Under the leadership of Law Professor Jim Morrow and the Minnesota Judges Foundation, Hamline School of Law hosted 30 experienced trial judges from across Minnesota for a conference entitled, Not for the Faint of Heart: Managing the Complex Criminal Case, this spring. Hamline School of Law Professors Ed Butterfoss and Derik Fettig joined Morrow and Minnesota judges who have tried some of the state's toughest cases to teach the one and a half day program.
Morrow, a former Minnesota District Court (10th District) trial judge, is one of the nation's leading judicial trainers. In May, Morrow was the featured speaker for 350 Missouri trial judges at the Missouri Municipal & Associate Circuit Judges Association Annual Courts Conference. Morrow's workshop focused on the process of judicial decision-making, based on assessing credibility and bias and ensuring timeliness and procedural fairness. For 15 years, Morrow headed the Minnesota Judicial College, providing intensive annual judicial training programs required for all Minnesota trial judges.
The judges training this spring featured a unique, interactive learning program, including short lectures from subject matter experts, rolling commentary from experienced trial judges and engaged participants in problem-solving. Hamline School of Law will host this annual Minnesota Judges Foundation judicial training conference in spring 2014 as well.