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Stacy L. Bettison

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Overview
Stacy has represented clients all of types in high-stakes litigation, in both federal and state courts. From individuals accused of a sex crime to Fortune 100 companies to municipalities, Stacy has served as defense counsel in both civil and criminal litigation. Stacy has represented clients in a range of criminal matters, government investigations and regulatory compliance matters, banking law, product liability, multi-party environmental litigation, construction law, eminent domain and patent disputes.
Experience
In addition to her practice at Kelley Wolter & Scott, Stacy owns Bettison PR, a public relations firm focused on crisis communications. She also serves as special assistant public defender for Carver/Dakota County Veterans Treatment Court. Additional experience includes:

• Assistant Public Defender, Ramsey County (Minnesota Second Judicial District)
• Attorney, Greene Espel PLLP (Minneapolis)
• Associate Attorney, Jenner & Block LLP (Chicago)

Admissions
• United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
• United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
• Supreme Court of Minnesota

Judicial Clerkship

Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Myron H. Bright, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Education

University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif (high honors)

Emerson College (Boston), B.A., Communications, Political Science & Law, summa cum laude, Lambda Pi Eta National Honor Society, Gold Key Honor Society

Thought Leadership
Regular lecturer for continuing legal education, law schools, industry and trade groups. Author and quoted-expert providing analysis in local, regional and national publications for trending news stories and best practices involving crisis and litigation communications.

Selected publications:

• Momentum builds for changes to Predatory Offender Registry, Bench & Bar of Minnesota (Apr. 2021)
• Child Sex Abuse and the Sixth Amendment: Minnesota courts are eroding confrontation clause protections in cases involving child witnesses, Bench & Bar of Minnesota (Oct. 2020)
• The New Scarlett Letter: Is Minnesota’s Predatory Offender Registry helping or hurting? Bench & Bar of Minnesota (Dec. 2019)
• When Crisis Strikes Law Firms: What to Do, What to Say, Bench & Bar of Minnesota (Nov. 2011).
• Representing Your Client in the Court of Public Opinion, The Hennepin Lawyer (Jan. 2008)
• Co-author with James A. Vroman, Environmental Law for Transactional Attorneys, Chapter Six─Structuring the Deal, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2001).
• The Silencing of the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act: The Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Need for Meaningful Judicial Review, 26 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 967 (2000).

Selected Presentations & CLEs

• Faculty: Dispute Resolution for In-House Counsel: “Managing High Profile Disputes and Litigation — Tips & Strategies,” Minnesota CLE, December 6, 2017.
• Featured Speaker: “The 5 Most Critical Steps to Protect Reputations During Litigation,” Shepherd Data Services, April 19, 2017.
• Faculty: In-House Counsel: What Matters Most 2017, “Crisis Communications — What In-House Counsel Need to Know,” Minnesota CLE, February 16, 2017.
• Speaker: Minnesota Trucking Association – Safety Conference, “Crisis Communications — Planning, Response and Rehabilitation,” January 26, 2017.
• Faculty: “Crisis Communications & Social Media,” Minnesota CLE, December 1, 2016.
• Faculty: Health Law Institute “The Grand Collaboration: Cybersecurity Preparedness and Response,” Minnesota CLE, MSBA Food, Drug and Device Law Section and MSBA Health Law Section, June 9, 2016.
• Faculty: “Tools, Tips and Trends: Data Privacy and Cybersecurity,” Presented by Robins Kaplan and National Ass’n of Women Lawyers, September 30, 2015.
• Contributor Huffington Post.
• Contributor, Star Tribune
• Guest Faculty: Hamline University, School of Law, Health Care Compliance Skills, “Crisis Communications & Management — Critical Strategies,” April 20, 2015.
• Faculty: “Data Breach Crisis Management: Investigate, Assess & Notify,” 2014 Computer & Technology Institute, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, November 18, 2014.
• Facilitator & Lecturer: Managing your Brand and Reputation, American Bar Association, Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy, June 27, 2014.
• Faculty: CLE “Tips, Tricks and Dangers of Social Media,” for Minnesota Women Lawyers, April 8, 2014.
• Guest Faculty: Hamline University, School of Law, Health Care Compliance Skills, Critical Strategies — Health Care Crisis Communications & Management, April 7, 2014.
• Faculty: “Media Relations: Pitfalls and Opportunities,” University of Minnesota, Extension, March 8, 2014.
• University of Minnesota Law School, Corporate Law Institute, Speaker Series, November 12, 2013.
• Faculty: Every Employer is Vulnerable — A Guide to Preventing Workplace Violence, May 20, 2013, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education.
• Faculty: PR Disasters: Lessons for the Business Lawyer, May 8, 2013, Business Law Institute, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education (1.0 CLE credit) (presented with John Welbes, Pioneer Press).
• Guest Faculty: Hamline University, School of Law, Health Care Compliance Skills, Critical Strategies — Health Care Crisis Communications & Management, March 11, 2013.
• Faculty: Crisis Management Strategies for Schools, March 8, 2013, Metro Education Cooperative Services Unit (together with Institute for Environmental Assessment).
• Faculty: PR Disasters: Lessons for the Business Lawyer, February 28, 2013, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education (1.0 CLE credit).
• Faculty: Crisis Communications & Issues Management for Schools, Minnesota Education Facility Management Professionals, State Meeting, January 8, 2013.
• Faculty: Every Employer is Vulnerable: Assessing and Preventing Workplace Violence, Occupational Health and Safety, December 6, 2012.
• Faculty: 10 Smart Strategies for Reputation Management after an Occupational Crisis, Occupational Health and Safety Conference, Sept. 6, 2012.
• Faculty: Crisis Communications & Issues Management for Schools and Parishes, Minnesota Catholic Education Ass’n, Aug. 20, 2012.
• When Crisis Strikes Law Firms: What to Do, What to Say, Bench & Bar of Minnesota (Nov. 2011).
• Faculty: Disaster Planning and Crisis Management: You are in the Hot Seat, October 2010 (Hennepin County Bar Ass’n).
• Faculty: Minnesota Environmental Institute, Strategic Communications in the Environmental & Regulatory World, April 2010 (Minn. CLE).
• Faculty: Taking Charge of a Business Crisis, October 2007; October 2009 (Minn. CLE).
• Representing Your Client in the Court of Public Opinion, The Hennepin Lawyer (Jan. 2008).
• Co-editor with J. Greenhouse, EENR Pursuits, Newsletter of the Federal Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources, 2004-2006.
• Faculty: Minnesota Institute for Legal Education, Construction Law CLE: Whistleblowers in the Construction Industry: What to do (and not to do) when the whistle blows, March 2003.

Community Involvement
• Great North Innocence Project, Advancement Committee
• Vice President, Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition
• Animal Humane Society, Animal Foster
• Predatory Offender Registry Statutory Reform Working Group, Co-Chair (2021-2022)
• Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group, Member (2019-2020)
Personal
Physical fitness, motorcycles, travel marital arts, equestrian sport, freelance writing