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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

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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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Some Photos of Our Members

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in News | 0 comments

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2015 Softball!

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in News | 0 comments

New!! – View Game 2 writeup by Brianna Perry!

game1_MACDLDo you like being around awesome people? Do you enjoy having a cold one outside on a nice summer evening (surreptitiously of course)? Are you a former college athlete? Do you have hilarious jokes?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we want you on our MACDL softball team.

As many of you know, MACDL sponsors a softball team in the Hennepin County Bar Association League. There’s still room on our roster. We are looking for guys and especially ladies to join our team.

This is a co-ed D team–meaning this is a “beer league” or a league for fun. Our competition is other law firms from around the Twin Cities. We play on Tuesday nights in Northeast Minneapolis–game times are 6:15, 7:15, or 8:15. If you are interested in joining the team, contact us, and we’ll get your information to our team captain!

If you’re not convinced, yet, check out the photos from previous seasons:

You can also follow our Softball Updates blog, with game reviews written by our players.

We love our fans too!
Click here for a full schedule of our games!

We hope you and yours are enjoying Spring and Summer!

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MACDL’s Day on the Hill

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Many thanks to all who participated in MACDL’s Day on the Hill, our Lobby Day at the Minnesota Legislature. Enjoy the photos below! In the photos are Catherine Turner, Charlie Clippert, and John Kaschins. The solo photo is of Max Keller.

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New MN Expungement Law Passed

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in News | 0 comments

keegandayton2MACDL’s Legislative Lion, Kelly Keegan, was instrumental in getting a new Minnesota Expungement Bill signed into law last week!

Governor Mark Dayton [on May 14, 2014] signed a bill that will give a second chance to thousands of Minnesotans who are taking honest steps to support themselves and their families. The new law (Chapter 246, HF2576) creates a more thorough expungement mechanism that allows judges to permanently seal the criminal records of reformed offenders – making it easier for these Minnesotans to secure good jobs, access quality housing, and provide for their families.

Governor Dayton Signs Second Chance Expungement Bill

Criminal records expungement bill to become law

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