About Erik Lundegaard

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Erik Lundegaard has been a senior editor at Super Lawyers since 2005 and its editor in chief since 2013—during which time the magazine has won close to 100 journalism awards around the country. His freelance writing has been published by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Slate, Salon, MSNBC.com, The Christian Science Monitor, The Seattle Times and The Believer, among others. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota, studied Mandarin Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan, and lives in Seattle, Washington, where he is a long-suffering Seattle Mariners fan. In his spare time, he is working on a book about the movies of James Cagney.

Articles written by Erik Lundegaard

Alabama's Medical Marijuana Law Doesn't Apply at Work

Cardholders still may experience repercussions on the job

In January 2022, Alabama will become the 36th state in the country that allows doctors to authorize the use of medical marijuana to their patients. But what does that mean in the workplace? How protected are you? It depends, according to M. Tae Phillips, an employment & labor attorney at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, in Birmingham. “The Alabama medical marijuana law is written in about as employer-friendly of a way as possible,” says Phillips. Alabama Law Has No …

Burmese Days

A summer among soldiers and refugees forever altered Kellen G. Ressmeyer

It started as an accident. I was 22, graduating from law school, and I had a federal clerkship, which meant I didn’t immediately need to be thinking about private practice. I saw [the summer of 2007] as basically the last time I was going to have three months off without any concerns for the foreseeable future. I was walking out of the career services office and bumped into someone—she had been one of the practice judges in a Philip C. Jessup moot court competition I had been in—and she …

The Rules Rule

Ariana Tadler on her stint with the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee

You were appointed to the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee by Chief Justice John Roberts in 2017. How did that come about? I don’t know about the background machinations, but right before the 2006 discovery amendments I started attending both the Civil Rules Advisory Committee meetings as well as the Standing Committee meetings. Over time, I became a formal observer of both committees. On my own or my firm’s dime, I would make the trip and participate as an active listener. …

How ‘Our Terms Have Changed’ Affects Class Action Settlements

A strategy from plaintiffs’ attorneys for fighting forced arbitrations

Recently, you might have received an email from Amazon with a subject line that gave you pause: "Our Terms Have Changed.” The email itself was short and to the point. “Previously, our Conditions of Use set out an arbitration process for those disputes,” it read in part. “Our updated Conditions of Use provides for dispute resolution by the courts.” The dispute section of Amazon's conditions of use now reads: "Any dispute or claim relating in any way to your use of any Amazon Service …

What the Law Says About Cannabis and the Workplace

Are there employee protections in medical and recreational marijuana states?

If you’re confused about cannabis law in the United States, you’re not alone; the country is a patchwork of ever-changing laws from legalization of medical use to recreational use. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, and now that’s true in 36 states and the District of Columbia. In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, and since then 17 other states and the District of Columbia have joined them. …

Summer Abroad

What Melanie Meneses Palmer learned in Phnom Penh

Like most 1Ls contemplating a new job at a legal organization, Melanie Meneses Palmer wondered how to present herself. “Do I need to wear a suit?” she remembers thinking. In the end, she eschewed anything high-end in favor of what she calls “business beachwear—a lot of linen and leather sandals.” No one batted an eye. It was what everyone was wearing to beat the 100-degree temperatures with 90% humidity in Phnom Penh. Palmer’s volunteer gig at Legal Aid of Cambodia in 2010 came …

Wills, and a Way

COVID-19 didn’t stop a pro bono program for first responders; it expanded it

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the Wills for Heroes program for Paul D. Woodard, the chair of its San Diego chapter, is when young families come in. He gets to interact with the kids while helping their parents prepare for the possibility that something might happen to one or both of them. If both parents are gone, who should be the guardian? Who do they want to raise their children? “The kids,” he adds, “show you what’s at stake.” Wills for Heroes started in the aftermath of …

Is There Leeway in Leases?

Renegotiation, termination and litigation in New York real estate

In March 2020, Lorraine Nadel of Nadel & Ciarlo, a real estate litigation firm in Midtown, was packing up the office to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic when the phone rang. And rang. And rang. “The first matter was a lease I was preparing for a client who was taking gym space,” Nadel says. “My client said he absolutely can’t go forward with it because he’s worried gyms are going to be at risk. I called the other side. It was not taken well.” Then she heard from …

'Where Can I Be of Help?'

Amanda Mathis Riedling knows the benefits of pro bono go both ways

He was 13 when his mother passed away, and without a father in the picture he spent his teenage years raised by an uncle. He was 18 when he asked about the inheritance his uncle was managing for him. He was supposed to receive it when he came of age, but his uncle refused to hand it over or even talk about it. That’s when he reached out to Cobb Legal Aid through the Cobb Justice Foundation. And that’s when Amanda Riedling entered the picture. “The urge to do pro bono work came naturally …

Miss Miracle

Former mentee ShaMiracle J. Rankin pays it forward

ShaMiracle J. Rankin chokes up as she read the note, and afterward she’s quiet as she collects herself. Sent by a mentee named Darienne, the note is one she keeps close to her office desk and closer to heart. “I look at it when I’m having rough days,” she says. Rankin met Darienne through the Sister2Sister program, administered by the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Foundation. Since 2011, Rankin has mentored five middle and high school students who were ordered to attend …

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