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This week in the Law Library:
December 5  through December 9, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016
Civil Legal Advice Clinic 1:00-3:00
(Intake form for future clinics)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Family Legal Advice Clinic, 1:00-3:00
(Intake form for future clinics)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
  • Criminal Law Clinic 10:00 a.m. - noon
  • Criminal Expungement Workshop, presented by Shawn Betts, Esq.  6:00-7:30 p.m., Government Center, Room LL14.  See below for more information about the program, or call the library to register.

*New in the Law Library - Bloomberg/BNA Online Newletters

The Law Library now subscribes to Bloomber/BNA Online, with access to six BNA publications including

  • ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Manual
  • Criminal Law Report
  • Employment Discrimination Report
  • Family Law Report
  • United States Law Week
Ask the librarian for more information.

Contact Us

  1. 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.

    Law Library Home

Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Washington County CLEs 

Landlord and Tenant Law Tips from over 30 Years in the Trenches
December 14, 2016
Noon to 1:00
Washington County Government Center LL14
14949 62nd ST. N
Stillwater MN 55082
Applying for one standard CLE credit.

Presented by  Larry McDonough,
Pro Bono Counsel, Dorsey and Whitney

Larry is a national expert on landlord and tenant law litigation and has taught at all of the Minnesota law schools as well as conferences throughout the United States.

Larry’s on-line manual, Residential Eviction Defense in Minnesota is the most widely viewed manual on landlord and tenant law in Minnesota. His Poverty Law teaching website is used regularly by attorneys, law students, and advocates assisting low-income persons.

Upcoming Public Workshops

December 7 2016
Criminal Expungement Workshop  

The Washington County Law Library invites the public to attend a workshop on Criminal Expungement on Wednesday, December 7 2016 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room LL16 of the Washington County Government Center, located at 14949 62nd St. N., in Stillwater, Minnesota.

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 convictions.  

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

Please call the law library at 651.430.6330 or email us at for more information.

Revised November 21, 2016:psa