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THIS WEEK! Announcing Re-Imagining Justice Conference Program Details


Registration is now open! Register HERE


What: 2022 Re-Imagining Justice conference: Building Bridges - Seeking Solutions

When and where:

  • Wednesday, November 16, 6 - 8:30 PM: in-person keynote and opening reception at the Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis

  • Thursday, November 17, 9 AM - 3:30 PM: virtual keynotes, plenaries, and breakout sessions


With our conference happening THIS WEEK, we at the MNJRC are putting the final touches on what is shaping up to be an inspirational and informative two days. The theme for this year’s conference is “Building Bridges – Seeking Solutions” and that is exactly what we are aiming to do with our conference programming.


The conference kicks off in person with an evening keynote on Wednesday, November 16th from civil rights activist Desmond Meade in which he will discuss the importance of democracy in creating a just world. Opening night will include a networking reception, during which we will celebrate being in person for the first time in three years in the mid-century-era Riverview Theater in Minneapolis’s Longfellow neighborhood.


On Thursday, November 17th, we will convene virtually, starting at 9 am with a reading by Zeke Caliguiri and a virtual keynote by Cynthia W. Roseberry, Acting Director of the ACLU’s Justice Division. Participants will then attend virtual breakout sessions and plenaries throughout the day. In addition to the breakout sessions, Thursday’s program also includes timely plenaries and panel discussions, including a discussion with MDHR Commissioner Rebecca Lucero on her work addressing race-based policing with the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department.


Here is the full conference agenda, including breakout session topics:


DAY ONE - OPENING NIGHT AGENDA

Wed., Nov. 16th 2022

In-person at the Riverview Theater

3800 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis


6:00pm - Doors Open for Opening Reception

7:00pm - Performance by acapella group SingHER

7:15pm - Welcome by Andrew Martens, MNJRC Board Chair

7:20pm - Keynote by Civil Rights Activist and FRRC Executive Director Desmond Meade

7:50pm - Fireside Chat with Desmond Meade and Justin Terrell, MNJRC Executive Director

8:30pm - Closing by Justin Terrell


Reception Menu: Riverview Theater popcorn, soda, water, tea, and coffee; O's Kitchen’s chicken wraps, salmon wraps, veggie spring rolls, cookies and cream jars, strawberry shortcake jars, and banana pudding jars


DAY TWO - VIRTUAL PROGRAM AGENDA

Thurs., Nov. 17th 2022

Virtual via “Whova” digital conference platform


9:00am - Welcome by Emcees Jamael Lundy and Kayla Richards from MNJRC

9:05am - Performance by Zeke Caligiuri

9:10am - Keynote by Cynthia W. Roseberry of the ACLU’s Justice Division

9:40am - Break

9:50am - First Round of Breakout Sessions:

  1. Beyond Emergency Response: Saint Paul’s Comprehensive Community-First Public Safety Agenda

  2. #LessisMoreNY: Lessons from New York’s Campaign to Reform Community Supervision*

  3. Use of Force in Minnesota the Lessons Learned: A Unique Perspective

10:50am - Break

11:00am - Second Round of Breakout Sessions:

  1. Competency Restoration - Decriminalizing Mental Illnesses in Minnesota*

  2. Let Everyone Advance with Dignity (LEAD): a community safety model

  3. The Legal Revolution: Utilizing Legal Education and Practice to Transform the Criminal Justice System*

12:00pm - Break

12:10pm - Lunch Plenary on Race-Based Policing with MN Dept of Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero, Angela Rose Myers, and Tiffani Daniels. Moderated by Dr. Michelle Phelps

1:30p, - Break

1:40pm - Third Round of Breakout Sessions:

  1. Reimagining Pretrial Justice: Telling Minnesota's Story

  2. The Realities of Reentry for Registry-Involved Persons*

  3. What Minnesota’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s (MMIW) Task Force Learned About Re-Imagining Justice*

2:40pm - Break

2:50pm - Closing Plenary on the Work Ahead with Rep. Cedrick Frazier, Rep. Paul Novotny, Lights Out Director Sherman Patterson, and MN Humanities Center CEO Kevin Lindsey. Moderated by Justin Terrell

3:30pm - Closing comments by Sharon Sayles Belton, MNJRC Board Member and VP Strategic Partnership and Alliances, Thomson Reuters


*CLEs have been applied for these sessions, including Elimination of Bias credits


Don't forget to register! Tickets for this year’s conference are $50 for General Admission, $200 for CLE tickets, and $60 for MN Social Work Continuing Education credits. Student tickets, discounted rates for public interest lawyers, and limited scholarships are also available. Register HERE!


We can’t wait for you to join us!


Thank you to our Sponsors!


Founding Sponsor: Thomson Reuters


Justice Champions






Justice Allies

Dorsey and Whitney

Greater Twin Cities United Way

Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Minnesota Department of Corrections

Justice Supporters

Bassford Remele * Best & Flanagan LLC * Center for Victims of Torture

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP * MN Adult and Teen Challenge

MN Second Chance Coalition * Robins Kaplan * Stoel Rives