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Leonardo Castro

Adjunct Faculty, Ramsey County District Court Judge
Degree
J.D., Northern Illinois University
B.A., University of Maryland

Judge Leonardo Castro is currently a District Court Judge in the Second Judicial District (Ramsey County). He was appointed by Gov. Dayton on June 1, 2012. Prior to his appointment he served as a public defender for 20 years in Minnesota. During that time he was Chief Public Defender of Hennepin County for 8 years.  Prior to entering law school, he served in the United States Air Force as an enlisted member.

He graduated from Northern Illinois University College of Law, and received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from The University of Maryland.

Among the many boards and committees of which he has served are the Minnesota Supreme Court Criminal Rules Advisory Committee and the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selections. He currently serves on the board of the White Bear Center for the Arts, is an Adjunct Professor at St. Thomas School of Law, teaching Advanced Evidence, and is a presenter at numerous legal seminars and trial skills advocacy programs.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
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LAWS 778 - 01 Advanced Evidence - - W - - - - 1800 - 1955 MSL 238
CRN: 22664 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Leonardo Castro This course examines subjects in evidence that are not generally covered (or not examined in depth) in the introductory evidence course but are critical to the modern civil and criminal trial practice. The course will include the application of rules and case law in the admission and exclusion of evidence. Students will conduct trial and motion practice demonstrations. Students will engage in discussion and analysis of complex evidentiary issues. Emphasis will be on topics suitable to both civil and criminal cases. Topics will include: the role of the legislature in enacting rules of evidence, introduction of digital/electronic evidence, review of scientific evidence, advanced hearsay, character and impeachment evidence, and the use expert witnesses. The class will also tour the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension laboratory. Prerequisite: LAWS 705

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