Referee Mike Furnstahl

EDUCATION:

Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI.
1980-83
J.D. Degree
 
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.
1971-72; 1978-80
B. A. Political Science; Minor:  History
Graduated Magna cum laude
 
Vermilion Community College, Ely, MN.
1974-76
A. A. Degree
 

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE:

1983-4:  Assistant Dunn County District Attorney, Menomonie, WI.
Duties:  Represented Dunn County on all ordinance, traffic, misdemeanor, and felony offenses, CHIPS and delinquency petitions, mental health and chemical dependency commitments, and child support collections.
 
1985-88:  Dunn County District Attorney, Menomonie, WI.
Duties:  In addition to those referred to above, I managed an office consisting of three attorneys and three support staff.  This included making annual reports to the County Board of Supervisors, monthly reports to the Law Enforcement Committee, preparing an annual budget, meeting and conferring with the heads of other county departments and constituents, and making all relevant personnel decisions.  During my tenure there I authored a protocol for prosecuting child abuse cases that received an award from the National Association of Counties.
           
1988-2015:  Assistant Hennepin County Attorney, Minneapolis, MN.
Duties:  From 1988 to 2008 (with the exception of one year), I was assigned to the Adult Prosecution Division and prosecuted major felony offenses.  From 1988 to 1995, my primary focus was the prosecution of child sexual abuse.  From its inception in 1995 until it was disbanded in 2007, I was assigned to the Major Prosecution Unit.  This unit was formed in response to the record number of homicides that were occurring in Minneapolis in 1994-95, and was responsible for the prosecution of the more serious felonies.  During that time, my practice involved primarily homicide prosecutions.  In 2003 and 2004, I was listed in Law & Politics as one of Minnesota’s Super Lawyers. In 1993, I voluntarily transferred to the Mental Health Division where I represented Hennepin County in involuntary commitments for mentally ill, mentally ill and dangerous, and chemically dependent persons.  During that time I also prosecuted several cases where persons were involuntarily committed as sexual psychopaths. In April of 2008, I voluntarily transferred to the Child Protection Unit where I represent the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department in child protection matters.
 
2016-Present:  Referee, Family Court, 4th Judicial District
 

CURRENT/PAST PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

National District Attorney’s Association
Wisconsin District Attorney’s Association
Wisconsin State Bar Association
Minnesota County Attorney’s Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
                        Criminal Law Section
AFSCME Local 2938
                        Executive Board Member 2005 to 2010
                        Steward 2008 to 2014
 

TRAINING EXPERIENCE:

April 12, 2017, Guest Panelist, When Your Family Law Case Involves Child Protection, Hennepin County Bar Association—Family Law Section.
 
March 16, 2017, Guest Lecturer, The Character Evidence Rule, Amdahl Inn of Court.
 
January 11, 2017, The Legalities of Admitting Hearsay Statements of Children, 4th Judicial District, Family Law Division Brown Bag Lunch.
 
July 20, 2016, Guest Lecturer, A View from the Bench, The Family Law League.
 
March 30, 2016, The Rules do Matter:  Evidentiary Issues in Family Court, Minnesota Family Law Institute.
 
January 26, 2016, Guest Lecturer, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Selective Questions in Criminal Procedure, Minneapolis, MN.
 
February 25, 2015, Speaker, Minnesota Gang Investigator’s Summit:  The Use of Character Evidence in Prosecuting Gang Cases.
 
October 30, 2013, Speaker, Children of Incarcerated Parents, Hennepin County Guardian ad Litem Training Program.
 
August 26, 2013 – August 1, 2016:  Trainer, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Training Systems; 205F—Maltreatment of Minors Reporting Act and Other Similar Statutes; Reasonable & Active Efforts.
 
April 24, 2013, Corroborating Evidence in Child Abuse Cases (and other stuff), 4th Annual Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center MDT Conference, Dixon, Ill.
 
April 16, 2003, Guest Lecturer, University of Minnesota, Incarceration and Child Protection, Minneapolis, MN.
 
September 21, 2012, Speaker, 2012 Conference of Association of Quality Assurance Managers, Discovery Requests, Melendez-Diaz v. Mass., and Tips on Testifying for Experts, Minneapolis, MN.
 
June 21, 2012, Speaker, Hennepin County Juvenile Court Intern Program, Minneapolis, MN.
 
June 19, 2012:  Investigation & Prosecution of Child Physical Abuse and Child Homicide Investigations & Trial Strategies, National District Attorney’s Association, Willmar, MN.
 
March 26, 2012:  Guest Lecturer, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Selective Questions in Criminal Procedure, Minneapolis, MN.
 
December 3, 2011; November 17, 2012:  Guest Lecturer, Criminal Investigations & Procedures, Metro State University, Brooklyn Park, MN.
           
