Small Businesses" featuring A.J. Axtell of the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District.
 

Spott Presents to Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services

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Attorney Patrick Spott participated in a panel presentation for Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services focusing on attorney needs and requirements related to expert witnesses.  Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services (TREWS) helps litigators find the right expert witnesses for their cases, and offers unsurpassed resources for thoroughly researching expert witnesses' backgrounds.  Spott presented on June 13, 2012 at the Thomson Reuters offices in Eagan, Minnesota and spoke from the prespective of small business and their needs.
 

Spott Teaches Business Graduate Students

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Attorney Patrick Spott is teaching Business Law for the College of St. Scholastica to students in the Masters of Business Administration program during the summer semester of 2012.  Spott is an adjunct faculty member in the College's School of Business and Technology.  The School of Business and Technology combines an academic emphasis on liberal arts with experiential learning to create global leaders with strong professional skills who act with integrity and a strong sense of social responsibility.  The School offers a variety of programs including: accounting, applied economics, computer science/computer information systems, finance, organizational behavior, management and marketing.

The Masters of Business Administration is offered through the School of Business and Technology.   The College of St. Scholastica's Master of Business Administration program offers a broad-based business curriculum emphasizing technical and analytical skills; global and cultural acumen; and, social responsibility and ethical decision-making. Students work with mentors from the business community and are immersed in real-world situations throughout their program. Coursework includes required classes in global leadership and ethics, managerial application of technology and communication and cultural effectiveness. Students can work on a real-time global business problem through the unique Capstone Abroad seminar.  Through the Professional Effectiveness seminars, students gain insights, skills and partnerships to turn their career goals into reality.

 
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