Off the Bench- Candid Conversations with Judges Bartsh, Guthmann, and Ostby

Event Description

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In-Person Only Event. Sponsored by Larson King, LLP .

CLE Description:

Join us for a moderated chat between three soon-to-retire Ramsey County District Court Judges: Judge Shawn M. Bartsh, Judge John H. Guthmann, and Judge Elena L. Ostby. This intimate event offers the opportunity to hear candid conversations and personal anecdotes, as our esteemed panel delves into the intricacies of judicial decision-making, the evolution of legal principles, and the challenges and triumphs they've encountered throughout their careers. Participants will have the chance to pose questions, engage in lively discussions, and gain invaluable wisdom from these seasoned legal luminaries. Stay afterwards for a social with complimentary food and beverages at Larson King, LLP. 


4:45-5 PM | Registration (Conf Center, 1st Floor) 
5-6:00 PM | Moderated CLE (Conf Center, 1st Floor)
6-7:00 PM | Social Hour at Larson King (28th Floor)

Sponsor: A special thank you to Larson King, LLP for graciously sponsoring this event.

Featured Panelists:

Hon. Shawn M. Bartsh | Ramsey County District Court. Judge Bartsh earned a J.D from William Mitchell College of Law and a B.A. from Luther College. She was appoined as a District Court Judge by Governor Mark Dayton in 2013. After law school, Judge Bartsh worked in private practice, as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Assocaition, and as a conciliation court referee at the Ramsey County District Court. Judge Bartsh was a former President of the Ramsey County Bar Association. Judge Bartsh also served as former President at the Highland Business Association and Highland District Council, as well as a member of the Ford Site Palnning Task Force.

Hon. John H. Guthmann | Ramsey County District Court. Judge Guthmann earned a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and a B.A. from Cornell College. Appointed as a District Court Judge, Second Judicial District, by then Governor Pawlenty in 2010. Since law school, Judge Guthmann has worked as a judicial law clerk in Hennepin County, as a judicial law clerk for Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Sheran, and was a Managing Partner at Hansen, Dordell, Bradt, Odlaug & Bradt. Judge Guthmann was a former President of the Ramsey County Bar Association from 2004-2005 and served as both the Chief Judge and Assistant Chief Judge of the 2nd Judicial District.

Hon. Elena L. Ostby |  Ramsey County District Court. Retiring on September 20, 2024. Judge Ostby earned a J.D. from University of Minnesota Law School and B.A. from University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts. Appointed as District Court Judge, Second Judicial District, by the Governor in 2004. Since law school, Judge Ostby has worked in Ramsey County in legal services, private practice (including as a successful small business owner and partner Briggs and Morgan) and as a trial court judge. Judge Ostby has served on various boards including the Board of Directors and Ethics Committee for the Ramsey County Bar Association and as a member of the Minnesota Minority Lawyers Association and Minnesota Hispanic Bar Associations amongst many others.


Referee Victoria Elsmore | Ramsey County District Court | Ramsey County Bar Association President 2023-2024

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE credits | Event Code: TBD 


RCBA Members/Law Students: $0
Judicial Law Clerks: $0, use code CLERKS at checkout
Judges/Public Attorneys: $10, use code PUBLIC at checkout
Non-Members: $45

Registration Deadline: June 3rd, 2024. To register after that time, email the program manager.

Program Manager: Kara Haro |

Payments/Cancellations: Please register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you must pay by check, please use this registration form. Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.

Accommodations: We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager with at least 72 hours notice prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

4:45 PM to 7:00 PM

Wells Fargo Place
30 East 7th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101