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Bending the Arc Toward Justice: A Review of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Racial Bias Task Force Presented By: Hennepin County Bar Association Bench and Bar Committee &The Fourth Judicial District Equal Justice Committee

 Export to Your Calendar 2/7/2019
When: Thursday, February 2, 2019
12:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: University of St. Thomas School of Law
1101 Harmon Place
Minneaplis, Minnesota  55403
United States
Contact: Sarah Mayer
612-752-6600

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Bending the Arc Toward Justice: A Review of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Racial Bias Task Force

Presented By:
Hennepin County Bar Association Bench and Bar Committee &The Fourth Judicial District Equal Justice Committee




In the early 1990s, the Minnesota Supreme Court launched the Racial Bias Task Force to examine racial bias issues throughout the Minnesota justice system. In 1993, the Task Force issued an extensive report on its findings and offered a number of recommendations to address and improve racial equity in the Minnesota justice system. This seminar will offer a review of the Task Force report by assessing the progress that has been made in implementing the Task Force recommendations and identify where we have fallen short to realize the goal of improving racial equity in the Minnesota justice system. The program will consist of an opening panel discussion that will focus on what led to the creation of the Racial Bias Task Force, the goals of the Task Force, its findings and recommendations, and an analysis of what has been accomplished since the report was issued nearly three decades ago. The opening panel will be followed by a series of seven “Topic Talks” that will provide an in-depth analysis on several of the issues addressed in the Task Force report. The seven “Topic Talks” will address the following issues: Minnesota Sentencing Disparities; Working with Diverse Communities in the Justice System; Use of Interpreters in our Justice System; Children in Need of Protection and Out of Home Placements; Juvenile Justice System -- Hennepin County Juvenile Court’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative; Cultural Diversity in the Justice System Workplace and Policing Practices in the 21st Century.

This program features a diverse and prominent group of speakers who have extensive experience working within the justice system. Included among the speakers are individuals who worked on the original Task Force Report, assisted in implementing the Task Force recommendations, or currently work within the justice system.

4.25 Elimination of Bias MBCLE credit applied for.  Click here to register. 


Agenda:

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Registration
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Welcome & Introductions
Robert Vischer, Dean, University of St. Thomas Law School
Judge Mark Kappelhoff, Chair, 4th Judicial District Equal Justice Committee
Adine Momah, President, Hennepin County Bar Association
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion: The Supreme Court’s Racial Bias Task Force: Past, Present, and the Future of Racial Equity in the Courts
Justice Natalie E. Hudson
Justice Anne K. McKeig
Judge Pamela Alexander
Professor Clifford M. Greene

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. Minnesota Sentencing Disparities
Kelly Lyn Mitchell, Executive Director, Robina Institute
2:55 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Working with Diverse Communities in the Justice System
Imani Jaafar, Director, Office of Police Conduct Review
3:20 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Use of Interpreters in our Justice System
Dan Lew, Chief Public Defender, 6th Judicial District
3:45 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Minnesota's Child Welfare Disparities Revisited: Why We Must Continue the Work
Maxie Ann Rockymore, Manager, Foster Care and Title IV-E, Minnesota Department of Human Resources
4:10 p.m. – 4:35 p.m. Juvenile Justice System - Hennepin County Juvenile Court’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative
Judge Tanya Bransford, Fourth Judicial District
4:35 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Cultural Diversity in the Justice System Workplace
John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney
5:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. Policing Practices in the 21st Century
Chief Medaria Arradondo, Minneapolis Police Department
5:20 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Concluding Remarks
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Reception

 

Cost:

  • Attorney Non-HCBA Member: $50
  • AttorneyHCBA Member: $25
  • Student HCBA Member: Free
  • Judge & Clerk: Free
  • Members of the Public: Free

 

*Speakers and credits may be subject to change.
*Cancellations must be received 7 days prior to the event in order to be eligible for a refund. The cost of materials will be deducted from total amount of the refund.Those registering for an event fewer than 7 days prior to the event will be ineligible for a refund

 


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