Hamline Events

Gun Violence and Sandy Hook: Recent Legislative and Executive Responses

Date: February 26, 2013
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Cost: Free
Contact: Public Interest Law Community, Marie Failinger, mfailinger@hamline.edu for general information. To register for CLE credit, contact Jane Prince at jprince01@hamline.edu.
Location: Room 240A
Sponsor: Public Interest Law Community, Children’s Rights Association, Health Law Institute
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Hamline Law's Public Interest Law Community invites you to join the national conversation on gun violence and the law at the program, "Gun Violence and Sandy Hook: Recent Legislative and Executive Responses" on Feb. 26.

This program will discuss recent state and federal legislative and executive attempts to deal with gun violence, including regulation of the firearms industry, individual carry limitations, and other proposals to prevent mass shootings and urban gun violence.

Approved for 1.0 standard CLE credit.

The program will be available via live webcast and is free and open to the public.

Speakers include Heather Martens, executive director of Protect Minnesota; Joseph Olson, professor of law at Hamline University School of Law and president of the Gun Owners’ Civil Rights Alliance of Minnesota; and Charles Reid, professor of law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

About the Speakers

Heather Martens, Executive Director, Protect Minnesota
Heather Martens has been working with Protect Minnesota and its predecessor organizations, Citizens for a Safer Minnesota and the Million Mom March Minnesota chapter since 2003. She is the chief lobbyist for Protect Minnesota and well-known for her work on gun violence. A graduate of Cornell University, she also has a master’s degree in education from Rutgers University. Before she became executive director of Citizens for a Safer Minnesota in 2009, she worked as a writer, researcher, newspaper reporter, and middle school teacher.

Joseph Olson, Professor of Law, Hamline School of Law
Professor Olson is the president of the Gun Owners’ Civil Rights Alliance of Minnesota and Academics for the Second Amendment, and has served on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association. He is also a leading authority on tax and business law, particularly the Minnesota Business Corporation Act, securities dealer-client and manufacturer-distributor issues. He is a graduate of Duke Law School, a former member of the Dorsey and Whitney Firm, and a former Air Force officer for the Judge Advocate General.

Charles Reid, Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas Law School
Professor Reid is a legal historian and jurisprudential scholar, having worked on issues such as nuclear arms, individual rights in western thought, canon law, John Noonan’s theory of natural law, and liberty of conscience. He blogs for the Huffington Post. After earning his JD at Catholic University and his PhD in the history of medieval law at Cornell, Reid served as research associate at Emory Law School before coming to St. Thomas.