Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice


Probation Revocations from All Sides: Probation, Prosecution, and Defense Considerations

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Dorsey & Whitney

The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice and the Criminal Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association invite you to save the date for our next Robina In Conversation, "Probation Revocations from All Sides: Probation, Prosecution, and Defense Considerations," on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney in downtown Minneapolis.

While Minnesota has the sixth lowest incarceration rate in the nation, Minnesota’s community supervision rate is the seventh highest. In addition, probation revocations represent a growing share of prison admissions and are a key driver of Minnesota’s rising incarceration rate. Before revoking probation, the court must make findings on the Austin factors, which require the court to specifically identify the condition or conditions violation, find that the violation was intentional or excusable, and find that the policies favoring probation no longer outweigh the need for confinement. In this session, attendees will learn what considerations the prosecutor and defense should bring to the proceeding.  This session will place particular emphasis on the third Austin  factor and introduce the latest research about what works in probation, including the risk-need-responsivity principle, which matches the level of supervision and conditions to the probationer’s risk to reoffend and criminogenic needs.

Continuing Legal Education

Approval of 2.0 Standard CLE Credits is pending | Event Code: 251635


Register Here

Deadline to register is January 21st.

This event is free to attend however registration is required.

Visit the link above to register. Non-MSBA members can also visit the link to register, but will need to create a login to complete your registration. For ease, you may also email Kara Haro with your name and email address and she will register you personally.

Remote participation is available for this event. Instructions will be emailed to remote participants the day prior to the CLE.


Moderator | Kelly Lyn MitchellExecutive Director of the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Kelly Lyn Mitchell is the Executive Director of the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, and is also co-director of the Institute’s Sentencing Guidelines Resource Center. Mitchell was the Executive Director of the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission from 2011 to 2014, and has also served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Sentencing Commissions (NASC) since the fall of 2011. 

Researcher | Erin Harbinson | Research Fellow at Robina Institute

Erin Harbinson is a Research Fellow at the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. She received her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.  Erin’s dissertation examined the predictive validity of a correctional risk/needs assessment on white-collar offenders.  She also managed research projects for the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute and assisted criminal justice agencies with the implementation of evidence-based practices by evaluating correctional programs and conducting training for correctional staff on risk assessment, core correctional practices, and effective programming.  Erin’s research interests are risk assessment, correctional policy, supervision and program effectiveness, and white-collar crime.  Prior to joining the Robina Institute, she worked at the Council of State Governments Justice Center as a policy analyst, where she provided technical assistance to states implementing justice reinvestment legislation and data driven policies.

Prosecutor | Jeff Edblad | Isanti County Attorney

Jeff Edblad has served as the elected Isanti County Attorney since 1994. He is an adjunct professor at Anoka Ramsey Community College and has served as a faculty member for a number of trial advocacy related courses for the National District Attorneys Association.  Edblad served as Chair of the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission from 2007-15 and as a member of the Commission from 2003-07.  He served as the President of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association in 2017.  Additionally, Edblad was honored in 2014 with the Outstanding Greater Minnesota Prosecutor award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in 2011 with the Cambridge-Isanti School District 911 Friend of Education Award, in 2009 with the MCAA Johnson Distinguished Service award, and in 2008 with the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Julius E. Gernes Prosecutor Award of Excellence.

Probation Officer | Deb Rambo-Bennett

Deb Rambo-Bennett is a probation officer for Arrowhead Regional Corrections in the Duluth office. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Mental Health from Concordia, St. Paul where she specialized in risk assessment and recidivism. She has worked in corrections since 2013 and has been a probation officer since 2015. She is currently a Felony Plus probation officer which means she works with offenders of all levels.

Defense Attorney | Susan L. Elias | 1st District Public Defender

Susan Elias is a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law.  She has been a full-time public defender in the First Judicial District since 2006, first in Dakota County, and in Goodhue County since 2015.  Ms. Elias is also a member of the public defense statewide DNA and forensics workgroup.


The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice and the Minnesota State Bar Association Criminal Law Section

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Directions and Amenities

Location: Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Minnesota Room 

50 South 6th Street Suite #1500, Minneapolis, MN 55402 (15th floor) Easy to access from the Blue/Green line in downtown Minneapolis. 

Ample parking is available but no validations.

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If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event please notify Kara Haro at 612-278-6329 or Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations at this event.