October 27, 2011:  Investigating and Corroborating  Allegations of Child Abuse, 2011 Mississippi Fall Prosecutor’s Conference, Tunica, Mississippi.
 
July 21, 2011, Speaker, Hennepin County Juvenile Court Intern Program, Minneapolis, MN.
 
April 7, 2011, Guest Lecturer, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, MN.
 
April 6, 2011, Speaker, Child Advocacy Coalition, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN.
 
January 26, 2011-Present:  Independent Contractor for the National Child Protection Training Center’s Speakers Bureau.
 
August 25 & 26, 2010:  Expert Witnesses:  Tips on Testifying, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Minneapolis Police Department Crime Laboratories.
 
June 21, 2010-August 1, 2016:  Trainer, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Training Systems; 205D—Child Maltreatment Appeals.
 
June 15, 2010:  Tips on Testifying, Genesis II for Families, Minneapolis, MN.
 
September 21, 2009-August 1, 2016:  Trainer, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Training Systems; 205A— Child Welfare Liability & The Data Practices Act.
 
September 21, 2009-August 1, 2016:  Trainer, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Training Systems; 205E—Communication in the Courtroom.
 
Fall Semester, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016: Adjunct Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, Child Abuse and the Law.
 
July 14, 2009:  What’s Character Got to Do with It?  Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office—Criminal Division, Minneapolis, MN.
 
May 6, 2009:  What It Takes to Win a Trial, Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office—Criminal Division, Minneapolis, MN.
 
Spring Semester, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014:  Adjunct Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN, Child Abuse and the Law.
 
May 7, 2008:  Expert Testimony in Gang Cases, 2008 Annual National Midwest Gang Investigators Conference, Bloomington, MN.
 
September 27, 2007:  Lay and Expert Testimony in Gang Cases, Rice County Gang Suppression Unit, Rochester, MN.
 
August 2, 2007-July 1, 2011:  Trainer, Minnesota Department of Human Services,  Child Welfare Training Systems; Core 102—Legal Issues in Child Protection Cases.
 
July 23-26, 2007:  Faculty, Techniques in Cross Examination, National District Attorney’s Association, Columbia, South Carolina.
 
August 26, 2006:  The Anatomy of a Search Warrant, Minnetonka Police Department, Minnetonka, MN.
 
March 10, 2006:  The Insanity Defense, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, MN.
 
August 15-19, 2005:  Faculty, Trial Advocacy I, National District Attorney’s Association, Columbia, South Carolina.
 
March 15-19, 2004:  Faculty, Trial Advocacy I, National District Attorney’s Association, Columbia, South Carolina.
 
November 14, 2001:  Character Evidence, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
 
November 1, 2001:  Protect Your Cases, Certified Training for Detectives from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Maple Grove, MN.
 
August 14, 2000:  Issues in Jury Selection, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office—Criminal Division.
 
October 14, 1998:  Protect Your Cases, Certified Training for Minnesota Peace Officers, Hastings, MN.
 
October 12, 1998:  Opening Statements and Closing Arguments, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office—Criminal Division.
 
September 16, 1998:  Protect Your Cases, Certified Training for Minnesota Peace Officers, Brooklyn Park, MN.
 
July 20-25, 1997:  Faculty, American Prosecutor’s Research Institute, Advanced Trial Advocacy for Child Abuse Prosecutors.
 
January 30-31, 1997:  The 4th Amendment, Minneapolis Police Department, Minneapolis, MN.
 
May 17, 1996:  Mental Illness Issues in Criminal Cases, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office—Criminal Division.
 
April 11, 1996:  A Discussion of State v. Koskela, Twin West Leadership Conference, Crystal, MN.
 
March 29, 1996:  Civil Commitment Law, MN State Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN.
 
September 8, 1995:  The Insanity Defense, MN County Attorney’s Association, Minneapolis, MN.
 
April 13, 1995:  A Discussion of State v. Koskela, Twin West Leadership Conference, Crystal, MN.
 
August 17, 1994:  Hearsay Issues in Child Abuse Cases, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office—Child Sexual Abuse Team.
 
May 12, 1994:  Issues for Juveniles in the Criminal Law, Orono High School, Orono, MN.
 
April 20, 1994:  Civil Commitments of Sexual Psychopaths, Minnesota Sex Crimes Seminar, Bloomington, MN.
 
April 19, 1994:  Issues in Rape Cases, Minneapolis Rape Trauma Center.
 
November 15-16, 1993:  The 4th Amendment, Minneapolis Police Department, Minneapolis, MN.
 
April 7, 1993:  Juvenile Issues in Criminal Law, Washburn High School, Minneapolis, MN.
 
September 15-17, 1992:  The Prosecution of Rape Cases, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office—Criminal Division.
 
October 21, 1991:  Issues in Jury Selection, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN.
 
May 3, 1990:  Issues in Jury Selection, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office—Child Sexual Abuse Team.