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Location  

Raising Relative's Children  Workshop 

June 30, 2015
1 p.m-3 p.m.

Washington County Government Center
14949 62nd St. N, 
Stillwater, MN 55082
Rm LL14 (Lower level of the Government Center.)

Program Description

Help!  I’m caring for my relative’s children, what do I need to do?

The Washington County Law Library invites the public to a session on the rights of grandparents and others who are raising their relatives children 1 to 3 p.m. June 30, in room LL14 of the Washington County Government Center, 14949 62 St. N., in Stillwater.

Increasingly, more and more children are being raised by persons other than their biological parents.  Six million children in the United States live with grandparents or other relative-maintained households.  While grandparents were the traditional caregivers if their adult children cannot parent, recent trends show that aunts and family friends are now increasingly stepping into the caregiver role. 

The term "kinship caregiver" means any relative or close family friend who is caring for children not his or her own.  Kinship caregiving can be temporary or permanent, formal or informal.  Moreover, kinship caregivers frequently face significant financial burdens as they take on the responsibility of additional children.

If you find yourself becoming the caregiver to your relative’s children, would you know what to do? 

At this session, participants will learn about the social and legal resources available to those who are parenting their relative’s children.   They will get answers to questions such as:

  • What legal relationship options do I have?
  • How are third-party custody, adoption, guardianship, or a private agreement different, and what is right for your situation?
  • How can I help a relative’s child who is in foster care?
  • How can I get medical coverage my relative’s (or friend’s) child?
  • What state or county resources are available?

To reserve a spot or if you have questions, please call 651-430-6330.

Janet Salo is a Family Support Specialist at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, concentrating on serving kinship families with Kinship Family Support Services program.  She provides strength-based assistance to caregivers for understanding potential legal relationship options, developing safety plans, understanding relationships changes in kinship families and understanding the impact of mental illness and/or disability in the family.  In addition, she provides services through a Caregiver Warmline, which serves all of Minnesota, in-person consults, Family Circle Conferences, and educational workshops.. 

Kathy K. Hart received her Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law and was admitted to practice law in the State of Minnesota in 2000. She was admitted to practice before the United States District Court in 2005.  Ms. Hart is an experienced litigator, but believes that individuals, not courts and judges, are in the best position to decide what is in their family’s best interests.  Ms. Hart strives to efficiently resolve disputes through cost-effective, creative avenues.  When in the client’s best interest, she encourages her clients to resolve disputed issues through mediation. Ms. Hart is also a trained mediator (Minnesota Supreme Court, Rule 114 Qualified Neutral).

Ms. Hart has represented clients throughout Minnesota, from Two Harbors to Canby to Albert Lea, as well as extensively throughout the Twin Cities metro area. She resides in the St. Croix Valley.

What:    Help! I’m caring for my relative’s children, what do I need to do?:  Options and resources for kinship caregivers

Where: Washington County Government Center, Room LL14
              14949 62nd St. N
              Stillwater, MN 55082

When:  1-3 p.m.,  June 30, 2015


updated June 23, 2015.

Free CLE offered by the State Court Administrator's Office

New Minnesota Court Rules: Overview of the Civil, General, and Access Rules

Monday, June 15, 2015
12:00 – 1:30 and repeated at 3:00-4:30
Room LL14
Washington County Government Center
14949 62nd Street N.
Stillwater, MN 55082


The Minnesota Supreme Court has made major amendments to Minnesota’s court rules. The amendments will change the practice of law in Minnesota’s state courts, and will go into effect on July 1, 2015. The Legal Counsel Division of the State Court Administrator’s Office is offering presentations to help court staff, attorneys, and legal professionals understand the changes to the court rules. The changes will affect everyone who uses the court system.

Topics include:
• When to use the Court’s eFS System for filing;
• When to use the eFS System for service;
• The new reason for rejecting filings;
• The new procedure for striking filings that contain restricted identifiers;
• The new option of non-notarized signatures; and
• The expansion of public access to court records.
1.5 hours of CLE credit approved:  206941

Questions? Please contact the Washington County Law Library at 651-430-6330 or at .


Revised 6.23.2015

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Law Day is May 1, 2015


The public is invited to celebrate Law Day at the Washington County Courthouse May 1.

