Anoka County Open Courthouse Event 2019

The public is invited to celebrate Law Day at the Anoka County "Open Courthouse" event on April 26.
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The public is invited to attend Anoka County Law Day on Friday, April 26, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Anoka County Courthouse and Government Center, 2100 3rd Ave, Anoka.

This free event celebrates the role of law in our society and aims to promote a deeper understanding of the legal profession.
 
Anoka County Law Day 2019 Flyer

All-Day Activities


Guided Courthouse Tours
Meet at the Government Center Atrium
Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Anoka County Courthouse, with visits to real courtrooms and the chance to hear from a local district court judge or other justice system officials.

9:00AM - 3:00PM - Information Fair
Government Center Atrium, 1st floor
Visit an information fair designed to showcase the work of many of the justice system partners in the local community, share legal resources available to the public, and highlight new advancements in criminal justice and court technology being implemented across the state.

Information fair booths include:  Immigration, Judicare, Center for Excellence, Mediation Services, Alexandra House
 

Presentations Open to the Public


9AM - Welcome & Opening Remarks
Government Center Atrium
Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah & Tenth Judicial District Judge Barry Sullivan address Law Day.

9AM - 3PM - Expungement of Adult & Juvenile Records
Government Center, 7th Floor
Central Minnesota Legal Services and Volunteer Lawyers Network will offer a video presentation on the process for seeking expungement of adult and juvenile offenses from the court record.  After the presentation, volunteer attorneys will be available until 3 p.m. to answer questions and provide assistance in filling out the appropriate court forms.
 

Legal Advice Clinics


9AM - 3PM - Legal Clinic:  Family Law (Divorce/Custody/Child Support/Paternity)
Law Library E130, Courthouse
Attorneys will be available to discuss issues surrounding child support, driver's license payment plans for child support, custody, parenting time, paternity, contempt, divorce, domestic violence, waiver of court fees and costs, order enforcement, proper service, establishing court hearing dates, and other family matters that may come up after a divorce.

9AM - 3PM - Legal Clinic:  Driver's License
Courthouse, West, 4th floor
Representatives from Anoka County Court Administration, Child Support and the Department of Vehicle Services (DVS) will be on hand to assist in reviewing your DL record to determine why you are suspended, and assist in getting you all the information needed to get your license reinstated.  If it cannot be reinstated immediately, you will have received comprehensive instructions on what steps will still need to be taken to reinstate.

9AM - 3PM - Legal Clinic:  Adult & Juvenile Expungements
Government Center, 7th Floor
Central Minnesota Legal Services and Volunteer Lawyers Network will offer a video presentation on the process for seeking expungement of adult and juvenile offenses from the court record.  After the presentation, volunteer attorneys will be available until 3 p.m. to answer questions and provide assistance in filling out the appropriate court forms.

9AM - 3PM - Legal Clinic:  Eviction Expungements
Government Center, Rooms 243 & 244
At 1:00p.m., Central Minnesota Legal Services and the Volunteer Lawyers Network will offer a presentation on the process for seeking criminal and eviction expungements from the court record.  After the presentation, volunteer attorneys will be available until 3p.m. to answer questions and provide assistance in filling out the appropriate court forms.

9AM - 3PM - Legal Clinic:  Outstanding Warrant Resolution
Courthouse, West, 4th floor
Those with an Anoka County warrant or case will have the opportunity to resolve outstanding warrants for criminal misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, and discuss resolution of outstanding issues in some felony cases; address matters regarding driver's license status and unpaid fines and fees.

9AM - 3PM - Legal Clinic:  Conservators/Power of Attorney/Guardianships
Government Center, Rooms 243 & 244
Auditors from the Conservator Account Auditing Program (CAAP) will be available to provide assistance with MyMNConservator and answer questions about conservator responsibilities.  Experts will be available to answer questions.  There will be a volunteer attorney available between 9:00a.m. and 3:00p.m. to answer questions and provide legal advice about guardianship.

9AM - 3PM - Legal Clinic:  Immigration
Government Center Atrium
Between 9:00a.m. and 3:00p.m., a volunteer attorney from Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid will be available to answer questions and provide information regarding Immigration law issues.

9AM - 3PM - Legal Clinic:  Civil Law
Government Center, Rooms 243 & 244
Attorneys will be available to discuss issues relating to evictions, landlord/tenant disputes, debt collection, garnishment, social security disability, unemployment benefits and other non-criminal matters.  Volunteer attorneys will be available until 3:00p.m. to answer questions and provide assistance in filling out the appropriate court forms.

