Bartenders Wanted | Women Need Not Apply

Event Description

Online registration is closed. To attend, please email Tram Nguyen at by 11:00 am on 3/22.

In the early 1940s, Clara Anderson worked as a bartender at a local hotel until the St. Paul City Council enacted an ordinance barring women from working behind the bar as men returned from World War II. Rather than lose her job to a man, Anderson went to court. Her battle lasted three years and involved one tenacious lawyer and nine judges along the way. Ramsey County District Court Judge John Guthmann accidentally discovered this long-forgotten case when conducting research for a judicial portrait dedication at the Ramsey County Law Library. Intrigued, he wanted to learn more about her. Using court records, family stories and photographs, and newspaper accounts, Guthmann brought Anderson’s story and her fight against discrimination to life in a May 2020 article published in Ramsey County History Magazine.  He now brings that story to members of the MSBA, HCBA, and RCBA.


John H. Guthmann is a former Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. He graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, with a double major in history and political science, and received his JD from what is now the Mitchell Hamline College of Law. After clerking for Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Sheran, he spent twenty-seven years in private practice until his appointment to the bench in 2008.

CLE Credits:

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits | Event Code: 445931


MSBA/HCBA/RCBA Members: $15
Non-Members: $50 
Law Student: Free

Deadline to register: March 20, 2022. To register after that time, email the program manager.

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Payments:  Due to the pandemic, accounting staff have limited access to the office making the processing of checks difficult. We request that you register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you need assistance, please contact the program manager. If you must pay by check, please use this registration form.

Cancellations: Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.

Accommodations: The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager. Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:
Tram Nguyen



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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM