Hamline Events

American Crises: What Government Can Do and How It Prepares

Date: April 09, 2013
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Cost: Free
Contact: Deb Lange, dlange@hamline.edu
Location: Room 240A
Sponsor: Public Interest Law Community
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The Public Interest Law Community is pleased to present a presentation entitled, "American Crises: What Government Can Do, and How It Prepares."

Widely publicized tragedies and crises from Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina to mass shootings from Columbine to Sandy Hook as well as terrorist attacks such as 9/11 have raised questions about the capabilities and proper roles of government in responding to these tragedies. This panel will discuss the experiences of, and planning by, federal, state and local communities in response to disasters and crises, consider legal aspects of intergovernmental cooperation at the local, state and federal level, and discuss the proper roles of government and the private sectors in responding.

Sharon Lubinski, United States Marshal for the District of Minnesota
Christopher Smith, Attorney for the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust
Moderator and Commentator: Larry A. Bakken, Hamline University School of Law

Sharon Lubinski has been the United States Marshal for the District of Minnesota since 2010. She previously served as assistant chief of police with the Minneapolis Police Department, where she was a 20-year veteran, half of that time in command positions. She also spent eight years with the Dane County Sheriff’s Department in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a member of the community faculty at Metropolitan State University School of Criminal Justice. Marshal Lubinski earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master’s from Hamline University, where she is also pursuing a doctoral degree in Public Administration.

Christopher Smith is the risk management attorney for the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust. He was an attorney in the Public Finance Department of Dorsey and Whitney from 1999-2006, where he served as bond counsel for cities, counties and school districts. He is a member of the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI), Loss Control Professionals, and the Risk and Insurance Management Society. Smith earned his BS and BA degrees in finance and economics and his JD from Creighton University.

Hamline Law Professor Larry A. Bakken has been the mayor of Golden Valley, Minnesota, and a consultant to the Minnesota House of Representatives, the Administrative Conference of the United States, and the Minnesota Private College Council. Bakken has served as chair of the International Advisory Committee to the Metropolitan Council and on the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities, as well as actively participating in several sections of the American Association of Law Schools. He teaches and writes in state and local government, administrative law, and government and business ethics.

Approved for 1.0 CLE credit (Event code: 178273). Additional details, including registration information, will be posted on the Continuing Legal Education website.