Civil Process Trainings


Soon after starting his law enforcement career with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, Rod Nelson attended BCA and FBI training to become a firearms and self-defense instructor for the county. After being promoted to the rank of sergeant, he attended William Mitchell College of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate Degree. The majority of his 23 year career was spent in the Hennepin County Sheriff's Civil Division, later being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and retiring as the Captain and Division Commander of the Civil Division.


Rod was recruited by the law firm of Lommen, Nelson, Stageberg and Cole PA, where he practiced law and was the Director of the firm's training subsidiary Comprendium for many years. He has also been a professor and instructor at a number of colleges including Concordia University, Hennepin Technical College, North Hennepin College and North Hennepin College teaching Constitutional Law and Legal Issues for Law Enforcement.


Rod is also a frequent lecturer for the Minnesota Bar Association and is one of the authors of the MSBA Debtor-Creditor Handbook, which is the bible for Minnesota attorneys for collecting judgements.


He has authored legislation in the areas of debtor-creditor law, landlord-tenant law, domestic abuse and other areas of law affecting the Sheriffs' civil process duties.


He now serves as the Director of Law Enforcement Training Services, LLC which has partnered with the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association to provide quality training to law enforcement, attorneys and other professionals. 


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2024 Legislative Update and Critical Issues Workshop



June 18, 2024   9:00am - 3:00pm


Canterbury Park, Shakopee, Minnesota


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Each attendee of the Advanced Civil Process will receive Rod's  updated manual. 

If you or someone from your agency has attended this course in the past, Rod is asking that you bring your old manual to the class to recycle. 

According to Rod, "the older manual may contain statutes that have been repealed or revised and case law that may no longer be relevant."

The Minnesota Sheriffs' Association wants you to have the most current information to do your job properly.


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"A must have class for all street officers and deputies" 

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Basic Civil Process

Meeker County - In Person

June 20, 2024

8:30am - 4:30pm


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Street Officer's Response to Civil and Family Disputes


Meeker County - In Person

June 21, 2024

8:30am - 4:30pm


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Registrations are currently being accepted online for trainings. You will have the ability to pay with credit card or have your agency billed. Please see specific course information on the training announcements below. CLICK HERE for detailed instructions regarding online registration.


CLICK HERE for instructions regarding registering multiple people in one transaction.


If two or more are attending from the same agency, you may select "guests" for the additional registrants. 


MSA Cancelation Policy:

Cancelations received more than five working days in advance will receive a full refund. Cancelations within five working days receive a refund less 25% administration fee. Day of class cancelations and No Shows are non-refundable. Substitutions permitted at no charge or you may change your registration to another course being offered








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