When Speech Is Not Free - First Amendment Challenges to Criminal Laws in Minnesota Appellate Courts

Event Description

Online registration is now closed.
If you would still like to join, email
kerbach@mnbars.org by 11AM on May 18.

In March 2020, the Minnesota Supreme Court held in State v. Mrozinski that the state has the power to criminalize threatening statements, even if made without specific intent to terrorize.  Mrozinski is only the latest in a progeny of cases that have wrestled with the line between when speech is free—and when it isn’t.  Driven at times by attempts to regulate harms associated with new technologies, and arising in a time of heightened passions in our country, these cases raise significant questions about how we balance individual liberties and government power. 

Join our distinguished to discuss what these cases say, what it means for Minnesota, and how they think these issues may (or should) be resolved going forward.   


Honorable Judge Peter J. Reyes, Jr. of the Minnesota Court of Appeals

Kevin Riach, The Law Office of Kevin C. Riach

Jon Schmidt, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney, Special Litigation Division—Appeals Unit

Cicely Militich, Counsel, Lathrop GPM


CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credits | Event Code: 457577


Appellate Practice Section members: Free
MSBA Member not in the Section: $20
Non-MSBA Member: $40
Law Clerk: Free (Use code CLERKS at checkout)
Law Student: Free

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:
Kayla Erbach


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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

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