Residency Restrictions- Sound Public Policy or Tinfoil Hats?

Event Description


Deadline to Register: April 18, 2018

The speakers will discuss local ordinances restricting where sex offenders may live. Are these ordinances prudent policy or unconstitutionally punitive?


Lunch, registration and networking at 11:45.  Program begins at 12:00.


Brian Collins | MS | Minnesota Department of Corrections
Brian Collins is the District Supervisor for the Red Wing District of the Minnesota Department of Corrections’ Field Services Division. He is responsible for overseeing the adult felony probation and supervised release activities in Goodhue, Wabasha, Le Sueur, and Waseca counties. Prior to his appointment in December 2016, Brian oversaw the Department’s Community Notification Unit where he developed a particular interest in public policy related to predatory offenders, especially in the area of residency restrictions. He also has experience as a Special Investigator in the Office of Special Investigations at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP), as a probation and parole agent responsible for supervising adult sex offenders, as a juvenile agent, and as a security counselor at the MSOP. Brian is a combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served honorably in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Brian holds a Master’s Degree in Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Eric S. Janus | Professor of Law | Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Eric Janus served as President and Dean of William Mitchell College of Law from 2007-2015.  Professor Janus’ scholarly focus has been on constitutional and public policy considerations in the development of so-called regulatory approaches to sexual violence prevention. 
In 2017, he established the Sex Offense Litigation and Policy Resource Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, funded by a grant from the Vital Projects Fund.  He serves at the Center’s Director in its efforts to provide support for impact litigation and policy-reform work designed to produce constitutional, effective, humane and empirically sound sex offense policies. 

Bridget McCauley Nason | Partner | LeVander, Gillen & Miller, P.A.
Bridget Nason is a Shareholder with LeVander, Gillen & Miller, PA, where she practices in the area of municipal law. She received her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago in 2001 and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2005. In addition to her legal practice, Bridget is a member of the Board of Directors of the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights Rotary Club, the Dakota County Bar Association, and the Minnesota Women Lawyers’ Foundation.

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE credit approved | Event Code: 255287


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MSBA Member not in the section: $10.00  
Non-Member:  $15.00 
Law Student: Free

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Friday, April 20, 2018

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Skjegstad Room / Minnesota Department of Revenue Saint Paul, MN United States