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Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - Thursday, September 12, 2019

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM   |   Check-In:  8:15 AM

Minnesota CLE Conference Center

600 Nicollet Mall # 370

3rd Floor, City Center

Minneapolis, MN 55402

2019 Criminal Justice Institute

Minnesota’s Premier Gathering of the Criminal Justice Community

Lawyers, judges, law enforcement officers, professors, court personnel, technologists, activists and elected officials ALL under one roof examining current and emerging trends significant to the practice of criminal law. Don’t miss this opportunity to network in new ways and get multiple perspectives on every aspect of criminal practice. This year’s Institute features practical solutions, critical insights and cutting-edge topics. You get:

  • Keynote Presentation by Attorney General Keith Ellison
  • Two Expert Panels on Eyewitness ID
  • Essential Updates on Minnesota Cases, Legislation and Rules
  • The Latest U.S. Supreme Court Cases
  • The Dirty Dozen: 12 Hot Topics in 120 Minutes
  • Real-world Practice Tips from Top Lawyers and Judges
  • Thoughtful Analysis of Timely Issues
  • Practical Skill Building Sessions for Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys
  • Insider Perspectives on New Initiatives, Requirements and Procedures
  • Options for Every Interest – including promoting public safety, addressing lawyer wellness, tackling social justice issues, and more
  • And Much More!

With new administrations, new laws, new rules and new initiatives, the 2019 Criminal Justice Institute is packed with presentations, reference materials and networking opportunities you can’t afford to miss. Register today!

Day 1  |  Wednesday, September 11

8:15 – 8:45 a.m.

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: Minnesota’s Attorney General Talks Criminal Justice
Attorney General Keith M. Ellison

9:30 – 9:40 a.m.

9:40 – 10:40 a.m.
2019 Review of the Top Minnesota Criminal Decisions
A seasoned prosecutor and experienced defense attorney provide in-depth analysis of recently decided Minnesota cases important to criminal law.
Jean E. Burdorf & Sharon E. Jacks

10:40 – 11:40 a.m.
2019 U.S. Supreme Court Review
A former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia brings an insider’s perspective and interesting analysis to this review of the biggest U.S. Supreme Court cases this year.
Nicholas J. Nelson & Aaron D. Van Oort

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(provided by Minnesota CLE)

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Breaking Down Barriers & Building Bridges – Addressing Excessive Use of Force Issues
A constructive conversation about ways we may work together to improve training, policies, practices, coverage and responses regarding police power so community members are treated with care, officers are safe and able to act and the public views law enforcement positively.
Chief Wm. Blair Anderson, Deputy Chief Mark Bruley & Chao Xiong
Frederic K. Bruno, moderator

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Appellate Update: Timely Topics, Tips, and Trends

Hear prosecution and defense perspectives on current trends in criminal appeals as well as tips for practitioners and how to apply the most recent appellate case law.
Anna R. Light & Jenna Yauch-Erickson

Scientifically Supported Procedures Police May Use to Reduce Eyewitness Misidentification

Some factors impacting identification are beyond the control of the police. Other factors, such as the procedure used during the showing of an array, may be improved by proper training. This panel of experts provides training on best practices to yield more reliable witness identifications.
Chief William G. Brooks III, Superintendent Andrew W. Evans & Dr. Nancy K. Steblay
Julie A. Jonas, moderator

Discovery in Criminal Cases – Goldmines & Landmines: Perspectives from the Prosecution & Defense

A prosecutor and defense attorney cover the fundamentals of discovery in criminal cases, the Prosecution’s obligations under Minn. R. Crim. P. 9.01, and the defense view of discovery expectations and its obligations under Rule 9.02. Topics include: Privileged and protected confidential information on victims or witnesses; Non-government, non-investigative records; Police I/A records; And more.
David E. Miller & John C.Conard

Tips for Starting or Expanding a Solo or Small Criminal Practice

Running a practice can be rather daunting. Let a couple of your colleagues share their experiences and give you insight into what to expect and how to execute your vision for your practice.
Lauren Campoli & Christopher Keyser

Ethics – Doubling Down on Confidentiality

1.0 ethics credit applied for
From obligations to former clients, to potential malpractice claims, to blogging and social media, confidentiality seems to be on the mind of the ABA and state ethics authorities. This session looks at how the interpretations of Rule 1.6 are shifting and what you should look out for.
Eric T. Cooperstein

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Implied Consent Update

A discussion of the ongoing developments and trends in this critical area of the law.
Stephen D. Melchionne

