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InnovationPartnershipLeadershipInnovationPartnershipLeadership11WWW.STLOUISCOUNTYMN.GOVCOUNTYATTORNEYPHHSDivisionAttorneyshaveregularlyappearedinMinnesotaAppellatecourts.TheMinnesotaCourtofAppealsledfouropinionsin2012oncaseshandledbytheDivisionAttorneys.TheysuccessfullydefendedtheDistrictCourtdecisionineachofthesecases.AlsothroughtheDivisionsworkSt.LouisCountyagainexceededthefederalbenchmarkforpaternityestablishmentcases.U.S.AttorneyandSt.LouisCountySt.LouisCountycitizenscontinuetobenetfromthestrongrelationshipbetweenourofceandtheofceofB.ToddJonestheMinnesotaU.S.Attorney.Thishasbeenespeciallysignicantwiththepublicsafetyandhealthissuesinvolvedinthesaleanduseofsyntheticsubstancesrearmviolenceandnarcoticstrafcking.RacialJusticeImprovementProjectRJIPTaskforceLeadershipcontinuesbetweenourofcetheDistrictCourtjudgesthePublicDefendersofceArrowheadRegionalCorrectionscommunityrepresentativesandlawenforcement.TheTaskforceisaspeciallyfundedgrantprojectoftheAmericanBarAssociationABAchargedwithaddressingracialdisparitiesinpretrialreleaseandbaildecisions.Followingayearandahalfofplanningandanalysisthetaskforceconductedtraininglastsummerforallofthejudgesinthedistrictaswellasallprobationofcersinvolvedinthepretrialreleasestage.During2013auniformchecklistandevaluationtoolwillbeimplementedandusedbyalljudges.ThispretrialprocessisexpectedtobeamodelfortheABA.MediaandtheCourts101Fiverstevertrainingeventsforareamediaoutletswereheldlastyearfocusingonthebasicsofcriminalprocedurefromarresttosentencing.Morethan40journalistsfromthreelocaltelevisionstationsandtworegionaldailynewspaperslearnedabouttheinnerworkingsofthecriminaljusticesystem.Theyalsoreceivedreinforcementfortheirroleinthecollaborativerelationshipneededbetweenthefourthestateandthecriminaljusticesysteminademocraticsociety.TrafckingAwarenessandPreventionInconjunctionwithPAVSAProgramforAidtoVictimsofSexualAssaultAICHOAmericanIndianCommunityHousingOrganizationtheCityofDuluthandtheMinnesotaWomensFoundationtheCountyAttorneysOfcecontinuestoparticipateineffortstoprotectthesafetyofyounggirlsandwomenbyincreasedpublicawarenessandsupportfortheregionalandstatewideanti-sextrafckingefforts.WorkingincollaborationwiththeCityofDuluththeSt.LouisCountyAttorneysOfceisveryproudtocontinuetobeapartnerinthisefforttoprotectchildrenandenhancethecommunitysresponse.In2012opportunitiestoeducatethepublicoccurredthroughpressconferencescommunityforumsandoutreachefforts.ADrummingCirclewasheldfollowingtheTrafckingAwarenessPressConference.ItwasledbyNativewomenandmenandhonoredthesurvivorsofsextrafcking.