Minnesota State Law Library 2013 CLE Archive
- Protecting Victims' Records and Confidentiality in the Digital Age
Dec. 19, 2013
CLE CREDIT: One standard CLE credit has been approved (#186322).
Description: The speakers Rana S. Alexander, Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project and Kelly Moller, Executive Director of the Minnesota Alliance on Crime.
In a recent district court decision, the court ordered Facebook, Inc. to disclose three months-worth of pictures for the court to review in camera. The district court's memoranda relied upon State v. Kutchara and found that privileges "sometimes must give way to the defendant's right to confront his accuser." However, Kutchara is arguably inapplicable and outdated. The continued use of this problematic language by Minnesota courts is resulting in victims' confidential records being improperly subject to in camera review. Often this is done without the victim being represented or having the opportunity to be heard. This presentation will discuss the confrontation and due process rights a defendant has to pre-trial discovery and the private rights the victim has to her personal data.
- A Minnesota Judge at Nuremberg
Nov. 5, 2013
CLE CREDIT: One ethics CLE credit has been approved (#184706).
Description: Retired Justice Paul Anderson will present the program and Justice David Stras will act as moderator.
Several Minnesota lawyers played key roles in the Nuremberg Trials that took place after World War II. Among those Minnesotans was Justice William Christianson. Justice Christianson was appointed to the Nuremberg tribunal after losing a 1946 bid for election to the Minnesota Supreme Court. He was recommended for appointment by the Chief U. S. prosecutor and sitting U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson. Jackson made the recommendation upon the suggestion of Minnesota Chief Justice Charles Loring. Justice Christianson served at Nuremberg from 1947 to 1949 and sat and presided over trials of several Nazi war criminals. There are several parallels between the service of Justice Christianson and that of the judge portrayed by Spencer Tracy in the 1961 movie--Judgment at Nuremberg. Christianson sat on the panel for "The Flick" case and presided during "The Ministries Case," in which he wrote a principled dissent that has stood the test of time, even though at the time Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy called Christianson a "moron" for writing the dissent. There are several legal, moral, and ethical lessons to be learned from revisiting the Nuremberg Trials and the service and jurisprudence of Justice Christianson. These issues will be addressed in the program.
- Working with Transgender Individuals in the Court System
Sept. 18, 2013
CLE CREDIT: Two elimination of bias CLE credits have been approved (#183027).
Description: Speakers: Phil Duran, OutFront Minnesota and Ellie Krug, Call for Justice
The purpose of this CLE is to increase awareness and understanding of the legal and social issues faced by transgender individuals in the court system, as well as ways to be more effective in working with transgender clients, victims, witnesses and attorneys
- Innocent Project of MN Recent Cases
June 5, 2013
CLE CREDIT: One standard CLE credit has been approved (#179581).
Description: Speaker: Julie Jonas
Julie Jonas, who is the Managing Attorney of the Innocence Project of Minnesota, will be here to talk about 3 of the organization's recent cases.
- Chronic Stress, Mental Health and Addiction
Mar. 27, 2013
CLE CREDIT: One professional development CLE credit has been approved (#178052). (Professional development credits get counted with standard credits. Attorneys may claim unlimited hours in this category.)
Description: Speaker: Joan Bibelhausen, Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers.
Lawyers face stress daily and are subject to particular circumstances which can lead to higher levels of stress than for most other members of the population. There is a clearly recognized continuum where unresolved chronic stress becomes a predictor for addiction and mental illness, which are also more prevalent among lawyers. By understanding this continuum, and learning stress management techniques, lawyers can better implement relevant and realistic strategies for stress management and, hopefully, get help earlier when there is a problem. Personal examples and information on Minnesota's lawyer assistance program will also be provided.
- Sovereignty Movement in Minnesota
Jan. 31, 2013
CLE CREDIT: One standard CLE credit has been approved (#175428).
Description: Speaker: Mary McComb, J.D., Associate Warden Administration, MCF-Stillwater, Department of Corrections.
Ms. McComb will focus her presentation on: 1. Theoretical underpinnings of the sovereign theory - 14th amendment interpretation. 2. Theoretical basis for financial fraud aspects - US going off the gold standard.
Please note: The views, opinions and statements made at the CLE sessions are solely those of the speakers and do not reflect the views of the State Law Library or Minnesota Judicial Branch. In order to provide these courses free of charge, the CLE speakers volunteer their time to prepare and present. They are not compensated by the State Law Library or Minnesota Judicial Branch.