The event features a courthouse tour, information fair, and Magna Carta quiz.

The Washington County Courthouse in Stillwater will open its doors to the public Friday, May 1, as part of a Law Day event designed to celebrate the 800th year anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta – a Latin word meaning “Great Charter.” 

The document that became known as Magna Carta was first issued in June 1215. It resulted from negotiations, culminating in a meeting at Runnymede – a water-meadow alongside the River Thames in the English county of Surrey, 20 miles west of central London – between King John and rebellious English aristocrats on the brink of civil war.             

Perhaps more than any other document in human history, Magna Carta has come to embody a simple but enduring truth:  No one, no matter how powerful, is above the law. 

Magna Carta is a symbol of the rule of law and an inspiration for many basic rights Americans hold dear today, including due process, habeas corpus, trial by jury, and the right to travel.

Staff from Court Administration will provide information of interest to the public about the rule of law and how it relates to administering justice in the Minnesota Judicial Branch. The public and media are invited to attend the event, which runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. with courtroom tours beginning promptly at 12:10 p.m. and 12:40 p.m.  

The event is scheduled on Law Day, a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day was first established in 1958 through a proclamation by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Congress passed a joint resolution designating May 1 as Law Day, USA in 1961.

The Law Day Open Courthouse event is being hosted by Washington County Judges, Court Administration, and the Washington County Law Library.

Check back here in the next few weeks about upcoming events!

The Washington County Courthouse in Stillwater is at 14949 62nd St. N. in Stillwater, MN.  



Posted 4.17.2015

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Coming Soon:  
A Spring Educational Program for Public Librarians

April 24, 2015
10:00AM - 3:00PM
Chanhassen Public Library
7711 Kerber Blvd. 
Chanhassen, MN 55317

To registers, fill out the registration form and send the form and payment to
Brenda Wolfe
Carver County Law Library
Carver County Government Center
604 E. Fourth St. 
Chaska, MN 55318

For more information contact the law library at 651.430.6330 or .

?Updated March 24, 2015.





Featuring Free Public Seminars
Participants will come away with an understanding of various legal issues and options. Workshops are presented by a volunteer lawyer, and laptop computers will be available. Workshops are open to all members of the public, regardless of residence. The series of hands-on workshops brings quality legal information to the public, and is a collaboration between the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Minnesota Department of Education, and Washington County.

Topic 
Date 
Location  

Criminal Expungement Workshop 

January 28, 2015
5:30 p.m-7:00p.m.

Washington County Government Center
14949 62nd St. N,
Stillwater, MN 55082



Program Description

The Washington County Law Library invites the public to attend a workshop on Criminal Expungement on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in room LL14 of the Washington County Government Center, located at 14949 62nd St. N., in Stillwater, Minnesota.  

To register and reserve your space, please call the Washington County Law Library at 651-430-6330.

Expungement is the process of going to court to ask a judge to seal a court record.  Usually, people ask for an expungement when they have been denied a job, housing, or a professional license because of their criminal background.  In 2014, the law regarding expungement changed, and now it is much easier for people to get their records expunged from the agencies that also keep track of court activity. 

In this workshop attendees will learn about the basic facts of criminal expungement, what kind of offenses can be expunged, and what goes on during the process of expungement, and how long it takes.  Some topics covered in this session will include: 

  • The basics of the process
  • How to fill out and file the petition
  • Recent Minnesota Supreme Court caselaw affecting criminal expungement
  • Recent changes to the expungement statutes, and how that affects the expungement process

There will be time after the presentation for individuals to ask questions and get answers and professional advice from an experienced attorney.

Shawn M. Betts has been practicing law for nearly 20 years and is a current member of the Minnesota State Bar.  His many years of legal experience include acting as administrator for the Washington County Criminal Defense Panel as well as serving on the Board of Directors of Criminal Defense Services, Inc.  He is also affiliated with the Dakota County Defense Panel and has worked as a prosecutor for the cities of Maplewood and White Bear Lake in Ramsey County.  Shawn is a frequent speaker on the topic of criminal expungement.  For more information, please visit his website at http://www.shawnbettslaw.com/.