10AM – 11AM – CLE Presentation, Tax Law Impact in Family Law Cases
Anoka County Courthouse
CPA and financial expert Dax Stoner will discuss recent TCJA changes in tax law and the implications to divorce cases, FENEs, individuals and professional practices. Other financial topics (e.g. non-marital, child support) may be discussed if time permits, so bring your tough case questions for some Q&A discussion!
Presentation by Dax Stoner, CPA. Meet and Greet 11AM – 11:30AM
 
11:30AM – 12:30PM – CLE Presentation, Body Worn Cameras
Anoka County Courthouse
The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the challenges and considerations law enforcement officers and attorneys face in the use of body worn cameras (BWC’s).  We have all heard the caution to “not to believe everything you see.”   Nevertheless, the public is increasingly demanding early access to BWC footage – followed by quick judgments lacking the background information necessary to make fully informed decisions regarding the reasonableness of police conduct.  Are there limitations in the use of body worn cameras?  If so, what are they?  How do the capabilities of a body worn camera compare to that of a human being?  This presentation aims to address these very questions and to challenge the popular notion that body cameras tell the whole story regarding the incidents they depict. 
Presentation by Lt. Robert Shene, Duluth Police Department. Meet and Greet 12:30PM – 1PM
 
1:30PM – 2:30PM – CLE Presentation, First Amendment
Anoka County Courthouse
THE FIRST AMENDMENT IN MINNESOTA:
     A Look Back At R.A.V. v. St. Paul -505 U.S. 377 (1992)
R.A.V. involved a cross burning that occurred on the East Side of St. Paul in June of 1990. The     juvenile involved was charged under a hate speech ordinance. The Judge of the Minnesota District Court struck down the ordinance, but the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously reinstated the law. The United States Supreme Court issued a writ of certiorari in June of 1991. Arguments were held in December of 1991. In June of 1992, the United States Supreme Court issued, according to the New York Times, “a decision of landmark dimension, a declaration in favor of more speech rather than less “in an opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia, unanimously reversing the Minnesota Supreme Court.
 
The opinion remains the most cited United States Supreme Court case originating in Minnesota in State history. Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals Edward Cleary briefed and argued the case from beginning to end and authored a book on the case “Beyond the Burning Cross” (Random House 1994). He will discuss the case and show some of the local and national media coverage that occurred at the time.
Presentation by Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary, Minnesota Court of Appeals. Meet and Greet 2:30PM – 3PM.

 
9AM - 3PM - Legal Clinic:  Family Law (Divorce/Custody/Child Support/Paternity) - Family Law Clinic Flyer
Law Library E130, Courthouse
Attorneys will be available to discuss issues surrounding child support, driver's license payment plans for child support, custody, parenting time, paternity, contempt, divorce, domestic violence, waiver of court fees and costs, order enforcement, proper service, establishing court hearing dates, and other family matters that may come up after a divorce.

9AM - 3PM - Legal Clinic:  Driver's License - Driver's License Clinic Flyer
Courthouse, West, 4th floor
Representatives from Anoka County Court Administration, Child Support and the Department of Vehicle Services (DVS) will be on hand to assist in reviewing your DL record to determine why you are suspended, and assist in getting you all the information needed to get your license reinstated.  If it cannot be reinstated immediately, you will have received comprehensive instructions on what steps will still need to be taken to reinstate.

9AM - 3PM - Legal Clinic:  Adult & Juvenile Expungements - Juvenile Expungement Clinic Flyer - Expungement Clinic Flyer
Government Center, 7th Floor
Central Minnesota Legal Services and Volunteer Lawyers Network will offer a video presentation on the process for seeking expungement of adult and juvenile offenses from the court record.  After the presentation, volunteer attorneys will be available until 3 p.m. to answer questions and provide assistance in filling out the appropriate court forms.

9AM - 3PM - Legal Clinic:  Eviction Expungements - Expungement Clinic Flyer
Government Center, Rooms 243 & 244
At 1:00p.m., Central Minnesota Legal Services and the Volunteer Lawyers Network will offer a presentation on the process for seeking criminal and eviction expungements from the court record.  After the presentation, volunteer attorneys will be available until 3p.m. to answer questions and provide assistance in filling out the appropriate court forms.

9AM - 3PM - Legal Clinic:  Outstanding Warrant Resolution - Outstanding Warrant Clinic Flyer
Courthouse, West, 4th floor
Those with an Anoka County warrant or case will have the opportunity to resolve outstanding warrants for criminal misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, and discuss resolution of outstanding issues in some felony cases; address matters regarding driver's license status and unpaid fines and fees.

