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Anne McKeig

Anne McKeig

Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court & Mitchell-Hamline Law School Professor


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Bio

In 2016, Judge McKeig was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton as Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. From 2008 to 2016 she served as a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District and was Presiding Judge in Family Court. While there, her Court was chosen as one of four sites in the country to work on a three year pilot program to examine how the court addresses domestic violence in contested custody and parenting time matters, including order for protection proceedings.

In addition to being a member of our Speakers Bureau, Anne is past chair and current board member of the Board of the Division of Indian Work, and is a frequent presenter at many local and national conferences speaking on the issue of Indian Child Welfare cases, adoption matters, and the intersection of family court and child protection. Anne is a member of two NJFCJA advisory committees including its Child Protection ad Custody Advisory Committee, a past board member of the Minnesota Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Judge McKeig is an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, teaching a curriculum entitled Child Abuse and the Law which she co-authored. She is a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation.

Judge McKeig earned her B.S. from St. Catherine University and her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law.

Topics

  • Domestic violence in contested custody/order for protection proceedings
  • Native American child welfare cases
  • The intersection of family court and child protection
  • Child Abuse and the Law
  • Preparing Children and Non-offending Caregivers for Court
    Training includes discussion of federal and state civil child protection laws, policies and procedures. Discussion of creative permanency solutions for children and effective strategies of implementing permanency timelines. Discussion of successfully navigating the different roles of a county/district attorney and child protection social workers when in disagreement as to proper outcome for children. Discussion of multi disciplinary approach to civil child protection cases. Discussion of court process from administrative maltreatment determination to filing of first petition through adoption.
  • ICWA (The Indian Child Welfare Act)
    The Indian Child Welfare Act was passed in 1978 by the Federal Government. It’s passage was a congressional response to the alarming number of Indian children who were removed from their families and tribes by non-tribal public and private agencies. One of the major cornerstones of ICWA is the recognition of the importance of the role of the tribe in making decisions on behalf of their children. Furthermore, ICWA recognizes the sovereignty of the tribe and Native peoples. Recognition of these principles resulted in the ICWA jurisdictional and procedural requirements that must be followed in any state court proceeding. Training involves a discussion of when ICWA applies, and in depth discussion of the legal procedures that must be followed which include membership vs. enrollment status, notice to the Tribe(s), active efforts, and expert testimony. Discussion of legal standards for review, rights of intervention by tribe and transfers of jurisdiction. Discussion of placement preferences and options for permanency including customary adoptions. Discussion of the importance of creating a respectable working relationships with tribes with whom state agencies work with.
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