Anyone can attend this informational session, but you must pre-register.  Please call the Washington County Law Library at 651.430.6330 or send an email to to pre-register for the session.

This presentation is sponsored by the Washington County Law Library.  


updated January 20, 2015.


Topic 
Date 
Location  

Criminal Expungement Workshop 

January 28, 2015
5:30 p.m-7:00p.m.

Washington County Government Center
14949 62nd St. N, 
Stillwater, MN 55082



Program Description


The Washington County Law Library invites the public to attend a workshop on Criminal Expungement on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in room LL14 of the Washington County Government Center, located at 14949 62nd St. N., in Stillwater, Minnesota.  

To register and reserve your space, please call the Washington County Law Library at 651-430-6330.

Expungement is the process of going to court to ask a judge to seal a court record.  Usually, people ask for an expungement when they have been denied a job, housing, or a professional license because of their criminal background.  In 2014, the law regarding expungement changed, and now it is much easier for people to get their records expunged from the agencies that also keep track of court activity. 

In this workshop attendees will learn about the basic facts of criminal expungement, what kind of offenses can be expunged, and what goes on during the process of expungement, and how long it takes.  Some topics covered in this session will include: 

  • The basics of the process
  • How to fill out and file the petition
  • Recent Minnesota Supreme Court caselaw affecting criminal expungement
  • Recent changes to the expungement statutes, and how that affects the expungement process

There will be time after the presentation for individuals to ask questions and get answers and professional advice from an experienced attorney.

Shawn M. Betts has been practicing law for nearly 20 years and is a current member of the Minnesota State Bar.  His many years of legal experience include acting as administrator for the Washington County Criminal Defense Panel as well as serving on the Board of Directors of Criminal Defense Services, Inc.  He is also affiliated with the Dakota County Defense Panel and has worked as a prosecutor for the cities of Maplewood and White Bear Lake in Ramsey County.  Shawn is a frequent speaker on the topic of criminal expungement.  For more information, please visit his website at http://www.shawnbettslaw.com/.

Anyone can attend this informational session, but you must pre-register.  Please call the Washington County Law Library at 651.430.6330 or send an email to  to pre-register for the session.

This presentation is sponsored by the Washington County Law Library.  

Topic 
Date 
Location  

Criminal Expungement Workshop 

January 28, 2015
5:30 p.m-7:00p.m.

Washington County Government Center
14949 62nd St. N, 
Stillwater, MN 55082



Program Description


The Washington County Law Library invites the public to attend a workshop on Criminal Expungement on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in room LL14 of the Washington County Government Center, located at 14949 62nd St. N., in Stillwater, Minnesota.  

To register and reserve your space, please call the Washington County Law Library at 651-430-6330.

Expungement is the process of going to court to ask a judge to seal a court record.  Usually, people ask for an expungement when they have been denied a job, housing, or a professional license because of their criminal background.  In 2014, the law regarding expungement changed, and now it is much easier for people to get their records expunged from the agencies that also keep track of court activity. 

In this workshop attendees will learn about the basic facts of criminal expungement, what kind of offenses can be expunged, and what goes on during the process of expungement, and how long it takes.  Some topics covered in this session will include: 

  • The basics of the process
  • How to fill out and file the petition
  • Recent Minnesota Supreme Court caselaw affecting criminal expungement
  • Recent changes to the expungement statutes, and how that affects the expungement process

There will be time after the presentation for individuals to ask questions and get answers and professional advice from an experienced attorney.

Shawn M. Betts has been practicing law for nearly 20 years and is a current member of the Minnesota State Bar.  His many years of legal experience include acting as administrator for the Washington County Criminal Defense Panel as well as serving on the Board of Directors of Criminal Defense Services, Inc.  He is also affiliated with the Dakota County Defense Panel and has worked as a prosecutor for the cities of Maplewood and White Bear Lake in Ramsey County.  Shawn is a frequent speaker on the topic of criminal expungement.  For more information, please visit his website at http://www.shawnbettslaw.com/.

Anyone can attend this informational session, but you must pre-register.  Please call the Washington County Law Library at 651.430.6330 or send an email to  to pre-register for the session.

This presentation is sponsored by the Washington County Law Library.  