9AM - 3PM - Legal Clinic:  Conservators/Power of Attorney/Guardianships - Conservator/Guardianship/Probate Clinic Flyer
Government Center, Rooms 243 & 244
Auditors from the Conservator Account Auditing Program (CAAP) will be available to provide assistance with MyMNConservator and answer questions about conservator responsibilities.  Experts will be available to answer questions.  There will be a volunteer attorney available between 9:00a.m. and 3:00p.m. to answer questions and provide legal advice about guardianship.

9AM - 3PM - Legal Clinic:  Immigration - Immigration Law Clinic Flyer
Government Center Atrium
Between 9:00a.m. and 3:00p.m., a volunteer attorney from Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid will be available to answer questions and provide information regarding Immigration law issues.

9AM - 3PM - Legal Clinic:  Civil Law - Civil Law Clinic Flyer
Government Center, Rooms 243 & 244
Attorneys will be available to discuss issues relating to evictions, landlord/tenant disputes, debt collection, garnishment, social security disability, unemployment benefits and other non-criminal matters.  Volunteer attorneys will be available until 3:00p.m. to answer questions and provide assistance in filling out the appropriate court forms.


          
 
9AM - Welcome & Opening Remarks
Government Center Atrium
Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah & Tenth Judicial District Judge Barry Sullivan address Law Day.

9AM - 3PM - Expungement of Adult & Juvenile Records
Government Center, 7th Floor
Central Minnesota Legal Services and Volunteer Lawyers Network will offer a video presentation on the process for seeking expungement of adult and juvenile offenses from the court record.  After the presentation, volunteer attorneys will be available until 3 p.m. to answer questions and provide assistance in filling out the appropriate court forms.

10AM – 11AM – CLE Presentation, Tax Law Impact in Family Law Cases
Anoka County Courthouse
CPA and financial expert Dax Stoner will discuss recent TCJA changes in tax law and the implications to divorce cases, FENEs, individuals and professional practices. Other financial topics (e.g. non-marital, child support) may be discussed if time permits, so bring your tough case questions for some Q&A discussion!
Presentation by Dax Stoner, CPA. Meet and Greet 11AM – 11:30AM
 
11:30AM – 12:30PM – CLE Presentation, Body Worn Cameras
Anoka County Courthouse
The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the challenges and considerations law enforcement officers and attorneys face in the use of body worn cameras (BWC’s).  We have all heard the caution to “not to believe everything you see.”   Nevertheless, the public is increasingly demanding early access to BWC footage – followed by quick judgments lacking the background information necessary to make fully informed decisions regarding the reasonableness of police conduct.  Are there limitations in the use of body worn cameras?  If so, what are they?  How do the capabilities of a body worn camera compare to that of a human being?  This presentation aims to address these very questions and to challenge the popular notion that body cameras tell the whole story regarding the incidents they depict. 
Presentation by Lt. Robert Shene, Duluth Police Department. Meet and Greet 12:30PM – 1PM
 
1:30PM – 2:30PM – CLE Presentation, First Amendment
Anoka County Courthouse
THE FIRST AMENDMENT IN MINNESOTA:
     A Look Back At R.A.V. v. St. Paul -505 U.S. 377 (1992)
R.A.V. involved a cross burning that occurred on the East Side of St. Paul in June of 1990. The     juvenile involved was charged under a hate speech ordinance. The Judge of the Minnesota District Court struck down the ordinance, but the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously reinstated the law. The United States Supreme Court issued a writ of certiorari in June of 1991. Arguments were held in December of 1991. In June of 1992, the United States Supreme Court issued, according to the New York Times, “a decision of landmark dimension, a declaration in favor of more speech rather than less “in an opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia, unanimously reversing the Minnesota Supreme Court.
 
The opinion remains the most cited United States Supreme Court case originating in Minnesota in State history. Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals Edward Cleary briefed and argued the case from beginning to end and authored a book on the case “Beyond the Burning Cross” (Random House 1994). He will discuss the case and show some of the local and national media coverage that occurred at the time.
Presentation by Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary, Minnesota Court of Appeals. Meet and Greet 2:30PM – 3PM.
 

Location and Directions:

Anoka County Government Center & Courthouse 
2100 3rd Avenue
Anoka, MN 55303-2489
Main Line: (763) 760-6700

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Parking Information:

There is free parking in the Parking Ramp next to the Anoka County Government Center (enter on Van Buren St.).  There is also free three hour parking in the ramp on Jackson Street. Please see the Anoka County brochure for additional parking information.