The Fourth Judicial District’s Equal Justice Committee is partnering with the Hennepin County Bar Association and the University of St. Thomas School of Law on an upcoming continuing legal education (CLE) event.

“Bending the Arc Toward Justice: A Review of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Racial Bias Task Force Report,” will be held from 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Feb. 7, at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, 1101 Harmon Pl., Minneapolis. The seminar will examine the Minnesota Supreme Court’s 1993 Racial Bias Task Force Report and assess its impact on eliminating racial bias and increasing equity in the Minnesota court system.

“This seminar presents an important opportunity for us to critically assess what progress we have made and where we have fallen short with regard to improving racial equity in the court system since the Racial Bias Task Force issued its report over two decades ago,” said Judge Mark Kappelhoff, chair of the Fourth District’s Equal Justice Committee. “We also intend to look to the future by offering recommendations to further improve racial equity in our court system.”

The opening panel will feature Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Natalie Hudson, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Anne McKeig, retired Judge Pamela Alexander, and professor Clifford Greene for a moderated discussion on “The Supreme Court’s Racial Bias Task Force: Past, Present, and the Future of Racial Equity in the Courts.”

The seminar includes seven 20-minute sessions on sentencing disparities, the juvenile justice system, cultural diversity in the justice system workplace, the use of interpreters in the justice system, and more. Speakers include the Honorable Judge Tanya Bransford, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, and Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.

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