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Date 
Location  

Father’s Rights for Unmarried Fathers
 

Aug. 11, 2015
5:00-6:30 p.m.

Wildwood Library
763 Stillwater Rd,
Mahtomedi, MN 55115


updated 7.15.2015

Program Description

Father’s Rights for Unmarried Fathers

The Washington County Law Library invites the public to attend a presentation entitled, “Father’s Rights for Unmarried Fathers” on August 11, 2015 at the Wildwood Library, located at 763 Stillwater Rd, Mahtomedi, MN 55115.  This session, aimed at educating single fathers, will be from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  Registration is required.

Every child has a biological father, but not every child has a "legal" father. Under Minnesota law, if a child's mom and dad are not married to each other when the child is born, the dad is not recognized as the "legal" father until someone takes legal steps to establish his paternity.  He has no legal rights to the child even if he is financially supporting the child and his name is on the child's birth certificate.  The birth certificate alone is not enough to establish who is the "legal" father.

Once a court order names a man as the legal parent of a child (adjudicates the man as the father), he has certain rights, duties, and obligations that go along with being the legal parent of that child.

If you are an unmarried father and were never married to your child’s mother, please come to this class to learn all about your rights and responsibilities, and how to enforce them.  Local attorney Steven Coodin will answer the following questions and more:

•       How do you become the legal father of your child?
•       What is the “Recognition of Parentage Form”?
•       What is the difference between legal and physical custody?
•       How much child support do I have to pay?
•       How much parenting time am I allowed?
•       What can I do to enforce my parenting time?
•       Do I need a court order to make changes to the parenting time schedule?
•       My ex is getting married.  Does her new marriage affect my rights as a father?

Steven Coodin is a partner with the law firm, Coodin & Overson, located in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.  He attended law school at Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan and graduated in the fall of 2001.  He has been practicing law since he was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar in 2002 and primarily works in the area of criminal defense and family law.  Steven prides himself in his work ethic and dedication to his client's cases.  Steven formed his own solo attorney law firm in 2003 and as his caseload substantially increased he formed a partnership with Attorney Paul Overson in 2005.  Steven also dedicates his time to speak to defendants in Washington County Court, in Stillwater, as a member of the Washington County Defense Panel, and is also a volunteer attorney at the Washington County Law Library, where he enjoys meeting with people who have legal questions. 

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. 

What:    Father’s Rights for Unmarried Fathers
Where: Wildwood 

              763 Stillwater Rd, 
              Mahtomedi, MN 55115


When:  5:00-6:30 p.m.,  Aug. 2011, 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
Email

Government Center
14949 62nd St. N.
P.O. Box 6
Stillwater, MN 55082

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

Hours
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