Race, Gender, and Expungement: The Impact of Criminal Records from the Perspective of the Bench and Policy Advocates

This CLE is free and open to the public.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM



Free and open to the public


University of St. Thomas School of Law
Room 244

Six months have passed since Minnesota’s new expungement laws went into effect and it is time to talk about the pitfalls of the new laws and issues remaining in how Minnesota deals with citizens who have a criminal record.  Judge William Koch and Referee Richard Trachy handle all expungement petitions filed in Hennepin County and will speak about the technical side of the changes and the pitfalls they have seen in first six months under the new laws.  Joshua Esmay, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Council on Crime and Justice, was a vocal advocate for the recent changes.  He will speak about the realities of crime and criminal expungement in Minnesota, providing insight on how race and gender relate to criminal expungement and the negative impact of a citizen’s criminal record on obtaining housing and work.  The CLE will conclude with a half hour question and answer session.  

Eliminiation of bias CLE credit applied for (event code 206322).  Advanced registration is preferred. This CLE is open to the public.

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