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What is Bankruptcy Workshop

April 27, 2016
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Park Grove LIbrary
7900 Hemingway Ave. S, 
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

updated 4.25.2016

Program Description: What is Bankruptcy?  A clinic for public at Park Grove library.  

The Washington County Law Library invites the public to attend a workshop on bankruptcy basics entitled, “What is Bankruptcy?” 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Park Grove Library, 7900 Hemingway Ave. S in Cottage Grove. This session is free, and is open to the public.

In this session, participants will leave with a better understanding of the benefits and disadvantages of filing for bankruptcy, what kind of debt can be discharged through bankruptcy, whether people need an attorney to file, and what is the process for filing bankruptcy.

“What is Bankruptcy” is one of the sessions offered by the Washington County Library as part of Money Smart Week April 23-30.

 Mimi Hasselbalch is a local Washington County attorney. She has been practicing law in Minnesota for the past 17 years. She has her own law firm where she focuses on bankruptcy and criminal defense. Hasselbalch is also an active community volunteer. She volunteers for Volunteer Lawyers Network, where she staffs a free bankruptcy clinic in St. Paul, and she started the Washington County Law Library Criminal Defense Clinic. “When people are in trouble, I like to be there to help. Even if they can’t afford a lawyer, I can explain procedures and answer questions,” she said.

 Registration for this session is encouraged, but not required. To reserve a space, call the Washington County Law Library at 651-430-6330. For additional information about Money Smart Week and other library classes and services, call the Washington County Library at 651-731-1320, visit a local library, or see

Updated April 25, 2016

Coming to the Government Center:  Law Day 2016!

The public is invited to celebrate Law Day at the Washington County Courthouse April 29, 2016.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of perhaps the nation's best-known U.S. Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona. The event features a courtroom enactment, information fair, and "You have a right to. . ." quiz.

On Friday, April 29, the Washington County Courthouse in Stillwater will open its doors to the public to a 2016 Law Day event — Miranda: More than Words — which explores the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.

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 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a courtroom mock hearing beginning promptly at noon, and a courtroom tour beginning at 1:05 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.

Schedule for the day:

Events start at 11:30am

Jury Video – 11:45am in Jury Assembly Room

Mock Hearing – 12:00-1:00 in courtroom 204 with Judge Miles.

Courtroom Tour – 1:05pm in courtroom 202 with Judge McBride.

Program Ends – 1:30pm

Please stop by the courthouse to see the displays from the Law Library, Court Administration, Guardians ad Litem, and Tubman, the courtroom tour, and the mock hearing.  We're excited to celebrate Law Day with you!

Updated:  April 25, 2016

Pauline Afuso
Washington County Law Librarian

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

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

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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