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Journal of Public Law & Policy Symposium
Start Date: 2/28/2019Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Date: 2/28/2019End Time: 4:00 PM
Event Cost: $75.00 USD
Event Description:
8:30 am Check-in and light breakfast

9-10 am Session 1

10-11:30 am Session 2

11:30 am-12:15 pm Impacted Person Testimony/Statement and Video

12:15 pm Lunch is Served

12:30 pm Keynote Address

1-3 pm Session 3

3 pm Networking Reception

9 am Session 1: Plenary Speaker
National Overview of the Impact of Sex Offender Residence Restrictions on Housing Availability

Jill Levenson, Ph.D.
Professor of Social Work, Barry University
Internationally recognized expert in trauma-informed care and sexual abuse in clinical, correctional, and forensic settings

10 am Session 2: Issues in Minnesota
What are the effects of residential restrictions on reintegration, and how do they affect public policy in Minnesota? 

Moderator: Joanna Woolman, J.D.
Associate Professor, Executive Director, Institute for Children, Families, and Communities, Mitchell Hamline School of Law


Mark Bliven ’85 (WMCL)
Director, Risk Assessment and Community Notification, Minnesota Department of Corrections
Nancy Johnston
Director, Minnesota Sex Offender Program
Amy Lawler, J.D.
Assistant State Public Defender, Minnesota Office of the Appellate Public Defender
12:15 pm Lunch Keynote Speaker

Patty Wetterling
Advocate for Children’s Safety and Chair of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

1 pm Session 3: What are we going to do?

Moderator: Eric Janus, J.D.
2018 ACLU Minnesota Earl Larson Award recipient
Professor of Law, Director, Sex Offense Litigation and Policy Resource Center, Mitchell Hamline School of Law


Alison Feigh, M.S.
Program Manager, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center
Jon Brandt, MSW, LICSW
Brad Colbert, J.D. ’85 (WMCL)
Assistant State Public Defender, Minnesota State Public Defender’s Office
Resident Adjunct Professor, Director, Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners Clinic, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Senator Tony Lourey
District 11, State of Minnesota
Continuing Legal Education
CLE, CEU, Marriage and Family Counseling, and LPPC credits are pending.

Registration is required for all attendees. The entire symposium is $75 or $25 per session. Public Interest attorneys can attend for a reduced cost of $50 for the entire symposium or $20 per session. Social workers (probation officers, correctional officers, correctional treatment specialist, victim advocates, and child services)
can attend the entire symposium for $25. Community members can attend for $10 by contacting If you need a waiver, contact the Symposium Editor. Current law students can attend for free based on available space please contact

Mitchell Hamline Law Journal of Public Policy and Practice

Minnesota Chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

Contact the Symposium Editor with any questions or concerns at
Location Information:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law - *Main Campus  (View Map)
875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
Phone: 651-227-9171
Room: 231

Mitchell Hamline School of Law - *Main Campus  (View Map)
875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
Phone: 651-227-9171
Room: Auditorium (245)
Contact Information:
Name: Sheila Francois

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