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The Myth of Colorblindness: Race and Criminal Justice in Minnesota

9:00am to 12:00pm Room 25 - The University of Minnesota Law School

Event of Interest: The ACLU of Minnesota invites you to a conference on "The Myth of Colorblindness: Race and Criminal Justice in Minnesota" on Friday, January 13, 2017 at the University of Minnesota Law School. 

We live in an era of mass incarceration where the United States has the highest rate of imprisonment in the world. This conference aims to address the disparities in the criminal justice system that lead to such significant incarceration rates by bringing together both national and local leaders who are pushing for reforms to our system. Leaders and experts from the Twin Cities legal community, the policing community and more will be featured at this conference, including the Robina Institute's Parole and Probation Research Director, Dr. Ebony Ruhland. 

This conference will feature keynote speaker Jason Williamson, an attorney with the ACLU headquarters in New York. He is a national expert on criminal justice reform and the juvenile justice system. He is involved in lawsuits around the country that challenge the disparities in our criminal justice system. 

Conference speakers include:

Keynote: Jason Williamson - ACLU National Attorney in the Criminal Law Reform Project


Brad Colbert, Professor Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Luz Maria Frias, YWCA Minneapolis

Jeff Martin, NAACP St. Paul

Ebony Rhuland, Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Brandt Williams, MPR Reporter

Jason Sole, NAACP Minneapolis

Hennepin County Judge Carolina Lamas

Vina Kay, Executive Director Voices for Racial Justice 

Continuing Language Education Credit & Registration

  • $30 for CLE credit - 2.5 elimination of bias credits will be applied for.
  • $15 - for general ticket (no Continuing Legal Education credits needed).
  • Light breakfast will be provided.

Purchase your tickets today.

Directions and Amenities

Parking and directions to the University of Minnesota Law School can be found here.


Questions? Contact Molly Miller at, or call 651-529-1696.