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RICHARD D. HODSDON is an assistant Washington County attorney with the Washington County Attorney's Office. He represents Washington County in all aspects of civil law practice. Mr. Hodsdon also represents the county sheriff and the elected county attorney, with particular emphasis with the sheriff's office. He also is a consultant and legal educator, providing consulting services to public criminal justice and corrections administrators, particularly sheriff's offices, on policy development and operations. Mr. Hodsdon is an instructor in a wide range of civil and criminal topics, including data practices and personnel, employment and labor law, discrimination and civil rights law, corrections law, and liability and civil commitments. He also is an instructor for the National Institute of Corrections and the Minnesota Community College System. Mr. Hodsdon is an adjunct faculty member for the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. He is counsel to the Minnesota Sheriff's Association, which provides legal advice and representation to the association and its members. Issues include: emergency operations, patrol, jail personnel and employment law, and all other matters relating to operation of the sheriff's office, as well as management of a non-profit organization. In this position, Mr. Hodsdon serves as corporate counsel to the association, as well as assists individual members. He earned his bachelor's degree from Concordia College, his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, and his master's degree from Hamline University. Mr. Hodsdon is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, American Jail Administration, National District Attorneys Association, Midwest Gang Investigators Association, Minnesota Sheriffs Association, and the National Sheriffs Association (Legal Advisors Committee). He also chairs the Minnesota Board of Private Detectives and Protective Agents.
JOSHUA A. NEWVILLE is a civil trial and appellate attorney focusing on employment law, business disputes, and civil rights matters. He has won victories at the United States Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court, and various state and federal trial courts. He was the lead attorney on two nationally-recognized civil rights cases and has emerged as an expert authority in civil rights litigation. Mr. Newville has won numerous professional recognition awards, taught many continuing legal education courses, and has been published in legal publications. A passionate advocate for victims of discrimination and unfair treatment, he is also a frequent speaker at civil rights events, community forums, colleges, and law schools. Mr. Newville earned both his B.A. degree and J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota.
KATHLEEN L. WIENEKE is a founding partner with Wieneke Law Group, PLC. She has distinguished herself in defending cities, counties and the state of Arizona in claims of excessive force, officer involved shooting, false arrest, malicious prosecution, police pursuit, wrongful death, road design, and claims by citizens and inmates arising out of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and Bivens. Ms. Wieneke has handled a wide range of employment litigation, including claims made under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, retaliation, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and breach of contract claims before various state and federal courts, and government agencies. In 2007, she successfully defended the city of Phoenix in a road design case arising out of the failure to install a traffic signal claim. The case went up to the Arizona Supreme Court where the court held the city was entitled to absolute immunity for its discretionary decision where and when to install traffic signals. Ms. Wieneke has also obtained defense verdicts in every freeway median barrier crossover crash case she has tried for the City of Phoenix and State of Arizona. In 1996, Ms. Wieneke, together with Dan Struck, successfully defended a state wide class action inmate lawsuit against the Arizona Department of Corrections in Lewis v. Casey. The case resulted in a landmark United States Supreme Court decision and was recognized by Arizona Attorney Magazine in 2013 as one of the top 50 significant Arizona cases in the last 100 years. In 2012 and 2014, the magazine also recognized her for two significant civil defense verdicts in Remato v. City of Phoenix (2012) and Yanovskaya v. State of Arizona (2013), a state freeway median barrier design case. Ms. Wieneke has been accepted as a fellow in the American International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) which limits its invitation nationwide to only 500 active, elite trial lawyers under the age of 70 and as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Prior to forming Wieneke Law Group, PLC, she was a partner in a prominent civil litigation firm in Phoenix. Ms. Wieneke earned her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University; and her J.D. degree, with highest distinction, from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.