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Minnesota NELA Amicus Program
Minnesota NELA files "friend of the court" briefs in the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court, and the Eighth Circuit. We have filed amicus briefs in some of the most important cases affecting employees decided by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Most recently, briefs were filed in Abraham v. County of Hennepin, 639 N.W.2d 342 (Minn. 2002) (establishing right to jury trial in whistleblower statute) (plaintiff's attorney Leslie Lienemann); Anderson-Johanningmeier v. Mid-Minnesota Women's Center, 637 N.W.2d 270 (Minn. 2002) (Whistleblower Act does not incorporate public policy requirement) (plaintiff's attorney Judy Schermer); and Lake v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 582 N.W.2d 231 (Minn. 1998) (establishing tort of privacy in Minnesota).

The cases which are most appropriate for Minnesota NELA's appearance as amicus curiae are those involving emerging legal issues regarding employment or civil rights, those seeking to extend current employment or civil rights law to new factual scenarios, and those challenging an existing body of employment or civil rights law. We rely on you, our members, to alert us of cases in which Minnesota NELA should appear as amicus.

Click to view selected Minnesota NELA amicus curiae briefs, filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court and other appellate courts:
  Abraham v. County of Hennepin, 639 N.W.2d 342 (Minn. 2002).
  Anderson-Johanningmeier v. Mid-Minnesota Women's Center, 637 N.W.2d 270 (Minn. 2002).

Minnesota NELA Amicus Team
Minnesota NELA is looking for members interested in drafting, editing, and producing briefs for submission to Minnesota Courts and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. We will keep your name on file and may contact you to determine your availability the next time a case arises in your field of interest and expertise.

Questions or need Amicus assistance?
Contact Justin Cummins, Minnesota NELA's Amicus Chair, at (612) 333-5831, or send us an e-mail at

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