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The MSBA's Criminal Law Section Presents


Do what other criminal lawyer’s fail to do…"

Let’s face it … criminal defense attorneys “litigate” over 90% of their cases at sentencing. If your going strike a plea in your client’s case, you should spend the majority of your time developing an argument to keep your client from going to jail or prison. This CLE is all about getting your client in the very small category of cases that merit a departure from the mandatory minimums in DWI cases to the sentencing guidelines in State and Federal Court.

You need to tell a story! There are many things you can do to convince the Court on why your client deserves a deal when everyone else gets the standard Minnesota Guideline sentence. Hear from some of the cities top criminal defense attorneys - Robert Sicoli, Andrea George and Sarah MacGillis - on how to “win” when everything is on the line...

Ryan Garry will provide an introduction as well as distribute in WORD format a Memorandum in Support of a Downward Departure in which he convinced a conservative northern Minnesota judge to depart from the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines on a First Degree Methamphetamine case, saving his client an additional 86 months in prison. The significance of that case was highlighted by the fact that the judge had rarely, if ever, departed on such a case. You are welcome to copy and use the memorandum in your cases.

Following the program, join your colleagues for happy hour and an opportunity to network.


Ryan Garry (Moderator/Speaker), Ryan Garry, Attorney at Law LLC
Ryan is narrating the speakers below, and will give to all who would like a sentencing memorandum that you can use in your own cases. Ryan practices criminal defense in Minneapolis and has successfully represented individuals charged with misdemeanor to felony DWI, to sophisticated white-collar crime and homicide. His detailed investigation into the facts of his clients' cases, new and creative approaches to a defense, and a persuasive analysis of the law have resulted in highly successful outcomes. Within the past year Ryan has litigated state and federal criminal cases and obtained "not guilty" jury trials verdicts in misdemeanor through felony criminal cases. Ryan is the co-editor of the Challenger, the official publication of the Minnesota Society of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Robert D. Sicoli , Law Offices of Robert D. Sicoli, Ltd.
Robert D. Sicoli of the Law Offices of Robert D. Sicoli, Ltd. has practiced exclusively in the areas of white collar criminal defense and criminal defense since 1987. He was on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) from 2003 to 2010, and was the President of the MACDL from 2008-2009. Mr. Sicoli has won numerous jury acquittals, including cases involving assault, criminal sexual conduct, fraud, criminal vehicular homicide and theft. He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal seminars on various criminal law issues, including, trial practice, white collar fraud and expungements. In addition to representing his private clients, Mr. Sicoli volunteers his time reviewing expungement requests on behalf of the Volunteer Lawyers Network, and has also volunteered his time with the Advocates for Human Rights representing clients seeking asylum in the United States.

Sarah MacGillis, MacGillis Law
Sarah began her criminal practice in 1997. Since then, she has represented individuals charged with offenses ranging from assault to tax evasion in both state and federal court. In addition, she has significant appellate experience. She brought the first post-Apprendi challenge in Minnesota successfully arguing before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court that Minnesota’s pattern offender statute was unconstitutional. Most recently, she brought an appeal in a case of first impression on the significance of the deprivation of a peremptory challenge under the Minnesota Constitution which was decided in her client’s favor.

Andrea K. George, Senior Litigator, Federal Defenders Office
Andrea K. George - Senior Litigator Federal Defenders Office, District of Minnesota, 2006 to present; Assistant Federal Defender, 1991 to 2006; Appellate Attorney Federal Defenders Office, 1989 to 1991. Hamline University School of Law, cum laude, 1989; University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1984. National speaker on various topics including Technology in the Courtroom, The Fourth, Fifth And Sixth Amendments, Federal Sentencing, and Trial Advocacy. Faculty member of NCDC and the Wisconsin Trial Academy.

3.5 hours of Standard CLE credits applied for
Event Code: 151454



Date:   Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Time:   11:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:   Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
50 South Sixth Street, Suite 1500
Minneapolis, MN 55402 

Check-in and lunch will begin at 11:45 a.m., followed by the program from noon - 3:30 p.m. From 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., please join us for happy hour and networking.


Section Members:  $25.00
Join the Section and attend for FREE:  $15.00
MSBA Members (But Not Criminal Law Section Members):  $30.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $35.00
Public/Legal Services Attorneys:  $25.00
Law Students:  $5.00

Teleconferencing/videoconferencing is available. Contact Elyse Farnsworth at or 612-278-6336 on or before January 17, 2011, to request teleconference/videoconference instructions.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336