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Minn. Court of Appeals Special Session

OCTOBER 13, 2010—On Tuesday, October 26, 2010, the Minnesota Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in a special session at the University of Minnesota Law School. The session will take place in Room 25 (overflow in Room 40). The first and second arguments are open to any students, faculty, staff and the public. 1Ls will be required to attend the third argument as part of the 1L Lecture Series. Judges Terri I. Stoneburner, Louise Dovre Bjorkman ('85), and James C. Harten will hear the following cases:

Open attendance: 9:15 a.m. Pavlyk, Relator, v. Macy's and Dept. of Employment and Economic Development, Respondents. Appeal from the denial of unemployment benefits based on a finding that employee was discharged for misconduct committed during an encounter with another employee.

Open attendance: 10:10 a.m. Myslajek, et al., Appellants, v. City of Maple Grove, Respondent. Landowners challenge the district court’s decision, affirming the county’s denial of a variance for a gazebo that does not comply with set-back requirements, arguing that denying the variance creates a unique hardship, because of certain aspects of the property.

1L Lecture Series (1Ls required to attend): 11:00 a.m. State of Minnesota, Respondent, v. Ahmed, Appellant and State of Minnesota, Respondent, v. Adam, Appellant. Defendants challenge their criminal convictions and argue that the possession of khat is not prohibited under Minnesota law, that federal precedent requires reversal, and that prosecution violates Equal Protection by targeting East Africans.

1st and 2nd Argument open to all
3rd Argument open to 1Ls only (part of 1L Lecture Series)




Judge Terri Stoneburner speaking during the special session at the Law School in 2009