April 9, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Central Time

ACS Minneapolis-St. Paul: Derek Chauvin Trial Discussion Part 2: Opening Arguments, Prosecutorial Strategy, Lay Person Testimony, and Use of Force

Please join the ACS Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter, the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, the University of Minnesota Law School, and the University of St. Thomas School of Law ACS Student Chapters, the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, and the Somali American Bar Association for a series of panel discussions that will dive into the Derek Chauvin Trial. The next event of this series will be April 9. Future events will be April 23, May 7, and May 14.

This series will focus on the various aspects of the Derek Chauvin Trial. Each session will consist of a panel of legal experts from various backgrounds that will discuss the posture of the case at each juncture of the proceeding. In light of the gravity of this trial, we hope you will join us for an in-depth, personal discussion on the legal, personal, and community aspects of the trial.

Introductions by:

Rachel A. Kitze Collins, Associate, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.; Co-Chair, ACS Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter


A.L. Brown, Attorney, Capitol City Law Group, LLC

John Marti, Partner and Co-Chair, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Rasheen Tillman, Attorney, Tillman Law Firm

Moderated by:

Saraswati Singh, Assistant County Attorney, Ramsey County Attorney's Office; Member, ACS Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter Board of Directors, ACS Next Generation Leader

This event has been approved for 1.0 hour of CLE credit. The CLE code is: 354694.

Please note that by registering for this or any event in the series, you will be registered for the entire series and receive access information before the event(s).


Speaker Bios:


A.L. Brown. Mr. Brown is an Attorney at Capitol City Law Group, LLC and an experienced trial lawyer with experience in both federal and state court, including prior service as a law clerk to a federal judge. Mr. Brown is Chairman of the St. Paul Human Rights Commission, Co-Chairman of the Innocence Project of Minnesota, and member of the Executive Board of the Minnesota State Bard Association. Mr. Brown’s extensive knowledge on the criminal justice system and his zealous representation of his clients will provide for a very insightful and thought-provoking discussion for our Chauvin Trial Discussion Series.


John Marti. Mr. Marti is a Partner at Dorsey and Whitney, and an accomplished trial lawyer who has tried more than 50 criminal and civill jury trials, ranging from complex criminal cases to regulatory violations and white collar defense. Mr. Marti’s experience in state and federal courtrooms has allowed him to master the trial process, and he will be an excellent addition to the Chauvin Trial Discussion Series.


Rasheen Tillman. Ms. Tillman is an experienced Minnesota attorney, focusing her practice on criminal defense and general litigation. Ms. Tillman owns her own law firm, Tillman Law Firm, in Minneapolis. Ms. Tillmans’ vast experience in the courtroom and representing individuals across Minnesota in the areas of criminal law, including felony and misdemeanor crimes, has helped to develop a strong understanding of the criminal justice system. She brings ample insight into the trial process, including the jury selection process, and we look forward to her insightful comments during week 1 of Chauvin Trial Discussion Series.