Role of Fair & Impartial Courts in American Democracy

Session Description: The judiciary plays an important role in our democracy. This non-partisan talk discusses the structural framework and meaning of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the parallel Federal and State Court systems in order to better understand the unique role of the judicial branch of government and need for fair and impartial courts. Challenges facing our court systems and the necessity of an informed electorate for judicial selections are also addressed.

Session Information: Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 10:00-11:40 a.m. This event will be offered in-person (O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium) with a simultaneous live-streamed online option. You will need to choose either in-person or online learning modality when you register. If you opt for online learning, you will receive information by email to access the program. The actual Join URL will be sent out to registrants two business days prior to the session. If you have not received it by then, please contact the Selim Center ( immediately. Students opting for in-person learning will receive an informational email two days prior to the event.

Session Educators: Jan Conlin and Michael Ciresi are the founders of Ciresi Conlin LLP and specialize in complex high-stakes litigation and trial work. Both Mike and Jan are both Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Membership is the Academy is limited to 500 active US lawyers and a smaller number around the world. The College is restricted to the top 1 percent of trial lawyers in any given state. Both Mike and Jan are recognized as Top 10 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. Both are graduates of St. Thomas and Mike currently serves on the board of trustees for the university.

Fee for the session: $15.00 per person

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