Topic 
Date 
Location  

Criminal Expungement Workshop 

January 28, 2015
5:30 p.m-7:00p.m.

Washington County Government Center
14949 62nd St. N, 
Stillwater, MN 55082



Program Description


The Washington County Law Library invites the public to attend a workshop on Criminal Expungement on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in room LL14 of the Washington County Government Center, located at 14949 62nd St. N., in Stillwater, Minnesota.  

To register and reserve your space, please call the Washington County Law Library at 651-430-6330.

Expungement is the process of going to court to ask a judge to seal a court record.  Usually, people ask for an expungement when they have been denied a job, housing, or a professional license because of their criminal background.  In 2014, the law regarding expungement changed, and now it is much easier for people to get their records expunged from the agencies that also keep track of court activity. 

In this workshop attendees will learn about the basic facts of criminal expungement, what kind of offenses can be expunged, and what goes on during the process of expungement, and how long it takes.  Some topics covered in this session will include: 

  • The basics of the process
  • How to fill out and file the petition
  • Recent Minnesota Supreme Court caselaw affecting criminal expungement
  • Recent changes to the expungement statutes, and how that affects the expungement process

There will be time after the presentation for individuals to ask questions and get answers and professional advice from an experienced attorney.

Shawn M. Betts has been practicing law for nearly 20 years and is a current member of the Minnesota State Bar.  His many years of legal experience include acting as administrator for the Washington County Criminal Defense Panel as well as serving on the Board of Directors of Criminal Defense Services, Inc.  He is also affiliated with the Dakota County Defense Panel and has worked as a prosecutor for the cities of Maplewood and White Bear Lake in Ramsey County.  Shawn is a frequent speaker on the topic of criminal expungement.  For more information, please visit his website at http://www.shawnbettslaw.com/.

Anyone can attend this informational session, but you must pre-register.  Please call the Washington County Law Library at 651.430.6330 or send an email to  to pre-register for the session.

This presentation is sponsored by the Washington County Law Library.  


Topic 
Date 
Location  

Criminal Expungement Workshop 

January 28, 2015
5:30 p.m-7:00p.m.

Washington County Government Center
14949 62nd St. N, 
Stillwater, MN 55082



Program Description


The Washington County Law Library invites the public to attend a workshop on Criminal Expungement on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in room LL14 of the Washington County Government Center, located at 14949 62nd St. N., in Stillwater, Minnesota.  

To register and reserve your space, please call the Washington County Law Library at 651-430-6330.

Expungement is the process of going to court to ask a judge to seal a court record.  Usually, people ask for an expungement when they have been denied a job, housing, or a professional license because of their criminal background.  In 2014, the law regarding expungement changed, and now it is much easier for people to get their records expunged from the agencies that also keep track of court activity. 

In this workshop attendees will learn about the basic facts of criminal expungement, what kind of offenses can be expunged, and what goes on during the process of expungement, and how long it takes.  Some topics covered in this session will include: 

  • The basics of the process
  • How to fill out and file the petition
  • Recent Minnesota Supreme Court caselaw affecting criminal expungement
  • Recent changes to the expungement statutes, and how that affects the expungement process

There will be time after the presentation for individuals to ask questions and get answers and professional advice from an experienced attorney.

Shawn M. Betts has been practicing law for nearly 20 years and is a current member of the Minnesota State Bar.  His many years of legal experience include acting as administrator for the Washington County Criminal Defense Panel as well as serving on the Board of Directors of Criminal Defense Services, Inc.  He is also affiliated with the Dakota County Defense Panel and has worked as a prosecutor for the cities of Maplewood and White Bear Lake in Ramsey County.  Shawn is a frequent speaker on the topic of criminal expungement.  For more information, please visit his website at http://www.shawnbettslaw.com/.

Anyone can attend this informational session, but you must pre-register.  Please call the Washington County Law Library at 651.430.6330 or send an email to  to pre-register for the session.

This presentation is sponsored by the Washington County Law Library.  


Pauline Afuso
Washington County Law Librarian
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Government Center
14949 62nd St. N.
P.O. Box 6
Stillwater, MN 55082

Ph: 651-430-6330
Fx: 651-430-6331

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