Barriers to Reentry

Friday, February 28, 2020
08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN, USA

Hamline University Center for Justice and Law & Mitchell Hamline School of Law presents

Barriers to Reentry

This full-day conference will discuss the barriers of reentry formerly incarcerated individuals experienced & explore possible solutions. 5.0 hours of continuing education credits are available (see below for more details).

Our keynote speaker, Reginald Dwayne Betts, transformed himself from a sixteen-year old kid sentenced to nine-years in prison to a critically acclaimed writer and graduate of Yale Law School. He has written three acclaimed collections of poetry, the recently published Felon, Bastards of the Reagan Era and Shahid Reads His Own Palm.


8:30 - 9:00 am: Registration

9:00 - 10:00 am: Introduction & Overview of the problem

Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General

Dr. Jillian Peterson, Professor at Hamline University

10:00 - 11:00 am: Impacted Individual Panel with

Moderator Kevin Reese, Voices for Racial Justice

Naomi Gaines-Young, Hiphop artist, Author, & Marketing Assistant at NAMI Minnesota

Chris Dolan, Law Student at Mitchell Hamline

Suzula Bidon, Attorney

11:15 - 12:15 pm: Government Panel

Moderator Dr. Jillian Peterson, Professor at Hamline University

John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney

Rep. Raymond Dehn, Minnesota House of Representatives

Paul Schnell, Minnesota Commissioner of Corrections

12:30 - 1:30 pm: Lunch Keynote with Reginald Dwayne Betts

1:45 - 3:15 pm: Solutions panel

Moderator Emily Baxter, Executive Director of We Are All Criminals

Emily Turner, Founder of All Square

Otis Zanders, Ujamaa Place

Jon Geffen, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

3:30 - 5:00 pm: Reception - SEEN Exhibit

Continuing Education:

5.0 hours of continuing education is available from the following boards:

  • MN Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)
  • MN Board of Social Work
  • MN Board of Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
  • MN Educator Licensing and Board of Teaching

If you need a different board approved for continuing education, please send us an email at

Individuals who are seeking credit for continuing education must purchase the CLE/CEU ticket in order to receive a certificate of attendance. Continuing Education certificates will be provided within two weeks of the event to individuals who purchase the "continuing education ticket" and check-in at the event!

Refund Policy:

Tickets will not be refunded or transferred after they are purchased.

If you have any questions, please email us at

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