MSBA Criminal Law Certification Board 2021 Seminar

Event Description

We hope you can join us for a day of learning sponsored by the MSBA Criminal Law Certification Board.

9:00 - 10:30 am - Jury Trials During Covid  
A panel of lawyers who tried criminal cases in state and federal court during Covid-19 lockdowns discuss their experience—what worked and what did not.

Shannon Elkins, Federal Defenders of Minnesota
Ryan Garry, Attorney at Law
Kevin Devore, Devore Law Office
Bill Mauzy, Mauzy Law Firm
Joseph McInnis, Hennepin County Public Defender's Office

10:45 - 11:15 am -  Communication with Clients Protocol
Federal Defender will discuss the protocols set in place for communication with incarcerated federal clients during Covid-19.

Manny Atwal, First Assistant, Federal Public Defender's Office

11:15 am - 12:00 pm - Moving Forward after Covid-19
Group discussion with panel from state judiciary, prosecution and defense on what to do with the backlog of cases ready for trial in 2021.

Hon. Kevin Burke, MN Fourth Judicial District
Joe Friedberg, Joseph S. Friedberg, Chartered
Bill Mauzy, Mauzy Law Firm
John Fossum, Rice County Attorney's Office

12:00 - 12:45 pm - Joe Friedberg on Trials

Minnesota’s premier criminal defense attorney gives tips on jury trial practice.

Joe Friedberg, Joseph S. Friedberg, Chartered

12:45 - 1:15 pm - Brady/Giglio

John Fossum, Rice County Attorney, updates recent case law on Brady/Giglio disclosure requirements.

John Fossum, Rice County Attorney's Office

1:15 - 1:45 pm - Compassionate Release

Andrew Mohring will summarize requirements for filing for compassionate release for federal prisoners.

Andrew Mohring, Federal Defenders of Minnesota

1:45 - 4:00 pm - Federal/State Criminal Law Issues (with 15 minute break)

Dan Scott will summarize Federal and State criminal law and procedure issues in preparation for the 2021 criminal law specialist certification examination.  Minnesota State Rules of Criminal Procedure and Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, ethical rules that directly impact criminal law, constitutional requirements for effective assistance of counsel,  Sentencing Guidelines,  and case law impacting criminal trials will be discussed.

Dan Scott, Kelley, Wolter & Scott, PA

Want more information about the Certified Specialist program?  The next Criminal Law Certified Specialist exam is scheduled for March 6. 

CLE Credits:

6.5 Standard CLE credits | Event Code: 343278 


MSBA Certified Specialists: $50.00  (use SPECIAL21 during checkout for discount)
MSBA Members (not certified specialists): $100.00
Non-MSBA Members: $150.00   

Registration Deadline: February 17, 2021


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.


Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.

Remote Participation: 

This program is by webinar only. Remote instructions will be emailed to you the week day prior to the CLE. 


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.

Program Manager:

Thea Anderson

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Friday, February 19, 2021

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM