• For the Common Good?

    Minnesota’s New Revenge Porn and Body Camera Statutes

    This panel discussion will focus on two of Minnesota’s new laws- Nonconsensual Distribution of Private Images (or “Revenge Porn”) and Portable Recording Systems (or “Body Cameras”) - both of which raise complicated policy and legal issues, including questions of free speech and privacy. This event is co-hosted by Hamline's Center for Justice and Law.

    Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016 11:30am- 12:45pm
    Location: Hamline University, West Hall (former Law building), room 103
    Credit: Pre-approved for 1 hour paralegal and lawyer CLE credit.*
    Cost: Free (please register for planning purposes)

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    Minnesota’s Revenge Porn law criminalizes the distribution of private sexual images without consent and allows for prosecuting violators with a gross misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances. Victims may also seek damages for financial loss equal to any profit made by the distributer, up to $10,000 in a civil penalty, and court and attorney fees.

    The Body Camera law addresses how to classify the video captured by police officers. In general, it treats all video as private data unless a subject of the recording requests that it be made public or the recording captures police discharge of a firearm or use of force that causes “substantial bodily harm.” The recordings are also not available to the public if they are part of an active criminal investigation.

    Has Minnesota reached a reasonable compromise in protecting the victims of abusive behavior against the poster’s freedom of expression? Has it balanced the interests of police officers and citizens? Hear from student researchers and local experts to learn about these two new laws that impact our community and the larger issues they raise.

    This course has been approved by the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0  hour in the standard continuing legal education following category of credits. This seminar meets the requirements of the NALA Certifying Board for Paralegals for  1 credit of continuing legal education credit required to maintain the CP (Certified Paralegal) credential.



    Meg Hobday is an Associate Professor, Chair of Legal Studies, and Paralegal Program Director at Hamline University. Professor Hobday teaches in Hamline's Legal Studies Department in the areas of legal research and writing, constitutional law, and employment law. Her research interests include a focus on laws and policies that impact victims of domestic violence, particularly in the employment and university contexts. Before working at Hamline, Professor Hobday clerked for the Honorable Gerald W. Heaney on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced law for several years at Maslon LLP, representing individuals and businesses in commercial litigation. She holds a BA in Program of Liberal Studies (Classical Literature) and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from the University of Minnesota.


    Caroline Palmer serves as the Legal Affairs Manager for the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault Caroline Palmer, and has been with MNCASA since 2008. Ms. Palmer works to develop MNCASA's policy agenda, provide technical assistance to member programs, organize trainings for criminal justice and social services professionals, conduct legal research, and develop educational resources. Prior to joining MNCASA, she was the Pro Bono Development Director at the Minnesota State Bar Association, Executive Director for LegalCORPS, and a staff attorney at the Minnesota AIDS Project. Ms. Palmer is a graduate of Barnard College and Hamline University School of Law (where she also taught as an adjunct professor). She has also completed the Policy Fellows Program at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

    Benjamin Feist is the Legislative Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota (ACLU-MN). In this role, he directs and manages the ACLU-MN’s overall legislative strategy and serves as the organization’s lobbyist at the Minnesota Legislature. Prior to joining the ACLU, Mr. Feist practiced law in both the public and private sectors, focusing on the areas of complex litigation, consumer protection, and immigration law. He is a former Assistant Attorney General with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and worked for two U.S. Congressmen at their Minnesota district offices. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.

    Michelle Jacobson has been an Assistant Minneapolis City Attorney since 1998 and has been a Supervising Attorney in that office since May 2009. From 2003-2009, she was assigned as the attorney liaison to the Domestic Assault Unit of the Minneapolis Police Department and served as a liaison between the investigators of the Domestic Assault Unit, the City and County Attorney’s Offices, Probation and advocacy agencies throughout Hennepin County. Ms. Jacobson serves as a member of the Hennepin County Family Violence Coordinating Council, the Domestic Court Steering Committee and the Hennepin County Domestic Fatality Review Team. Ms. Jacobson has trained attorneys, judges, advocates, probation officers, police officers, 911 dispatchers and the community on domestic violence issues. Ms. Jacobson graduated from Mount Holyoke College cum laude with honors in German in 1994 and the University of Minnesota Law School cum laude in 1997. Ms. Jacobson was the 2007 Sheila Wellstone Gold Watch Award recipient.

    Maggie Gibson is a first-year law student at Mitchell Hamline School of Law who recently graduated from Hamline University with a B.A. in Legal Studies, a paralegal certificate, and a minor in Business. For her Senior Seminar in Legal Studies last spring, she conducted research on revenge porn legislation. While at Hamline, Maggie competed on and served as a captain for the women’s tennis team, served on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and volunteered with both the Hamline to Hamline Collaboration and Sexual Offense Services of Ramsey County. Maggie also worked with the Ahles Law Firm first as an intern and then as a paralegal.

    Caitlin Cotton is a recent graduate from Hamline University with a B.A. in Legal Studies and Women's Studies, a paralegal certificate, a minor in Nonprofit Management and a TEFL (Teaching English in a Foreign Language) Certificate. For her Senior Seminar in Legal Studies last Spring, she conducted research on policies and legislation surrounding police-worn body cameras in Minnesota and the privacy implications that arise for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. While at Hamline, Caitlin served as the president of an alternative Spring Break Organization STLF (Student's Today Leader's Forever), and volunteered as an advocate for Ramsey County's Sexual Offense Services. Caitlin also worked with The Saint Paul Intervention Project (SPIP) as an intern to the director of the Saint Paul Blueprint for Safety policy as well as other Legal Advocates. Caitlin is currently in Bangkok, Thailand teaching English.

    *This course has been approved by the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 hour in the standard continuing legal education category of credits. This seminar meets the requirements of the NALA Certifying Board for Paralegals for 1 credit of continuing legal education credit required to maintain the CP (Certified Paralegal) credential.