November Happy Hour

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in News | 0 comments

November Happy Hour

Get a jump start on the holiday season with your favorite MACDL members and maybe even walk away with a free turkey!

November 16, 2016

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Urban Growler

2325 Endicott Street
St. Paul, MN 55114
Upstairs in the Hayloft room

Beers on tap

Cowbell Cream Ale
City Day Ale
Midwest IPA

Space is limited! Please RSVP

Space is limited to first 50 RSVPs – Email me at to RSVP.

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Fall CLE – Speaker Announcement

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in News | 0 comments


FRIDAY October 28, 2016 – Buy tickets now!


MACDL’s Fall CLE Conference will feature Keynote Speaker Laura Nirider, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law Project Director, Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth. Nirider represents individuals who were wrongfully convicted of crimes when they were children or teenagers. Her clients have included Brendan Dassey, whose case was profiled in the Netflix Global series Making a Murderer.

Additional outstanding speakers include:

  • Charles Ramsay and Dan Koewler presenting on DataMaster Breath Test Results: BCA Admissions, Distortions & Statistics.
  • Barry Edwards presenting on I’ll NEVER Forget That Face: Eye-Witness Identification Problems and Solutions.
  • Dr. Artika Tyner presenting on race and white privilege as related to criminal defense (EOB credit).
  • Brock Hunter and Federal Defenders presenting on state and federal sentencing reform.
  • Andrea George presenting on 8 easy steps to developing a winning sentencing theory.

Buy your ticket online by clicking here or download this form and mail payment in by October 15th.

The Fall CLE will once again be held at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot in Downtown Minneapolis. Registration begins at 8:30am. The CLE portion of the day will conclude at 4:30pm followed by a happy hour and additional networking opportunities. You will have the opportunity to earn 6 CLE credits, including 1 EOB credit.

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Introducing our Fall CLE Keynote Speaker ~ Laura Nirider

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Laura Nirider is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY) at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago.

Fall CLE Keynote

Fall CLE Keynote

Nirider represents individuals who were wrongfully convicted of crimes when they were children or teenagers. Her clients have included Brendan Dassey, whose case was profiled in the Netflix Global series Making a Murderer, and Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three, whose case was profiled in the documentary West of Memphis.

In addition to her courtroom work, Nirider regularly publishes scholarly and practitioner-focused articles on interrogations and post-conviction relief.  In partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, she has co-authored one of the only existing juvenile interrogation protocols. She is also a frequent presenter on interrogations at defender and law enforcement training conferences around the country and has been featured in film and television programs as an expert on interrogations. Recently, she co-authored an amicus curiae brief that was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in J.D.B. v. North Carolina for the proposition that the risk of false confession is “all the more troubling…and all the more acute…when the subject of custodial interrogation is a juvenile.”

Register for the Fall CLE now!

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MACDL Leads with Drug Sentence Reform

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016 in News | 0 comments

On May 22nd Governor Dayton signed Senate File 3481 into law. This drug sentencing legislation has been described as one of the most significant reforms to Minnesota’s criminal justice system in about three decades. It will result in an estimated 700 fewer people charged with felonies for drug possession per year and 650 fewer people in prison for drug offenses 10 years from now.

Read more on our Legislative Updates Blog Post (members only content).

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Purchase Tickets for the Duluth CLE Now!

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Duluth Lift Bridge

Duluth CLE
Click to Register Now!

FRIDAY JULY 15, 2016

CLE 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Followed by Happy Hour on the club terrace

CLE Speakers and topics include:

Mental Health Court- Intersection of Mental Health & Criminal Justice.
Presented by Honorable Sally Tarnowski, Chief Judge 6th Judicial District.

Challenging Expert Testimony Post Doe v. Archdioses of St. Paul ‘06 Sample cases: mixed/trace DNA, arson, firearm comparison.
Presented by J.D. Schmid, Minnesota State Public Defender Trial Team and Laura Heinrich, Assistant Public Defender, Hennepin County

Trojan Horse Method, applying neuroscience, neuropsychiatry and neurobehavioral to Voir Dire, Witness Preparation, Direct and cross examinations.
Presented by Nate Bjerke, TSR Injury Law

Evolution of Expungements- New case law & what various counties are doing. Presented by Kelly Keegan, Brandt Criminal Defense

DWI AB “After Bernard” – Now what?
Presented by Jeff Sheridan, Sheridan & Dulas, P.A.

“Crimingation”- Legal Collision of Immigration and Criminal Law.
Presented by Erica Davis, Davis Law

Click Here to Purchase Tickets for Duluth CLE Now!

Thank you to our sponsors of the 2016 Duluth CLE!
Purchase your ticket now and join us for 5 regular and 1 bias CLE credits (pending).


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Amicus curiae brief in support of Mr. Bernard in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Bernard v. Minnesota

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Download the brief (PDF)

supreme_court_buildingMACDL (in connection with the MSCJ) recently filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Mr. Bernard in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Bernard v. Minnesota. At issue is not only the constitutionality of Minnesota’s DWI test refusal law, but further defining the scope of the “search incident to arrest” exception to the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement. The MACDL amicus brief highlighted the heavy consequences for a free society that result from laws purporting to criminalize an individual’s refusal to submit to a warrantless (and thus presumably unreasonable) search, pointing out how the ever-present “scourge” of DWI offenders doesn’t mean that our Courts have to gut the Fourth Amendment in order to combat the “carnage on the highways” . . . as the end result is simply unnecessary and unwarranted “carnage to our constitution.” Authors Daniel Gerdts and Barry Edwards worded it a bit more eloquently than that, and the brief is worth a read for anyone who is interested.

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What the Briefbank can do for your practice

Posted by on Dec 6, 2015 in News | 0 comments

by Karin Ciano, Briefbank Administrator

web_ready_02-2 (2)Need to write a motion in a hurry? Not sure where to find a good example? MACDL’s got you covered. The MACDL Briefbank, available only to MACDL members, includes hundreds of memoranda and appellate briefs in electronic, text-searchable form. If you can do a Google™ search, you can find everything from suppression motions to post-conviction appellate briefs. Imagine 20 years of your colleagues’ collective wisdom at your fingertips: that’s the Briefbank. One of the benefits of MACDL membership.

Members of MACDL may log in to their account then access the Briefbank here.

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