Effectively Presenting or Challenging Eyewitness Evidence

Members of the 2018 Rules of Evidence Advisory Committee review the findings and recommendations contained in the Committee’s October 2018 report on eyewitness identification and discuss tactics and strategies for effectively presenting or challenging eyewitness evidence at trial.
Jean E. Burdorf, Benjamin J. Butler & Judge Fred Karasov
J.D. Schmid, moderator

When to Waive a Jury and What Happens Next – You’re a Genius When You’re Right and An Idiot When You’re Wrong

A discussion of the procedure for different types of trials and interviews with attorneys and judges about the decision-making process when selecting whether to waive a jury trial and how trial type affects prosecution.
Bradley R. Johnson & Stephen M. Foertsch

Tips for Improving Your Negotiation and Settlement Skills

Because the majority of cases resolve without trial, your negotiation and settlement skills are often a key component to the criminal process. Get helpful tips and strategies designed to gain tactical leverage and maximize your position.

Elimination of Bias – Reducing Racial & Regional Disparities in Probation and Sentencing

1.0 elimination of bias credit applied for
In Minnesota there are significant disparities in probation length based upon where you are located. Minnesota also has a high imprisonment disparity between whites and blacks. Learn how the Sentencing Commission is addressing these issues.
Kelly L. Mitchell, Peter J. Orput & Commissioner Paul D. Schnell
Anthony W. Bushnell, moderator

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
2019 Legislative and Rules Update
Get an in-depth look at new legislation and changes to the Rules of Evidence and Rules of Criminal Procedure.
Angela Helseth Kiese

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Great Fun! Great Food! Great Friends!
Sponsored by Smart Start MN

Day 2  |  Thursday, September 12

8:30 – 8:50 a.m.

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Inspiring Trust by Improving the Criminal Justice System – Leading the Way to Equity, Safety and Efficiency
Don’t miss this discussion about innovative practices, new service delivery models, community partnerships, legislation and other initiatives to improve our criminal justice system. From ways to advocate for veterans to special considerations for immigrants, our panelists are hard at work improving equity, safety and efficiency.in our criminal justice system.
Chief Judge Ivy S. Bernhardson, Lindsay J. Brice, John J. Choi & Brockton D. Hunter

10:00 – 10:10 a.m.

10:10 – 11:10 a.m.

Sentencing Update – Using the New Guidelines

A practical tutorial on calculating criminal history and other 2019 changes to the Sentencing Guidelines.
Nathaniel J. Reitz

Things Every Criminal Lawyer Needs to Know About Computer Forensics

Get critical advice for deciphering and presenting electronic evidence.
Mark Lanterman

The Impact of Minnesota’s Hands Free Law

Learn what you can and can’t do under the new law and how to adjust your strategies and tactics if you have a vehicular homicide or careless driving case involving a mobile device.
Earl P. Gray

Dirty Dozen – 12 Hot Topics in 120 Minutes 2-hour session
2-hour session
Marsh Halberg moderates this perennial favorite featuring twelve fast focused presentations of interesting topics related to the practice of criminal law.
Marsh J. Halberg, moderator

The Dissatisfied Criminal Client: Frequently Seen Complaints at OLPR

1.0 ethics credit applied for
Learn what types of complaints are filed with the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility and get sound guidance for avoiding and responding to ethical issues.
Keshini M. Ratnayake

11:10 – 11:20 a.m.

11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Dirty Dozen (continued)

DWI Update

The latest legal developments, practice tips and weapons for winning cases from the lead attorney in State v. Rosenbush.
Jeffrey S. Sheridan

How Law Enforcement Tracks Child Pornography

What is the Dark Net? What is an Onion Router? What you need to know about how child pornography suspects are tracked and caught and what you need to know in defending such a case.
Investigator Eric Sathers & Bruce R. Williams

Mastering Impeachment, Hearsay and Character Evidence

Learn how to admit the proof you need and keep out improper material. From fundamentals to the most recent decisions, get experienced analysis, practice pointers and real world examples of what to do and how to do it.
Michael J. Brandt

Eliminating Gender Bias & Creating Pathways of Success for Women in Criminal Law

1.0 elimination of bias credit applied for
Join this candid discussion of what is and is not working and how we may increase the promotion of women to higher levels of leadership, responsibility and opportunity.
 Judge Martha Holton Dimick, Susan E. Gaertner, JaneAnne Murray & Sr. Judge Lyonel Norris

12:20 – 1:20 p.m.
LUNCH (on your own)
Grab a colleague, or a few, and explore the many nearby dining options

1:20 – 2:20 p.m.

