Mitchell Hamline legal expertise and context to help people better understand the Chauvin trial
This Mitchell Hamline resource page will serve as a hub for the school’s legal expertise to help the public better understand the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of killing George Floyd in 2020.
“State v. Derek Chauvin might be one of the most impactful cases tried in Minnesota in the past several decades,” said Rick Petry, program manager in Mitchell Hamline’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and an adjunct professor. “The legal issues in this matter are complex and some remain unsettled,” Petry said. “The outcome of the case will, I suspect, reverberate globally.”
- Joint statement from Mitchell Hamline on the Chauvin trial verdictPosted April 21The following is a letter sent to the Mitchell Hamline community on Wednesday by the undersigned leaders below: Dear students, staff, and faculty — For many of us, Tuesday’s guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin trial provided a feeling of relief and a moment to breathe. For many, the verdicts also shined a light on …
- Thoughts on Opening StatementsPosted March 30By Mark Vyvyan The first day of any trial is one of anticipation and excitement. The first day of the Derek Chauvin trial, with its live television coverage and social justice implications, takes things up a notch. In some ways, the beginning of a trial is a study in contrasts. The opening minutes of a …
Former state public defender who directs Mitchell Hamline’s Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP) clinic, which offers several different kinds of assistance to Minnesota prisoners.
- How will Third Precinct arsonists pay $12m restitution? They probably won’t Star Tribune (June 19, 2021)
- Derek Chauvin will be sentenced at a hearing on June 25. Here’s what goes into that decision MinnPost (Apr. 26, 2021)
- ‘A harder case to prove’: What Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict means for the three other officers charged in George Floyd’s death USA Today (Apr. 22, 2021)
- Minnesota legal scholars weigh in on aftermath of Chauvin verdict Courthouse News Service (Apr. 21, 2021)
- Jury Deliberations to Begin in Chauvin Trial First Light Radio (Apr. 19, 2021)
- Third Degree Murder Charge in Chauvin Trial TPT Almanac (Mar. 12, 2021)
- Why it’s Different to Prosecute Chauvin Despite Video Bloomberg Law podcast (Mar. 17, 2021)
- EXPLAINER: What’s behind some Chauvin jury questions? Associated Press (Mar. 16, 2021)
- 3 former police officers accused in George Floyd’s death won’t stand trial until March 2022 USA Today (May 13, 2021)
- Judge’s ruling echoes prosecution’s points, setting stage for Chauvin getting longer sentence Star Tribune (May 12, 2021)
- EXPLAINER: How will judge’s ruling affect Chauvin’s sentence? Associated Press (May 12, 2021)
- Chauvin juror defends participation in Washington protest Associated Press (May 3, 2021)
- Attorneys debate ‘aggravating factors’ in George Floyd murder Star Tribune (Apr. 30, 2021)
- EXPLAINER: Why is Chauvin unlikely to face maximum sentence? Associated Press (Apr. 22, 2021)
- Derek Chauvin’s conviction is progress, but it ‘will do nothing to change’ urban policing on its own USA Today (Apr. 21, 2021)
- Chauvin’s alleged accomplices now face their own reckonings in Floyd’s murder Star Tribune (Apr. 21, 2021)
- Derek Chauvin, convicted of murdering George Floyd in Minneapolis, is led away in handcuffs Star Tribune (Apr. 21, 2021)
- What Rep. Maxine Waters said about the Chauvin trial and why it matters PolitiFact (Apr. 21, 2021)
- Chauvin trial lawyers bring everything together in closing arguments on Floyd’s death Star Tribune (Apr. 17, 2021)
- EXPLAINER: How is officer’s duty relevant to Chauvin trial? Associated Press (Mar. 25, 2021)
- Minneapolis on edge as the trial in the police killing of George Floyd approaches PBS Newshour (Mar. 5, 2021)
- Should George Floyd’s past record be admitted as evidence in Derek Chauvin’s trial? The Dispatch (Mar. 22, 2021)
Emeritus professor whose areas of expertise include both criminal law and arbitration. Daly is a labor arbitrator for the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services.
