Fifty years ago, the Minnesota Legislature enacted the Minnesota Criminal Code. The 1963 Code was the culmination of a major legislative reform effort spearheaded by an appointed advisory committee of experts.
The committee, led by former William Mitchell Professor Maynard Pirsig, spent years looking at every aspect of the criminal law and making recommendations for changes, which were largely adopted by the legislature when it passed the Criminal Code.
This February, William Mitchell will host a symposium looking back at what was accomplished 50 years ago and also look forward toward the next generation of reforms and new legislative initiatives in the criminal law.
The 50th Anniversary of the Minnesota Criminal Code:
Looking Back and Looking Forward
Friday, Feb. 8 | noon–4 pm
William Mitchell College of Law Auditorium
875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, Minn.
The event costs $40 and includes 3 CLE credits, lunch, and a reception.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to attend in person, you may sign up for a webcast of the event, and still receive CLE credit. If you would like to webcast, enter a 1 in the webcast box at the bottom of the registration site.
$40 advanced registration through noon, Feb. 6
$50 walk-in registration day of the event
Program schedule and list of presenters
Noon | Doors open, lunch served
12:45–1 pm | Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Prof. Bradford Colbert
1:00–1:50 pm |Panel I: Structural Issues in the Criminal Code
Prof. Ted Sampsell-Jones
Paul Beaumaster, Rice County Attorney
Benjamin Butler, Assistant State Public Defender
Theodora Gaitas, Assistant State Public Defender
Joshua Larson, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
2:00–2:50 pm | Panel II: Sex Crimes Under the Code: Problems and Solutions
Dean Eric Janus
Minnesota State Senator Ron Latz
Caroline Palmer, Staff Attorney, MNCASA
Minnesota State Senator Julie Rosen
Jenna Yauch-Erickson, Law Clerk to the Hon. Myron Bright
3–3:50 pm | Panel III: The Future of the Code: Legislative Priorities for the Next Session and Beyond
Prof. Peter Knapp
Mike Freeman, Hennepin County Attorney
Minnesota Representative Debra Hilstrom
Minnesota State Senator Scott Newman
Thomas Roy, Minnesota Commissioner of Corrections
4 pm | Closing Remarks
Justice Paul Anderson, Minnesota Supreme Court
The symposium is sponsored by William Mitchell College of Law, the MSBA Criminal Law Section, the MSBA Appellate Section, and the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.