An Inver Grove Heights Reservist went to court after trying to get his job back at the Ford plant in St. Paul
When Army Reservist Mitch Minnaert came marching home to Inver Grove Heights after 15 months of active duty in 2003, all he wanted to do was to go back to work at the Ford plant in St. Paul. That was easier said than done.
It is difficult to gauge the full extent of the gratitude that the Louisiana bar feels for its colleagues in Minnesota.
Louisiana State Bar Association President-Elect Marta-Ann Schnabel said, "I think Minnesota gave us the most of any state. And it wasn't just the money. Minnesota has gone out of its way. It is the only bar association that has contacted us to send representatives here to see and experience the extent of the devastation."
What We've Done
Nothing that I read or saw in the media prepared me for what I saw when I visited the Gulf coast four and a half months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the coastal areas. I was still overwhelmed by the destruction and what remains to be done.
LAWYERS CAN HELP
If this plan works, every minute of every meeting I have ever attended will have been worth it. There has been no region of our state unaffected by meth - methamphetamine - the new drug of choice among our youth. And there has been no place that I have been in our state where lawyers did not want to be involved in a solution.
Inspiration comes in many forms.
Michael Scully is an accomplished attorney at the Minneapolis law firm of SiebenCarey. Michael's story is an inspiration to all, he is the embodiment of courage, strength, and the determination it takes to make a major life change late in life. His story is motivation to make dreams a reality no matter what your age.
A family's practice continues as the newest lawyer in another generation of Careys strides into Minnesota's courtrooms.
Multi-generational legal lineages aren't common in Minnesota according to a former associate justice of the state's Supreme Court. "There must be some that have come to a third generation, but a fourth? I'd say it's quite unusual." The newest member of the Carey legal dynasty, Shannon Carey, earned her law degree last spring and is an associate at SiebenCarey.
There has never been public funding of judicial campaigns in Minnesota and, given the pitfalls of such a system, one wonders whether we should even consider it.
Public financing methods generally provide campaign financing as long as the candidate agrees to certain spending and/or contribution limitations for their campaign. But to be constitutional, the public funding systems must be voluntary.
Named the first female partner of SiebenCarey in 1993
Lots of people aspire to make a career of helping people. Susan Holden is someone who has actually lived up to that ideal. She is one of the very few women in Minnesota who is certified as a civil trial specialist - a distinction that less than 1 percent of female attorneys achieve.
A Hibbing jury recently awarded nearly three-quarters of a million dollars to the family of a 27-year-old emancipated man who died in a car accident in April 2004.
Duluth attorney Paul F. Schweiger, who represented the plaintiff, credits the impressive verdict with favorable witness testimony and what he believes was the jury's annoyance with the insurance company.
Is gender diversity still an issue?
The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O' Connor has given us a time not only to reflect on her career and her pivotal role on the United States Supreme Court, but also to reflect on the status of women and other minorities in the legal profession. Justice O' Connor was the first woman to serve as a justice on our nation's highest court and in the 24 years she served as one of the nine most influential lawyers in the country, women made significant strides in the profession.
Holden loves everything about the field of litigation and her products liability work.
MSBA’s new president works in Minneapolis and lives in the suburbs, but her roots lie in northern Minnesota, where she developed a resume of diverse work experience, a practical approach to complex problems, and a lot of sure-footed common sense
Personal injury trial lawyer Susan Holden is the third woman to take over as president of the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Holden has been widely recognized for her public service and community leadership as well as for the courtroom proficiency that earned her certification as a civil trial specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association.
THE HIGHEST COURT
Can you think of a recent moment when you thought it was a good day to be a lawyer? I hope that there are many days when you are proud of your work as a lawyer or judge and proud of our profession and its unique role in our system of justice.
State law does not allow obviously intoxicated persons who are served alcohol to sue parties that sold them drinks, but others who suffer losses as a result - can.
The Minnesota Wild, the Xcel Energy Center's manager and a concession company have reached an out-of-court settlement with a woman whose intoxicated husband was paralyzed in a vehicle crash after being ejected from a Wild game.
Driver expresses regret for crash that killed teen.
Shortly after pleading guilty to careless driving, a St. Paul woman apologized to the family of a Hastings teenager struck and killed by her car as he helped a stranded motorist on a Minneapolis freeway in August.
"I take responsibility for what happened. I just wanted to apologize for all the pain I have caused," said Bao N. Vu facing the family of Casey Schluessler.
Wendy Kihlstadius, whose son died after falling off an inflatable obstacle course, says the school district, rental company and manufacturer are at fault.
Eighteen-year-old Seth Kihlstadius died May 21, 2004, after suffering a fatal head injury at a post-prom party. The injury occurred when Kihlstadius flipped off the top of an inflatable obstacle course and landed on his head. The student's mother filed a lawsuit saying the Lake Superior school district did not provided adequate training for parents who were supervising the device.
"I fell through the cracks"
A jury has awarded $1.1 million to a Grand Rapids couple who claim a Hibbing doctor failed to diagnose prostate cancer. Thomas L. Fritz, 61, a retired Cargill Inc. executive, and his wife, Pamela Fritz, received the unanimous verdict Friday morning in Minnesota District Court.
The seven-person jury found that Jack B. Greene, a St. Luke's family practice physician, failed to adequately care for Thomas Fritz after a routine exam revealed a slight risk of prostate cancer.
Attorney Harry Sieben, who is representing Rebecca Lodahl, said the law is clear that any negligence on Kris Lodahl's part does not apply to his wife.
Kris Lodahl drank so much at a Minnesota Wild hockey game two years ago that his blood-alcohol level was 0.27 percent, or nearly triple the legal limit for driving.
Guards at the Xcel Energy Center tossed him out of the arena, and on his way home the 37-year-old sheet-metal worker flipped his SUV on a freeway exit ramp. He was seriously injured and remains partly paralyzed. Now his wife, Rebecca Lodahl, has sued the arena's concessionaires, management and team owners.
A Minneapolis jury has awarded $2 million to a former University of Nebraska football player who lost an eye after he was attacked outside a downtown bar.
Banana Joe's Sports Bar & Grill was negligent in refusing Dorick Roy's request to leave by the front door, away from the crowd departing at closing time, shortly after a confrontation between Roy's friend and another man. Roy was attacked by a man wielding a bottle, the same man who had fought with his friend, said Roy's attorney, Paul Downes.
Fan-on-Fan violence at Vikings game
In an uncommon case of fan-on-fan violence, an Edina man appeared in court Thursday on charges that he punched and kicked another Vikings fan after a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game at the Metrodome.
Jeffrey W. Lupient was charged with third-degree felony assault for injuries allegedly inflicted on John Robinson. Minneapolis and Hennepin County prosecutors said they don't recall any fan-on-fan assault cases at Metrodome sports events.