- Third-degree murder back into play for 3 cops in George Floyd killing Star Tribune (July 1, 2021)
- Chauvin files for new trial, alleging prosecutorial misconduct and judicial errors Star Tribune (May 5, 2021)
- Chauvin juror defends march in D.C. after social post surfaces Star Tribune (May 4, 2021)
- EXPLAINER: Legion of Chauvin prosecutors, each with own role Associated Press (Apr. 4, 2021)
- What’s next for the three other former Minneapolis cops charged in George Floyd’s death Pioneer Press (May 2, 2021)
- EXPLAINER: Did mask hamper Chauvin’s image at murder trial? Associated Press (Apr. 19, 2021)
- Jury faces high-stakes decisions as Derek Chauvin trial begins Monday in death of George Floyd Star Tribune (Mar. 26, 2021)
- Next step: Opening statements scheduled Monday in Derek Chauvin murder trial KSTP (Mar. 26, 2021)
- Legal experts say it’s unlikely Chauvin trial will be delayed or moved KARE11 (Mar. 16, 2021)
- Potential looms for Derek Chauvin trial to be relocated or postponed Star Tribune (Mar. 19, 2021)
- Appeals court rules third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin shouldn’t have been tossed AP (Mar. 9, 2021)
Program manager for Mitchell Hamline’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion department and also an adjunct/affiliated professor. His career before his Mitchell Hamline days included representing individuals and companies for nearly 20 years in criminal defense, personal injury, commercial litigation, and real estate matters as a trial attorney. He’s represented clients in civil suits against police officers and also represented police officers.
- Legal expert says he doesn’t expect Derek Chauvin to speak at sentencing hearing WBUR Here and Now (June 25, 2021)
- Prof. Petry previews the Chauvin sentencing (June 23, 2021)
- Mitchell Hamline School of Law offers course on Chauvin trial WCCO (June 22, 2021)
- Courtroom to classroom: Summer course at Mitchell Hamline studies Chauvin trial Fox9 Twin Cities (June 3, 2021)
- Turning Point Mitchell Hamline Law magazine (pg. 14-15)
- The mechanics of jury deliberations MPR news (Apr. 16, 2021)
- Chauvin trial update WCCO Radio (Apr. 13, 2021)
- Chauvin trial analysis Black News Channel (BNC) (Apr. 12, 2021)
- Chauvin trial recap WCCO Radio (Apr. 1, 2021)
Professor of law who previously clerked for federal judge Barbara Crabb. She has extensive knowledge of criminal law and has worked for years on clinic legal education, which brings law students into courtrooms and other legal settings to work for clients in areas criminal appeals, family law for prisoners, mental health law, elder law, and juvenile justice. She also directed the Innocence Clinic at UNLV.
- Derek Chauvin trial illustrated power and challenge of cameras in the courtroom Pioneer Press (May 1, 2021)
John Radsan (requests for print and online outlets only, please)
Professor of law who previously served as an assistant U.S. Attorney and assistant general counsel at the CIA. He has extensive law enforcement and intelligence community experience.
Professor of law who has developed and taught courses in Family Law, Evidence, Trusts & Estates, Advocacy, and Critical Lawyering.
- Legal analysts say emotional eyewitnesses amplified powerful video as witness to Chauvin’s crimes Star Tribune (Apr. 20, 2021)
Media and cameras in the courtroom
Expert on cameras in the courtroom. This is the first court case to ever be fully livestreamed in Minnesota.
- Chauvin trial puts cameras front and center of the Hennepin County courtroom Star Tribune (Mar. 19, 2021)
Mitchell Hamline alumni involved in the case
Mitchell Hamline alums Matthew Frank ’91 and Steven Schliecher ’95 were part of the prosecutorial team for the state of Minnesota. Eric Nelson ’01 was the defense attorney who represented Derek Chauvin.
Schleicher appeared in this “60 Minutes” report on Apr. 26, 2021.
Who are the key players in the Derek Chauvin trial? New York Times (Apr. 20, 2021)
Police Officers on Trial: A Series of Panel Discussions
Mitchell Hamline has organized a series of panel discussions, open to the public, about the Chauvin trial and also the trial of the other three officers implicated in the death of George Floyd. The second trial is scheduled to begin in August.
The dates below could change based on developments in the trials and availability of participants, but updates will be posted here.
A Pre-Trial Discussion
This panel discussion took place March 23, 2021. It was moderated by Rick Petry and featured Thomas Heffelfinger, former United States attorney for the District of Minnesota, Mitchell Hamline Professor Joanna Woolman, and criminal defense attorney Ryan Pacyga ‘02.
A Post-Trial Discussion
April 27, 2021, at 6 pm
A Pre-Trial Discussion Regarding Accomplice Liability for Police Officers
August 17, 2021, at 6 pm
A Post-Trial Discussion Regarding Accomplice Liability for Police Officers
October 12, 2021, at 6 pm