Speaker Date Topic
Teresa Nelson, Legal Director, ACLU of Minnesota Jan 17, 2018 12:00 PM
Civil Liberties in the Trump Era
Civil Liberties in the Trump Era

Teresa Nelson is Legal Director of the ACLU of Minnesota where she leads the organization’s constitutional law litigation program and engages in non-litigation legal advocacy to advance civil liberties in Minnesota. Nelson is a 1996 graduate of Hamline University School of Law. She has been with the ACLU-MN since 1996, having previously served as Legal Assistant and Assistant Legal Counsel. She is a frequent Continuing Legal Education presenter, currently, serves on the State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS). Terri also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Mitchell│Hamline School of Law.     

The ACLU has called President Trump a one-man constitutinal crisis. The civil liberties threats posed by the new administration are unprecedented. I will talk about the ACLU's work both nationally and here in Minnesota to protect civil liberties in these difficult times.

Erinn Valine, Washington County Attorney's Office Jan 24, 2018 12:00 PM
Washington County Attorney’s Office Victim-Oriented Approach to Sex Trafficking Cases
Washington County Attorney’s Office Victim-Oriented Approach to Sex Trafficking Cases

Erinn is a second-year law student at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. In addition to being a fellow for World Without Genocide, she has worked as a law clerk at the Washington County Attorney's Office in the Human Trafficking Unit for the past year and a half. When not working or doing school work, she enjoys spending time at her home in Saint Paul with her husband and two dogs.

Erinn will discuss the proactive victim recovery approach Washington County has implemented to combat sex trafficking within the county and the success that has been seen so far.

 

Amy Lange, Sanctuary/Immigrant Justice Committee Jan 31, 2018 12:00 PM
Sanctuary: On Welcoming the Stranger
Sanctuary: On Welcoming the Stranger

Amy Lange has been a Minneapolis resident her entire adult life. She worked professionally as a certified nurse midwife before leaving to work in politics and advocacy. She is a member of Shir Tikvah synagogue in south Minneapolis where she co-chairs their sanctuary/ immigrant justice committee. 

Amy will discuss the sanctuary movement for immigrant justice and heeding the moral call.

Ilhan Omar, Minnesota House Representative Feb 07, 2018 12:00 PM
Representing the Underrepresented: What I learned about being heard in the 2017 Legislative Session
Representing the Underrepresented: What I learned about being heard in the 2017 Legislative Session

Ilhan Omar is an experienced Twin Cities policy analyst, organizer, public speaker and advocate. She was recently elected as the Minnesota House Representative for District 60B, making her the highest-elected Somali-American public official in the United States. Ilhan is the Assistant Minority Leader, with assignments to three house committees; Civil Law & Data Practices Policy, Higher Education & Career Readiness Policy and Finance, and State Government Finance. In addition to serving in the legislature, Ilhan is a mother of three and the Director of Policy Initiatives at Women Organizing Women, where she empowers East African women to take civic leadership roles in their community. Born in Somalia, Ilhan and her family fled the country’s civil war when she was eight. The family spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya before coming to the United States in 1990s.

My first year in the Minnesota House of Representatives flew by. It was filled with learning, making new relationships, and standing up for what I believe in. I worked hard and built relationships in places that I didn't necessarily expect. I felt thrust into a position where I suddenly had to speak for more than just my district in Minneapolis, but for immigrants and refugees all over the United States. This was at times a blessing and a curse. I am excited to share more of my experience with you when I visit.

David Baur, Urban Land Institute Minnesota Feb 28, 2018 12:00 PM
The "Sharing Economy" and What It Means for Our Communities
The "Sharing Economy" and What It Means for Our Communities

David Baur serves as Director of Communications at the Urban Land Institute Minnesota where he is responsible for telling the organization’s story through reports on ULI MN projects, design and copywriting of marketing and promotional materials, and content management of ULI MN’s website and social media. He is also responsible for identifying emerging trends that affect real estate and land use and communicating these trends to ULI members, public officials, and business leaders.

David has enjoyed a diverse career path. Prior to ULI MN, he spent two years as a freelance writer and consultant, during which time he co-authored Best Hikes Near Minneapolis and Saint Paul and contributed to Best Adventures Near Minneapolis and Saint Paul with his brother for Falcon Guides. He also published a short story in a fiction anthology, wrote the script for a comic book, and worked on two novels that are in varying states revision.  He previously worked for Target Corporation as a Senior Process Analyst in Target Technology Services and before that as a Senior Research Analyst and Project Manager at Walden University.

David lives in Minneapolis with his wife, who made him move there almost a decade ago. Fortunately, he loves it.

Businesses and services that are part of the emerging "sharing economy," such as Uber and AirBnB, generate lots of headlines. However, these companies are just part of a broader shift in the economy that is being accelerated by technology, and the implications of this shift will impact our cities in ways we have only begun to consider. This presentation will discuss emerging services that are part of the sharing economy, discuss how technology can change additional business models, and address some ways our communities may be affected by these changes–whether they are ready for them or not.   

Iris Freeman, Minnesota Elder Justice Center Mar 07, 2018 12:00 PM
Ten Myths about Elder Abuse
Ten Myths about Elder Abuse

Iris C. Freeman, MSW, is a longtime advocacy leader in public policy for older adults. Her current and recent research focuses on effective interventions in financial exploitation.  She is the Past Board Chair of the Minnesota Elder Justice Center, chairs its Public Policy Committee, and has taught Elder Justice and Policy classes to law students since 2008. She previously taught at the University of Minnesota Graduate School of Social Work. In 2002, she was honored by the school as its Alumna of the Year and in 2010 as a Distinguished Alumna of the University’s College of Education and Human Development. More recently, she received the 2015 National Adult Protective Services Association’s award for Advancing the Field through Collaboration in recognition of forty years work to build coalitions for elder justice.

Ms. Freeman will discuss commonly held misconceptions about elder abuse and how those misconceptions create barriers to prevention and protection. She will conclude with information and material about the services of the Minnesota Elder Justice Center.

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