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Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy: Fall 2012 Symposium Minority Rights and Majority Rule

Date: October 26, 2012
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Free for students with a valid student ID; $15 for Hamline Law alumni (graduated between 2009-2012); $60 for Public Service/Non-profit; $100 for all other Hamline Law alumni; $130 for non-Hamline Law alumni and registration form completed and received before 9/26/2012; $160 for non-Hamline Law alumni and registration form completed and received after 9/26/2012
Contact: Deb Lange, dlange@hamline.edu or 651-523-2122; Jake Barnes, jbarnes04@hamlineuniversity.edu
Location: Anderson Center, Hamline University
Sponsor: Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Hamline Law Alumni Board, Hamline Law Stonewall Alliance
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The Hamline Law Journal of Public Law and Policy presents its 2012 fall 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 October 26, 2012. This symposium will gather local and national scholars, policy makers and government officials to discuss these 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.

6.25 CLE credits have been approved (4.25 Standard CLE & 2 Elimination of Bias)

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the program will begin at 8:45 a.m.

Symposium Schedule (PDF)

Online registration is available now. 

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

Details will be posted as they become available.