Attorney General Keith Ellison to Address Environment and the Law on March 19

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison

Attorney General Keith Ellison will be giving a keynote presentation on Tuesday, March 19, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in CSU Ostrander Auditorium.

Free parking in the visitor’s paylot. 

Ellison’s keynote will address the critical role of environmental and corporate laws toward an environmentally sustainable future. He will also discuss his office’s efforts to fight unfair competition in the agriculture sector.

Following Ellison’s keynote, Minnesota State Mankato professors, Wade Davis, J.D., associate professor of business law, and Anaam Hashmi, D.B.A, professor of international business. will lead a fireside chat at 10:50 a.m. with an audience Q&A session starting at 11:10 a.m.

Keith Ellison’s Bio

Keith Ellison has served as Minnesota’s 30th attorney general since January 2019. From 2007 to 2019, Ellison represented Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. During that time, he served 12 years on the House Financial Services Committee, where he helped oversee the financial services industry, the housing industry, and Wall Street, among others. Among his legislative accomplishments are passing provisions to protect credit-card holders from abusive practices and protect the rights of renters and tenants.

While in Congress, he founded the Congressional Antitrust Caucus and the Congressional Consumer Justice Caucus. He also served as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which he helped build to more than 100 members.

Before being elected to Congress, Attorney General Ellison served four years in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Prior to entering elective office, he spent 16 years as an attorney specializing in civil-rights and defense law, including five years as executive director of the Legal Rights Center. As the leader of this public-interest law firm, he oversaw a team of attorneys focused on delivering justice for Minnesotans who had nowhere else to turn. He was also a noted community activist.

Attorney General Ellison received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1990. He is the first African American and the first Muslim American to be elected to statewide office in Minnesota.

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