Gun Law Update – Firearm Prohibition & Restoration of Rights

A look at who cannot possess a gun under state and federal law and an overview of both the state and federal restoration process. Includes an analysis of Minn. Stat. 609.165 and 18 U.S.C. 925(c), expungement and a discussion of recent legislative activity.
Kelly J. Keegan

Current and Future Developments for Forfeitures

Important considerations and practical tips for handling forfeitures including an overview of forfeiture basics and a more in-depth discussion of emerging issues, in light of recent appellate decisions and legislative activity.
Eric W.M. Bain & Danielle C. Peden

The Potential and Limits of Neuroscience in Informing Criminal Sentencing

Dr. Francis Shen will review recent developments in criminal sentencing and neuroscience, and look ahead to both the potential and limits of how neuroscience can meaningfully inform sentencing policy and individual case decisions.
Dr. Francis X. Shen

Personal Wellness – A Professional Responsibility?

1.0 ethics credit applied for
Stress from criminal cases can have a significant impact on all criminal law professionals and reduce one’s ability to effectively function at work and maintain a healthy personal life. This panel uses personal experience for a frank discussion of how to return to wellness and why wellness is a matter of professional responsibility.
Joan M. Bibelhausen, Dr. Ron Keller, Christian R. Peterson & Jessica Rugani
Carolyn Agin Bruno, moderator

2:20 – 2:30 p.m.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Prosecutors Update – Best Practices and Hot Topics

Two seasoned prosecutors cover cutting-edge topics and matters of interest to prosecutors across the state.
Scott A. Hersey & Kevin O’Laughlin

White Collar Crime in Minnesota

Explore critical developments in Medicaid fraud, money laundering and other crimes and learn how to manage complex legal and factual issues.
Nicholas B. Wanka

The Trial of T. Eugene Thompson Recounted by His Son

In 1963, Carol Thompson, wife of a promising young trial lawyer, was murdered in her home in St. Paul. The trial of her husband, T. Eugene Thompson, for hiring her murder to collect over a million dollars in life insurance, became a national news story. The couple’s oldest child, Jeff Thompson, who retired from the Third District Court in April 2018 after a 43-year career in the Minnesota criminal justice system, tells his story of the case that riveted a nation’s attention and changed his life forever.
Chief Judge John H. Guthmann & Senior District Court Judge Jeffrey D. Thompson

Elimination of Bias – Practice Tips to Minimize the Impact of Trauma in Criminal Court:

1.0 elimination of bias credit applied for
Practical tips for identifying and working with victims of trauma. Learn to recognize symptoms of trauma, which often look like antisocial/criminal behavior, and how small adjustments to what you do and say may lead to more successful interactions and more equitable outcomes.
Dana Nistler & Cynthia J. Vermeulen

3:30 p.m.

Wednesday & Thursday, September 11 & 12, 2019

Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Seventh Street & Nicollet Mall, Third Floor City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

A one-day replay of the Criminal Justice Institute's plenary sessions is being offered for those who can't attend the full Institute. For more information about this Criminal Justice Institute Highlights seminar, or to register, click one of the links below.

Minneapolis – 9/24/19 (Check-In 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Minneapolis – 10/15/19 (Check-In 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Seventh Street and Nicollet Mall, Third Floor City Center

$445 MSBA members / $445 paralegals / $495 standard rate

Other discounts that may apply:

Scholarships available!
Need-based scholarships are available for in-person and online seminars. Most scholarships awarded are 50% off the seminar price. For further information or to obtain a scholarship application, contact us at 800-759-8840 or customerservice@minncle.org.

Minnesota CLE is applying to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for 11.5 standard CLE credits. We anticipate that sesson 105, 305 & 504 each will qualify for 1.0 ethics credit and that sessions 205, 404 and 604 each will qualify for 1.0 elimination of bias credit. The maximum number of total credits attendees may claim for this course is 11.5 credits.

Minnesota CLE also is applying to the Minnesota State Bar Association for 11.5 criminal law specialist credits.

Application also is also being made to the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board for POST credits.

Registrants will receive electronic access to the seminar written materials through the Minnesota CLE website a few days prior to the Institute. Log in to your account and go to My Account > Seminar Registrations to view the materials. At the seminar, attendees will receive hard copy materials for the plenary sessions and breakout sessions attended. 

Can't attend? The Institute materials are available in hard copy for $75 (plus tax and handling) or electronically for $75 (plus tax). Either may be purchased online at www.minncle.org after the Institute. 

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