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Franken Holds Roundtable With Top Minnesota Legal Scholars On Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

Sunday, May 23, 2010

I’m not a lawyer, so I think of myself as a proxy for my constituents. That means I’m very concerned with how Supreme Court decisions affect the lives of Minnesotans,” said Sen. Franken. “I found it incredibly valuable to discuss possible hearing questions with Minnesota’s top legal experts and to hear their advice on key issues before the Supreme Court.”

The non-partisan group, made up of 11 legal experts from both the non-profit and private sectors, represent a broad range of perspectives and knowledge on a variety of legal issues including: campaign finance reform and the Citizen’s United ruling, criminal law, mandatory minimums, sexual orientation and the law, jurisprudence and feminist jurisprudence, national security, employment law, labor law, corporate law, communications law and media consolidation, civil rights and human rights law, and data privacy.

Participants included: Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin, Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law, University of Minnesota Law School; Dale Carpenter, Earl. R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law at the U of M; David Schultz, Professor, School of Business, School of Law, Hamline; Former Associate Justice James H. Gilbert; Nekima Levy-Pounds, Professor of Law at St. Thomas Law School, Director of the Community Justice Project; Randy Lebedoff, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Star Tribune; Dave Boehnen, Dave Boehnen, Executive Vice President of SUPERVALU; Myron Orfield, Executive Director of the Institute on Race and Poverty,  Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School; Afsheen John Radsan, John Radsan, Professor and Director of National Security Forum, William Mitchell; Brenden Cummins, Partner, Miller, O’Brien, and Cummins; and Erika Koster, Partner, Oppenheimer, Wolff, and Donnelly.

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