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Trump’s smart outsourcing of judicial picks

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 10:00am
When it comes to judicial nominees, the Republican president seems to be calling them right out of the Federalist Society playbook.

Judge rejects law on pregnant drug abusers

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 9:54am
MADISON, Wis. — A federal judge has struck down a Wisconsin law that allowed the state to detain pregnant women suspected of drug or alcohol abuse, saying the 1998 law meant to protect developing fetuses was unconstitutionally vague. U.S. District Judge James Peterson wrote in his ruling April 28 that the law’s language was unclear ...

Sherman’s friend helped him get a job, and the rest is history

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 7:02am
Moe Sherman retired last week. He is a direct link to the founding of the Leonard, Street and Deinard firm. In 1961 Sherman was set to begin a career in Washington, D.C., after graduating from the London School of Economics. But plans changed. He returned to Minnesota to enlist in the U.S. Army Reserve when ...

After failed prosecution, defendants fight to sue

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 7:00am
The prosecution's cases imploded spectacularly and in full public view

Luger to become partner at Jones Day

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 6:40am
Former U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger will join the Jones Day law firm in its Minneapolis office as a partner in its investigations and white collar defense practice, the firm announced today.

Trump to nominate David Stras for 8th Circuit

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 9:20am
President Donald Trump will press forward Monday with his effort to shift the nation’s judiciary to the right by announcing five conservative nominees to federal appeals courts, according to a person familiar with the plans. Among them is Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras. The move follows the confirmation last month of Supreme Court Justice ...

Bar Buzz: Robert Stein lauded for outstanding service

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 7:21am
You’ve probably been to or read about one of the Stein Conversations at the University of Minnesota Law School, most recently with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The Stein Conversations are one of the contributions of Professor Robert Stein, who has received the 2017 University of Minnesota President’s Award for Outstanding Service. The award ...

Justice Kennedy mum on retirement rumors

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 7:20am
WASHINGTON — As one justice settles into his new job at the Supreme Court, is another about to leave? Eighty-year-old Justice Anthony Kennedy is so far refusing to comment on speculation that he may soon retire after 29 years on the court. But that hasn’t stopped President Donald Trump and, obliquely, the Republican senator in ...

Defamation action survives summary judgment

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 7:02am
The limits of tort liability among ex-spouses are being tested.

Q&A: Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 7:00am
Public safety bill could force 250 layoffs, he says

Democratic attorney runs for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 7:47am
MADISON, Wis. — A Madison attorney who has been a longtime Democratic donor announced Monday that he’s running for the state Supreme Court against the conservative justice who wrote the majority opinion upholding the law that stripped Wisconsin public unions of most of their power. Tim Burns, who has never run for office or worked ...

St. Paul schools may be liable for parents’ attorney fees

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 7:02am
A suspended special needs student's parents to incurred almost $33,000 in attorney fees

In the Hopper: Internet privacy; drive-by lawsuits; kids’ rights

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 7:02am
A measure to protect Minnesotans’ internet privacy quietly disappeared from the omnibus jobs and commerce bill currently in negotiations last week.

Perspectives: Typical terminations precede Mother’s Day

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 7:00am
Termination of parental rights litigation constitutes one genre of Minnesota Court of Appeals cases that attract scant attention.

Luger to continue working to counter extremism

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 9:51am
Former Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger says he plans to stay involved in national counter-extremism efforts and has plans to build a network of private-sector groups to combat violent radicalization and hate crimes. Luger, appointed by President Barack Obama, was among 46 federal prosecutors who recently resigned under the new administration. Luger told the Star ...

Supreme Court Digest: May 3, 2017

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 9:50am
These opinions were released by the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Court of Appeals Digest: May 1, 2017

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 9:50am
These opinions were released by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Digest: May 3, 2017

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 9:49am
These opinions were released by the 8th U.S. District Court of Appeals.

U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Digest: May 4

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 9:49am
These opinions were released by the U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.

Appeals court revives guru’s libel suit

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 7:12am
A guru who transforms plants and people with mental “energy transmissions” is free to pursue a defamation claim against a St. Paul writer