Policing in Minnesota: Policy, Practice and the Law

  • Individual / Civil Rights

8:30a.m. Check-in, light breakfast served

9:00a.m. Session 1: Civilian Oversight of Police: The Minneapolis Model: Office of Police Conduct Review staff will present the Minneapolis model for civilian oversight system of law enforcement. Civilian oversight functions through a hybrid of administrative, criminal and employment law. The session will be interactive, with a mock “review panel” where attendees will participate in the decision-making process for a police misconduct case.

Presenters: Office of Police Conduct Review Director Imani Jafaar (JD) and colleagues

11:00a.m. Session 2: Police Accountability Through the Law (Panel): This panel will focus on what legal avenues are available to promote and ensure police accountability. It will specifically look at how officers can be held either criminally or civilly liable for their actions and what changes could be made to further promote accountability.

Panelists: BCA Superintendent Andrew Evans (JD), Civil Rights Attorney Zorislav Leyderman (JD), Civil Rights Attorney J. Ashwin Madia (JD), Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman (JD), FBI Representative

Moderator: Mitchell Hamline Law Professor Jim Hilbert

12:30p.m. Lunch served and keynote address from Michael Quinn, author of Walking with the Devil: The Police Code of Silence: Michael Quinn is a former Minneapolis police officer and author of a book examining police ethics and accountability. He now works as a police ethics trainer, and recently worked to implement his peer intervention for law enforcement program in the New Orleans Police Department.

1:30p.m. Session 3: Police and Community Trust (Panel): This panel will address the current movement to build trust between police departments and communities and how successful, or unsuccessful those efforts are, what barriers exist, ideas for future success and how lawyers can assist in the process.

Panelists: Police Conduct Oversight Commissioner Jenny Singleton (JD), Civil Rights Attorney Joshua Williams (JD), Neighborhoods Organizing for Change Executive Director Anthony Nnewby, NAACP Minneapolis President Jason Sole

Moderator: Police Conduct Oversight Commission Chair/Ramsey County Public Defender Andrea Brown (JD)

3:00p.m. Networking Reception, beverages and appetizers served

4:00p.m. Close of Event

Register here.

The program is especially relevant for attorneys, law students, and community stakeholders in policing, police accountability and building community trust. Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Application has been made for 1.5 hours of CLE credit for each of sessions 1, 2 and 3 for a total of 4.5 for the entire symposium.

The fee for the entire symposium is $75, or $30 per session. Public interest attorneys can attend for a reduced cost of $50 for the entire day or $20 per session.

Current law students and non-lawyer community members can attend for free but registration is required.

Breakfast and lunch are included, as well as refreshments at the reception following the day’s program.

Space is limited. Please register as soon as possible. Online registration will close on Monday, February 20, 2017. After that date, please contact the symposium editor for information on availability.