Judge Stephen Maxwell Portrait Celebration and Judicial Firsts Panel

When:  Oct 13, 2022 from 15:00 to 16:30 (CT)

Making a Seat at the Table: Trailblazing Judges of the 2nd Judicial District

Featuring the Portrait Celebration of Judge Stephen Maxwell

In Collaboration with the Ramsey County Law Library.

Join us in-person at the Ramsey County Law Library.

In 1968, Judge Stephen Maxwell became the first African American appointed as a district court bench, not only in Ramsey County, but also in the whole state of Minnesota. In early 2020, the Ramsey County Law Library received its first judicial portrait of a judge of color — Judge Stephen L. Maxwell. To acknowledge the new accession, a brief celebration will feature highlights of Judge Maxwell’s judicial and professional career. 

As we honor Judge Maxwell on this October 13th date, it is a fitting time to recognize Ramsey County District Court (and Minnesota Judiciary) trailblazers who helped open doors for future generations with a judges panel. This CLE panel presentation is a candid conversation with Judge Kathleen Gearin, Judge Gail Chang Boar, and Judge George Stephenson - three Ramsey County trailblazing judges discussing the trailblazing judges in Ramsey County.  

Additionally, the judges will discuss their road to the bench - insights about their successes and obstacles they have overcome in the legal profession and provide attendees with suggestions on how they can chart their own path.

Reception with light refreshments will follow immediately after the program.

Featured Judges Panel:

Judge George T. Stephenson
Judge Kathleen R. Gearin
Judge Gail Chang Bohr
Judge JaPaul Harris - Moderator

CLE Credit:

1.0 Standard CLE credit | Event Code: TBD


Free for All Attendees.


In-Person. Currently, there is no remote participation.  Possible recording for On-Demand viewing.

Registration Deadline: October 11, 2022. To register after that time, email the event contact.

COVID-19:  We are currently following CDC guidelines for Covid-19. For more information, please visit our website.

Payments/Cancellations:  Please register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you must pay by check, please use this registration form. Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.

Accommodations: We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager with at least 72 hours notice prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Event Contact:
Geen Mui | gmui@mnbars.org



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