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Chris Vatsaas

Adjunct Faculty and Partner at Chestnut Cambronne
Degree
J.D., University of St. Thomas School of Law
B.S.B., University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management

Chris Vatsaas is a partner with Chestnut Cambronne and focuses his practice in all areas of family law including divorce, child custody, paternity, asset and debt division, spousal maintenance, child support, domestic abuse (including Orders for Protection), and Harassment Restraining Orders. His diverse experience spans a broad array of family law issues ranging from child custody cases involving child endangerment to dissolution matters involving high net worth individuals and sophisticated non-marital tracing. He also serves in a neutral capacity as a family law mediator, parenting consultant (PC), parenting time expeditor (PTE), Social Early Neutral Evaluator (SENE), and Financial Early Neutral Evaluator (FENE). Beyond family law, Chris also has experience in assisting individuals in the preparing their estate plans.

Chris is a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where he teaches within the school’s Mentor Externship Program. He has also presented on topics such as Orders for Protection, Harassment Restraining Orders, Ex Parte Emergency Custody Orders, and estate planning.

Chris is engaged in both the local legal community and the greater Twin Cities community. He frequently serves as a pro bono volunteer with the Volunteer Lawyers Network and serves as a board member of the Family Law League, a local non-profit organization focused on professional development and networking among family law professionals. His other memberships include the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Washington County Bar Association. Additionally, Chris previously served as the President of the Board of Directors for Cradle of Hope, a local non-profit organization providing financial and material assistance to pregnant mothers and mothers of newborns experiencing pregnancy-related financial crisis.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family. He is also an active member of his local parish, a self-described basketball fanatic, and a lifelong Minnesota Gopher fan.

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Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 812 - 01 Adv Family Law Advocacy See Details * *

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Course Registration Number:

23068 (View in ClassFinder)

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Instructor:

Christopher L. Vatsaas

This class is an interactive course in which students explore and experience techniques for creating a family law practice that is focused on the family and its sustained health through times of transformation and change. The course has been designed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (MN Chapter). Using simulated cases, students will work with actual court forms and documents used by practicing attorneys and experts. Numerous instructors and professionals dealing with family law matters will assist in the course, teaching students practical methods of handling the emotional and practice challenges encountered by family law attorneys.

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MSL 3240900-1600M T - - - - -
LAWS 933 - 12 Mentor Externship II See Details * *

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Course Registration Number:

23016 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher L. Vatsaas

Mentor Externship II is a year-long seminar course taken in fall and spring semester of the 3L year. The seminar integrates the student’s mentor fieldwork with small group coursework that reinforces the development of a trusted mentor relationship, core competencies and expectations of the profession, and other key relationships lawyers must manage. The course also incorporates individualized guidance to assist each student in his or her self-directed professional development journey.

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MSL 4590800-085514 Feb '20
MSL 4590800-085520 Mar '20

Summer 2020 Courses

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Fall 2020 Courses

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