Hamline News

October 16, 2012

JPLP to host Minority Rights and Majority Rule symposium


The Journal of Public Law and Policy at Hamline University School of Law is pleased to announce its symposium entitled “Minority Rights and Majority Rule: The Arguments and Policies Behind the Proposed 2012 Minnesota Constitutional Amendments and the Danger or Myth of the Tyrannical Majority” on Friday, Oct. 26.

The symposium, co-sponsored by the Hamline Law Alumni Board, will gather scholars, policy makers, and government officials to discuss the proposed 2012 Minnesota Constitutional amendments within the scope of balancing democracy and equality, and the proper role of majority rule referendums. The central issues to be addressed at the symposium include the impact of placing minority rights up for majority vote, the legality and consequences of such Constitutional amendments, and whether a more appropriate venue to address these issues exists.

Participants will focus on the pros and cons of majority rule referendums, the legality of their respective positions, and creative ways to address these issues in the future.

The symposium will provide a needed dialog so near to a critical moment in Minnesota history and allow leaders and practitioners the opportunity to learn more about the legality of the proposed amendments, and the effects they may have on minority groups throughout the state.

Confirmed speakers/panelists include:

  • Professor Mary Jane Morrison, Hamline University School of Law; Author of The Minnesota State Constitution: A Reference Guide
  • Attorney William Pentelovitch, Partner at Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand
  • Professor Lynn D. Wardle, Brigham Young University School of Law
  • Professor Barbara Cox, California Western School of Law
  • Charles Samuelson; Executive Director of MN ACLU
  • Dan McGrath, Executive Director of Minnesota Majority
  • Professor David Schultz, Hamline University School of Law
  • Peter Nelson, Center of the American Experiment
  • Professor Mark Osler, University of St. Thomas; Minnesota United for All Families
  • State Senator Scott Dibble
  • State Representative Steve Simon
  • State Representative Glenn Gruenhagen, (R) District 25A
  • Micah Hines, General Counsel, Office of Governor Mark Dayton and Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon

The symposium will take place in the Anderson Center on Hamline University’s Saint Paul campus. The program is slated to begin at 8:45 a.m. with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Attendees also may register online now. The event has been approved for 6.25 CLE credits have been approved (4.25 Standard CLE & 2 Elimination of Bias credits).

Questions about the symposium should be directed to Jake Barnes of the Hamline Law Journal of Public Law and Policy at jbarnes04@hamlineuniversity.edu.

Learn more:
Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy symposium: Minority Rights and Majority Rule
Online registration