Hamline Events

Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice CLE

Date: April 26, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Cost: Free; MJF donations accepted
Contact: Deb Lange, dlange@hamline.edu
Location: Room 105
Sponsor: Minnesota Justice Foundation, Hamline Law Alumni Board
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Hamline Law is pleased to host the Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice CLE presentation on Friday, April 26, co-sponsored by the Minnesota Justice Foundation.

Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice (LSEJ) is a project of the Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF) designed to address broad legal issues of current importance to equal justice. LSEJ encourages scholarly work by Minnesota law students and professors that helps disadvantaged people and contributes to equal justice for all.

LSEJ offers a seminar in equal justice called "Equal Justice -- Applied Research." This course is offered jointly each year by the four Minnesota law schools. During the class, students produce research papers on topics from the LSEJ topic list. The completed works are presented to the legal community; select works will be presented as part of the Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice CLE.

4.25 CLE credits applied for

The presentations and CLE credits will be available via webcast.

Hamline University School of Law, Room 105
1536 Hewitt Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

12-12:45 p.m. Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Minnesota through Restorative Justice Methods (.75 CLE)

Natasha Phelps, William Mitchell College of Law
The school-to-prison pipeline in Minnesota and on a national level has devastating effects on our society, specifically in communities of color. Restorative justice is a successful alternative means to address juvenile criminal conduct. The restorative justice process focuses on rehabilitating juvenile offenders and healing the harm (crime committed) by facilitating mediation with the juvenile offenders, the victims, and community members. The CLE presentation will focus around (1) the racial disparities within and effects of the juvenile justice system in Minnesota (e.g., recidivism, school drop-out rates, employment, homelessness); (2) the history, purpose, and status of restorative justice methods in Minnesota; and (3) how restorative justice methods in Minnesota could be improved.

12:45-1:30 p.m. American Indians and the Regional Economy Standard for Social Security Disability Claims (.75 CLE)

Colleen Kelly, University of Minnesota Law School
The regional economy standard of the Social Security Administration is a barrier for many claimants. This standard is even more difficult to meet for Indian claimants living on a reservation due to the lack of employment opportunities available. However, an additional consideration for Indian claimants is that the United States government encourages Indians to live on reservations. Does this combination of the regional economy standard and government encouragement to live on the reservation violate the fiduciary duty the federal government has to Indian tribes?

1:30-1:45 p.m. Break

1:45-2:45 p.m. What A Pro Bono Attorney Should Know About Tort-Based Sexual Assault Cases (1.0 CLE)

A.Kate Bothun, Hamline University School of Law
Beginning in the mid-1990s, civil litigation for tort-based sexual assault cases have slowly started to appear in Minnesota courts. Nevertheless, many victims/survivors of sexual assault do not have the resources available to hire an attorney if she or he wishes to pursue civil litigation. This presentation seeks to encourage pro bono attorneys to take on tort-based sexual assault cases and will overview the process as well as outline the issues that arise in seeking relief through this type of litigation.

2:45-3:30 p.m. Pregnancy Laws in Minnesota (.75 CLE)

Ami Schneider, Hamline University School of Law
In this presentation, Minnesota's pregnancy laws, how they are on the books, and how they are played out in real life, are examined. These laws will also be compared to those of other state's to see how Minnesota can better the rights of their women.

3:30-3:40 p.m. Break

3:40-4:40 p.m. Foreclosure Protection for a Stable Minnesota Housing Market (1.0 CLE)

John Skudlarek, William Mitchell College of Law
This presentation will discuss what led to a foreclosure crisis in Minnesota, and show the mortgage origination process affects the foreclosure process. Current Minnesota foreclosure law will be analyzed in light of federal regulation, policy, and federal rules promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with respect to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Act. The presentation will propose legislative amendments to Minnesota foreclosure law, adopted from the California Homeowners Bill of Rights.

4:40-4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

The Presenters

A.Kate Bothun is currently a 3L at Hamline University School of Law. She has specialized her legal education to focus on Public Law and Human Rights, including courses in election law, immigration law, and international human rights law. Kate is particularly passionate about women’s issues as well as working with underprivileged or underserved individuals. Presently, she is a legislative policy intern with the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) and a certified student attorney in Hamline’s small business/nonprofit clinic. Her previous legal internships include the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA), the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Peace and Hope International, and the Park Avenue Legal Clinic. She is a 2009 graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Colleen Kelly is a second year law student at the University of Minnesota Law School. Colleen served in the United States Army Reserve and taught high school chemistry in the South Bronx of New York City before entering law school. During her military career, she received numerous awards and decorations for her service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 and 2008. Colleen holds a BA in Biochemistry from The College of St. Scholastica and a Masters of Education from City College in New York City. Colleen hopes to continue helping others by working as a legal aid attorney following graduation.

Natasha Phelps, a Minneapolis native, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006. During law school, Natasha has served the legal community and Twin Cities neighborhoods volunteering with MJF, William Mitchell's Multicultural Affairs Office, and the Black Law Students Association, for which she currently serves as president. She has worked as a judicial intern in Anoka County, student attorney for the Ramsey County Public Defenders' Office, and law clerk at a private workers' compensation firm in Downtown Minneapolis. Natasha will graduate from William Mitchell College of law in May 2013.

Ami Schneider is a 3L student at Hamline University School of Law. Since her days as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, she has worked on women's rights public policy and research with several women's rights organizations around the metro, among them Advocates for Human Rights, Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Gender Justice, and Breaking Free.

John Skudlarek is a former financial analyst who ran a small investment business after leaving college. He is a full-time law student at William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2011, John obtained a paralegal degree from the Minnesota Paralegal Institute; and in 2009, he received his undergraduate degrees from St. Cloud State University. John has worked with 3M Corporation in litigation technology, and has volunteered with local non-profit Harriet Tubman Center providing legal services to low-income individuals in the Minneapolis area.