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We Are All Criminals

Friday, September 20, 2019

01:00 PM - 04:30 PM

KC KLAS Center

1537 W Taylor Ave, St Paul, MN 55104, USA

Join the Center for Justice and Law on Friday, September 20th 1:00-4:30 pm for

"We Are All Criminals"

at Hamline University KLAS Center (1537 W Taylor Ave, St Paul, MN 55104) with keynote speaker Emily Baxter and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter.

Come hear the stories of those who committed crimes, those who got away with them, and those who have been directly affected by the criminal justice system. Keynote by author and national speaker Emily Baxter of "We Are All Criminals". Discuss the policies and practices that can help end our decades of mass incarceration and criminalization of poverty. 

Art by women who are incarcerated in Minnesota will be on display.  

Continuing education credit is available for select boards (more information below). If you would like to receive credit, please purchase a continuing education ticket.  


Emily Baxter

Executive Director, We Are All Criminals

Mayor Melvin Carter

Mayor of Saint Paul

Richard McLemore

Executive Director, McLemore Holdings

Tonja Honsey

Founder, We Rise

Drew Schaffer

Executive Director, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

Representative John Lesch

Chair, Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee

Jillian Peterson, PhD

Psychologist and Director, Center for Justice and Law


1:00 - 1:05 pm: Introduction by Dr. Jillian Peterson

1:05 - 1:55 pm: Keynote address by Emily Baxter

Emily Baxter, is the executive director and developer of the non-profit We Are All Criminals (WAAC). Emily Baxter is also the author of “We Are All Criminals”, a book with compelling photographs and first-person narratives to provide a look at how the policies and prejudices of the past and present are bankrupting our nation. Emily Baxter has served on the boards of the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition and the Minnesota Community Corrections Association.

1:55 - 2:05 pm: Break

2:05 - 2:20 pm: Representative Lesch

2:20 - 2:35 pm: Tonja Honsey

2:35 - 2:50 pm: Drew Schaffer

2:50 - 3:05 pm: Richard McLemore

3:05 - 3:15 pm: Break

3:15 - 3:45 pm: Mayor Melvin Carter

3:45 - 4:00 pm: Table discussions

4:00 - 4:30 pm: Panel discussion

We are still accepting sponsors for this event! Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities here.

Continuing Education:

Three (3) hours of continuing education is available from the following boards:

  • MN Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)
  • MN Board of Social Work
  • MN Board of Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
  • MN Educator Licensing and Board of Teaching

If you need a different board approved for continuing education, please send us an email at cjl@hamline.edu

Continuing Education certificates will be provided within two weeks of the event to individuals who purchase the "continuing education ticket" and check-in at the event!

Refund Policy:

Tickets will not be refunded or transferred after they are purchased.

Free Tickets:

If you need a free ticket, please fill out this form. Free tickets are limited and given on a priority basis.

If you have any questions, please email us at cjl@hamline.edu

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