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Ramsey County Bar Association and Ramsey County Law Library Law Day CLE Equal Protection of the Laws: The Journey from Jim Crow to Gay Marriage

May 4, 2017@3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Presenter: Donald M. Lewis, Nilan Johnson Lewis PA

The Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause is a grand constitutional phrase, but its framers would not have foreseen racially-mixed public school classrooms or same-sex weddings. This presentation will explore the progress from “the original understanding” to the expansive interpretation we know today of the amendment’s promise of equality. It will include a “top ten” review of U.S. Supreme Court decisions and will consider their shortcomings in improving social, economic and political outcomes. Historic applications of the clause in Minnesota cases will be noted.

Time: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Registration: 2:30 to 3:00 p.m..
Location: Room 40A&B, Ramsey County District Courthouse, St. Paul
Credit: 1 standard CLE credit approved
Cost: FREE for RCBA members; $30 non-members
Teleconference Cost: FREE for RCBA members; $30 non-members

Participants are invited to visit the Law Library on the 18th floor of the courthouse for tours.
The public is invited to attend the presentation for free.