For the past 15 years or so, newly elected Minnesota legislators and House and Senate leaders have often spent a day at William Mitchell College of Law learning about the upcoming session’s key legal issues.
“Law School for Legislators,” also known as the Civil Law Symposium, is a chance for lawmakers to tap into experts on the Mitchell faculty as they head back to the Capitol.
This year’s symposium, which was held Jan. 25, included a keynote address on child abuse prevention by retired Supreme Court Justice Helen Meyer ’83; a panel on sex offender management and civil commitment featuring William Mitchell Dean Eric Janus and retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Minnesota Eric Magnuson ’76; an overview of Minnesota’s judicial branch with current Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea, who discussed the importance of full funding to ensure justice for Minnesotans; and the future of specialty courts, with Judge Peter Cahill.
“The goal of the symposium is to provide background on topics of interest to the legislators,” says Professor Mike Steenson. “They define their areas of interest and we design the program around those interests.”
The symposium was sponsored by William Mitchell and the Minnesota Association for Justice.