The ACLU of Minnesota will honor Eric Janus with its 22nd annual Earl Larson Award and the NAACP Minneapolis with its first Changemaker Award.
Since 1996, the Earl Larson Award has honored attorneys who have shown a lifelong commitment to justice and civil liberties work. The award is named after one of the ACLU Minnesota founders, U.S. District Judge Earl Larson. The Changemaker Award recognizes people and organizations who are in the forefront of the struggle for justice and equality.
The award ceremony is Wednesday (Nov. 28) at The Depot Minneapolis, 225 3rd Ave. S.
Janus is a professor and the former president and dean of Mitchell Hamline School of Law and a leading national expert on sexual violence law and policy. Building on his experience as court-appointed counsel in constitutional litigation, challenging Minnesota’s Sexually Dangerous Person Law, he has focused on the boundaries of the state’s ability to use civil commitment to protect public safety. His most recent book is “Sexual Predators: Society, Risk and the Law.” He has served on the Minnesota Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force and is a contributing editor to the “Sex Offender Law Report.” Janus has worked with the ACLU Minnesota to challenge the detention of individuals in the Minnesota Sex Offender treatment program, which the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota found to be unconstitutional.
The NAACP Minneapolis is being honored with the ACLU of Minnesota’s first annual Changemaker Award due to the NAACP’s commitment to equality, justice and the empowering of underserved communities. The NAACP Minneapolis is an active and vibrant branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the oldest civil rights organization in the United States. Their mission is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. The ACLU MInneapolis and NAACP Minneapolis have partnered on a number of projects, including the release of the ACLU’s report on racial disparities in policing, two successful Warrant Resolution Days and litigation to increase police transparency.
Tickets to the event are $100 or $30 for those in public or social service.